Delta-8 THC (aka Diet Weed or Marijuana Lite): What You Need To Know
Posted on February 1st, 2022
Have you heard about diet weed or marijuana lite, and need to know more? Then this read’s for you! The cannabis plant contains many different compounds, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. CBD and THC are the most known compounds (cannabinoids). However, there are different THC varieties.
Now, most people are familiar with delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the standard variety in marijuana. But you may also want to explore Delta-8 THC, which offers similar potential benefits, yet offers less psychoactive effects. For that reason, many people refer to this cannabinoid as diet weed or marijuana lite. And here’s what you need to know about Delta-8 THC, its uses and why its lower potency could benefit enthusiasts.
What You Need To Know About Delta-8-THC
We usually source this cannabinoid from hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant. Note that hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the cannabis plant. And both plants contain both D8 and D9 THC, just in varying concentrations.
What’s the main difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC? D8 isn’t psychoactive enough to really get you high. For that reason, many people view taking Delta-8 THC like taking a CBD gummy. But all three compounds actually have differing properties.
For instance, when you take Delta-8 THC, you are likely to feel less euphoric. (Or to experience appetite stimulation–aka, the munchies.) Also, most people say that Delta-8 THC results in less anxiety-inducing effects compared to D9. And that seems to happen because Delta 8 is shaped differently than D9. Therefore, it binds less intensely to ECS receptors. So you’d need to take far more Delta-8 to feel the same effects of Delta-9.
Can You Get High With Delta-8 THC? Is It Legal?
Yes, you are likely going to feel the euphoric effects of Delta-8 but as mentioned it mostly depends on your own unique experience and overall cannabis use. You should know that everyone’s body reacts differently so you might have a different experience. However, it’s a good idea to be mildly intoxicated as you take delta-8 THC so you can enjoy the best effects.
You should know that on a federal level, Delta-8 THC is not legal. For instance, the Farm Bill legalizes the growing and use of hemp but it doesn’t allow THC. Therefore, according to the bill, it is illegal to produce THC in any form, including Delta-8 THC. Note that, a lot of producers of Delta-8 are doing so to exploit a loophole because Delta-9 THC is the most illegal form of THC. Keep in mind that there are always new cannabis products in the market.
Diet Weed of Marijuana Lite: Is it Just One Thing?
As people understand the difference between cannabis, marijuana and hemp, they are confused by the various products in the market. For instance, you should know that marijuana is the flower of the cannabis plant. Cannabis refers to the plant species and hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant with negligible amounts of THC. Therefore, marijuana light/lite refers to the cannabis extracts such as delta-8 with the lowest THC available. Note that delta-8 THC is mostly used for medical marijuana purposes.
Therefore, it features low THC levels but has high levels of CBD thereby offering a lot of CBD benefits to various users globally. Note that, researchers have identified that CBD is useful when it comes to relieving seizures, insomnia, anxiety and pain. Keep in mind that delta-8 THC is extracted from the hemp flower extract. Simply put, it goes through an industrial process that converts CBD into delta-8 THC.
Should You Really Be Taking Marijuana Light/Lite?
As previously mentioned, delta-8 THC is produced from hemp. Yes, hemp doesn’t get you high but delta-8 THC will always pack a little bit of punch. It is a less intoxicating form of THC that’s why it’s referred to as Marijuana Light/Lite or diet weed. However, you can also buy it in a concentrated oil form. You can buy it as delta-8 infused hemp flower or hash. However, you can take it as edibles. It brings about a mellow euphoric feeling.
Note that, besides having less potency than other forms of THC, delta-8 comes with the same medicinal benefits as delta-9 THC. It is very valuable as a medicine especially because it is very stable and has a long shelf-life. Keep in mind that Delta-9 THC oxidizes over time thereby becoming CBN (cannabinol) that is not as useful medicinally as D8 THC.
What Are The Known Effects Of Delta-8 THC?
Delta-9 THC interacts with CB1 receptors found in the brain. On the other hand, CBD interacts with CB2 receptors as well as other types of receptors found in major organs and the immune system in the body. Delta-8 THC has the same effects as CBD and Delta-9 THC since it interacts with both CB1 and CB2 receptors. As mentioned, Delta-8 has the same effects as CBD such as reducing pain, nausea and inflammation. It can also improve sleep patterns, reduce anxiety and reduce seizures. However, it offers some of the neuroprotective effects of Delta-9.
Keep in mind that Delta-8 also has some side effects just like any other cannabis-related product, including CBD and Delta-9. Some of these side effects include difficulty speaking or thinking. It also results in a mellow euphoric feeling. You should not take Delta-8 if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Therefore, you should always consult your doctor if you need to take it because there isn’t enough research to show the effects of the compound on pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. On the other hand, you should keep delta-8 THC away from children. A lot of children have been hospitalized after taking edibles and gummies by mistake. If you suspect that your child has ingested the substance, you should look for symptoms such as low blood pressure, extreme tiredness and slowed heart rate.
Currently, Delta-8 THC is available in different types of products such as dried plant products, foods, vaping and smoking products. The amount of Delta-8 THC present in each of these products might vary depending on the manufacturing process. Beware that some of these products might also have some contaminants. If you have any underlying condition, you should speak to a healthcare provider to determine the right type of dose or product is right for you.
Also, FDA hasn’t completely evaluated Delta-8 THC so the legality isn’t very clear. It is legal in some states while banned in others. Therefore, you should be careful when taking it to avoid being on the wrong side of the law. Always do your research to find out whether or not it is legal for consumption in your state. It’s not advisable to take Delta-8 THC with alcohol since there isn’t a lot of research on how it reacts. However, most of the side effects depend on the person in question. However, if you are looking for a low-quality euphoric feeling, Delta-8 THC is a better choice compared to D9 THC, the reason why it is called marijuana light/lite or diet weed.