When it comes to the safety of Delta-8 THC, it is important for consumers to understand that products containing this cannabinoid have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for any use. As such, they should be kept out of reach of children and pets, as their marketing can potentially endanger public health. That being said, Delta 8 THC is generally safe when taken in the right dose. It has the ability to bind to the brain's CB1 receptors, which can cause a range of side effects such as anxiety, dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, and slower reaction time.
These effects are more likely to occur when taking higher doses than recommended, so it is important to speak with a doctor about how to use Delta 8 THC before trying it out. In 1995, a study was conducted to look at the effects of Delta 8 THC in treating the side effects of chemotherapy in eight pediatric patients. The results showed that Delta 8 THC was safe and effective in preventing chemotherapy-related nausea in children, with minimal side effects. This suggests that Delta 8 THC may be more useful in therapeutic settings than Delta 9 THC.
The Washington State Alcoholic Beverages and Cannabis Board (LCB) recently announced that products containing Delta 8 THC must comply with state regulations on Delta 9 THC, but the LCB cannot regulate cannabis products sold outside the state licensing system. Most users of Delta 8 THC reported that it was less potent than conventional Delta 9 THC. This is likely due to the fact that the natural amount of Delta 8 THC in hemp is very low and additional chemicals are needed to convert other cannabinoids in hemp, such as CBD, into Delta 8 THC. A 1973 study measured the potency of Delta 8 THC and found that it was about 30 percent stronger than Delta 9.More recently, a cancer researcher in Israel proposed a study on Delta 8 THC to determine its effectiveness in relieving nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.