What is Delta 8 and Is Delta 8 THC Legal for Managing Anxiety?

The biggest impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been arguably the enforced incarceration of people in their own homes and rising anxiety that has been a result.

Staying at home for weeks on end has meant being isolated from friends, family, usual daily life and work. There is no surprise that anxiety is an increasing problem for people around the world while this crisis drags on.

Serious Anxiety Affecting People Who May Have Never Felt Anxious Before

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Anxiety, emerging from a feeling that control over life and freedoms has been lost, is not surprising. Throw in major changes to living –  mandatory masks and limited time outside – there is really no surprise that we may be facing a very serious epidemic of mental disorder in the population in time to come.

When personal control is lost, a sense of anxiety can accelerate, unless steps are taken to manage  mental health.

Left unchecked, this can lead to more serious depression and  when depression becomes extreme to the point of a sense of utter hopelessness – the end point can be suicide.

There should be no surprise then that there are serious mental health issues emerging with this crisis.

Limiting people’s freedoms to leave the house and move around, has made managing anxiety a very real issue for people who never dealt with this as a problem before COVID-19.

It is not surprising to learn that medical associations are ringing alarm bells about possible increases in suicide, both during the long pandemic and after the pandemic is over.

Anxiety to Depression Can Lead to Suicide 

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One example for this raising of concern is an article in the leading QJM, Oxford Academic, International Journal of Medicine from 30th June 2020.

The article summary states: “Studies indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with distress, anxiety, fear of contagion, depression and insomnia in the general population and among healthcare professionals. Social isolation, anxiety, fear of contagion, uncertainty, chronic stress and economic difficulties may lead to the development or exacerbation of depressive, anxiety…”  The summary goes on to state… “The COVID-19 crisis may increase suicide rates during and after the pandemic. Mental health consequences of the COVID-19 crisis including suicidal behavior are likely to be present for a long time and peak later than the actual pandemic. To reduce suicides during the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative to decrease stress, anxiety, fears and loneliness in the general population. There should be traditional and social media campaigns to promote mental health and reduce distress.” Leo Sher1

There are other articles now appearing, from respected medical websites, mainstream news outlets and commentators, about the issues of anxiety linked to depression and suicide in connection to the extreme and sudden social disruption around the COVID-19 crisis.

Commentators are beginning to connect the new imposed rules of social behavior limiting human interaction and contact with rising anxiety and panic along with the serious mental health problems this prefaces.

There is varied debate among official channels over current suicide numbers indicating whether there is any real increase in the level of suicides attributable to the pandemic, but anecdotal news of people reporting friends and family taking their lives are beginning to surface.

There can be no argument that  heightened anxiety for many people is now a very real and potentially dangerous problem for the mental and bodily health of the population. This may lead to extremely harmful actions by individuals to themselves, when caught in a difficult circumstance of powerlessness. The question is, how to manage these feelings without going under, while we wait for a return to normal living?

Solutions to Manage Anxiety

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This bring me to the main point of this article concerning the management of anxiety for healthy people that, under extreme and unusual circumstances, can lead to very serious depression. Practical solutions and adaption cannot be easily entertained in a state of depression, and deep depression is a root cause of suicides.

Keeping a positive and relaxed state of mind and being is very important as a bulwark against anxiety and depression, and even more important when you feel that the control of your life and your future has been taken away.

In a previous article I talked about the importance of maintaining daily routine, practicing meditation and any form of life affirming spiritual practice you may have that can help you stay mentally and emotionally buoyant. I also mentioned that CBD can be used to help with relaxation when stress and anxiety become harder to manage through practical daily practices alone.

Cannabis products can be very valuable aids in helping to get through a tough time, not forgetting that CBD also helps to maintain the healthy body’s working system balance, called homeostasis.

My first article on this issue covered maintaining a healthy routine under lockdown: Cannabis for Anxiety and CBD for Anxiety and Self Isolation Under Quarantine or Lockdown.  You can also read another article which explains what homeostasis is and how CBD aids homeostasis: How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System and How It Creates Homeostasis.

With all that said, CBD and a strong routine may not be enough to lift deepening anxiety and you might need another lesser known cannabis extract that has a stronger effect in lifting mental anxiety and this may help some people avoid prescribed medication for depression.

