The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was historic for the wellness industry. Agricultural hemp can be transformed into renewable fuel, fiber and fabrics and its derivatives like CBD host medicinal properties when taken internally or applied topically. This sustainable plant has evolved alongside human beings and its reprise in popularity has only begun.
Misconceptions about hemp and its close relative (fraternal twin, perhaps?) marijuana may have turned people away from its health balancing properties. Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids — just two on a vast spectrum of beneficial compounds that fit, like a key-to-lock, into our own endocannabinoid system, a network of receptor sites in the brain and throughout the body.
Delta 9 THC from cannabis is illegal in most states. Its perception-shifting side effect known commonly as a “high” is undesirable to many consumers. How can we achieve the health benefits of THC— including antiemetic (anti-nausea), anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) appetite-stimulating and neuroprotective properties— without the buzz?
The answer: CBD and it’s derivative, Delta 8, a relative of THC.
D8 (short for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are both derived from hemp. They are legal everywhere that CBD is (sorry Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada and Utah). I spoke with Erik Willms of Kind Oasis about the process— how exactly do you get a THC like substance from hemp?
“Delta 8 THC is made by taking CBD isolate and converting it into Delta 8 THC… a derivative of the hemp plant that acts similarly to THC. It can be considered a milder version in the right doses. Most people are turning to Delta 8 THC as a legal alternative to Delta 9 THC. The general experience is what one would expect using Delta 9 THC, including increased appetite, sedation, euphoria, relaxation, decreased anxiety.”
So which kind of legal cannabinoid is right for you?
CBD’s subtle health benefits are similar to taking a supplement— you don’t FEEL a supplement working, but you may notice, when taken with some consistency, the benefits working silently in your system. You can’t “feel” something when you take CBD. CBD is perfect for those wanting the health benefits without the buzz. Individuals living a sober lifestyle or who just don’t want the head-change. CBD supports common complaints such as anxiety, inflammation/pain, hormonal disruption, digestive issues and sleep.
While THC, CBD and Delta 8 all work with the restorative parasympathetic nervous system, D8 features a lesser psychoactive response than D9 THC with the “feel” you won’t achieve with CBD. Yes, you will get a cerebral buzz when ingesting D8 and should consume mindfully. If CBD would be considered the decaf version of THC, then D8 would be like THC-lite. This would be for someone who enjoys the euphoric effects of THC, but to a lesser degree, as well as the restorative properties of CBD. Both products may yield a false-positive drug test which can be the ultimate decision maker in this process.
By Lauren K. Hickman