What is Delta-8 THC?

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC, or Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive substance that can be extracted from the cannabis plant. Its structure is similar to that of Delta-9 THC, which is the chemical that produces a chemical high when using marijuana. Although those two substances are very similar in their effects, Delta-8 THC can be milder and is legal to use even in areas where cannabis and Delta-9 THC are illegal. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly popular among young people and everyone looking for a legal high.

What Are the Effects of Delta-8 THC?

The effects are very similar to those of Delta-9 THC and cannabis — feelings of happiness, relaxation, increased sensitivity, and calmness. Users may also experience red eyes, loss of coordination, anxiety, and other side effects. Many people find Delta-8 THC milder and more enjoyable than stronger compounds, as it can provide a more even, moderate high. Because of its milder effects, many users share the mistaken assumption that Delta-8 THC is not addictive and can’t be dangerous. Unfortunately, this isn’t true as it can lead to addiction much like any other type of drug.

Can You Get Addicted to Delta-8 THC?

Yes, this substance can be addictive. While it may take longer for addiction to develop due to its milder nature, overuse can still cause dependence to Delta-8. Users can often develop an increased tolerance to the substance quite quickly, which then leads them to move on to increasingly higher doses. Over time, this can cause both emotional and chemical dependence on the substance. The risk is especially significant in those who use the substance in an attempt to wean themselves off from harder drugs, as those people are already predisposed to addiction. Generally, trying to replace one substance with another is not a great idea, as most people are unsuccessful in doing so. It’s more common to develop a dependence on both substances which makes it harder to quit either of them and can generally make it harder to get sober.

Take the First Step with Hickory Treatment Centers

Do you suspect a loved one may be struggling with addiction? Or perhaps you’re worried about your own substance use? Either way, we at Hickory Treatment Centers are here to help you. We offer a client-centered and compassionate approach because we believe that the key to recovery is in providing every patient with an individual treatment plan that’s perfectly tailored to suit their needs. We only use evidence-based treatments and draw upon the latest research in order to ensure that we’re doing the best for everyone at our center. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your options.

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If you have tried to stop using alcohol or drugs on your own, you may feel that sobriety and clean living seem far away. However, with the help of caring staff members and a safe, structured environment, you can receive the guidance you need to fight cravings and regain control of your life.

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