Of course, seeking medical advice and following that advice we would always recommend, but a natural alternative for anxiety and depression, in an otherwise heathy person dealing with unusually challenging circumstances, seems well worth trying before reaching out for a prescription for anti-depressant medication.

Delta-8 THC

Delta 8 THC could be the best cannabis isolate to counteract anxiety, and it is possibly more effective than CBD for deep anxiety issues.

Delta-8 THC is similar to Delta-9 THC (the more highly psychoactive form of THC) but it has a major difference. Though similar, it produces the positive effects of Delta-9 THC with far less psychoactive effect. This is the prime difference, and a very important one.

Delta-9 THC can actually enhance anxiety for inexperienced users by virtue of the  stronger psychoactive effects it can have!

Contrast this with Delta-8, which has a  more minimal psychoactive effects, and will give you the benefit of easing anxiety without having to deal with the mind bending properties of Delta-9.

With Delta-8 THC you can feel yourself settling into a relaxed state in that old fashioned slightly stoned  happy feeling, but without the more mind-bending affects of Delta-9 THC that more recent marijuana hybrid strains can deliver.

With Delta-8 THC, you can remain feeling energized and clear headed to do things (or not).

What is Delta 8 THC?

“According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta-8-THC can be defined as:

“An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. [Delta-8-THC] binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system…This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than [Delta-9-THC], the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”” Leafly2

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Delta-8, or Delta-8-tetrahydrocanabinol, is a secondary cannabinoid produced in low quantities by the cannabis plant.  We have established that it has less psychoactive properties than Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary intoxicating cannabinoid in cannabis. 

Chemically, Delta 8 is extremely similar to regular Delta 9 THC. For those that studied organic chemistry at school, the difference is that with Delta-8, the double bond is located on the 8th carbon in the chain, and in delta-9 it’s on the ninth. Yet despite the tiny molecular difference, the effects of Delta-8 are markedly different from  Delta-9 THC.  We will look a little closer at the difference further on in this article. For now, here is how the carbon chain structure of Delta-8 THC is represented:

The Delta-8 THC Molecular Structure

There is a problem though. Delta-8 is found occurring in only tiny amounts in cannabis, typically less than 1%, whereas a highly potent marijuana strain can have Delta-9 THC in very high levels, such as 25%.

The relatively small quantity of Delta-8 compared to Delta-9 make it  both rare, valuable, hard to extract and so difficult to produce in quantity.  Delta-8 THC must be extracted using the best extraction techniques, such as the CO2 extraction method, which enables Delta-8 THC to be isolated and concentrated to a useable form for this rarer cannabinoid.

Going back to the point that Delta-8-THC gives an anxiety easing ‘high’ without the the psychotropic side-show, researchers know that it binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies.

With Delta-8 combining with the CB1 receptor, like Delta-9-THC, it has a different affinity for the receptor due to its slightly altered molecular structure and this means the affects are not the same as those of  Delta-9 THC.

The reason for mentioning this is that the CB1 receptor is responsible for most of the psychotropic effects of THC.  This difference between the way two cannabinoids bind with the CBD1 receptor  is possibly the reason for the reportedly clearer high with reduced anxiety, and a greater ability to concentrate.

If you don’t want to be a couch potato and but need help with anxiety, while still being happily creative or doing other things, then this is good news!

What are the Effects of Delta 8 THC on the Body and Mind?

So, Delta-8 THC’s has a lower psychotropic potency than its close cousin Delta-9 THC. This means Delta-8 won’t produce that intense ‘stoned’ effect of regular marijuana and associated anxiety over loss of control due to a powerful psychotropic reaction (strain dependent).

While regular Delta-9 THC is known for its variably potent psychoactive effects (depending on the strain of marijuana plant), Delta-8’s psychoactive properties are much milder.

What you do need to know is that Delta-8 still produces a high, unlike CBD. CBD can still work to alleviate anxiety, but without the feeling of ‘happily floating on a cloud’, and CBD may not be the strong enough for deeper levels of anxiety. You may need to try both and see what works best for you.

