August 11, 2023 4 min read

Delta-11, a relatively newcannabinoid, is gaining attention for intense psychoactive effects, but some are worried about its side effects. More specifically, can Delta-11 upset your stomach?

Unlike its more well-known counterpart,Delta-8, Delta-11 is said to be significantly more potent, and there's limited research available on its effects. While some individuals might experience a stomach upset after using Delta-11, it's essential to note that this is a rare occurrence, and there's insufficient scientific evidence to confirm this possibility.

Here's what we do know:

Key Takeaways

  • Upset stomach is a possible, but rare, side effect of Delta-11, but it may be linked to other underlying issues.
  • Some people experience relief from stomach upset when using THC products. 
  • You may be able to avoid Delta-11 side effects by choosing high-quality products and carefully monitoring your dosage. 
Hemp flower grown outdoors before it is harvested for Delta-11 production

Delta-11 Upset Stomach and Other Side Effects

Delta-11, while potentially capable of causing an upset stomach, does so very infrequently. Each person's response to Delta-11 can vary, and some individuals may find it helpful for alleviating stomach discomfort.

For those who do experience any stomach upset after consuming Delta-11, it's essential to consider potential factors such as individual sensitivity or anxiety. 

Before using Delta-11, it's essential to be aware of all potential side effects and to be vigilant about recognizing them. Research on Delta-11 is relatively limited, and while severe side effects associated with thiscannabinoid have not been identified, anecdotal reports offer some insights. 

Some users claim to have experienced mild stomach discomfort after consuming Delta-11. In rare instances, there have been reports of Delta-11 use leading to diarrhea. It's crucial to note, however, that these cases are infrequent.

Other potential side effects that some individuals have reported include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes
  • Increased appetite

It’s important to keep in mind that the side effects associated with THC are usually dose dependent. Because Delta-11 is so potent (up to three times more potent than traditional Delta-9-THC), taking too much may be a culprit behind many potential side effects. 

Let’s discuss some other factor that could lead to an upset stomach when using THC products like Delta-11:

Uncommon Factors That Could Lead to Digestive Discomfort

Appetite Stimulation

One potential cause of stomach discomfort could be Delta-11's ability to stimulate appetite. This property may be beneficial for individuals dealing with severe nausea or disordered eating, as it may help induce appetite. 

Studies have shown that other hemp derived THC products, like Delta-8, led to a significant increase in food intake in animal experiments. In humans, this appetite-stimulating effect is still being studied, but it's noteworthy that some users report an increase in the "munchies" after using Delta-11. 

If excessive appetite stimulation occurs, it may lead to overeating and potentially contribute to stomach discomfort. To avoid this, you should be mindful of snacking habits and consider keeping light, healthy snacks on hand, such as fruits. Monitoring fiber intake is also important, as excessive fiber consumption can result in diarrhea.

Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS)

CHS is a condition characterized by excessive vomiting and abdominal pain, typically occurring after prolonged, chronic cannabis use. While it's more commonly associated with cannabis products high in Delta-9-THC, it's reasonable to consider that Delta-11, which interacts with the body in a similar manner to Delta-9, might induce similar symptoms. 

The precise cause of CHS remains unknown, but it predominantly affects individuals who use cannabis over extended periods. Onestudy found that only 3% of those experiencing CHS symptoms were "infrequent users," with the remaining 97% being chronic users (using cannabis more than 20 days a month). 

Encouragingly, 93% of those who ceased cannabis use reported relief from all symptoms. It's important to note that chronic use of Delta-11 is not recommended. For recreational, occasional Delta-11 users, the likelihood of experiencing CHS is extremely rare.

Anxiety

Another possible factor contributing to stomach discomfort could be an anxious stomach. While this is a rare occurrence, it's still possible that highly THC-sensitive individuals might experience some anxiety after consuming Delta-11, especially at higher doses. This may be especially true for Delta-11 compared to other hemp THC products because of its increased potency. 

Anxiety is known to cause stomach upset, leading to symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. If users experience symptoms of anxiety after using Delta-11, such as a tight feeling in the chest or a lump in the throat, it might explain any resulting stomach discomfort.

Potential Benefits of Delta-11 for Digestive Issues

While it's possible that Delta-11 might occasionally lead to stomach discomfort, this outcome is unlikely for the majority of users. In fact, Delta-11-THC could offer several potential benefits for managing digestive discomfort, and some people use Delta-11 therapeutically, even on adaily basis. Some sources suggest that Delta-11 may mimic the effects of Delta-9, which is known to alleviate nausea and is even approved in certain areas fortreating chronic digestive conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Disease.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any evidence regarding the impact of Delta-11 on stomach issues. If Delta-11 performs similarly to Delta-9, then it may behave as an anti-emetic and pain reliever, which may be useful for managing nausea, vomiting, and pain related to stomach irritation. 

Looking for High-Quality Hemp THC Products? 

For those who believe they're at low risk for stomach discomfort and are interested in trying Delta-11, it's reassuring to know that Delta-11-THC is federally legal andapproved in most states

Check out ourElev8 Collection to find a variety of Hemp THC edibles, vapes, hemp flowers, and more. You may also want to read “What is Delta-11? to learn more. 

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Resources

  1. “Very low doses of delta 8-THC increase food consumption and alter neurotransmitter levels following weight loss”https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15099912/
  2. “Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment—a Systematic Review” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5330965/

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