Find out the dangers of Delta-8 THC & why you need to stop taking it immediately. Doctor Jack Ep 72 (2023)


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Hello and welcome my name is Dr Jack.

Thanks for joining me on this video I feel compelled to make this video as I feel like it's a public service announcement about the dangers of Delta, 8 THC, and what I am seeing in the clinical setting that I find rather alarming in this video I will go over how Delta 8 is made, how it's different from CBD as well as Delta, 9 THC, and we will be focusing on why you should be avoiding Delta 8 and the dangers of this synthetically made cannabinoid so without further Ado.

Let's get right into it.

Foreign States, Delta, 8 products are showing up all over various stores like vape shops, grocery stores and gas stations.

It comes in many forms like gummies, tinctures and vape cartridges in the clinic I'm, seeing many patients starting to take Delta ATHC for things like anxiety, sleep and Pain Relief.

However, they do not realize the dangers of what they are consuming.

Delta 8 is jumping on the popularity of CBD, but it is vastly different from CBD, where CBD does not get you euphoric or high, and Delta 8 actually does much like Delta 9 THC, which is the typical cannabinoid that people think of when they think of marijuana.

It's worth mentioning that CBD is also produced in a vastly different way, which makes it safer if done right with methods like CO2 extraction.

So let's compare Delta 8 to Delta 9., you see Delta 9 and Delta 8 both bind to the same cannabinoid receptor that I've talked about before the CB1 receptor.

If you're interested in how CBD works then check out this.

This video linked above, however Delta 8's, binding Affinity or how strong it binds to the receptor is less compared to Delta 9.

This may explain the milder experiences reported by Delta 8 users, hence leading to its other names, such as marijuana, light or Diet weed, or the nicer younger sibling of Delta 9 THC and in this study, 71 percent of participants reported a lot or a great deal of relaxation and 68 said that they had Euphoria more than 50 percent.

Had pain relief from taking Delta 8., however, they still reported the same issues as with Delta 9 THC, like having a lot of issues concentrating and having skewed thinking.

However, less anxiety and paranoia were reported than with Delta 9.

Historically, overall Delta 8 seems to just have a better side effect profile compared to Delta 9.

So who has taken this stuff, believe it or not, I'm, seeing many older people looking for Delta a THC and they are looking to it to basically soothe pain while avoiding opiates and the euphoric effects of marijuana.

It seems that the older generation in particular do not like the stigma of marijuana, and they feel that since Delta 8 is labeled differently, that it is somehow okay or better to take solve.

This sounds pretty benign right.

So what's the danger involved here? What led the CDC in September of 2021 to issue a warning followed by the FDA doing the same thing? According to the FDA between January, 2021 and February of 2022, there were over 2 300 reports of Delta, a THC poisoning two-third.

The cases required admission to the hospital and one in ten cases needed admission to the Intensive Care Unit, 40 percent of cases involve children and teenagers.

This is likely due to the attractive labeling of a lot of Delta a products like a bag full of colorful gummy bears with no child safety measures on the packaging, nor warnings on the packaging.

Neither the problem is that there is no oversight on what is exactly within these products once they hit the shelves.

A study published in December of 2021 looked at 27 different Delta a THC products and found that none of them had the amount of the Delta 8 listed.

In fact, there were considerable amounts of Delta 9 THC found within those same products, not only that, but they also had harmful byproducts, like heavy metals, lead and Mercury, an independent analysis of 51 products by CBD Oracle, which is a cannabis consumer research company, 77 percent, had less Delta ATHC than advertised and three quarters of the products had higher THC levels than actually permitted by law.

Common adverse reactions include hallucinations, vomiting, anxiety, Tremors, dizziness, confusion and loss of consciousness with children at particularly high risk and I was actually reading an article where there was actually a four-year-old who got a hold of the parents, bag of Delta, a THC, gummies and apparently ate the entire bag, and the child ended up having seizures and unfortunately did not make it.

So this is very dangerous.

Stuff Delta ATHC is made in lab.

It is not extracted from the cannabis plant.

The way CBD is typically through a safe and clean manner, like CO2 extraction and for the sake of staying on topic.

Here we won't get into the weeds um with all the processing uh or with all the different processing options when it comes to cannabis.

Uh, perhaps we'll do that in a separate video you see, Delta ATHC is made synthetically from hemp extracted CBD Delta 8 is a naturally occurring cannabinoid within the cannabis plant like CBD Delta, 9, THC, cbga, CBG CBN and the over 100 other identified cannabinoids, many of which I've talked about before.

However, it is considered a minor cannabinoid, meaning that it is not present in large amounts.


A THC is not present in high enough quantities within the cannabis plant to make it profitable enough to extract directly with the Boom in the Cannabis industry.

Both CBD and Delta.

9 are very prevalent and abundant producers are capitalizing on all this, as Delta 8 is more profitable than CBD, but avoids illegal ramifications of Delta 9 THC.

So Delta 8 has hit the Cannabis Market in a big way because of the quote: unquote: gentler, euphoric effects, but is essentially a legal loophole in states where Delta 9 THC is not legal and thus far it has evaded.

