So there has been a lot of buzz around Delta 8 THC and Delta 8 THC Cartridges. Whenever a brand-new new product enters the market, it immediately raises some red flags. Is it safe? What don’t we know about it? what are the best products to be using? With such an array of products coming out in can be confusing for a customer to really figure out what works best or what products they should buy.
Add to that a name like Delta-8 and the word cannabis, and you have a genuine lightning rod for scrutiny and misinformation. Both sides want to make claims that Delta-8 is or isn’t a certain thing, and the truth seems to always get lost somewhere in the middle. There are a ton of articles and reviews out there that explain what this new THC compound looks like, but few have gone into the concrete science around the safety of consuming Delta-8. Here we go…
What is Delta 8-THC?
Delta 8-THC is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are natural chemicals found within the cannabis plant. Other well-known cannabinoids include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC – including Delta 9-THC – is the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant. It’s the compound that causes you to feel high.
Delta 8-THC also gets you high – but to a lesser extent than Delta 9-THC. Research shows Delta 8-THC could provide similar therapeutic benefits to Delta 9-THC – but without many unwanted side effects.
What does Science Say
If you’re here, somewhat familiar with Delta-8. That means I’m not the first to tell you that Delta-8 is a promising alternative to cannabis in many ways, closely related however distinct in several important ways.
The question of safety can be broken down into two groups.
- What does Delta-8 do when consumed? That encompasses the following: How intoxicated do you become? How paranoid? Is it harming the body?
- What is it doing in the long-term? That includes: Is it addictive? Does it affect the brain permanently?
When you’re on Delta-8
Good news is that it appears to be impossible to overdose on Delta-8 — or on any other part of the cannabis plant. But don’t let that fact misguide you: Delta-8 can be very potent in high doses. Users have explained it as being more “stoned” than “high.” It is much more of a body buzz without some of the anxiety/head-rush that is common with delta-9 THC cannabis. There are also some medical benefits that are starting to be researched. We’re avoiding medical claims, so do your own research. And yes, while a similar dosage will almost always lead to a less powerful high, Delta-8 still produces strong high feelings at the correct doses. That is one of its biggest distinguishers from CBD.
It has been widely reported to boost energy levels — making it very different from cannabis in that way. It is simply a completely different kind of high. In fact, the effects are commonly compared to the soothing feelings of CBD.
What are the effects of Delta 8 on your body?
Delta 8 THC is noticeable difference of Delta-9 THC is the significantly-reduced feelings of anxiety and paranoia. It is a scientific fact that Delta-8 has significantly lower psychoactivity than Delta-9. And it’s that psychoactivity that produces those feelings in higher doses, along with the fogginess and increased distortion.
From a medical standpoint, Delta-8 doesn’t interact with the CB1 receptors in your brain the same way. Those receptors are uniquely responsible for psychoactivity. Instead, Delta-8 also interacts with the CB2 receptor, which interacts with CBD and other minor cannabinoids to monitor energy levels and relaxation.
A study has recently been published showing delta8-THCv helped mice with nicotine addiction: https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bph.14844
The US National Institute of Cancer lists delta-8 THC as having antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties: https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-drug/def/delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol
Is it Harmful?
In short, no. Delta 8 THC cartridges interacts with a set of the body’s natural CB2 receptors, and mimics compounds that have been found to naturally exist inside human body. Fact that there is no measurable harm during consumption, and the high feelings wear off within a few hours.
So again, are the carts safe?
That’s sort of like asking whether or not food in containers is safe. It depends highly on the food and the container. In other words, there are many types of plastics which react differently to terpenes and there are many types of extractions that you can put in them. There are also many types of coils.
The most prevalent problem on the illegal vape market are concentrate cartridges that contain high levels of pesticides. When consumed at concentrated levels, inhaled pesticides cause health problems. To ensure that vape cartridges don’t contain hazardous pesticide level, it’s important to purchase from reputable brands that disclose third-party test results and include screening for pesticides.
Cutting agents can be added to enhance the intensity of the vapor cloud and overall mouthfeel of the vapors. Common cutting agents that are sometimes infused with cannabis oil and e-cigarette vape juice include:
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG): a cutting agent used in vape liquids to keep the product evenly mixed.
- Propylene glycol (PG): a binding agent that is added to cannabis vape cartridges because of its ability to foster even vape draws.
- Vegetable glycerin (VG): Added to vape liquids to help generate large vape clouds for the user.
- Vitamin E acetate: A generally safe additive for food, but it’s been found in thickening agents in illicit THC cartridges in some of the reported illnesses. Vitamin E acetate is a different chemical than the vitamin E found naturally in foods and in supplements. Vitamin E is safe to consume as a food or supplement up to 1,000 milligrams daily.
At Delta 8 Hemp WE DO NOT USE ANY CUTTING AGENTS.
We recommend making sure that anything you’re going to ingest has tested lab results and that the plastic the cart is made out of is PCTG or another generally safe material. The company making them should be able to provide an MSDS on the pod itself.
If you’re purchasing from a local craftperson, and the product doesn’t have any certs, make sure you ask about the extraction process. There are plenty of absolute morons out there making distillate, and some of them are using hexane and/or butane, which, even in the presence of legalized cannabis, is still highly illegal because of the danger to the producer and the user.
The potential dangers of consuming oil from a counterfeit vape cartridge are pretty straightforward. For starters, it’s nearly impossible to tell what’s inside of the oil without getting it lab tested. Since these counterfeits are likely bypassing state testing regulations, there’s no way of telling, without proper laboratory testing, if there are cutting agents, contaminants, or even actual cannabis-derived oil in the cartridge.
DEA recently made the future of delta-8 uncertain. Delta-8 is still around. But it may not be permanently. If you’d like to give your two cents, or support delta-8, click here and comment on the DEA website.
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