Delta-8 is still a psychoactive substance, so be mindful that the effects may vary from user to user. That said, users commonly report feeling clear-headed and energized, yet relaxed after taking it; and you would expect this if the fog of anxiety is lifted.

You can consider the effects of Delta-8 in comparison to sativa strains of cannabis which can be used for alert creativity. Delta 8, like some sativa strains, can give you some pleasant cerebral effects such as a positive vibe but without the couch-lock or hard to handle psychotropic effects..

So Yes, Delta-8 will make you “high,” but not in the same way that regular Delta-9 THC will do.

A clear, milder, energized ‘high’ is a given leading to a sense of relaxation and wellbeing, so the Delta-8 high is associated with less anxiety, less paranoia and less sleepiness. This makes it an ideal high to break through anxious feelings during the day when you want to remain active.

Jeremiah Wilhelm, in his leafly article2 described the effects of Delta-8 distillate: “A semi-sedative physical sensation without much whimsical mental stimulation. The distillate’s pervasive effects cascaded over my body while imbuing me with a classic “stoned” contentment. The appetite stimulation was apparent, but never fully manifested as hunger. This might be partially due to Delta-8-THC’s anti-nausea qualities.”

Comparing the Chemistry of Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC

It is interesting that Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC are so very closely related chemically yet clearly have different effects. Without having to know anything about carbon chains and rings in organic chemistry, you can spot the minor difference in the image between these nearly identical compounds, in the placement of a double bond in a carbon ring.

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Delta-8 on the right is now  a mirror image of the illustration of Delta-8 earlier in this article,  while Delta-9 on the left has a single ‘double bond’ line in one carbon ring placed differently to Delta-8 . This is the simple difference in chemical structure producing a major difference in psychotropic effect between Delta-9 and Delta-8 THC.

While these are different compounds by virtue of the location of one set of double bonds there isn’t any other difference between the structures and they both bind to the CB1 receptor, but in slightly different ways with both having psychotropic effects.

Another way you can view the difference between  Delta-8 and Delta-9 is that Delta 8 is a ‘dialed down’ version of Delta-9, which some find more tolerable for recreational use.

The bottom line is that Delta-8 will get you high, but not totally stoned  with alarming visual effects. CBD and all other hemp derivatives will not get your stoned or high.

If you wish to avoid any psychoactive effects, then CBD is your clear choice.

How Does Delta-8 THC Compare With CBD?

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CBD has become widely accepted by the medical industry. Many doctors are now advising patients on CBD use for specific medical issues.  Delta-8 is not yet established with medical professionals as an accepted aid for some health conditions and it can be assumed that many health professionals are not yet aware of Delta-8. The following table helps to show the main differences:

Delta-8 THCCBD
Mildly psychoactive compared with it’s cousin Delta-9 THCNon-psychoactive
Highly probable you will fail a drug testLow probability you will fail a drug test
Found in a very small amount/concentration in hemp/cannabisFound in large quantity/high concentration
Can be use both medicinally and recreationallyPrimary use for medicinal purposes or as a health supplement
Binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, but some critical difference to Delta-9Binds to CB1 receptors
Not much research on benefts to health yet.  Benefits yet  to be better researched and understoodResearch more advanced and building with health benefits understood and increasingly accepted for mainstream medicinal and heath supplement value
Does not yet have the  legitimacy of CBD due to the lack of research and health studies on its effects. Dosing for different health issues Delta-8 is recognized for is yet to be better understoodMore reputable as an aid to health and medical issues based on legitimacy of many medical research studies verifying CBD as  effective with well advanced knowledge of dosing for different types of health issues
Expensive to extract and difficult to produce quantityGenerally easier and less expensive to produce quantity and quality
Relatively new cannabinoid product with health benefits not yet formally established with health professionalsEstablished as a safe and non-addictive wellness product with health professionals plus rigorous verifiable third party testing of product
Legal  federally under the 2018 Farm Bill (for now) but not legal in every state. Check your state to see if Delta-8 THC products are legal there.Legal federally under the 2018 Farm Bill and legal in every state with different levels of restriction that vary between states, most states allowing easy access.

Health Benefits Linked to Delta 8 THC 

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There is still limited scientific research on the health properties of Delta-8 but there have have been several interesting studies on this secondary cannabinoid that points to some potentially powerful therapeutic effects.

