Delta-8 THC, also known as dronabinol, and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two synthetic versions of THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. Delta-8 THC and regular THC both serve as effective pain relievers and appetite stimulants, but their effects are slightly different due to their chemical structure. Here’s what makes Delta-8 THC and regular THC similar—and how they differ from each other, too according to mensjournal.com.
Delta-8THC has a higher affinity to CB1 receptors than regular THC
One of the most interesting things about delta-8THC is that it has a higher affinity to CB1 receptors than regular THC. This means that it can potentially provide some of the same benefits as regular THC, but with fewer side effects. Additionally, delta-8THC is less likely to cause anxiety and paranoia than regular THC.
Both are metabolized through similar pathways
Both Delta-8 THC and regular THC are metabolized through similar pathways in the body. In fact, they both share the same metabolic pathway. The difference lies in how quickly each is metabolized. Delta-8 THC is metabolized more slowly than regular THC, which means it can stay in your system for a longer period of time.
Activation of TRPV1 receptors by both cannabinoids produces similar effects
Both cannabinoids are known to activate the TRPV1 receptors, which are responsible for pain perception, inflammation, and body temperature. Interestingly, this is what produces similar effects between the two cannabinoids. For example according to mensjournal.com, both can produce feelings of euphoria and help to relieve pain.