Delta-8 THC and Other Rare Cannabinoids You Should Know About
Until very recently, the only real goal of the vast majority of cannabis growers was to grow the most potent weed possible using as little time and space as possible to maximize profits.
With ongoing cannabis law reform happening not just across America, but across the globe, legalization is leading to legitimization, and the result has been an explosion of scientific data that is proving cannabis to be … dare we say it … a true miracle drug.
Many of you may be familiar with Delta-9 THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. As the most abundant cannabinoid in most marijuana plants, and the one most responsible for
getting you baked, Delta-9 enjoys hero status.
But have you heard of Delta-8 THC?
Award-winning Israeli cannabis researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was the first to isolate and synthesize THC in a lab, and is credited with discovering the many benefits of Delta-8. In 1975 Dr. Mechoulam’s Delta-8 THC research was shown to reduce the growth of cancerous lung tumors in mice, greatly extending their lifespans.
20 years later, the good doctor administered a treatment of Delta-8 THC to 480 pediatric cancer patients. The treatment and its results were highly beneficial for the sick kids showing promising anti-emetic properties that helped the young patients control their chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Two hours before each chemo treatment, the patient was given a controlled dose of the Delta-8, and it was administered again every six hours for the next 24 hours after the chemo. Of the 480 kids treated, NONE of them experienced post-chemo vomiting as they had previously suffered from.
Unfortunately, more than 20 years after that, not many extractors are singling out this rare cannabinoid, mostly due to the simple cycle of supply and demand. Since Delta-9 THC is so much more well-known and abundant in most cannabis buds, it is the primary target for profit-driven extractors.
Luckily a cannabis dispensary out of Bend, Oregon called Oregrown has partnered with the highly popular vaporizer manufacturer PAX to release a line of Delta-8 THC laden pre-filled vape pen cartridges.
So you see, CBD alone is not always the most effective course of treatment…but neither is the traditional Delta-9 THC that we are all accustomed to. Fortunately, the cannabis plant has hundreds of cannabinoids, all playing a unique role in the entourage effect you get when consuming the flowers of cannabis.
Not all of them are highly effective, however.
For example, if you harvest your plants too early, much of your potential THC or CBD may still be in the form of non-psychoactive CBG. Alternatively, once it is converted to THC, another clock starts ticking. When the THC degenerates, it becomes a cannabinoid called CBN, or cannabinol. CBN is not quite as psychoactive as its predecessor, THC, but it is usually VERY sedative. Awesome nighttime meds.
Considering that over 10 million Americans are munching down some form of prescription pills to try to get a good night’s sleep, researching cannabinoids like CBN could result in safe, all-natural relief for night owls nationwide.
But as far as we have come as a society when it comes to recognizing the medicinal benefits of cannabis, our federal government is still beholden to Big Pharma and so there are currently zero clinical trials on CBN occurring in the U.S.
In fact, due to its placement on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, many average recreational cannabis users have better access to “study materials” from their local dealer or dispensary than our finest science labs can get their hands on.
Will any of these newly appreciated cannabinoids be winning competitions or having brands built around them? That remains to be seen, but that does matter because it is the mainstreaming of marijuana that is dragging science along behind it.