The Myths and Facts about Delta 8 THC
The explosive growth of Delta 8 has been a boon for countless people in the United States. However, such rapid growth has not been without some minor drawbacks.
These products suddenly popped up seemingly everywhere, and the most noticeable side effect related to this boom in the lack of reliable online information surrounding the cannabinoid. There are without a doubt many reputable sites and media outlets who accurately explore the profile and market of Delta 8. But there are also less-informed Delta 8 sources that unintentionally spread myths that seem to persist within the community.
In the interest of dispelling a few of these unreliable nuggets of info, this post is going to highlight a few of the most common myths - and provide the facts that support what we know.
Myth 1: Using Delta 8 is the same as using cannabis.
Fact: Delta 8 comes from hemp and cannabis, but it has its own separate cannabinoid. Like the rest of the cannabinoid family, Delta 8 grows naturally in the flower, leaves, and stem of hemp and cannabis plants. However, while many of the best-known compounds such as CBD and Delta 9 THC exist in abundance, Delta 8 is found in tiny amounts. So tiny in fact that, when using cannabis, any effects are completely overshadowed by Delta9 - the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive feelings. And it is important to note that Delta 8 and Delta 9 are two separate and distinct molecules.
They have different potency, and they bind to the receptors in the body in different ways. This in turn leads to two very different experiences. This means that using Delta 8 products is different from using cannabis. Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC are not interchangeable, just as CBD and Delta 8 are not interchangeable. All of these cannabinoids comes from the same natural source, but generate very different sensations.
Myth 2: Delta 8 is illegal.
Fact: Delta 8 is Federally Legal according to 2018 Farm Bill, making it available in most U.S. states.
Legal forms of THC are often difficult to understand, but Delta 8 is 100% federally legal in most US states. When the U.S. government passed the 2018 Farm Bill, the groundbreaking law banned Delta 9 and cannabis, but removed most other cannabinoids from the list of controlled substances. This means that Delta 8 is no longer strictly regulated and any potential use can be explored. Major states like Texas, Florida, and North Carolina all allow the purchase and consumption of Delta 8 products.
For you, a potential consumer, Delta 8 may be available where you currently live.
Myth 3: Delta 8 THC is just for fun.
Fact: Delta 8 may provide useful effects. Delta 8 is often wrongly labeled as pure entertainment due to its powerful active properties, but the reality is that Delta 8 is widely reported by users to provide many beneficial effects. Many people claim it helps them relax or fall asleep. Others even say you use Delta 8 to help them feel less anxious.
The Delta 8 experience varies from person to person. However, it's steadily gaining momentum as a way to enjoy the full profile of THC without the overwhelming side effects that typically accompany cannabis use. It's far more than just an interesting new product.
Myth 4: Delta 8 THC is dangerous.
Fact: So far, Delta 8 shows few signs of danger. Side effects were minimal, including the typical cotton mouth, red eyes, and short-term memory impairment—nearly nothing terrible. It's not as potent as weed, so there's a lot you have to do before you feel any undue stress, and you're less likely to feel anxious and paranoid.
Myth 5: Delta 8 THC is addictive.
Fact: Any substance (or activity) can become a habit if used irresponsibly, but there is nothing inherently addictive about Delta 8 THC itself. There are no good or bad chemicals - they're just compounds that exist in nature. It’s our relationship with them that’s good or bad.
Why it matters?
Misinformation spreads faster than truth, often because it's more exciting. Some of these opinions may seem trivial, but without the facts, it is impossible to make an educated decision.
The future of Delta 8 depends on lawmakers and public opinion. While you may appreciate the impact of Delta 8 THC (or not), we can't forget that many others need it because they either don't have access to medical marijuana, or they can but prefer Delta 8's calmer nature.
Know the truth and spread it. Let's make sure these decisions are based on facts, not fear.