CBD and Delta-8 THC: Similar Benefits, Different Experience

Many of the hemp-derived products that you can buy online are not approved for clinical use by the FDA. Anything you find on this site is perfectly safe and legal; it just hasn’t been vetted by the scientists in charge of declaring whether or not something can be credibly described as medicine.

This might give you pause. You might be wondering how you can trust something that doesn’t have the same stamp of approval as, say, medical marijuana. Well, we’re here to tell you that there’s a very simple answer to that question. You can trust the CBD and Delta-8 THC products on this site because compared to medical marijuana, the effect on your brain will be almost the same.

This isn’t to say you will feel high when you take our products, as you might have after lighting up a joint. But CBD is well-recognized for having many of the same pain-relieving and anxiety-reducing effects of THC, despite having no psychoactive properties. Meanwhile, Delta-8 THC mimics both the wellness-enhancing effects and the psychoactive properties of regular marijuana, but it provides a much milder and more clear-headed high.

At this point you might be asking how each of these substances can affect your wellness in the same ways while also providing totally different sensory experiences. We can’t claim to have all the answers. And neither, for that matter, can scientists. There’s still a lot of research that needs to be done on all three of these substances, but we have developed a basic understanding of how they work, and it is notably the same for all of them.

CBD, hemp-derived Delta-8 THC, and marijuana’s more familiar Delta-9 THC are all categorized as cannabinoids. Those substances are not unique to hemp and cannabis, but can enter your body in small quantities through some of the foods you eat. From there, they interact with the endocannabinoid system, a relatively little-understood part of human physiology which plays a role mood regulation, memory-formation, and much more.

The active ingredients in our CBD and Delta-8 products interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in that system and help to amplify the effects of the mood chemicals serotonin and dopamine. There’s also research to indicate that cannabinoids modulate the release of neurotransmitters that cause repetitive recall of traumatic memories. This is part of the reason why medical marijuana has proven effective in treating PTSD, and has been approved for that use by the FDA.

We’re not saying that CBD or Delta-8 THC can take the place of medical marijuana in that kind of a treatment. But we are saying that the basic interactions with hormones and neurotransmitters are the same whether you’re smoking medical marijuana, taking CBD supplements, or using Delta-8 oil in a vaporizer.

At a minimum, you’ll probably find that each of these alternatives makes you feel a little calmer and less anxious than you would have if you were giving your endocannabinoid system no help whatsoever. And when it comes to using these substances for wellness, the sensory effect is purely optional, and largely irrelevant.

You don’t have to get high in order to experience the benefits of cannabinoids. If you don’t want to, then reach for CBD. If you do, but you don’t want to risk it affecting how you function mentally, try Delta-8 THC. Either way, we have products that will suit your individual preferences while enhancing wellness in ways that are not unlike medical marijuana.