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Delta-8 THC - Does It Get You High?

Updated: Nov 4, 2021



The days of buying edibles with an unknown amount of cannabinoids are behind us. Since 2018 with the passing of the Farm Bill, selling cannabis sativa, or hemp, products are legal throughout the United States making finding potent, consistent, and delicious edibles the way of the future.


Green Goddess Bakery has been dedicated to providing high-quality cannabis products for over 4 years. Crafting their specialty herbal infusions, cannabis drinks, sweet treats, and more using hemp based delta-8 THC and CBD. By adding delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8) and cannabidiol (CBD) to these goodies, Green Goddess is able to provide an unparalleled experience in taste and effects to elevate anyone’s wellness routine.


What is Cannabis Sativa?

The cannabis industry has evolved enormously in the last five years. From new rules and regulations to brand new recreational markets, we’re learning new things daily about hemp, also known as Cannabis Sativa.


The last few years have produced an interest in other cannabis phytocannabinoids such as CBD and Delta-8, both found in hemp. Traditionally most people associate consuming cannabis with intense psychoactive effects, but that tends to be more common with Delta-9 THC potent strains from cannabis indica.


From the taxological sense, hemp isn’t much different than cannabis indica. The main indicators are leaf structure and THC percentage. Hemp has less than .3% THC and tends to be higher in CBD.


CBD

Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid found in cannabis, which doesn’t produce psychoactive effects normally associated with delta-9 THC.


CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system by stimulating serotonergic receptors and has the potentiality to provide numerous benefits by modulating our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Everyone has an endocannabinoid system whether they’ve tried cannabis before or not. Our bodies produce endogenous cannabinoids naturally that help bring our ECS to homeostasis, or balance.


Both THC and CBD have the ability to modulate our ECS to help bring relief to a myriad of symptoms. CBD is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties, along with its:

  • Anti-anxiety properties

  • Anticonvulsant effects

  • Pain-relieving effects


Cannabidiol-infused products can provide a healthy dose of symptom relief in mouthwatering treats that are packed with benefits without the famous “high” making CBD great for the everyday consumer. Still, many people are interested in seeking the conventional psychoactive experience you can receive with Delta-9 THC.


Delta-8 vs Delta-9

There are over 100 cannabinoids, with the two primaries being Delta-9 THC and CBD. Many people who have consumed cannabis are familiar with these molecules, but there are other cannabinoids that can produce additional health benefits.

Both Delta-9 THC and lesser-known cannabinoid Delta- 8 produce psychoactive effects for consumers interested in a more classic cannabis experience.


Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol is a minor cannabinoid with extensive benefits along with producing a similar “high” effect to Delta-9 THC. Some of the benefits Delta-8 is known for include:

  • Anti-nausea

  • Anti-anxiety

  • Appetite stimulation

  • Relieving symptoms of pain

  • Neuroprotective properties


Both Delta-9 and Delta-8 interact within the endocannabinoid system in similar ways by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptor lives primarily in our peripheral tissues andcells, mainly within the central nervous system.


One main difference is the structure of Delta-8 in comparison to Delta-9. If you’re imagining a lock, Delta-9 is a key that can unlock the CB1 receptor. Chemically, Delta-8 doesn’t bind as well, or fully unlock the door, creating a less potent experience.


Delta-8 does have an affinity to bind to the CB2 receptor. The CB2 receptors have a more influence on the immune system and the gastro tract. These areas are responsible for regulating emotions, fear, movement, motivation, and much more, including :

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Appetite and Food intake

  • Immune modulation