With the Delta-8 THC cannabinoid being active in the body’s endocannabinoid system, where it binds to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, some interesting therapeutic effects have been observed.

Noted effects  include reduced nausea and vomiting, improved memory, lower anxiety levels, and better appetite.

Pain and Inflammation (a lesser benefit)

A 2018 preclinical study published in “Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research” found that Delta-8-THC may help to diminish pain and inflammation. The research on mice found that Delta-8-THC, applied topically, assisted in pain reduction, and reduced inflammation through its effects on the CB1 receptors. Another preclinical study on rats also reported that Delta-8-THC delivers pain relief, but that tolerance to the cannabinoid developed rapidly.

Nausea and Vomiting (a major benefit)

Delta-8 is known as an anti-emetic compound, meaning it can help to reduce nausea. This could be beneficial for cancer patients looking to alleviate nauseous symptoms. Delta-8 may also work well as a hangover cure!

The nausea fighting potential of Delta-8-THC was reported in a 1995 study published in  “Life Sciences.” The study followed eight pediatric cancer patients over two years and found that no vomiting occurred when patients ingested Delta-8-THC before and for 24 hours after cancer treatment. The study reported very few side effects.

A study was conducted in 1995 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in conjunction with Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In this study, Delta-8 THC was administered to eight children ranging from 3 to 13 years of age with various hematologic cancers. These children had been treated with different drugs and [chemotherapy] for eight months prior to treatment with Delta-8-THC. The Delta-8-THC treatments started two hours before each session of chemo and continued every six hours for 24 hours. With this treatment, vomiting was completely prevented and side-effects were reported as negligible.” Leafly2

Memory (promise of a benefit to be determined)

The cannabinoid has shown promising effects as a neuroprotectant, and may help stave off debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Animal research shows that Delta-8 boosts levels of acetylcholine, a vital neurotransmitter involved with memory and learning.

Reduced Anxiety (a major benefit)

If regular cannabis leaves you feeling anxious and paranoid, you may prefer the more mellow effects of its mildly psychoactive cousin. Since Delta-8 is not as intoxicating as standard THC, it doesn’t cause the intense reality-bending effects that can trigger anxiety.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Delta-8-THC displays anxiety-reducing qualities similar to Delta-9-THC. While there is currently little clinical literature investigating its anti-anxiety potential, anecdotal reports claim that the consumption of Delta-8-THC results in a very calm, focused high, without the anxiety that can sometimes accompany Delta-9-THC.

Increased Appetite (a major benefit)

A research paper on rodents, published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior back in 2004, found that Delta-8 has a more stimulating effect on appetite than Delta-9-THC.

Delta-8-THC may also help to stimulate the appetite. Research conducted on mice and published in a 2004 edition of “Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior” found that a low dose of Delta-8-THC administered to mice over 50 days resulted in a 22% increase in food intake compared with controls. The research also reported that Delta-8-THC increased food intake significantly more than Delta-9-THC, which is a reputed appetite stimulant.

What About Recreational Use?

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Delta-8 does have some psychoactive effects while lifting the mood, so it’s not a surprise that people are using a legal product for recreational purposes too!

Delta-8 products probably won’t satisfy the experienced cannabis user, but if you prefer a milder high with a more slightly stoned feel, then delta-8 might be your thing.

Casting back to a memory of milder ‘weed’ of decades past, that was passed around at outdoor rock festivals, you have a picture of delta-8 as the less intense version of weed that many people smoked back then.

This is a cannabinoid that offers a satisfying lifting of spirits and washing away of worries and anxiety, without making you edgy or irritable, or feeling you have to clutch the couch for hours.

What are the Risks of Using Delta-8?

This is a minor cannabinoid that has not undergone intensive study yet, so there’s still a great deal that is unknown about Delta-8-THC. As with all cannabis products and all medicines, you should take  cautious approach toward using it.

Generally Delta-8 is available in concentrate forms, because most cannabis flower contains less than 1% Delta-8-THC.  You should be only try delta-8 on a very small dose to start and work your way up cautiously to find what gives you the greatest benefit.

