What Are the Long-Term Side Effects of Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol delta-8, is a psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis sativa plant, of which marijuana and hemp are two varieties. It is similar to delta-9 THC in terms of chemical structure, three carbon rings, a long tail and several negative and psychological effects. However, it is significantly less potent than delta-9 THC. Due to the lack of research, little is known about the effects of using the substance.

Consumers report effects similar to those of THC, such as mild euphoria, happiness, uplifting feelings and pain relief. Potential adverse side effects are also not well researched, but those who use Delta-8 products claim that confusion, anxiety, drowsiness, slow heart rate, numbness, rapid heart rate, and low blood pressure can occur. It may not come as a surprise to people who wear contact lenses that Delta 8 can cause temporary dry mouth while the compound is active in the body. That's why you might want to increase your water consumption. Keep in mind that dry mouth is not a sign of body dehydration, but rather is the result of effects on the salivary glands.

Dry eyes are another potential side effect of delta 8, as it is also temporary and lasts only as long as the cannabinoid is active in the body. This can cause the eyes to look red and, in more rare cases, cause discomfort due to a lack of moisture. Moisturizing eye drops can remedy this side effect in most cases. Some people find that higher doses of delta 8 THC make them feel temporarily lightheaded, and others feel a strong need to take a nap. Lightheadedness may be accompanied by mental confusion, fatigue, mild lightheadedness, and lack of concentration.

This is a side effect that usually goes away once delta 8 has passed and is less likely to occur if a smaller dose is taken. When Delta 8 was legalized, a uniform dosage was also made available. However, if someone decides to go too far, they will almost certainly face negative consequences. In addition, because everyone is different, the effects of Delta 8 may vary from person to person. It's one of the reasons Delta 8 should be underconsumed in modest doses.

It takes a while to take effect, so the user must have an effective dosing plan. The FDA is aware of the growing concern surrounding delta-8 products with THC that are currently sold online and in stores. Some concerns include variability in product formulations and labeling, other cannabinoid and terpene contents, and varying concentrations of THC delta-8. It is important for consumers to know that delta-8 products with THC have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. We can assume that THC delta 8 has long-term risks similar to those of delta 9 since both cannabinoids belong to the same group. The risks of delta-8 THC are varied and are not worth it because of the potential adverse health effects it may have.

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