I first heard about Delta 8 THC products about a year or so ago, just as they were becoming popular in America.
Since then, I’ve watched interest in delta 8 rapidly increase in the US, but also in the UK, where a couple of retailers have started stocking delta 8 products.
This article will tell you all you need to know about delta 8 THC in the UK, including what it is exactly, its benefits and effects, and its legal status.
We’ll also give you an idea of where you can buy delta 8 THC products in the UK.
What is Delta-8 THC
Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (otherwise known as delta-8 THC or simply delta 8) is a cannabinoid. It’s one of over a hundred, including more well known ones such as CBD and THC. THC, which is responsible for the famed ‘high’ associated with cannabis, is scientifically known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.
The difference between the two compounds is pretty small – whereas delta 9 THC has a double bond on the ninth carbon, delta 8 has it on the eighth carbon. This slight structural difference allows delta-8 THC to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) in a slightly different way.
While there is very little research on how delta 8 THC works in the body, it’s this difference which is thought to make the psychoactive effects delta-8 much less intense than regular delta-9 THC.
Is Delta 8 THC legal in the UK?
Hemp-derived delta 8 THC is legal in the US thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. However, in the UK it seems it is probably a controlled substance.
Cannabis has been illegal in the UK since the 1971 passing of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MODA) in the UK. It is currently a class B drug and possession can result in up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. For small amounts, a fine or confiscation is more likely.
While the MODA doesn’t specifically name delta 8 THC as a controlled compound, it does restrict “derivatives” and “analogues” of prohibited cannabinoids including delta-9 THC and CBN.
Additionally, delta-8 may also fall under the scope of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, which outlaws “any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect.”
Does delta 8 THC get you high?
Delta-8 does have some psychoactive effects and will probably get you at least a bit high, although not as high as delta 9 THC would.
Many people say that while they certainly feel high, their minds are still very clear – unlike with delta 9 THC, which can affect perception, working memory and focus, and leave people feeling groggy.
I’ve also heard from a number of people that it can increase energy, although this could be more to do with terpenes in products.
What are the benefits/effects of Delta 8 THC?
The main benefits of delta 8 THC that I see mentioned most are its anti-anxiety effects and pain-relieving effects. That would make it useful for stress reduction, sleep and quite possibly reducing inflammation.
Many people prefer delta 8 to delta 9 THC as it doesn’t seem to produce the same anxiety and paranoia that delta 9 can, while still offering a pleasant ‘high’. Having said that, I’ve read a few reports of delta 8 causing slight anxiety in some people.
From the limited studies on delta 8 THC we could find, there was this one that found “very low doses of delta 8-THC increase food consumption” and showed a “tendency to improve cognitive function” in weight loss patients.
Where to buy Delta 8 THC in the UK?
At the moment, it seems the only place selling delta 8 THC products in the UK is Budmother. They have delta 8 flower, hash and vapes.
As these products are probably illegal, we can’t advise you to purchase them.
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