Study Sheds Light On Consumer Delta-8 THC Perceptions

University at Buffalo and University of Michigan researchers have published papers based on a survey of more than 500 participants’ experiences with delta-8-THC.

Delta-8 THC is cannabinoid that can be created by manipulating cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from legally grown hemp. As with the more commonly known delta-9-thc, delta-8 has intoxicating attributes. It’s a relatively new THC kid on the block and lawmakers in various US states have been grappling with how to deal with its popularity given its sale exploits a perceived loophole in federal laws. Some states have banned it and others have introduced specific regulations; while others are yet to make a move either way.

With so many Americans already using delta-8, more research needs to be done on its impacts – and that includes surveying those consuming delta-8 THC products.

In what’s been described as the largest study to date on users’ experiences with delta-8, the self-reported experiences of 528 participants have been analysed.

Among the findings:

  • About two-thirds consume delta-8-THC in edibles including gummies.
  • More than half (51%) used delta-8-THC for treating various health and medical conditions; among them anxiety or panic attacks, stress, depression, chronic pain or bipolar disorder
  • However, 78% have not told their primary healthcare provider they are consuming delta-8 THC
  • Most said they could engage in normal daily activities without some of the side effects that are associated with other cannabis use.

According to Daniel J. Kruger, PhD, co-author of both papers:

“It’s paradoxical that different states and municipalities are opening up to delta-9, it’s becoming more available and increasingly legalized, and yet they’re putting the brakes on delta-8, even though it seems to have a better profile in terms of its effects.”

Dr. Kruger is a research investigator at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan and affiliated with University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Another researcher involved with the study, Jessica Kruger, PhD, said more research on Delta-8 is needed as it could potentially be a way to reduce harm in people using cannabis who experience negative reactions.

Regarding the papers; one has been published in the journal  Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, and the other in the Journal of Cannabis Research.

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