*Disclaimer reminder: This article is not medical advice. It is based on anecdotal user experience alone. If you are thinking about incorporating cannabis (delta-8 THC, delta-9 THC, or CBD) into your medicinal routine, please consult a healthcare professional. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without first consulting your doctor.*
As cannabis has made many leaps of progression through the legal system over the past few years, more people are finding out what the plant really has to offer. You may be familiar with the more common compounds of the plant, such as CBD, Hemp, and Delta 9 THC, but what about the new Delta 8 THC? Well, here’s the thing, being the fourth most studied cannabinoid on the planet, Delta 8 THC isn’t new to the cannabis game at all. What is new is the attention Delta 8 THC has been receiving over the past couple years and that’s thanks to all the amazing benefits it has to offer, not to mention it’s federally legal.
Like myself, you might be thinking that the biggest benefit of Delta 8 THC could be the fact that
there’s a form of THC I can buy that won’t get me in trouble with the law. As great as that is and as great is any step towards the global legalization of marijuana is; the real benefits will always be in the potential effects of Delta 8 THC itself.
How Does Delta 8 Make You Feel?
Now the biggest question: What the heck is Delta 8 THC supposed to feel like?
Before digging in deep, it’s important to understand that everyone’s body and tolerance is different. The experience that a recreational user has had with Delta 8 THC may be different than that of a first-time user. With that being said, always enjoy with caution.
The most common description of the effects of Delta 8 THC, in comparison to its more popular counterpart Delta 9 THC, is that the high is more physical forward than it is mental. You may get the engulfing calm of a body high without the grogginess of a mental high. Delta 8 THC users have reported the feelings intense relaxation and euphoria, putting them in a calm state while still having a “clear-head”.
The effects above could be described by someone using Delta 8 THC recreationally, but what about therapeutically? Individual studies have shown that a lot of the recreational benefits and therapeutic benefits of Delta 8 THC may go hand in hand. Some potential benefits of Delta 8 THC may include:
- Fighting Nausea
- Raising appetite (AKA Munchies) to help stimulate diet and nutrition
- Engaging energy levels to help focus
- Stimulating intense relaxation while still keeping a clearhead
- Helping with pain relief and inflammation
- Increasing mood or happiness
- Can help sleep cycle and fighting insomnia
- Isn’t addicting
- And increased sex drive
The effects of Delta 8 THC vary from person to person and the common experience can be described as combining the best parts of CBD and Delta 9 THC.
Will Delta 8 THC Get You High?
The answer is yes! The high of Delta 9 THC can sometimes be intense and come with symptoms of anxiety and paranoia; With Delta 8 THC the high is still there but the negative symptoms aren’t. This allows Delta 8 THC to deliver a cleaner and more functional high. The biggest difference that we always come across is that Delta 9 THC can at times make users feel out of control or overly intoxicated, while Delta 8 THC helps them feel like they’re still in control. No matter the intensity or dosage of Delta 8 THC you’ll always feel more in control than with Delta 9 THC.
How Much Delta 8 THC Will Get You High?
While everyone has different resistances and your body might react differently, the basic dosage to get you high is about 10 to 15mg of D8. That changes depending on several factors, including your age, your metabolism, your weight and height, and even your hydration habits.
Usually, this quantity is equivalent to half a gummy, a full tincture dropper, or three puffs if you are using a cart or disposable pen. If you want to limit the psychoactive effects, you can try and use a lower dosage or try microdosing, which is easier done through tinctures and edibles like gummies.
What is Delta 8 Used for
Well, as stated above, Delta 8 (or D8) for short is one of the most studied cannabinoids ever. Delta 8 has plenty of potential therapeutic uses. And this is thanks to all of its benefits, properties, and interaction with our nervous system.
Besides all of the effects and different uses, this 2004 study noted that delta 8 could be useful for increasing food consumption. That could potentially lead to the use of D8 as a therapeutic treatment for weight disorders.
