What actually is Delta-8?
Delta-8 THC is an analog of regular THC (also known as Delta-9 THC). That means they’re almost exactly the same, with an atomic difference. That minuscule difference makes Delta-8 THC work a little differently from THC despite being almost the same.
Delta-8 THC isn’t like CBD, though, because it’s still psychoactive. However, it is far less psychoactive than regular Delta-9 THC.
Most people say that Delta-8 THC is like a lighter version of Delta-9 THC. Some studies have reported that Delta-8 THC is about half as potent as Delta-9 THC.The only problem with Delta-8 THC is that it’s not as abundant as regular Delta-9 THC.
Some professional growers have produced cannabis with up to 30% THC content. On the other hand, Delta-8 THC is rarely ever found above 1%.
So you might be wondering—if Delta-8 THC is weaker, how can it be so beneficial?
Delta-8 THC Benefits
Sometimes less is more because although Delta-8 THC is less psychoactive, it doesn’t mean it’s less therapeutic.
In fact, Delta-8 THC’s decreased psychoactive effects may be its biggest strength. That’s because Delta-9 THC can be too potent.
We’ve all been there—intense paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, and sometimes even dizziness and headaches.
Delta-8 THC has none of these problems because its psychoactive effects are turned down. As a result, Delta-8 THC provides relaxation, focus, anti-anxiety, anti-nausea, neuroprotective effects, appetite stimulation, and decreased pain. That makes it perfect for people who need to get rid of stress and get more clarity without the possibility of overdoing it.
Now you might be wondering—how do I take Delta-8 THC? One of the best and easiest ways is through Delta-8 THC softgels, gummies or vape cartridges.
How to Use Delta-8 THC
Using Delta-8 THC is as effortless as taking any other capsule or gummy—just take one, swallow it, and voila! Delta-8 can also be vaped for an almost immediate effect.
How Long Until I Feel Something?
Delta-8 THC has a much more gradual come-up than regular Delta-9 THC. Many people report feeling something as early as the first 10-15 minutes but usually within an hour. Consumers can feel the effect of vaping very quickly, often in minutes.
Since softgels and gummies are technically an edible, they can take up to 2 hours to hit you.
What Will It Feel Like?
After eating a Delta-8 THC softgel, you’ll know it’s working when you feel a tingling sensation in your arms. That tingling sensation will slowly spread until you feel it throughout your body.
From there, your head will clear up, and your mental state will feel enhanced. Many people report feeling unstressed, relaxed, and absolutely clear-headed.
How Long Will It Last?
When considering a long come-up, Delta-8 THC softgels can last up to 12 hours. However, they usually last around 5-6 hours on average, but your mileage may vary. Most people find that Delta-8 THC lasts as long as Delta-9 THC. If you know how long a Delta-9 THC edible lasts you, then Delta-8 THC will be roughly the same.
How Do I Find the Right dose?
You might be wondering—what if I take one and nothing happens? That means that you need to find your dose.
Some people may need a higher dose than others because we’re all different. Height, weight, gender, age, and more can all make a difference in how much Delta-8 THC is right for you.
The standard dose that’s perfect for most people is 15mg of Delta-8 THC. However, you’ll still need to find your dose just to be sure.
The good news is, finding your dose is easy! All you need to do is take one Delta-8 THC softgel, wait for a few hours and if you’re sure you don’t feel anything—take one more. Once you find your dosage, remember it and take that much every time.
Are Delta-8 THC Right for Me?
The other most popular type of Delta-8 THC product is a vape cartridge. Vapes are an excellent method, but they’re not for everyone.
People with sensitive lungs may not want to vape their Delta-8 THC. On top of that, vaping Delta-8 THC doesn’t last as long as taking an edible, but it is often the best option for immediate relief.
Delta-8 THC gummies and softgels are perfect for medical marijuana patients who want all-day relief—discreetly. They are convenient to take, look like regular supplements, and are long-lasting.
You can take one in the morning and completely forget about it as it works its magic throughout the day. When using a vape or a tincture, you may need to consume a dose multiple times throughout the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, since the Farm bill of 2018 made hemp legal throughout the United States, CBD has been available in all 50 states as long as it has less then 0.3% of THC in it by volume.
Although made legal, CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. The efficacy of CBD have not been confirmed by FDA- approved research. Always check with your physician about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.
Many consumers love CBD for relaxing, relieving muscle tension, lowering stress levels, and zapping away anxious feelings. But for some users, it’s not enough. People who’ve tried cannabis products with delta-9 THC often find it’s overpowering.
Delta 8 can be looked at as a non-overpowering form of medical marijuana, containing Delta-9 THC. It’s stronger than CBD but not as intense as delta 9 THC. That’s because delta 8 THC is only slightly different than delta 9. Unlike CBD, it IS mildly intoxicating and legal in most states without a medical card. The key to that statement is “mild” as Delta 8 has only about 2:3 the potency of delta 9, offering consumers a pleasant experience.
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Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Full-spectrum CBD oil describes concentrated CBD oil that contains all naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in the hemp flower. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains trace levels of THC; however, it’s insufficient to produce the psychoactive effect.
The benefit of full-spectrum CBD oil is the entourage effect. The entourage effect describes the synergy that occurs between cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids within the body.
Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil
Broad-spectrum CBD oil describes CBD oil that contains all naturally-occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids — except THC. During the refinement process, extractors remove all THC compounds from the oil.
If you enjoy the flavor of natural CBD oil, but you cannot consume any THC, broad-spectrum CBD oil is ideal.
CBD isolate is a pure CBD product that is void of terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids.
If you want to experience CBD without the influence of other cannabinoids or terpenes, CBD isolate may be right for you.
Usually, CBD isolate is available in oil or powder form.
CBD edibles are a popular choice for those that want to ingest CBD instead of smoking or vaporizing it.
You’ll find a wide variety of CBD edibles, such as lollipops, brownies, cookies, gummy bears, and more. Remember, CBD edibles take longer to take effect because your stomach needs first to digest the CBD.
Last but not least, CBD topicals are popular products for those that prefer direct application.
CBD topicals, such as lotions, creams, and balms, are applied directly to the skin. The benefit of CBD topicals is the ability to pinpoint a specific area and with a small amount of CBD cream.