Delta-8-THC and Appetite

Delta-8-THC and Appetite

There are a myriad of different causes for a lack of appetite whether it may be more psychological or physical. For some it may be something that does not occur often, while for others it may be more of a chronic issue that they may be dealing with. If you or someone you know experiences a lack of appetite, there is promising research that suggests that Delta-8-THC may be a potential solution.

One of many preconceived notions about cannabis is regardless of what form you use it will give you the “munchies,” or a sudden craving for food. However this is an overgeneralized statement and several studies suggest that there are specific cannabinoids such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that may be what helps stimulate our appetite after consuming cannabis.There are several different forms of THC, although likely two of the most popular and widely studied are Delta-8-THC and Delta-9-THC with the later being one that many of us are more familiar with. The two are nearly identical in chemical structure and the only difference is a double bond shifted over one carbon, between #8 and #9 rather than between #9 and #10. Being so similar in structure they both bind to the same CB1 receptors and may have similar potential benefits, however being different in structure they may also have slightly different potential effects. While both may induce psychoactive effects, many are sharing that Delta-8-THC typically is much more mild compared to Delta-9-THC and less likely to cause sedation while feeling more clear-minded.

Although both Delta-8-THC or Delta-9-THC may have the potential to help stimulate appetite, researchers from the Department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism at Hebrew University sought to discover which one is more effective in their study, and found very low doses of delta 8-THC increase food consumption and alter neurotransmitter levels following weight loss. For this experiment the researchers “investigated the effect of 0.001 mg/kg delta(8)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on food consumption, cognitive function, and neurotransmitters in mice.” They fed the mice for 2.5 hours a day for 9 or 50 days and “in the 9-day schedule, THC-treated mice showed a 16% increase in food intake compared with controls (P<.001). This effect was reversed by the antagonist (P<.01). In the long-term schedule a 22% increase in intake (P<.05) was recorded.” They also noted that the group given Delta-8-THC consumed more food than the group given Delta-9-THC while their performance in the mazes and brain activity were similar. The data collected in this study suggests that Delta-8-THC may be more effective than Delta-9-THC for stimulating appetite, which may offer a potential solution for those dealing with eating disorders, experiencing a general lack of appetite, or perhaps looking to gain some weight by consuming more food.

Much like CBD oil products, there are several different methods of consumption to consider when choosing a Delta-8-THC product. There are Delta-8-THC tinctures that can be taken the sublingual route of holding the oil under the tongue for a minute or two and then swallowed, edibles like Delta-8-THC chocolate and Delta-8-THC gummies that can be ingested, and Delta-8-THC vaping cartridges.

If you stop into any of our retail stores, call us or chat with us at [email protected], our team is happy to discuss more about Delta-8-THC and assist you in discovering what may be the right product for you!

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