The same study also reported that D8 helped with the production of dopamine and serotonin. While there’s still much to be researched about potential therapeutic benefits, it could lead to the treatment of some mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.
Other users have reported that D8 could be used for minor pain relief, thanks to its mild psychoactive effects. This is all thanks to its sedative, analgesic, and relaxation properties, making it a great aid to use instead of other medicines or aids.
Effects of Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC, while considered the “little brother” of D9 THC, also has several similar effects on our bodies. These include several psychoactive but also physical reactions through the interaction of our nervous system.
These range from anything like feeling a little bit slower than usual, to even having an alteration of your senses and perception. Some users have even reported problems with memory retention or even having a problem with dexterity-based activities.
Delta 8 Effects on the Body
The main effect besides the euphoric high is making you feel slow in general. This could be translated into difficulties regarding movement and fine motor skills. That is why it is not recommended to have activities that require these skills, like driving.
Another effect that translates this “slow” feeling, is having altered senses. D8 THC can make you more perceptive of certain sounds, aromatics, or temperatures. This is why some people might feel the “munchies”, as the perception of flavors and tones gets distorted when you are in this state.
Something a little more positive is the focus and concentration that D8 could give. The cannabinoid can help you feel more at the task in hand, or users have even reported feeling more creative. If you want a little productivity or creativity boost, D8 might be that little kick you need.
Is Delta 8 Psychoactive?
Short answer, yes.
Delta 8 has been found to have psychoactive properties, which is also commonly known as “getting high”. When compared to its isomer delta 9, the effect is much milder and can give you a clear-headed sensation.
This happens due to delta 8 not being able to fully bond to the proteins in the CB1 receptors. These are located in our endocannabinoid system, a large part of the nervous system that regulates and sends signals to different functions. Some of them include appetite, muscle relaxation, and even pain.
With all of this said, if you are not into the psychoactive effects you can always try several methods of consumption. That also includes microdosing, which is basically using lower doses so you can benefit from the therapeutic and wellness benefits without having to “feel high”.
Benefits of Delta 8 Gummies
The biggest benefits of delta 8 gummies are discretion and accessibility. As they usually look and taste like regular candies, these are the perfect way to consume cannabis as a smoke-free experience.
Another key difference is the intensity and period of how high you feel. Since gummies are metabolized through the liver, D8 THC tends to be more available for absorption. This means that they will probably feel stronger than a few puffs.
In comparison, while smoking or vaping can get you high as quickly as 5 minutes, edibles such as gummies can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. That also means you’ll feel the effects anywhere from 3 to 8 hours, the high peaking around the first hour and third hour.
This is great for chronic ailments, as you can feel the effects for longer periods. If you, however, don’t want the psychoactive properties as much as the therapeutic benefits gummies are perfect for microdosing.
Besides all of this, D8 gummies have incredible benefits and are super easy to store as well. Edibles are basically an odorless experience. You won’t need to worry about shelf life or even getting second looks while eating candy yet getting the full wellness feelings from cannabis.
Benefits of Delta 8 Tinctures
Okay so, before we dive into their benefits let’s have a quick review of what tinctures are. To sum it up, a tincture is an oil-based product that has potent delta 8 extract or distillate. Sometimes flavor is added to have an overall better experience, and you can even add them to food or drinks.
With that out of the way, let’s check some of the benefits. Firstly, they are pretty discreet as well. While they are not as easy to take on the road as gummies, they can also be taken without having weird looks around.
Secondly, tinctures are easy to absorb. This is thanks to most tinctures being absorbed through sublingual means, instead of lungs or even the digestive system, like gummies.
That means you can get most benefits of an edible in less time. The effect might last up to 6 hours, which is more than your usual vaping session but not as long as with edibles.
Third and lastly, you can use tinctures in both food and drinks. If you’ve got a creative mind, you can create your own edibles or just sneak some drops into your midday drink to get past that to-do list in a flash. This makes tinctures incredibly easy to use and take, and even more if you plan on microdosing.