Delta 8 THC, also known as delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is a lesser-known and less potent form of THC than Delta 9 THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) — the main intoxicating component in cannabis.
While you might be already aware of that, the history behind this cannabinoid as well as its discovery, are more likely to be a mystery to you. Buckle up; below, we explore the most important dates in the history of Delta 8.
Discovery and Synthesis
In 1941, Roger Adams, along with his colleagues at the University of Illinois, became the first to publish an article on the partial synthesis of Delta-8-THC. They discovered and began researching the compound found in whole-plant, high-THC cannabis.
The following year, in 1942, the same group began studying the psychoactive properties of Delta-8, leading to preliminary research on its potential medicinal uses.
Despite the initial research, it took over two decades before the entire Delta-8-THC molecule was fully synthesized in 1965 by Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli organic chemist often referred to as the “father of cannabis.”
Mechoulam has been instrumental in discovering many major cannabinoids, including Delta-9-THC, and his work has greatly advanced the scientific understanding of cannabis and its compounds.
Interestingly, Delta-8-THC was initially referred to as Delta-6-THC (Δ6-THC) at the time of its discovery. However, as more research was conducted on the entire molecule and its double bond placement, which is at carbon chain position 8, it was more accurately renamed Delta-8-THC.
It wasn’t until 1970 that a comprehensive study on the pharmacology of Delta-8 and other cannabinoids was published. Unfortunately, research on Delta-8-THC came to a stop in the US. in 1970 when cannabis became illegal. Nevertheless, studies on Delta-8 continued to take place in other parts of the world.
Despite its early discovery, Delta-8-THC remained relatively unknown until recent years, as technological advances and the growing popularity of cannabis products have brought it to the forefront of the industry. This is also partly due to its unique properties, such as its potential anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic effects, which have led some people to use it for various health conditions.
In addition to its potential effects, delta-8 THC has also gained attention for its milder intoxicating effects compared to delta-9 THC. While delta-9 THC is known for its strong psychoactive effects that can cause feelings of paranoia or anxiety, delta-8 THC is said to have a more relaxed and mellow high.
Some people prefer to consume Delta 8 in the form of edibles, such as our Delta 8 Gummies, but the choices expand to taking it as a tincture, vaping Delta 8 e-liquids or vape pens, and smoking Delta 8 flowers.
As the popularity of Delta-8-THC continues to grow, so does the interest in its history and potential uses. While much is still unknown about this compound and its potential benefits, ongoing research is expected to reveal more about its therapeutic potential and its place in the ever-evolving landscape of cannabis and its compounds.
Delta-8-THC has recently gained popularity due to its legal status in many states across the US*, making it easily accessible for those who may not have access to traditional THC products. The Farm Bill-compliant and quality-controlled production of Delta-8-THC products allows consumers to safely and legally purchase and use this cannabinoid for a variety of potential benefits.
*Delta 8 extracted from hemp is legal on a federal level under the 2018 Farm Bill, but local restrictions and bans may apply depending on the state.
With the assistance of modern lawmakers and the hard work of cannabinoid researchers, Delta-8-THC has become a viable and legal option for those seeking an alternative to traditional THC.
Our selection of Delta 8 products adheres to the highest quality standards, ensuring consumers receive the best possible experience.