Can Delta 8 Help with Nausea and Appetite?

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
November 30, 2020
Nausea, Appetite and Delta 8 Weed
Nausea, Appetite and Delta 8 Weed

Delta 8 May Help with Nausea and Appetite. Nausea and low appetite are symptoms that we’ve all experienced at one point or another, and typically they pass, and we forget that they ever happened in the first place.  There are various scenarios, however, in which a person can suffer from long-term nausea or low appetite, and that’s when things can get dangerous.  Being unable to consume enough calories and nutrients can lead to a host of health issues, so it’s important to treat this symptom, especially if it becomes chronic or severe.

Anyone who has been using cannabis for a while is likely familiar with these known effects, but today we will be seeing how they relate to delta 8 specifically.

This post is intended as information and for general knowledge only. It is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is recommended that you consult a healthcare professional before introducing cannabinoids into your daily routine, especially if you have been diagnosed with any medical conditions or are under any medication. It is not recommended to drive or operate any machinery when using cannabis- or hemp-derived products. Use responsibly!

Nausea and Low Appetite

Nausea and low appetite are two symptoms of the digestive system, and they typically go hand in hand.  Nausea is the urge to vomit, while low appetite is simply a lack of desire to eat food.

These symptoms can occur for various reasons, ranging from benign to serious.  For instance, pregnant women tend to develop symptoms of nausea and low appetite, which are alleviated when she gives birth.  Infections that cause fever, such as the flu, can cause these symptoms as well.

Additionally, some medications may lead to nausea and low appetite, with a severe example being chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer.  There are a variety of medical conditions and medications that can cause severe loss of appetite and severe nausea, however, which can lead to anorexia, as the person simply cannot eat.  If you’re experiencing severe or chronic versions of these symptoms, you should see a doctor to rule out any serious underlying causes.

Cannabinoids and Their Effect on Appetite and Nausea

Cannabinoids are compounds derived from cannabis, to which both hemp and marijuana belong.  They are unique compounds in that they bind with cannabinoid receptors located in bodily systems to promote higher-functioning bodily processes.  Cannabinoid receptors in the digestive system regulate, among other things, appetite, and nausea.

We know from studies that CBD plays a role in regulating these two functions.  We also know that marijuana is commonly associated with “the munchies,” causing a person to experience a heightened sense of appetite while they are high from the THC that’s naturally abundant in the plant.

Maybe you’ve heard of delta 8, or seen it being sold by your favorite hemp company.  Delta 8 is a unique type of compound that comes from hemp and is federally legal yet psychoactive.  The question is, what role does delta 8 play in regulating appetite and combating nausea?

To understand whether or not delta 8 can help with these symptoms, we must understand what the compound is. Delta 8 occurs in about 0.1% of the hemp plant’s composition, being a minor cannabinoid.  When extracted and isolated, we can experience its full effects, which include psychoactive properties that make us high.  Delta 8’s high is milder than that of delta 9, because delta 8 is, in fact, delta 9 that has degraded over time due to the natural and biological aging process of plant compounds.  Therefore, many say that delta 8 behaves a lot like delta 9 in terms of what it can do for the bodily system, but in a manner that produces a less aggressive high.

So, what about nausea and appetite?

The thing about delta 8 is that the concept of isolating the compound is extremely new.  This means that up until very recently, researchers weren’t studying it at all.  However, since it first hit the scene, more medical professionals are starting to pay attention.  Studies that we have access to regarding delta 8 are extremely limited, but we do know clinical research indicates anti-nausea and appetite-boosting properties that come from its regulatory effects on these specific cannabinoid receptors.

What this means, in short, is that delta 8 definitely has promising potential when it comes to treating low appetite and nausea specifically.  Now, let’s talk about how to use it for the best possible results.

What to Know About Using Delta 8?

If you do wish to explore the potential that delta 8 THC has for appetite and nausea, follow these tips below.

Tip #1: Make Sure It’s Legal Where You Live

Delta 8 is federally legal, but a handful of states have outlawed it.  Before buying delta 8, make sure that it is legal in your state, or else you may face some sort of legal penalty should you get caught using it.

Tip #2: Talk to Your Doctor

Your doctor should be part of the process of treating nausea and appetite issues, so speak with them about incorporating delta 8 into your routine so that you can get their approval and receive personalized medical advice.

Tip #3: Go Slow, Especially if You are New to THC

If you have never used THC before, start out with a low dose to make sure you’re comfortable with these unique psychoactive effects.

Tip #4: Try Combining it with Cannabidiol

We said earlier that CBD may also be useful for these symptoms, so consider finding a hemp product that combines delta 8 with CBD, as the two work together synergistically.

Tip #5: Take it Regularly

If nausea and appetite issues are something you deal with daily, make delta 8 part of your daily routine to sustain levels of the cannabinoid in your system.

Final Thoughts

Many people underestimate just how serious nausea and appetite problems can be if left untreated.  If you wish to go for a natural means for treating these symptoms, talk to your doctor about delta 8 thc .  You just may find that this natural plant compound helps you get enough calories and nutrients for maximum well-being.  This unique cannabinoid may offer identical effects on these symptoms as delta 9 THC, while being gentler in terms of its psychoactive effects.