The Science of Cannabinoids
When you ingest cannabis, the effects that you experience are due to the interaction of chemicals – called cannabinoids – with specific, membrane-bound receptors located in the brain. These receptors make up a system known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which helps to modulate many aspects of the Central Nervous System (CNS). The CNS is responsible for taking in sensory information, processing that information, and sending out the necessary motor-signals in response. That is why ingesting cannabis can create such a wide range of effects. Pain, nausea, hunger, anxiety...the signals regulating each of these functions are found in the CNS, so it makes sense that cannabis would decrease pain and nausea while increasing hunger and relaxation.
As of now, scientists have been able to isolate 113 different cannabinoids and identified two distinct types of cannabinoid receptors. You may recognize the main classes of natural cannabinoids, which include CBG, CBC, CBD, THC, CBN, CBE, iso-THC, CBL, and CBT. The effects that you experience when you ingest cannabis depend on the specific combination of cannabinoids present.
A recent valuable discovery in the realm of cannabinoids is Delta(Δ)8-THC. Naturally, Δ8-THC is only present in cannabis in minor amounts. However, recent advances in the process of fractional distillation have made it possible to isolate Δ8-THC from hemp extract.
The National Cancer Institute states that Δ8-THC is:
"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."
Δ8-THC differs from Δ9-THC (the cannabinoid you are probably most familiar with) by only a few atomic bonds. However, like with other cannabinoids, that small change results in a considerable difference in how it affects you.
While Δ8-THC is less psychoactive than Δ9-THC, it still has psychoactive effects. Compared to Δ9-THC, Δ8-THC provides a slightly clearer head, while still creating a physical "stoning" effect and having pain-relieving properties.
Due to its lesser psychoactive effects, high doses of Δ8-THC are much less likely to cause anxiety when compared to Δ9-THC. In fact, many people find Δ8-THC to be quite helpful for reducing their anxiety.
Additionally, Δ8-THC is a great appetite stimulant and has anti-nausea properties. This makes it the perfect choice for those suffering from stomach ailments that can make eating difficult.
Want to try Δ8-THC?
We always recommend 3Chi's Δ8-THC products. All of 3Chi's Δ8-THC products are made with incredibly pure distillate; ranging from 94-99% Δ8-THC.
3Chi's Δ8-THC vape cartridge has an unbeatable uplifting feel and is currently testing at over 95% Δ8-THC (950mg) with the rest being CBN, CBC, and cannabis-derived terpenes.
It comes in a 510 compatible, glass CCELL cartridge with a ceramic core and ceramic mouthpiece for the best possible performance and taste.
3Chi's Δ8-THC distillate syringe is a 1ml graduated glass, Luer lock syringe containing the highest quality 94-99% Δ8-THC on the market. It is currently testing at 99.5% or higher total active cannabinoids.
Includes a ½ inch, 14 gauge blunt tip needle for dispensing.
3Chi's Δ8-THC tincture contains a broad spectrum hemp extract with Δ8-THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenes for maximum effectiveness. The tincture uses MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) as the carrier oil.
The terpenes give this product a bit of a plant taste, so be aware of that.
NOTE: This product is not for use in a vape!
3Chi’s “Comfortably Numb” Δ8-THC:CBN tincture is designed to deliver maximum relaxation effects. It comes with a 1:1 ratio of Δ8-THC and CBN, along with CBC and a proprietary terpene blend high in beta-caryophyllene to maximize its soothing effects. The tincture uses MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) as the carrier oil.
CBN helps temper the energetic aspects of Δ8-THC to bring an extremely comfortable and relaxed body-focused feeling. This blend is perfect for soothing relief and taking it easy!