Federal Regulation, because Delta a THC can be made from CBD isolate, which is pulled from the hemp plant, which the farm bill has made legal and it is in how Delta 8 is made in lab from another cannabinoid like CBD, through a process known as isomerization.

That makes it so dangerous.

This process involves using a solvent like heptane and adding an acid.

The solution is then subjected to a very high temperature.

There are dozens of different, solvent acid combinations like hydrochloric, acid and ethanol, or sulfuric, acid and cyclohexane as a couple of options that can be used to convert CBD into Delta eight.

This also produces, unfortunately, a wide variety of different byproducts, and here lies the problem.

This industry is not regulated and therefore the consumer has no idea what they are getting.

For example, you can use acetic acid, which is actually a common chemical used to make Delta a THC, and if you actually look up acetic acid you'll find that inhaling it can actually be extremely dangerous.

If you talk to people that actually run the labs that do the testing on the synthetic Delta a products, they will tell you that compounds show up on liquid chromatography that are completely unidentifiable, meaning that, after this chemical reaction used to make the Delta 8 these there are byproducts there that these Labs cannot even identify, and this exact product is making it into the store shelves and into your body.

There are also concerns involved with how they are labeled.

Some Delta a products are simply labeled hemp, which is obviously misleading, as hemp has historically been reserved for products that have no euphoric effects.

Some even go so far as to make therapeutic claims on their website or on the bottle, which is in violation of federal law.

If a product makes unsubstantiated therapeutic claims now, I do want to say that if you live in a state that has regulated dispensaries, the Delta 8, there goes through much more rigorous testing.

But if outside of these parameters, you truly have no idea what you're putting inside your body and the downstream implications, so I hope you found the video helpful.

If you know of someone that is using Delta a please share this video with them, so that they're, aware of everything that you just learned as well.

I see this issue becoming a bigger and bigger public health issue.

Much like the vape pen issue.

That happened a while back that killed several people and that was due to processing of the liquid as well.

As always, please be sure to hit the like button and comment below and share your thoughts on all of this.

So until next time take care, stay safe, bye-bye.


What are the bad side effects of delta-8? ›

13 Delta 8 Side Effects to be Aware of
  • Anxiety. Delta 8 THC is known to cause anxiety in some people. ...
  • Dry mouth. Delta 8 can cause dry mouth, just like delta-9 THC. ...
  • Increased appetite. ...
  • Reduced blood pressure. ...
  • Slowed reaction time. ...
  • Hallucinations. ...
  • Alterations in mood or perception. ...
  • Memory impairment.
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What does delta-8 do to your body? ›

3. Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects. Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, similar to delta-9 THC (i.e., the component responsible for the “high” people may experience from using cannabis). The FDA is aware of media reports of delta-8 THC products getting consumers “high.”

Is THC Delta 8 safe? ›

The bottom line. The delta-8 molecule itself is likely no more dangerous than regular delta-9 THC. However, the way delta-8 products are manufactured leaves a lot of room for error and accidental poisoning.

Is it safe to take delta-8 everyday? ›

Consuming delta-8 can lead to many unintended side effects, including psychosis. Psychosis can occur due to the regular consumption of cannabis products and can even trigger long-lasting mental health conditions.

Can delta-8 damage your heart? ›

While research on Delta 8 THC is still limited, there is some evidence to suggest that it may have negative effects on heart health. One study found that Delta 8 THC increased heart rate and blood pressure in mice, which could potentially lead to cardiovascular problems in humans.

Does delta-8 cause heart problems? ›

Scientists and public health experts are alarmed about the rising use of Delta-8 THC and are concerned about its harmful health consequences, which can include slurred speech, increased heart rate progressing to slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, sedation, and coma.

Is delta-8 bad for your liver? ›

Can Delta-8 Affect Your Liver? There are a variety of potential health risks, one of which includes possible liver damage. A primary concern around the use of delta-8 is the potential use of harmful chemicals to make delta-8 THC. These chemicals can negatively impact a person's health when inhaled or consumed.

How long does delta-8 stay in your system? ›

Because their structures are similar, delta-8 is expected to stay in the body for the same amount of time as delta-9 THC. For occasional users, this could be as little as 2 to 5 days. For regular users, it could be up to 15 days.

Does delta-8 cause memory loss? ›

Delta 8 can cause memory impairment, just like delta-9 THC. This effect is caused by the activation of the same brain areas that are responsible for regulating memory. If you already have a bad memory impairments, you may want to avoid taking Delta 8 altogether.

Does delta-8 affect your immune system? ›

Delta 8 interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short). The ECS is responsible for helping maintain the other major bodily systems, including your nervous system and immune system.

Does delta-8 raise blood pressure? ›

Animal experiments using delta-8 THC show that it can cause temporary increases in blood pressure. Research shows that this is potentially due to a vasoconstrictive effect that causes the arteries to narrow and tighten, increasing blood pressure.

