Since the legalization of hemp and its derivatives, new cannabinoid products have been storming the wellness market, and the interest in legal cannabis ingredients keeps rising.
As millions of Americans have already tried hemp-derived wellness products and added them to their routines, you may wonder if they are worth trying and which cannabinoids to choose. Luckily, there’s no shortage of options, and here are the cannabinoids you can try yourself.
CBD – The Famous Wellness Trend
Even if you don’t know much about the science of cannabinoids, you must have already heard about CBD, short for cannabidiol. Although a famous chemist Roger Adams discovered the non-psychoactive cannabinoid early in the 20th century, it wasn’t until the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal that CBD skyrocketed in popularity.
Once CBD entered the wellness industry, the CBD craze began. The cannabinoid soon became available in the forms of oral supplements (softgels), sublingual drops (tinctures), vape products, edibles, and various skincare products.
Is CBD Worth Trying?
More than 30% of the U.S. population has already tried CBD. Such popularity of the non-psychoactive compound will probably make you want to try it too.
If you are contemplating whether you should try CBD, here are some facts to consider:
- CBD, unlike THC in marijuana, is non-psychoactive
- CBD is legal per the 2018 Farm Bill
- CBD is a natural ingredient
- CBD won’t get you high regardless of the dose you consume
- CBD works through the interaction with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
In short, CBD is safe to consume. However, not all CBD products contain the same ingredients, come from the same quality hemp plant, and are made equally. The increased demand for the famous cannabinoid has resulted in the overcrowded CBD market. Unfortunately, there are many unreliable CBD brands out there. Some products on the market might have false labels, unwanted ingredients, and even a higher THC than the legally allowed amount.
Why Do People Consume CBD?
Although millions of people use CBD every day, it’s not a cure-all, and the reasons for taking CBD vary across consumers significantly. That’s because CBD produces varying outcomes depending on individual factors like body chemistry, metabolism, and health conditions.
The only FDA-approved prescription CBD drug is Epidiolex is used to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex. The rest of CBD products are designed to supply humans and animals’ endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The CBD Insider 2019 US CBD Consumer Report summarized the primary reasons people take CBD. According to the report, the main reasons for taking CBD were:
- Aches and Discomfort (58%)
- Relaxation (50%)
- Muscle Soreness and Recovery (41%)
- Sleep (38.8%)
- Mood (37.9%)
- General Health (28.9%)
- Energy (23%)
- Focus (18.9%)
While there’s no guarantee that CBD can help with any of the aforementioned conditions, the best way to know is to try it. Even though CBD is a safe cannabinoid and won’t get you high or cause unwanted symptoms, ensure to buy a high-quality product. Many labels claim to provide safe and high-quality ingredients, but that’s not always the case. Always check third-party lab test results to confirm these claims and avoid buying mislabeled products.
Delta 8 THC – The Hemp-Derived THC
If the combination of these three letters instantly makes you think of marijuana and its high, then you might only be aware of Delta 9 THC. The latter is the active psychoactive compound in marijuana. However, Delta 8 THC is different from well-known THC, and it has already taken the stage in the wellness industry. Although a variant of THC, it derives from hemp – a non-psychoactive cousin to marijuana.
Delta 8 THC is nearly identical to Delta 9 THC with its chemical structure, but it has a double bond on the 8th carbon chain, while Delta 9 has it on the 9th chain, hence the names. It might look like a very slight difference, but it makes Delta 8 THC significantly different from its famous cousin cannabinoid.
Hemp-derived Delta 8 THC is less psychoactive than Delta 9 THC in marijuana, partially because of its low solubility in water. As a result, Delta 8 THC consumers report a smoother high without the common unsettling side effects of Delta 9 THC.
Most importantly, Delta 8 THC, like CBD, derives from the hemp plant, which is federally legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill. In contrast, Delta 9 THC derives from marijuana, although its trace amounts also exist in hemp.
CBD or Delta 8 THC: Which Cannabinoid to Choose?
Both cannabinoids are now widely available from numerous brands and retailers, so buying access is no issue, but choosing one might seem challenging. The easy way to determine is to ask yourself – what effects are you looking for?
If you are searching for a non-psychoactive experience and a supplement to use daily CBD is the right choice. However, when wanting to experience a milder high from a federally legal plant, Delta 8 THC is the correct answer.
What’s best of all is that if you want to try both hemp-derived cannabinoids, you can safely combine Delta 8 THC with CBD. They can work in synergy to provide results per the famous theory Entourage Effect.
Have you already tried CBD and Delta 8 THC? Let us know in the comments about your experience!