Delta-8 is a new drug that is being studied for its effects on cognitive function. The delta 8 molecule was first synthesized in the early 1980s and used to study various neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and memory loss. This article will provide information about delta eight effects and how this drug works.
The delta-8 molecule is unique because it acts as a prodrug: It must be converted by the body into a delta-8 carboxylic acid (DCA) before it can bind to cell receptors or cross the blood-brain barrier; therefore, we cannot determine delta 8 effects from studying DCA alone. Once delta 8 binds with certain receptors within our cells, it works to enhance dopamine release in our brains. Dopamine is crucial for memory, emotion, and attention, so delta-eight molecules are beneficial with these specific neurological disorders because they can cross into the brain. However, delta-eight will not work if too much serotonin is present within the cells where delta eight attempts to bind. The delta-eight delta receptor also has a much higher affinity for serotonin than dopamine; therefore, there will be no therapeutic effect if the delta eight binds with serotonin instead of delta.