What is Delta 8?
Delta 8 is a type of Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC that you can get from hemp, or in some cases, from CBD. But compared to Delta 9, Delta 8 exists at rates at less than 1 percent, but with scientific methods of extraction and concentration, you can gather enough to use as a component of various consumable products.
At present, Delta 8 is popularly used in a form of gummy, vape cart, or tincture. Comparing potency, though, Delta 8 is found to be slightly less potent compared to Delta 9, with calming, anti-anxiety properties.
On a more positive note, Delta 8 THC is extremely popular with CBD and THC users alike because it is technically legal federally, and in all but about 12 states, you can easily order such products and have them shipped at your convenience.
Can Delta 8 Get You High?
Since Delta 8 is a form of THC, you can expect it to get you high, though the effect varies greatly compared to the more traditional Delta 9 high. It all depends on how the users report the Delta 8 high they’re experiencing, and the consensus is that it is far tamer or calmer than Delta 9 high.
How Does Delta 8 Compare with Delta 9 and Delta 10?
The most common form of THC, and probably the one that most people recall is Delta 9, the same one you’ll find in marijuana. On the other hand, Delta 8 and Delta 10 THCs are considered minor cannabinoids which don’t exist naturally, so they’re extracted through scientific processes. It will probably take more research to definitively differentiate between these THCs, but here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve learned about them so far:
- Delta 9 is a major cannabinoid and is synonymous with marijuana. Meanwhile, Delta 8 and Delta 10 are minor cannabinoids and do not exist naturally in significant quantities, so they’re extracted using scientific means.
- Delta 9 can exist as Sativa, while Delta 8 is described by users as an Indica. Delta 10, on the other hand, is described as a Sativa.
- Delta 9 has a wide range of effects, depending on the strain and delivery method. Delta 8 is more calming, relaxing, and even sleep-inducing. Delta 10 delivers a light, stimulating high, with more energy, making it a favorite among creatives.
- Delta 9 is very potent and will definitely get you high. Delta 8 and Delta 10 will also get you high, but less than what you typically experience with Delta 9.
- Delta 9 is widely available, with a choice of products ranging from medical to recreational, though it is not legal everywhere. Delta 8 is becoming more available and is technically federally legal. However, not every state allows it. Delta 10 is minimally available, and you need to check local regulations first before purchasing.
- Delta 9 can cause anxiety and paranoia, which Delta 8 has a calming effect. Delta 10 is a creative stimulant, so it promotes focus and energy without causing anxiety.
- Delta 9 can be consumed as flowers, vapes, dabs, tinctures, gummies, and other edibles. Delta 8 is mostly available in the form of edible gummies and vapes, while Delta 10 is mostly limited to tinctures, but more research is being conducted to create new products.
- Delta 9, 8, and 10 are THC, so they will show up on a drug test.
What Does a Delta 8 High Feel Like?
If you’re familiar with the high brought about by Delta 9, you’ll be pleasantly surprised about the different highs you can get with Delta 8.
Many describe it as a calm, clear-headed high so you get a more relaxed mind. You get less paranoia than Delta 9, so it’s a more soothing, relaxing experience. Overall, this high can improve your sleep quality, boost your mood and reduce your anxiety, get your creative juices flowing, and even increase your appetite.
Delta 8 Effects – An In-depth Look
The effects of delta 8 THC can vary from person to person based on a variety of factors. The high that you can from Delta 8 varies significantly from what you’re used to with Delta 9. Specifically, we’ll look at its effects on sleepiness and hunger.
First off, when consumed as an edible or in larger doses from a vape cartridge, users will feel the effect of Delta 8 in the form of sleepiness. Specifically, it can help them fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling well-rested. There are studies that list Delta-8 THC as an analgesic, so its pain relief property can assist with calming and relaxing the user to a deep slumber.
Getting the munchies is a known effect of Delta 9 THC, so normally, you’d wonder if you’ll get the same result when you consume Delta 8. The straight answer is yes, consuming Delta 8 can make you feel hungry.
The reason’s not really a secret: Delta 8 is an appetite-stimulating analog of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) so the effect is par for the course. Do remember, though, that this effect depends on the amount you smoke (vapes) or consume (edibles).
Cons of Delta 8
While we’re definitely sold on Delta 8, do take note that your mileage may vary when talking about the effects of this THC. Here are some of the cons of Delta 8 that you may or may not encounter:
- Dry mouth or cottonmouth
- A delayed high when consuming edibles
- A varied tolerance and/or experience when compared with the more common, well researched Delta 9
- Dosing for the desired result you want can be quite difficult
Delta 8 vs. CBD – Differences Explained
Delta 8 THC and CBD are cannabinoids both derived from the hemp plant. There are many similarities between the two, but the primary difference is that Delta 8 will get you high and appear on a drug test and CBD won’t betray you.
On the aspect of user benefits, there are many similarities between the two, including but not limited to improved sleep, reduced pain and anxiety, and an overall better mood throughout the day.
Ways to Use Delta 8 THC
Unlike Delta 9 which has been well experimented on in terms of consumption methods, Delta 8 is more commonly used as edibles, tinctures, or vape carts.
In its edible gummy form, users can expect around 25 mg of Delta 8 THC per gummy. It is taken orally, and dosing can be somewhere between 5 and 25 mg – a quarter to a whole gummy. More experienced users tend to consume more, but if you’re just getting familiar with Delta 8 THC, it’s better to start off small. It would take 30 to 90 minutes to feel the effects of the gummy you consumed, and controlling these effects can be difficult even when dosing since it can be affected by factors like diet, time of day, and more.
As a tincture, there’s no standard amount of Delta 8 THC per pack, so it is advisable to always check the label. A Delta 8 tincture is taken orally, but with extra steps. The tincture is applied under the tongue. Once applied, wait for 60 to 90 seconds before swallowing. The typical dose is usually one dropper, with more experienced users wanting to consume more. Again, if you’re still getting used to Delta 8 THC, it’s better to start small. The expected outcome is not instantaneous, as it would take somewhere between 30 to 90 minutes to feel the effects. Dosing is also affected by diet, time of day, and more, so the effects are also difficult to control.
Lastly, when consumed in the form of a vape cart, you get 800 mg of Delta 8 THC per cart, though it can vary by product. It is inhaled and usually taken in 1 to 2 puffs. Unlike the gummy or tincture form, the effect is felt immediately.
And since all three methods still lead you to consume THC, you can expect this to show up on a drug test.
If you’re just getting familiar with Delta 8, it would be best to go back and take note of all the items above, as they’re all important if you want to get the best Delta 8 THC experience. Surely, Delta 8 will get you high, and as a result, it will show up on drug tests. But beyond that, you’ll also learn about the different ways to consume it, learn more about its effects, and even compare it with the more popular Delta 9, or the more obscure Delta 10 THC.
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