Like other cannabis-related substances, delta 8 has the potential of being addictive if abused. Addiction of any kind can be a nuisance, especially if it affects your daily life. It is also reported that marijuana, due to its addiction, is one of the most abused drugs throughout the states.
Unlike marijuana, delta 8 is widely legalized and regulated in most American states because of its mild potency and lesser intoxicating effects than THC. For these reasons, its users claim that delta 8 is a safer choice. However, being safer doesn’t mean it can’t be addictive, and since delta 8 is a derivative of cannabis, it can cause moderate addiction.
Delta 8’s popularity has impacted legalization in most states, as enthusiasts of delta 8 consider it to be beneficial to our health with its widely relaxing properties. While there have been studies where the usage of delta 8 has proven to be beneficial to health in some circumstances. We cannot avoid the inevitable addiction if consumption is left unchecked.
In this article, we discuss delta 8 THC regular use, its addiction potential, what are the signs one might face if prone to addiction, and how to safely plan your doses.
What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 is derived from hemp and is specifically synthesized to be a safer form of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) consumption. It is produced by synthesizing and isolating THC to make it less potent and safer to consume. In chemical terms, delta 8 is an isomer of delta 9, meaning it has identical molecules but with a different set of arrangements.
Due to its relaxing and calming properties with little to no intoxicating side effects, delta 8 THC has an increasing demand and is evolving into one of the best cannabinoids to consume. People who want to experience the euphoric qualities of marijuana but cannot consume it turn to delta 8 as it is legal in most states and has lighter effects while providing the same calming properties of marijuana.
Delta 8 is also sometimes referred to as ‘marijuana lite’ or ‘diet weed’ in the states. Unlike THC, delta 8 is federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, in which hemp growth and extraction are permitted. It is also legalized and regulated in most states since it is safer to consume instead of marijuana/THC.
Is Delta 8 THC addictive?
So let’s get to the point, is delta 8 addictive? In short, yes. Like all the other substances that affect the mind and body, you can experience dependency. However, it may take a while since it isn’t as strong as other forms of cannabis. Even if it is a mild variant of THC, it still has those psychoactive effects that eventually make your system use the frequent dosage to the point you don’t feel high.
Consequently, you increase the amount of your dosage since what you used to feel before you can no longer. Your body gets used to daily consumption, starts resisting the intoxicating effects, and creates a tolerance for the substance. As time goes on, your compulsive use of the substance increases. Withdrawal effects can be the same as compared to the withdrawal effects of marijuana.
A study suggests if it is taken in larger doses for a long time, it can cause irritability, paranoia, mood changes, and other side effects.
What Are The Signs Of Being Addicted To Delta 8 THC?
When it comes to addiction, most people don’t realize if they’re addicted or not. It can be a difficult position to be in as one constantly faces obstacles regarding their addiction, and as a result, people around them may feel as if they’re lost and not focused.
Following are some of the major signs that can signify being dependent and addicted to delta 8 THC:
- Being preoccupied
- Feel restless without delta 8 dosage
- Depending on it to be attentive and socialize
- Buying the drug excessively
- Having trouble with your relationships and social life
- Feeling the need to increase your doses
- Failing to control its consumption
- Struggling to get on with life without having the drug
- Feeling anxious
- Failing to quit delta 8 despite seeing a cognitive decline in daily activities
Just like other addictive substances delta 8 has similar effects in the long run of dependency. If you start to realize that you might have one or two of the above problems, it’s best to have your dosage cut and consult with your medical expert.
How To Consume Delta 8 THC Safely To Avoid Addiction?
A healthy dose of delta 8 THC can be subjective since it can affect everyone individually. However, when adding delta 8 to your routine, you must be cautious about not adding too much of a dose that further escalates and causes dependence. Can daily use of delta 8 THC cause addiction? The research regarding this topic is lacking, but one might be prone to it based on a few studies and reports we know.
Moderate doses are a better choice to go for as they can be on the safe side of things, and one isn’t as susceptible to addiction compared to much higher doses. As there is insufficient research regarding delta 8’s safety, it’s hard to say whether the daily consumption with smaller doses can cause addiction or not.
It is suggested that trying it out for yourself by experimenting with different products of delta 8 THC and then concluding according to your preferred method of consumption, whether it is smoking, inhaling, or ingesting, is the way to know how it reacts with your body chemistry.
Delta 8 THC can be mildly addictive, especially if it’s consumed regularly in high doses. If you’re aware of your consumption levels, it is fairly easy to avoid addiction. Though it is less addictive as compared to THC, it can have similar withdrawal symptoms.
The best practice is to be mindful of your doses and check how delta 8 THC affects your body. Consult a health practitioner if you’re noticing any side effects or signs of addiction. Even if you get addicted and find yourself entangled with dependence, it has no serious long-term effects on your health, and you can find help and reverse the effects.