You should consult a doctor or treatment expert that has experience with prescribing cannabis for health and mental problems, but even they may not be able to advise you beyond the information in this article and other online literature, because of the current lack of studies for Delta-8 and general lack of awareness of the cannabinoid compared CBD which just about all health professionals are now aware of.

Be aware that the extraction and refinement  processes used to acquire a substantial quantity of  Delta-8 means that some Delta-8 products maybe more than Delta-8  isolate alone. While some Delta-8-THC concentrates are isolates, other products may combine Delta-8-THC with CBD and/or Delta-9-THC for a more full-spectrum effect.

This combining can be beneficial with a view to the entourage effect benefits of partnering cannabinoids rather than using an isolate. There are however currently minimal studies for the effects concerning Delta-8 as an isolate or combination with other cannabinoids. If the idea is to avoid Delta-9, you must check the testing report for the product to confirm that you have a pure isolate and not a blend.

“If you’re thinking about consuming Delta-8-THC, it’s vital to be aware that a great deal of the current knowledge we have about the cannabinoid is based on animal studies. Research on animals has indicated that Delta-8-THC (along with Delta-9-THC) resulted in increased blood pressure by temporarily constricting the blood vessels. The rise in blood pressure was then followed by a drop in blood pressure and a slower heart rate. That being said, the effects observed in animals can be very different from  the effects observed in humans, as evidenced in a 2018 systematic review published in “Pharmaceuticals.” For example, while Delta-8-THC significantly slowed heart rate in animals, it conversely increased heart rate in humans.” Weedmaps1  

The above statement shows that using animal studies as benchmarks on human reactions to Delta-8, where human studies are lacking, can be very misleading.

If you have heart and circulatory issues and if you are taking other medications for these issues, be very cautious and seek medical advice on combining Delta-8 with other medications before you try using it.

CBD is Legal, Delta-9 THC is NOT legal – but is Delta-8 THC legal?

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The goood news: Delta-8 is legal in the United States, per federal law!

You maybe confused knowing that Delta-8 has lots in common with Delta-9 THC, and produces a psychoactive effect; but under the industrial hemp regulations set by the 2018 Farm Bill, companies can sell Delta-8 legally when marketed as an industrial hemp product.

The Farm Bill allows all derivatives, isomers and cannabinoids from hemp products to be sold legally, except for Delta-9-THC. Delta-9 THC cannot be currently sold and must not be present in hemp product in concentrations of 0.3% or higher, under federal law.

This means a hemp product could have huge amounts of Delta-8 and still be legal! It’s likely lawmakers weren’t thinking of Delta-8 when the Farm Bill was implemented however, so this law could be changed in the future.

But for now, Delta-8 is legal, along with all the other legal hemp cannabinoids, and your only concerns are whether is it legal in your state and whether it can be detected in a drug test.

Now, before you get really excited, check your state law for legality as some states have Delta-8 THC listed as an illegal substance, like Delta-9 THC. This is regardless of the 2018 Farm Bill and Washington’s position, so be careful.

A Quick List of States Were Delta-8 is Currently Restricted or Illegal:

In all other states, it is legal – for now.

Illegal in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.

Therefore, before ordering Delta 8, you should always check with your state law first (don’t rely on this article alone), as laws regarding cannabis can be prone to sudden change.

Will Delta-8 THC Show on a Drug Test?

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The bad news: Delta-8 will most likely show up on a drug test.

Drug tests don’t look for THC itself, but its’ metabolites. These are the molecules THC is broken down into, and the molecules excreted from the body that signal whether a person has been taking a certain drug, so a metabolite from delta-8 will give you  the same positive reading as a metabolite from Delta-9.

It probably won’t be enough to show your package of ‘legal’ Delta-8 at your test because in many cases drug tests are associated with zero tolerance, no matter the form of THC, on influence for activities such as driving a car or flying a plane, or other circumstances where ‘faculty impairment’ is the prime concern of the test.

What Type of Delta-8 Products Can I Get?

Delta-8 is available in a number of different product forms and strengths. Here are some of them:

Delta-8 Vape cartridges

Vaping and vape cartridges are brilliant if you want a convenient and efficient method of taking Delta-8. Inhalation is the quickest way of getting Delta-8 cannabinoids into the body, so they can start having a positive effect. Research suggests that vaping is considerably less harmful than smoking – but always make sure you buy legitimate, lab-tested products.

