In early 2020, Kush Queen launched a line of minor cannabinoid-rich gummies and we’ve been working around the clock to keep them in stock ever since. 

When we introduce any new cannabinoid, we begin by doing our research, developing, testing, and refining our products. 

Along with that, we are committed to providing you detailed information and educational content with the launch of each new cannabinoid. 

As this whirlwind of a year comes to an end, we’re excited to introduce the next minor cannabinoid we’re featuring in our product line: Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Delta 8 THC. 

This blog is the first in a three-part series on Delta 8 THC that will give you an overview of this emerging compound and what you can expect from it.

The Science Of Delta 8 THC

As you’ve heard us say in the past, CBD and THC are just two among many cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp. 

What you’ve come to know as THC is actually Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol and is abundantly present in the cannabis plant. THC is associated with giving cannabis its psychoactive effects. Now it’s time to meet Delta 8, THC'S gen Z younger cousin.

Think of Delta 8 THC as “THC-Lite”, or a slightly milder, hemp-derived cannabinoid with a host of great benefits, like relieving pain and reducing anxiety. It’s like the equally cool, woke and yet slightly more refined younger cousin of THC. 

When you break down the science, “the molecular difference between Delta-8-THC and its famous cousin is small, but it’s enough to change how it binds to the brain” and how your body processes the cannabinoid, reports Dr. Peter Grinspoon with Doctor's for Cannabis Regulation.

Molecules of Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC

 

For your body to process any cannabinoid, the molecules must bind to “receptors that are part of your endocannabinoid system – a network of receptors and chemicals that influence a variety of experiences including, mood, pain sensation, or stress.” 

Delta 9 THC molecules bind very tightly to the receptors, while Delta 8 molecules doesn’t bind as well. 

Gabriella Gobbi, a professor at McGill University’s Department of Psychology puts it this way “It’s for this reason that people think it’s less psychotropic – it has less of the effect of a [full on] high.” 

The Effects Of Delta 8 THC

When compared to THC, most people that have tried Delta 8 THC describe the full-body effect as a lighter high with lower levels of anxiety and paranoia. Ultimately this makes Delta 8 THC a great middle-ground between pure CBD and cannabis-derived THC edibles and tinctures.

Delta-8 THC works synergistically with other plant compounds by activating the entourage effect. When combined with CBD-rich hemp extract and our targeted essential oil blends, Delta 8 THC enhances the strength of each components' effect. 

Think about it this way: CBD is known to relieve pain and curb anxiety, as is Delta-8 THC. 

For example, our Relax essential oil blend of lavender, chamomile, and frankincense was designed to help ease mental stress and soothe physical tension in the body. When these elements are all present together (CBD, Delta 8 THC, and the essential oil blend) they bring out and strengthen each other’s effectiveness and potency. 

Kush Queen's Relax 1:1 CBD and Delta 8 THC bath bomb

The Legal Status of Delta 8 THC

The 2018 Farm Bill paved the way for hemp-infused products to take the wellness and beauty industries by storm. While CBD has obviously dominated in the new product category, interest in minor cannabinoids is on the rise and shows promising potential, although research on these compounds is limited. 

Since hemp-derived Delta-8 is legal in most states, it’s a more accessible cannabinoid for folx who live in states without legal cannabis. And because of its similarity to Delta 9 THC, it’s about the closest you can get to an extra-strength experience from a hemp product. 

Kush Queen's Extra Strength Series Features CBD and Delta 8 THC

As part of our extra strength ratio series, we are excited to launch our 3 community favorite bath bombs in a 1:1 CBD to Delta 8 THC ratio!

Each ratio bath bomb features 25mg CBD + 25mg Delta-8 THC and your choice of our Sleep, Relax, or Relieve essential oil blends. 

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