It's more common than you may think, albeit it makes for a confusing combination of effects from the same hemp-derived cannabinoid. So, what's the deal? Does Delta-8 give you energy?
We'll discuss why this may be the case, and why some people experience a totally different set of effects.
Delta-8-THC is much like traditional THC products in that it gets you high, and most people describe the experience as uplifting and relaxing. The psychoactivity is only about half as potent as what you may experience with Delta-9, however, and the effects are usually more balanced between head and body as opposed to the potent head high you may get from traditional THC products.
There's a good reason for this. Inside the body, Delta-8-THC interacts with CB-1 receptors and CB-2 receptors. CB-1 receptors are the endocannabinoid receptors responsible for psychoactive effects, and they are the receptor site where Delta-9-THC binds. These receptors are located primarily in the brain and central nervous system, so they can incite a series of head and body effects.
CB-2 receptors, however, do not in insight psychoactivity. Instead, these receptors are located in the tissues throughout the body and function as part of the immune system. The CB-2 receptors are the primary receptor site where CBD interacts, and they may insight their own set of body effects.
Because Delta-8-THC interacts with both CB-1 and CB-2, it offers a less potent head high with double the body effects.
Let's get down to the nitty gritty—Yes, Delta 8 may make you feel energized, but not in the way that you may think.
In other words, if you are expecting the extreme energy boost you get after pounding back a couple of shots of espresso, you're going to be disappointed. If you're looking for a mild energy boost that comes in the form of an uplifted mood and boosted endurance, Delta-8-THC is your cannabinoid.
Of course, there’s a little variation from product to product, and the quality of your Delta-8 products really matters. Most significantly, the terpenes used in hemp products alter their specific therapeutic effects. Some terpenes, like myrcene, are known to make you sleepy, while others, like limonene, may boost your energy. That means that you need to choose the type of product wisely if you want to reap Delta-8’s energy boosting effects, like choosing a sativa strain of Delta-8 flower over an indica strain.
Remember what we said about Delta-8-THC interacting with both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors? That's it's superpower. That's the reason that it carries some of the benefits of Delta-9 and some of the benefits of CBD.
We don't yet have any definitive research, but sources suggest that Delta-8 could potentially boost your mood, ease bodily pain, and lower inflammation. We also know that it affects the regulation of energy in the body, which is why you may feel hungry after taking Delta-8. It boosts your metabolism, or speeds up the rate at which your body converts food into energy.
That's where many people may get their energy boost, but it's pretty dependent on the state of your body. In other words, if you haven't consumed any high-quality energy (i.e. calories), Delta-8-THC isn't going to magically help you run on fumes. But if you have consumed enough nutritious food and water for energy sustenance, Delta-8-THC can help you use it at a faster rate, thus providing a little boost.
When you combine that with a boosted mood and therapeutic body support, you may find that you function like a well oiled machine. We know what you're thinking—what's the catch? Not much.
The primary drawback to using Delta-8 for energy sustenance is that it gets you high. That's not always a drawback if you're, say, cleaning the house, but if you need an energy boost to get you through a day in the office, it may not be ideal. Plus, it won't just provide you energy on its own, you still need to make sure that you nourish your body well.
In terms of other potential side effects, we don't know much. No research exists that thoroughly evaluates the side effect profile of Delta-8-THC, but it's thought to have similar drawbacks to Delta-9-THC, potentially at a lesser rate. That means that in rare cases Delta-8 may cause a headache or tiredness, and in even rarer cases it could cause a bout of anxiety.
One studyevaluating the effects of Delta-8 for managing nausea and pediatric cancer patients suggested that it was even more useful than traditional THC because it was far less likely to cause adverse effects like anxiety and paranoia, even at higher doses. The study concluded that Delta-8 was well tolerated by children, so it's side effect profile is reasonably mild.
Many people wonder if the energy-boosting benefits of Delta-8 make it good for working out, and the answer is yes it can, but not just for energy purposes. Cannabinoids like Delta-8 and Delta-9 produce effects that mimic the endorphin rush you get when you workout, which can help you carry that momentum through your entire workout.
The best part is that Delta-8 may help you sustain your energy throughout your workout without the crash or side effects associated with caffeine or may pre-workout supplements. More so, Delta-8 may even have some benefits that help you recover faster after a workout.
Read “Can You Use Delta-8-THC to Enhance Your Workout?” to learn more.
If you’re looking for Delta-8 products that increase energy, you’ll be happy to know that most high-quality Delta-8 formulas can do the job. You just need to watch out for formulas that are specifically designed for relaxation or sleep, like products containing CBN. Some products may also mimic indica cannabis strains, or even indica-dominant hybrid strains, which means they will have a more mellow effect.
A good Sativa strain of Delta-8 flower may be exactly what you need, or check out our potent Delta-8-THC tincture for a more adaptable dose. OurElev8 Collection includes a variety of different product types to meet your needs, and it’s fully Farm Bill compliant and third-party tested.
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