Have you heard that delta-8 is a legal way to get THC? Unfortunately, the way it's made can be potentially dangerous! Learn more about delta-8 THC, why you should stay away from these products, and where you can get safe products instead.
There Are Different Forms of THC
There are several forms of THC that occur naturally within the plant.
With slight chemical differences, there is: delta-8 THC (D8), delta-9 THC (D9), delta-10 THC (D10), and more.
These compounds work with the cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system.
Unfortunately, there's some major controversy surrounding the delta-8 form of THC.
D9 THC is the form you may be most familiar with. It is considered to be a major cannabinoid because it naturally occurs in large amounts in a plant.
D8 and D10 are minor cannabinoids because they are only naturally present in very small amounts.
People claim that D8 can provide relief for those with chronic pain, migraine attacks, and other medical conditions.
Retailers love D8 because they believe is a legal loophole, claiming it is legal at the federal level because it comes from 'hemp' plants.
Unfortunately, there have been an alarming number of claims of people reporting adverse reactions after consuming delta-8 flower, delta-8 gummies, and other delta-8 THC products like vape cartridges.
As concern grows over these products, New York State just ordered an immediate cease and desist for any company selling D8 or D10 products.
What is Delta-8?
It is important to start with the fact that naturally occurring D8 THC is not inherently dangerous.
However, the cannabis plant does not naturally produce D8 in large amounts.
To get a large amount of D8 needed to make products to sell, it is chemically created from hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD).
To convert CBD into D8, manufacturers need to use harsh chemicals, like dichloromethane, which emits highly toxic fumes when exposed to heat.
D8 can also be made with things like battery acid and pool chemicals.
It is the chemical process used to create D8 that makes it potentially unsafe to consume.
Again, it is not the compound itself, but the chemicals used to produce D8 and the leftover residual material, that makes it dangerous.
Side Effects of Synthetic Delta-8
Delta-8 THC has both psychoactive and intoxicating effects (whether it is derived from hemp extract or not)
The FDA has severally received cases of people who have reported adverse intoxicating effects of delta-8 THC such as difficulty thinking and speaking.
Regular use might also cause cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS).
CHS usually leads to severe nausea and vomiting that doesn't respond to typical anti-nausea drugs.
These effects will vary based on how the delta-8 is produced, the strength of the product, and the frequency of consumption.
Large doses may cause more severe reactions.
Other negative side effects of consuming contaminated D8 products include:
- Red eyes – This includes continuously rubbing your eyes, trying to restore some moisture.
- Slowed reaction times
- Dry mouth – you will most likely feel parched as long as the Delta-8 molecule is present and active in your mouth.
- Anxiety – although Delta-8 has been said to alleviate paranoia, people who consume much have reported feeling anxious and jittery.
- Memory loss
- Trouble with coordination
- Rapid heart rate
- Headaches - migraine symptoms, cluster headaches,
While many companies claim their D8 products are safe, little research has been done on what is considered 'safe'.
There is currently no way to distinguish between a 'safe' and 'unsafe' D8 product. This is why D8 is banned in medical marijuana programs across the United States.
Instead, other cannabis products, like D9, are recommended for the effective treatment of various ailments.
Lack of Regulation
One of the biggest risks of using D8 products is its lack of regulation.
This lack of regulation increases the chance of dangerous contaminants being present in the products being sold.
Keep in mind that D8 hasn't been evaluated by the US FDA for safety, and has been banned by some states including New York.
In October of 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both put out health warnings about D8 THC.
Delta-9 is Safer Than Delta-8
Cannabis use is supposed to be health-promoting, but using chemically derived D8 is not.
Delta-9 products provide safer effects because they are naturally occurring, extracted through safe processes, and are already highly regulated.
This makes delta-9 products a safer choice than delta-8 products.
In my shop, I have D9 THC gummies available which provide the euphoric effects you may be looking for.
This is a better option if you want a full spectrum option that will leave you feeling amazing, without the possibility of dangerous contaminants.
Have You Been Harmed by D8?
I have had many people come to me and tell me the D8 product they tried has made them sick. Has this happened to you? Let me know in the comments below.