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Do you suffer from acute and chronic pain? Perhaps you’ll feel better knowing that you’re not the only one with the problem. Millions of Americans suffer from the same problem. Okay, maybe that didn’t make you feel better, but here’s something that will: there is a tested solution to your problem.
I’m talking about Delta 8 gummies. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is delta 8 to begin with? And how does it help with chronic pain management?
Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid. It is found in both marijuana and hemp, but is mostly derived from hemp for legal reasons. It only makes up about 0.01% of the cannabis plant when naturally occurring, making it secondary to its much more prolific and popular cousin, delta 9 THC, A.K.A the THC everyone knows about. For that reason, delta 8 THC is mostly produced artificially, through a process of isomerization.
Delta 8 THC has most of the same effects as delta 9 THC, though it is significantly less "potent," it won’t get you nearly as high as its illegal cousin, and for that reason, you don’t have to worry about many of the side effects that come with an overdose of delta 9 THC, such as fatigue, an extreme appetite, anxiety, and even hallucinations.
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As a cannabinoid, delta 8 THC mainly interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This is essentially the body’s balance maintenance system, consisting of cannabinoid receptors, enzymes, and chemicals known as endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids naturally produced in the body. They bind to cannabinoid receptors and work to regulate different bodily functions, such as pain, inflammation, sleep, mood, memory, learning, metabolism, appetite, and even reproductive functions.
Cannabinoids derived from external sources, such as delta 8 THC, mimic endocannabinoids, binding with receptors to induce the same effects.
Scientists have extensively studied the ECS and found that it plays a vital role to pain management. The CB1 cannabinoid receptors are important for pain management, as they reduce pain when activated. Delta 8 THC binds to these receptors at strategic points in the nervous system, relieving the user of pain. Delta 9 THC does the same, but it is more potent, which means it gives you more of a high. Not all users like that high.
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Delta 8 THC comes in many forms, including vapes, oils, tinctures, edibles, and even lotions. You can try them all to see which one you would like, but many people prefer delta 8 gummies. For starters, they are really discreet. They look and taste like normal chewing gum so you don’t have to worry about having to explain them to everyone.
The effects from gummies also last longer, since they use the digestive system. If you took a vape concentrate, the effects would kick in much faster, but would also not last very long.
Studies show that delta 8 THC is generally safe. Even when taking larger doses, respondents reported negligible side effects, especially when compared to the much more potent delta 9 THC.
That said, the specific effects will depend on the individual. Some individuals report dry mouth, though this is from the salivary glands producing less saliva and goes away as soon as the effects wear off. Others report feeling more relaxed and sleepy. If you’re planning to work while on delta 8, consider taking varieties with different terpenes to help you stay alert while at work. Also, make sure to consult your doctor before trying delta 8.
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