What is the Delta-8 Hypothesis? Does Delta-8 Cause Hallucinations?
By Space Coast Daily // June 27, 2022
Delta-8 is an endogenous cannabinoid that is produced in the body and has several different functions. When taken in supplement form, delta-8 is primarily used to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Some people have even reported using it to help them with panic attacks and other forms of anxiety.
The exact mechanism by which these chemical works aren’t entirely clear but it is thought that a lot of the benefits are due to their ability to target certain receptors in the brain (CB1 and CB2). One possible explanation for why delta 8 might cause hallucinations is that some people have a genetic variation that means they produce more delta-8 than most people do.
This could explain why there are so many reports of people who take delta-8 seeing things that aren’t there. Although we don’t know for sure, there’s enough evidence to suggest that this is one potential side effect of taking supplemental delta-8.
What is the Delta-8 Hypotidis?
The Delta-8 Hypothesis is the idea that delta-8 can cause hallucinations due to an effect called “cross-tolerance”. This means that the cannabinoids in your body (such as delta-8) can reduce the effects of cannabinoids in supplements (such as synthetic cannabinoids like K2).
The cross-tolerance phenomenon means that taking synthetic cannabinoids together with delta-8 can cause similar effects to taking delta-8 itself. Because delta-8 has similar effects to cannabinoids found in the body, it can cause cross-tolerance when consumed by itself.
Why Does Delta-8 Cause Hallucinations?
Since delta-8 is produced naturally in the body, it interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain (CB1 and CB2). When cannabinoids interact with these receptors, they can cause changes in brain activity that can result in all sorts of positive effects, such as reduced anxiety and increased focus.
There are also several negative effects that cannabinoids can cause. Most of these are caused by interacting with other receptors in the brain, but delta-8 is also known to make people see things that aren’t there. This is because delta-8 can make some people see “false positives” (things that aren’t there) and others “false negatives” (things that are there when they’re not there).
Evidence for the Delta-8 Hypothesis?
Let’s take a look at some of the evidence that supports the Delta-8 Hypothesis: Delta-8 has been used to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
– Since these are all related to issues with stress and sleep, it makes sense that taking delta-8 could help. Many people with a genetic variation that means they produce more delta-8 than most people have reported that they have seen things that aren’t there when they take delta-8 supplements.
– Research has also suggested that there is a link between people who report seeing things that aren’t there when on delta-8 supplements and people with a genetic variation that means they produce more delta-8 in their bodies.
Limitations of the Delta-8 Hypothesis
There are a few limitations that need to be considered when interpreting the evidence that supports the Delta-8 Hypothesis:
– It’s important to remember that most people don’t encounter visual hallucinations when they take delta-8 supplements.
– It’s also important to remember that the cross-tolerance phenomenon is just one potential explanation as to why people who take delta-8 supplements see things that aren’t there. There may be other factors involved as well.
Other Side Effects of Delta-8
There are a few other potential side effects that can come with taking delta-8 supplements, including – Headaches. – Dizziness. – Increased heart rate. – Feeling anxious. – Feeling angry. I- Feeling sad. I- Feeling paranoid.
Although the exact mechanism by which delta-8 causes hallucinations is not fully understood, there is enough evidence to suggest that it could have a role to play. It might be worth looking into whether supplemental delta-8 could be causing your hallucinations. If you are experiencing hallucinations while taking supplemental delta-8, it’s important to speak to your doctor. They can help you determine the cause and potentially find a suitable treatment option.