If you’re curious about cannabis, you’ve likely come across products that contain Delta 8 THC. But what exactly is it? How do you use it? What does it do? There can be a lot of conflicting information out there about cannabis, which makes it hard to know exactly what to expect from different cannabinoids.
In this guide, we’ll delve into these questions and more. By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of Delta 8 and how you may benefit from it.
What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC, also called D8, is an isomer derivative of hemp-derived CBD, or cannabidiol. In simpler terms, it is a close relative of CBD and is created by converting CBD into Delta 8.
It is an analog created by taking pure CBD isolate and converting it through specialized processes into Delta 8 distillate. This distillate is what is used in many D8 products, from inhalables to edibles and beyond.
The Science Behind Delta 8
Looking into its molecular structure, Delta 8 is remarkably similar to Delta 9 THC, the cannabinoid most commonly discussed when talking about cannabis. But unlike Delta 9 THC, which may produce more intense psychoactive effects, D8 may be a milder and more tolerable, functional experience.
The reason for this is their molecular structure. Delta 8 may bind differently to cannabinoid receptors than Delta 9. This is because Delta 8 has a double bond on the 8th carbon chain, while Delta 9 has a double bond on the 9th carbon chain. This is what changes their interaction with your endocannabinoid system.
How To Use Delta 8
There are a lot of options when it comes to using D8. Much like other cannabinoids, it can be inhaled and ingested. One thing is for certain though, always follow the ‘start low and go slow’ principle! It may still possess psychoactive effects, so you should treat it with the same caution you would for any other cannabis product.
For edible products, we recommend not exceeding a dose of 25mg and waiting at least an hour to 90 minutes before increasing your dose. This allows time for you to fully gauge the potential effects and evaluate how you feel before taking more.
Our Favorite Delta 8 THC Products
We love Delta 8, which is why we offer multiple types of D8 products. For edibles, our favorites are our Gummies and Cannabombs for their slower absorption time. For faster potential effects, we recommend our Delta 8 Cannashots.
When it comes to dosage, we find that a 10mg dose may offer a subtle yet relaxing experience, while a 20mg or higher dose may deliver a more potent, psychoactive experience.
What to Expect from Delta 8 – Potential Effects and Timeline
The way D8 may make you feel can vary quite a bit by your dose, your body, and the product you are using. Products like vaporizers and cartridges may offer more immediate potential effects, while edibles may have a slower onset of 30-45 minutes or more.
When it comes to potential effects, it may make you feel relaxed and calm. It may be able to help ease anxiety, stimulate appetite, and improve your sleep. Cannabinoids can affect everyone differently, so be sure to start with low doses to gauge how you feel.
Is Delta 8 Legal?
Delta 8 is federally legal per the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp-derived products. This bill specifies that hemp-derived products are defined as any part of the cannabis plant with no more than 0.3% THC. Anything more, and the product is not considered hemp. All of our products comply with this guideline.
Laws regarding D8 and other cannabinoids do vary from state to state. So, be sure to check your local laws before purchasing cannabis products.
Delta 8 THC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that is very similar in structure to Delta 9 THC. It may have less intense potential effects compared to Delta 9, and it may help with anxiety reduction, sleep, and appetite stimulation among other things.
When using D8, be sure to start with a low dose and go slow! This will allow you to gauge how it may make you feel and what your ideal dose may be. For a potentially faster onset, inhalable products like vapes and cartridges may be better for you. With edibles, you may experience a slower onset between 30-90 minutes. We hope this post helped you learn the basics about Delta 8 THC! Check out some of our Delta 8 products in our shop, or shop our selection by cannabinoid. Reach out to us on our contact page if you have any questions, and check out our blog for more information about Greater Hemp, our products, and cannabis.