Separated from its cannabinoid cousin delta-9-THC by a chemical route, delta-8-THC is gaining prominence due to the increased attention paid to another well-known cannabinoid: CBD.
Nowadays, the compound delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) appears increasingly commonly as an extract concentrate at dispensaries and clinics located in states permitting both medical and recreational cannabis sales. But where did this long-disappeared brother of delta-9-THC suddenly appear from?
Delta-8-THC was unviewable for a while to public view. Our understanding of cannabinoids began in 1964, a compound that quickly gained notoriety and became known in common parlance as THC.
It allowed other scientists to unravel the dense and finely woven skeins of the biochemical tapestry and therapeutic potential of cannabis. Quickly realizing that cannabis is a complex plant with more than 60 identifiable cannabinoids ;that interact with a system of neurotransmitters in the brain and body known as the endocannabinoid system.
Based on this novel discovery, scientists identify the delta-8-THC early 1970s. However, their discovery was noticeable, give the compound’s low levels of natural occurrence and lower potency than delta-9-THC. The researchers found that delta-8-THC had almost the same atomic structure as delta-9-THC: the only difference was the placement of an atomic bond in the compound. Of course, this small difference may mean that the compound has different effects on the user.
What are the effects of delta-8-THC?
After its discovery, delta-8 was the subject of much research in the United States; including its effectiveness as an antiemetic (i.e., as an inhibitor of nausea) and its potential to help stop tumor growth. But the cannabinoid discovery ended almost directly; leaving it lying dead for more than two decades on a dusting Reagan-era figurative shelf.
The method, named isomerization, involves applying chemical processes to split atoms of a molecule ( CBD ) ;which sharing identical atoms, even when in a different setup, converts it into a new molecule (delta-8 or delta-9). The procedure has been familiar within the cannabis underground for a long time, although its actual use has been questionable such as Larry Todd’s 1974 book “Dr. Atomic’s Marijuana Multiplier.
Today’s technical progress only facilitates how to isomerize the CBD into two forms of THC during the past decade. The current appearance of Delta-8 on the recreational cannabis market is the result of the modern generation of innovative artists in science-based cannabis extraction.
The ubiquity of other scientific methods of extraction such as distillation ; which gives us the key ingredient in almost all vaporizer cartridges and most edible products available for sale ; should give us a glimpse of the importance that Delta-8 may have in the future of cannabis products ;(it should be noted that Delta-8 is already available in the form of distillate cartridges, among others). One of the factors that will almost certainly contribute to the rise of delta-8 is the availability of the primary ingredient to manufacture this processed THC: CBD.
Huge plots of hemp with a high CBD content (legally any cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% delta-9-THC); are currently being grown in several states and, once harvested; they are spun into one pound on one pound of pure crystalline CBD extract, which can then be relatively easily converted into delta-8 or delta-9. The volume of CBD crystallite produced in the United States is currently unknown; but it is easy to imagine that the amount would be staggering if calculated. It is no exaggeration to think that the proliferation of cannabinoids ready for retail sale and laboratory assembly; such as delta-8 is within reach, if not already well advanced.