Sep 24 2018 . 3 min read

Delta-8 Does the Body Good

Delta-8 Does the Body Good

Dubbed as delta-9 THC’s friendlier, more approachable alter ego, delta-8 is the newest cannabinoid hitting dispensaries. Because it offers a more lowkey experience that is not as anxiety laden as delta-9, users are gravitating to it.  

“It produces a more relaxed feeling, not nearly as intense as delta-9, with no anxiety about being high,” said Justin Alexander Sherman of the Delta-8 Blueberry OG vape pen from Effex Supply Company. “The intake is smooth. It doesn't give you that classic stoned feeling and it’s more of a body high.”

Sherman goes on to identify the delta-8 experience as being more along wellness lines. “For me, the delta-8 experience is one that is about overall wellness versus being high. It is a mellow feeling with good-feeling properties that extend from head to toe—it basically is the cure for all that ails you,” he says. “It is multidimensional and complex because it doesn't just get you high, it stimulates appetite, reduces nausea.”

Sherman is not far off the mark. According to extract producer Cody Nelson of Exhale Nevada, delta-8 has a long list of medicinal benefits that includes CBC, which is a cannabinoid that has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. “CBC on its own is an anti-depressant so for people who are having a really hard time it helps with depression and add that to the anti-anxiety, those two just make it a clean calm experience,” explains Nelson.

One of the reasons delta-8 offers a different experience from delta-9 has to do with the body’s endocannabinoid system which is full of CB1 and CB2 receptors as well as the newly discovered CB3 receptor, which all function as cannabinoid receptors.  

CB1 receptors are located primarily in the central nervous system while CB2 receptors are in the peripheral tissues of the immune, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, and to a lesser degree in the central nervous system. CB3 receptors are in various parts of the brain—the hippocampus, cerebellum, thalamus—but newer research has discovered that it is also in the spleen, gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands.

Delta-8 binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body, producing different sensations than delta-9. They both hit the same receptors, but one is more potentiating than the other with delta-9 having stronger psycho-activity or stronger psychoactive effects than delta-8. Delta-8 binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system.

Because the CB3 receptor is a recent discovery research is limited. But Matt Weeks of RX Leaf reported in May that, “among the many theories circulating about the properties of CB3 is that the body may have the ability to transform one kind of cannabinoid to another. If that’s true, and cancer cells use CB3 for some nefarious purpose, it could be possible to engineer a change-resistant form of cannabinoid that slows the progression of tumors.”

But until more research is forthcoming, all consumers need to know is that delta-8 is for high level pain relief in the body and when your body feels good you ultimately feel good.