What is Delta-8?

You might be asking, "What exactly is delta-8?" For newcomers to this compound or for those already familiar with it, it's good to brush up on the particulars of the cannabinoid so that you know exactly what you're putting in your body. We mentioned our love for hemp-centered science and education in our previous blog - read on as we break down the science behind delta-8.


The compound itself was discovered in the middle of the 20th century, however because of its relative inaccessibility compared to the more abundantly available delta-9, detailed study and interest was put on the backburner until recently. The efforts of Raphael Mechoulam at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem led to the initial breakthroughs with cannabis and hemp, however, there were many other beneficial cannabinoids (besides delta-9) that certainly deserved attention, analysis, and admiration. Enter: Delta-8. 

What is Delta-8?

Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-8, exists as an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol. It is a compound that naturally occurs in hemp and cannabis plants. It binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1 that is located in the central nervous system. The subsequent CB1 activation is then responsible for the inhibition of N- and P/Q-type Ca2+ channels, the modulation of various potassium channel conductances, the increase of mitogen-activated protein kinase activities, and the inhibition of adenylyl cyclase.

Delta-8 Effects

By now you may be wondering what Delta-8's effects are and how they differ from   THC (Delta-9). Delta 8 has very similar euphoric effects as Delta 9, however these effects are milder. It also can provide relief from symptoms like anxiety, pain, inflammation and anxiety. Delta-8 is a great alternative to Delta 9 if you live in a state that has rigid laws surrounding THC. It's milder effects also make it a great option if you've used THC (Delta-9) before and found it induced too much paranoia or anxiety. According to this study "delta-8-THC may be equally effective for desired purposes of cannabis use and lower in undesirable or adverse effects." 

Try Our New Delta-8 Lean Drink!

Mellow Fellow is proud to bring you the highest-quality wellness products in the industry. We're beyond excited about the incredible possibilities of Delta-8 and everything associated with hemp-derived alternative self-care. With that in mind, be sure to try our newly-released Delta-8 Lean Drink!

Here at Mellow Fellow products, our aim is to be your #1 destination for all-natural hemp-derived products. Stay tuned to our blog page for more Delta-8 content! 

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