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.

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Features:

  • An overview of what delta-8 THC is vs. delta-9 THC
  • The potentially dangerous side effects associated with D8
  • Where to get safe products instead

There Are Different Forms of THC

Several forms of THC 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 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 it 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 product’s strength, and the consumption frequency.

Large doses may cause more severe reactions.

Other negative side effects of consuming contaminated D8 products include:

  • Red eyes – Red eyes, including continuously rubbing your eyes and 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
  • Digestive distress – in some situations, you may experience diarrhea or other digestive problems

While many companies claim their D8 products are safe, little research has been done on what is considered ‘safe’.

There is 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 to treat various ailments effectively.

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 in the products 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, providing 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?

Many people have come to me and told me the D8 product they tried has made them sick. Has this happened to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hi, I’m Emily Kyle and I teach people just like you how to use cannabis to find joy, enhance productivity, improve relationships, and naturally support your overall health and wellness.

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62 Comments

  1. I tried D8 because I am over 60 and have developed insomnia. My dad had it i and I think I may have gotten it from him.

    I never smoked pot in college. Then I went to law school and I never touched illegal substances because I was not going to do anything that risked my ticket. I had to retire due to serious arthritis so i don’t worry about urine tests anymore.

    Recently I tried D8 because a lot of people were saying it was good for sleep. I don’t have a history of cannabis use so hyperemesis syndrome probably isn’t my problem. Quite soon after trying D8 I came down with the worst nausea & vomiting. I have had bouts that last several days. I have been so sick that I dumped 20 pounds. (As it is I am underweight. I could not afford to lose that weight.)

    I did research and found nothing other than information about people who are heavy, long term users of cannabis. Which I am not. I am so grateful to find this since I didn’t know what was causing it. Now I see that it might be my D8 gummies.

  2. Hi Legal Chi. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with us. I’m sorry to hear about the discomfort and health issues you’ve been dealing with. Some research suggests that Delta-8 THC can cause nausea and vomiting in certain individuals. It seems like in your case, the D8 might be contributing to your symptoms. Please consult with a healthcare provider to discuss this further and determine the best course of action for your situation. Stay safe and take good care of yourself!

  3. I took D8 gummies for a few weeks. I started feeling nauseous and vomiting at least once a week. I stopped taking immediately.

  4. Hi MG. I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling unwell after taking D8 gummies. It’s great that you listened to your body and stopped. Your health and comfort are priority and there’s a range of other options available that could be a better match for your needs. I hope you’re feeling better!

  5. I am currently taking D8 and D9 tummies. I think the bottle says that it has both types in it. I have been vomiting and/or diarrhea for weeks now. I’m ready to give up. Thanks for what you do.

  6. Hi Jeanna. Double check the label of the gummies and stop taking if you see D8. Hopefully you will notice an improvement in your symptoms soon after stopping. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need further guidance. Sending you healing vibes. ✨💖

  7. I took one d8 gummy and had a full blown panic attack, I couldn’t breathe. My heart felt like it was pounding out of my chest. I got extremely pale and threw up. Extreme cotton mouth and dry eyes. I am a regular d9 smoker so I was so surprised that these had such a negative effect on me. Never again.

  8. Hi there, Tomah. I’m really sorry to hear about your distressing experience 😔 It’s evident that d8 didn’t agree with you and that must have been quite scary. This is a prime example of why our company has chosen not to support or use d8 products at this time. We believe in offering products that promote well-being and comfort for our customers. Please consider consulting with a healthcare professional for advice tailored to your individual circumstances. Remember, it’s essential to listen to your body and only use products that make you feel good and safe. If you ever have any questions or need recommendations, feel free to ask. We’re here to help. Take care! 💕

  9. Tried a strong D8 D9 D10 gummy. Nausea, intoxication, barely able to walk. Almost 24 hours later and I still feel like crap.

    Never had any of these issues on standard D9

  10. Hi Alex. So sorry to hear that you are having a bad experience with the frankencannabinoid gummy. These synthetic versions of cannabinoids often have unpredictable and potentially dangerous effects on the body. Sending all the healing vibes your way!