Does delta-8 affect lungs? ›

Benowitz and coworkers published a public health warning in the Journal of Medical Toxicology about the potential for inhaled delta-8 THC-O-acetate (THC-O) to cause lung injury, similar to that seen in the EVALI epidemic in 2019.

Is delta-8 anti inflammatory? ›

Delta 8 THC's increased anti-inflammatory effects make it helpful for people with inflammatory conditions like arthritis and lupus. When Delta 8 is used in these cases, it can reduce the number and severity of episodes involving inflammation.

What are the pros and cons of delta-8? ›

Delta 8 THC vs Delta 8 THC: Pros & Cons
  • Delta 8 THC is less likely to trigger anxiety or paranoia after using it.
  • Delta 8 THC has a longer shelf life than delta 9.
  • Delta 8 THC doesn't give you such strong munchies.
  • Delta 8 THC is federally legal.
  • Delta 8 THC offers a more clear-headed high than delta 9.

Does delta-8 cause brain damage? ›

Consuming too much of the substance in any form can have potentially damaging effects on developing brains in children and teenagers. In fact, many researchers refer to the growing consumption of Delta 8 as a public health risk.

Does delta-8 come up on drug test? ›

Delta-8 is less potent than delta-9, but interacts with the same brain receptors and can produce a “high.” Unfortunately, delta-8 interferes with testing for delta-9 in both presumptive and definitive urine drug tests, according to Quest Diagnostics Medical Science Liaison, Jack Kain, PharmD.

Does delta-8 affect your brain long term? ›

There is currently no evidence to suggest that Delta-8-THC causes brain damage, even in high doses. However, it's worth noting that heavy and prolonged use of Delta-8-THC, like any substance, can lead to a range of negative effects, including addiction, impaired memory and cognition, and decreased motivation.

Is it bad to take delta-8 every night? ›

Side Effects of Using Delta-8 Daily

increased heart rate. coordination problems. dry mouth and increased thirst. red, dry eyes.

How do you flush Delta 8 out of your system? ›

Drinking plenty of water is the best way to flush delta 8 out of your system as quickly as possible. Drinking plenty of water can help to flush substances out of your body, including delta 8. Prioritize staying hydrated.

Why is Delta 8 legal? ›

Since delta-8 THC is sourced from hemp, and not marijuana, it is legal and unregulated at the federal level. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp, cracking open an industry with offshoots in textile manufacturing, medicine and (albeit accidentally) intoxicants.

How long does it take Delta 8 to kick in? ›

Delta 8 gummies are ingested orally and must pass through the digestive system to enter the bloodstream. This process can take 30 minutes to an hour before the effects are felt. Delta 8 gummies take around 30-60 minutes to take effect.

What is the controversy over delta-8? ›

The FDA released guidelines strongly warning against the consumption of delta-8 products in part because of the dangerous synthetics that can be used in its refinement from CBD. Synthetic conversion, the FDA said, can involve unsafe household chemicals that can be harmful if ingested or inhaled.

Why does delta-8 not affect me? ›

You may not experience sufficient Delta-8-THC benefits if you take the wrong dose, your tolerance is too high, or you used a bad product. Delta-8 products can expire or go bad when stored improperly, so they may not work.

Does delta-8 help with arthritis? ›

Delta 8 is a cannabinoid that is similar to delta 9, the compound found in marijuana that produces a high. However, delta 8 is less potent and has fewer psychoactive effects. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a promising treatment for arthritis.

What kind of high does delta-8 give you? ›

The most common experiences when using delta-8 were relaxation, euphoria and pain relief. People did report having some difficulty concentrating, problems with short-term memory and an altered sense of time, although not to the same extent as with regular marijuana.

How long does it take for delta-8 to leave your system? ›

Because their structures are similar, delta-8 is expected to stay in the body for the same amount of time as delta-9 THC. For occasional users, this could be as little as 2 to 5 days. For regular users, it could be up to 15 days.

How long do delta-8 withdrawals last? ›

Delta 8 withdrawal symptoms typically last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the individual. Most people will experience mild withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, nausea, irritability, and difficulty sleeping.

How long will delta-8 high last? ›

The length of a Delta 8 THC high can vary depending on the individual, however on average it typically lasts anywhere between 2-5 hours. This is slightly shorter than the high from Delta 9 THC, which can last up to 6 hours, and longer than the high from CBD, which usually only lasts 1-2 hours.

How do I flush delta-8 out of my system? ›

Drinking plenty of water is the best way to flush delta 8 out of your system as quickly as possible. Drinking plenty of water can help to flush substances out of your body, including delta 8. Prioritize staying hydrated.

How do you know if delta-8 is out of your system? ›

Urine Test

Urine tests are the most common type of test to detect THC. The test can detect THC metabolites for up to three days for first-time users. For regular users, the test can detect THC metabolites 5-10 days after taking Delta-8 THC.

Why is delta-8 legal? ›

Since delta-8 THC is sourced from hemp, and not marijuana, it is legal and unregulated at the federal level. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp, cracking open an industry with offshoots in textile manufacturing, medicine and (albeit accidentally) intoxicants.

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