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Delta-8 THC Is Now Available at Wild Ginger Apothecary

Delta-8 is found in cannabis, and has a similar molecular structure to THC with a much lower psychotropic potency. You will feel a pleasant “buzz,” but you won't feel “stoned.” Delta-8 does share a few similarities with THC. Some report that it helps stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, help calm stress, and ease aches and pains. Delta 8 THC is legal, non-habit forming, safe, effective and available without prescription. 

Delta-8 is the hemp-derived CBD alternative that you can physically feel working in the body. For many, it provides a total sense of well-being. Unlike CBD isolate that binds exclusively to the CB1 receptor, Delta-8 binds to both the CB1 and CB2 receptor, increasing its therapeutic efficacy. There are more than 100 cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. While we have some foundational knowledge about the primary cannabinoids, Delta-9-THC and cannabidiol (CBD), we know less about the secondary, or minor, cannabinoids. 

Delta-8-THC is a minor cannabinoid which is in the plant in small concentrations. Delta-8-THC is also known to be a degraded form of THC, and is not directly produced by cannabinoid-synthesizing enzymes within the plant. When THC is stored for a period of time, it degrades into delta-8-THC. From a chemical or structural perspective, Delta-8-THC differs from Delta-9-THC due to the location of a critical chemical bond. Both delta-8 and delta-9-THC contain double bonds in their molecular chain.  

Delta-8-THC contains that bond on the eighth carbon chain, while delta-9-THC contains the bond on the 9th carbon chain. Although it’s a subtle difference, this has noticeable effects on how the body’s endocannabinoid receptors bind and respond to the molecule. In addition, Delta-9-THC is less stable than Delta-8-THC. Delta-9 THC is easily oxidized to become cannabinol (CBN) or delta-8-THC. Delta-8-THC is stable, does not oxidize to become cannabinol, and boasts a prolonged shelf life.  

Such stability is desirable in a medicinal compound. Delta-8-THC is also about half as strong as delta-9. Wild Ginger Apothecary offers dozens of Delta-8 products in addition to our extensive hemp-derived CBD, wellness and metaphysical products.  

 

Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m.  

 

 

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