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EMPE Delta-8  cartridge offers a high strength sweetspot for users with a discreet range of 5 flavors.  A 1 ml cartridge with a high potency which offers 92% Delta-8 content, but with a higher price – but for an extra $2 you get this cartridge with a battery included, which then makes the package a good value for money deal.
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Easy to understand lab report
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Delta 8 Vape Cartridges from A Gift From Nature. Each vape cartridge contains 1ml with 500mg Delta-8 + 30 mg of a rich terpene blend. 1 gram cartridge, with 50% Delta 8 THC, CBN and strain based terpenes.
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500MG Delta-8
Delta-8 THC + terpenes
8 Flavor options
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Not the strongest Delta-8 available
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High concentration of Delta 8 at 90% (900mg in 1ml) with natural terpenes in this quality product from Chill Plus. Ingredients: Pure Hemp-Derived Cannabinoid oil and natural Terperes (varies by flavor). Get this while there is a generous discounted price.
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High strength for the price – 900mg Delta-8 (90%)
Testing at 96% pure Delta 8 content
Great range of flavors
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Delta-8 Disposable Vape Pens

If you are not getting the results from CBD that you hoped for and  you are thinking about trying Delta-8, you may want to get a disposable Delta-8 vape pen to see if Delta-8 is for you.

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Available in 15 different strain flavors with different battery body colors available.  Subcription for a regular purchase will almost double your discount percentage (45% to 70%) making  the price of  this quality product much more attractive900mg | 1g | 90% Delta-8 THC!
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90% Delta-8
Good range of flavors
Very convenient battery and USB adaptor
Choice of battery  body colors
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DELTA-8 stylish disposable  vape pen by Two Hawk Hemp Co, brought to you by ERTH HEMP, is a great product with great reviews and a special low price if you subscribe for a regular delivery.
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80 to 85% Delta-8 ~ lab report
Nice packaging and smart pen design
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Take your Delta-8 Vaping experience to the next level. With new 10X Delta-8 Disposable Vaping Pens with rechargeable battery and a sleep pen look.  Get this while the discount lasts.
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92% Delta-8
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Delta-8 Dry Herb and Pre-Roll

For those that like to vape dry herb or smoke a traditional reefer, then these Delta-8 options may be for you.

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Premium Delta-8 THC flower Bubba Kush.
A classic indica strain known for  its relaxing effects.
Ingredients:
Indica Hemp flower

 
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Good sized amount
525mg of Delta-8 in 7grams of flower
Nice tightly sealed storage jar
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Fair price but not the cheapest
Small range of only 2 choices: Bubba Kush and Lifter
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Kief roll brimming with terpenes and cannabinoids + Delta-8.
What is Kief? Kief, or dry sift pollen, is the sweet and sticky crystalline pieces found on the hemp bud. But kief does more than just look pretty because it also encompasses the resin glands of the flower that include all of the hemp plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids, giving it not only its scent but full flavor too. This preroll is a blend of the best parts of the flower, plus kief and 90mg of Delta-8 THC!
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Smooth affect from the best of the flower and Delta-8
Nice range of 5 flavor options
Ready to use
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Lower  price for a larger quantity
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Delta-8 Edibles

For more sustained delta-8 effects, the slower release offered by edibles are just the ticket. While edibles don’t kick in straight away, the delta-8 effect ultimately stays effective for much longer when taken as an edible  rather than taken in a vape or by tincture. This slower release is ideal if tackling chronic symptoms.

