The effect of delta 8 is more mild in psychoactivity when compared to delta 9. Delta 8 is not a new discovery but has only recently become popular as an additive in products. Delta 8 is a double bond isomer of the more common delta 9 THC. While delta 8 is not as strong as delta 9, it is still capable of giving a feeling of intoxication.
In 1974, government researchers performed a study on mice to find out if delta-8 harmed the immune system. Instead, what they discovered were the cannabinoid’s cancer-killing abilities. One would think the discovery would be breaking news and more research would get conducted. However, other than a few studies, delta-8 has been kept mostly out of the public eye. It took decades for the government to even admit that delta-8 could kill cancer cells.
A 1995 study conducted by Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital and the Hebrew University located in Jerusalem gave children with cancer delta-8 THC. The lead author, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, was the head of the team that first discovered delta-9 THC. The study authors noted that at the time of the article being published, there had been 480 successful treatments of cancer with delta-8 THC. Additionally, the cannabinoid made participants stop vomiting.
Another report by the National Cancer Institute found delta-8 THC, delta-9 THC and CBD all had the ability to stop tumor growth.
There have been a couple of U.S. patents filed—more than a decade ago—with instructions on how to get to delta-8 THC.
The first is a United States patent with instructions on the conversion of CBD to delta-8 THC from 2004. The second patent, on the anti-emetic uses of delta-8 THC, goes over the active ingredients in the pharmaceutical composition used in research.
Additional Therapeutic Benefits
Delta-8 is capable of connecting to the same CB1 receptor as delta-9 THC would, as well as the CB2 receptor.
The National Cancer Institute defines delta-8 THC as “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic and neuroprotective properties.”
Antiemetic means it can treat nausea and vomiting, which explains why the children in the study based in Jeruselum stopped throwing up after taking delta-8 THC. The United States government has a patent on the antiemetic uses of delta-8.