You’ve likely been hearing about Delta-8 lately, even if you aren’t up on the latest news in the CBD sphere. Rolling Stone has been talking about it. The New York Times typed some words. In short, so far in 2021 the coverage volume on Delta-8 has been cranked up to a solid ten (allow me one pun).
So what exactly is it?
The TL;DR is to think of Delta-8 as THC’s little brother, or THC light. Essentially, all of the good of THC without the potential downside it presents to some users. To fully explain it though, we need to get a little more granular.
So let’s get into the weeds then (OK two puns)
Of all the cannabinoids that exist, Delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol aka what many know as THC, is the most well known. It’s the primary psychoactive component in cannabis that gives you that high.
Depending on which scientific definition you read, Delta-8 is an isomer or an analogue of Delta-9-THC, which in layman’s terms means extremely similar to. In fact, all that differentiates Delta-8 from good ole THC is just a few atomic bonds. Now, that might not sound like much, but think about the fact that humans and bananas share about 50% of the same DNA. A few atomic bonds can make a big difference (we were really tempted just now to insert a youtube video of a man in a banana costume running away from a gorilla, but we held back … no we didn’t).
What kind of a difference are we talking about?
The good kind, and in more ways than one.
While THC has been shown to relieve stress, help with pain relief and nausea, there are definitely those who react negatively to it, reporting anxiety and paranoia. Since Delta-8 has significantly less of the psychoactive components, users often describe a milder, less intensive effect. It gives you all of the benefits and none of that edge that can be a little jarring for some. An added bonus, Delta-8 products (like nama’s relax plus) are significantly cheaper than those containing THC, making them a much more affordable alternative for individuals looking to enjoy the relaxing benefits without breaking the bank.
Is there any kind of catch?
There isn’t! Delta-8 products, are perfectly legal throughout the U.S. when it is hemp-derived and the product contains less than .3% of Delta-9-THC. nama products, as well as many others on the market, meet these standards with room to spare, making for an even more enjoyable experience.
What is the Most Popular Way to Consume Delta-8?
You guessed it, gummies! Although vapes have entered the market hitting heavy (I promise that's the last one), Delta-8 gummies still make up the lion share. These typically come in 5mg, 10mg and 25mg gummy bites, however, a fan favorite has been a ratio of broad spectrum CBD to Delta-8, such as nama's 5:1 fresh watermelon relax plus Delta-8 THC gummies. But always remember that before you buy, review the company’s lab reports to ensure you know exactly what you are getting. If they fail to provide full panel lab results such as these then move on with your business.
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