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8mg of Delta-8 + 4mg CBD per strip.  20 strips in a  bag.  Volume purchase discounts available with free shipping added. 90 day absolute satisfaction “Money-Back Guarantee”.
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20 strips that are discreet to take
Easy to seal zip-lock bag
Strips individually packaged so you can slip a single piece pack in a purse or wallet
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25mg Delta-8 gummies  conveniently packaged in a 30ct jar. Great flavors that deliver a potent irreplaceable uplifting and euphoric feeling with a calming body sensation.
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Strong with 25mg Delta-8 per gummy
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Chill Plus Delta Force Our are delicious CBD Gummies, balanced out with 500mg of CBD isolate with 500mg Delta-8 to make your buzz smooth and steady.  20mg  per piece = 10mg Delta 8 + 10mg CBD. 50 pieces per container.
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Balanced blend of Delta-8 and CBD per gummy
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A little pricey but the larger quantity is an offset to the price, plus there is a great discount offered too, which we hope will stay

Delta-8 Tinctures

Tincture oils are a classic and popular way of taking cannabis oil extracts, and for good reason. The sublingual absorption that occurs when applying oil under the tongue means the effects of delta-8 take hold almost as rapidly when vaping. And even better, there are really no health risks associated with tincture oils. You can also use them in recipes and apply to your skin.

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Chill Plus Delta Force CBD Oil combines 500mg of Delta-8 with 500mg of all-natural, hemp-derived full spectrum CBD. A potent Delta-8 tincture partnered with broad spectrum CBD for a great product.
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500mg of Delta-8 blended with 500mg CBD
The CBD component is full spectrum for a naturally balanced, potent blend
Higher potency options available too
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No flavor options, but for those who don’t want flavors added then this works well 
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Delta-8 THC tends to manifest less of the potential uneasy feelings normally associated with Delta-9 THC. The addition of CBG (Cannabigerol) makes the “Warrior” tincture a great option for those who have a hard time unwinding due to pain & inflammation
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750mg of Delta-8 THC blended with 250mg CBG 
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30 day money back guarantee if not happy with the results
Highly endorsed product
2 other tincture options for different effect purposes
Cons
CONS
Is the addition of MCT oil really necessary? 
Bottom Line
 D8 DRP Contains a broad-spectrum hemp extract which includes Delta 8, other cannabinoids, and terpenes for maximum effectiveness. MCT as the carrier oil, Natural Flavors and terpenes give this product a full-flavored taste combined with a euphoric calming effect
Pros
PROS
1000mg of Delta-8 with other cannabinoids
An indica, sativa and hybrid option is offered
The price is reasonable without a discount
Cons
CONS
No lab report on the listing
Small choice of flavor strains
We don’t know the exact percentage of Delta-8

In Conclusion – Is Delta-8 Worth Trying?

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So, is Delta-8 worth trying and do I have to be chronically anxious or depressed to use it?

Cautiously, we say it is worth trying for some different reasons.

Delta-8 could be a great assistance for those suffering severe anxiety where CBD is not quite cutting it, but you don’t have to be chronically anxious to use it. If you want to lift you mood and creativity under pressure, then Delta-8 can be just as valuable for this purpose.

Alternatively, if you want a recreational high that is not too intense and leaves you active and creative, then Delta-8 can work equally for this purpose too.

The takeaway here is that this cannabinoid is relatively new on the scene with much less research and backgound understanding on dosing along with its benefits and effects on the body and mind. Therefore Delta-8 should be treated with respect  in terms of how much you use and  how you will react to it, as well as its legality where you are. Be cautious on these points.

Be mindful of contraindication with prescribed drugs set for medical conditions that could conflict with Delta-8 use. If you have a serious health condition and take prescription medicine for it, we absolutely urge you to seek medical advice with your doctor about combining the use of Delta-8 with your medication.

We also think it is worth trying Delta-8, especially if you don’t like the strong effects of Delta-9 and if CBD is just not doing enough for you; but be cautious. Check you are Ok to buy it in your state, do not use it if you are subject to any form of routine drug testing and work your way up on dosage and strength.

Note: Remember to ask for a lab test report if you are looking  strictly for isolate with no other cannabinoids mixed with delta-8; such as CBD or delta-9

Selected References for this Article with Special Thanks to:

  1. QJM An International Journal of Medicine : The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates
  2. weedmap :  Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol
  3. leaflyWhat Is Delta-8 THC and How Is It Different from Delta-9?
  4. hightimes What Is Delta-8 THC and How Is It Different from CBD?
  5. CBDvapejuice: Delta 8 THC
  6. Delta-8 and Delta-9 comparison image courtesy: marijuanagrow.shop: What is Delta-8-THC and what are it effects?

Other links to studies or articles can be found in the text

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