Is Delta 8 Harmful to the Brain?

In conclusion, Delta 8 THC is safe to consume as long as the right dose is taken. It has the ability to bind to the brain's CB1 receptors, which can cause a range of side effects such as anxiety, bloodshot eyes, dry mouth, and slower reaction time. As it is psychoactive, it can alter how you perceive and experience your surroundings. Scientists believe that the dose may be just as important as how Delta 8 works in the brain.

Excessive consumption of Delta 8 in any form can have potentially harmful effects on brain development in children and adolescents. It is often sold outside of the regulated market without supervision and is misleadingly packaged and presented as “light marijuana” or “dietary herb”. Other common side effects of THC, such as paranoia, anxiety, and sleepiness, are less potent when it comes to Delta 8.Delta 8 THC (or delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a natural cannabinoid found in small traces in hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plants. It is becoming increasingly popular due to its lack of anxiety or paranoia often associated with THC.

It is a similar but less intense form of THC delta 9 (marijuana) with more therapeutic benefits than psychotropic ones. Several states are proposing or enacting laws that would include Delta 8 and Delta 10 in their regulation of THC products, recognizing the potential harm these substances can cause. Delta 10, closely related to Delta 8, comes from certified laboratories at the CBD-rich hemp plant. A combination of ease of access, legality, and curiosity can encourage people in recovery to experiment with Delta 8 or Delta 10. Although Delta 10 concentrations are approximately half that of Delta 8, it has been reported to nearly double them in terms of psychotropic potency. If a child eats or is exposed to Delta-8 products such as gummies or candy, seek immediate medical attention.

Cheap Delta 8 gummies are commercially available, offering the same mental and physical benefits as CBD and THC. Delta 9 makes you feel like you've lost control over yourself, while Delta 8 makes you feel like you're still in control. Elizabeth Scharman, director of the West Virginia Toxicology Center and professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of West Virginia, emphasizes that “delta-8-THC is not the same as CBD”. Delta 10 also connects to nerve receptors in the brain but researchers are still unsure why this occurs. Another reason for its growing popularity is that its use is legal in most states unlike heavily regulated THC.

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