Delta 8 THC is the latest and greatest way to enjoy all of the wonderful effects that the cannabis plant has to offer. Delta 8 has become extremely popular in the cannabis community within the last couple of years, especially delta 8 gummies.
Now that delta 8 is in the mainstream, it comes in pretty much all the same forms as traditional THC, such as raw flower, prerolled joints, oil-based tinctures, vape pens, dab concentrates, and edibles––but the classic delta 8 gummy reigns supreme as the most popular way to enjoy the cannabinoid.
How will delta 8 gummies make you feel? Since there’s so much interest sparked by delta 8, we’re here to break down the effects of delta 8, the effects of delta 8 gummies, and even explore some potential delta 8 gummies side effects.
Effects of Delta 8
Delta 8 is a form of THC that is very closely related to delta 9 THC, which is the form of THC that we are most familiar with. Delta 9 THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that’s primarily responsible for the ‘high’ that we feel when we smoke it. Delta 8 THC is molecularly similar to delta 9 THC and does also contain psychoactive components, but its effects are a lot milder.
(CBD, in comparison, contains no psychoactive components at all, meaning that on a scale from mildest to strongest, it would be CBD, then delta 8 THC, then delta 9 THC.)
Since delta 8 is a cannabinoid, the effects come from its interaction with the human body’s endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The endocannabinoid system is a naturally occurring system that lies within both the nervous and immune systems and is used to process cannabinoids like THC, CBD, HHC, and others.
Delta 8 will exude many familiar effects of the cannabis plant that we know and love, such as:
Elevated mood and feelings of happiness and euphoria.
A mild psychoactive experience (or high).
Help with pain relief, chronic pain, and inflammation.
Help with anxiety and panic disorders.
Help with insomnia and other sleeping problems.
Help with nausea and other potential stomach issues.
There are many different forms of delta 8, such as raw flower and prerolls, tinctures, vapes, and concentrates, but delta 8 gummies are by far the most popular way that people enjoy delta 8. And they are popular for a reason––edibles are super potent and are by far the easiest way to get super high. Because of that, there are some delta 8 edible effects that are a little bit different from other consumption methods.
Delta 8 Edible Effects
While the main effects of delta 8 will be pretty much the same no matter how you take it, there are some specific delta 8 gummies effects that make it the preferred method of consumption for many people who use delta 8.
As far as edibles, delta 8 gummies will follow a similar timeline to delta 9 gummies––after you eat them, it will take a while to kick in. Depending on the dose, your tolerance, how much is in your stomach, etc., it could be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. But once it does, it’s a long and strong experience, lasting anywhere from 4 to 6 hours (or longer, depending on how much you took.) Delta 8 edibles are definitely the most potent and long-lasting way to use the cannabinoid, which is a huge reason why so many people love them.
Some effects of delta 8 gummies include:
Anti-anxiety properties. Delta 8 is a much milder version of delta 9 THC, and many users have reported that they experienced much less anxiety when using delta 8 instead of using delta 9. This makes delta 8 gummies perfect for chilling, destressing, and relaxing.
The duration of the high is much longer. Smoking or vaping cannabis is a quicker method of consumption because the cannabinoids go straight from your lungs into your bloodstream. But since delta 8 gummies are ingested and digested through the stomach, it takes the effects longer to kick in. But that also means the effects last much longer, which makes it perfect for people who use it for pain.
Gummies are a super potent way to consume delta 8 and will be the best way to get a strong psychoactive experience.
Because delta 8 gummies have a tendency to be more potent and long-lasting, they’re more likely to leave you with some side effects that you may be able to feel the next day.
Side Effects of Delta 8 Gummies
With any foreign substance that you put in your body, there will be some lingering effects as it beings to exit. The most straightforward example we can explain is alcohol hangovers––as your body process the alcohol out of your system, you will feel some (pretty gnarly) side effects.
You can also get what’s called a weed hangover. Thankfully, a cannabis hangover is nowhere near as severe as an alcohol hangover. Instead, a cannabis hangover simply means that you’re experiencing some residual side effects the day after ingesting cannabis (usually a significant amount.)
Whether you consider it a hangover or not, you may feel some lingering delta 8 side effects the next day after a sizeable sesh. Delta 8 side effects are typically mild since the cannabinoid itself is mild. But there have been some users who have reported feeling some delta 8 side effects the next day.
Some side effects of delta 8 THC include:
Tiredness, lethargy, and extended fatigue.
Brain fog and mild disorientation.
Dizziness, nausea, and mild vertigo.
Although some people have reported that they felt delta 8 side effects the next day, this doesn’t mean that you will feel them, too. It’s important to remember that all cannabinoids and cannabis in any form will affect every single person entirely differently. If you want to make sure you don’t feel any lingering effects, make sure you stay hydrated, pace yourself, and take a dose that you know you can handle