by William Goodall February 15, 2021
If you are just hearing about Delta-8, you may have a ton of questions. How does itcompare to Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol? What sort of effects does it have? Can it work for your ailments? Let’s dive into the world of Delta-8, touching on the topic everyone wants to know:
The short answer: yes, Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol can get you high. It has a comparable experience to the high produced by Delta-9, aka THC, but with some very big differences. Delta-8, a form of THC, has psychoactive effects but has alower psychotropic potency than Delta-9 THC. In this article, we will go into further detail about what the Delta-8 high experience is like, how it works, as well as touch on some side effects and benefits associated.
For most people, Delta-8 produces a clear-headed high compared to traditional THC. The experience can be something like a semi-sedated body feel without heavy mental stimulation. You won’t feel jittery, anxious, or have the racy mind of a THC high. There will be no overwhelming emotions, paranoia, or panic attacks. The intensity of the high is about 50% to 70% of a THC high, making it less intense, more gentle, and completely manageable. Some effects you may feel are:
If ingested, the effects can take 30 minutes to an hour and a half to set in. When using vape products, you can expect the onset of effects after about 6 minutes. The time it takes can vary from person to person as well as what product is used. Once the effects have started, they tend to last about half as long as a THC high. But keep in mind that you also won’t feel drained or exhausted. The entirety of the trip is a smooth come up, a chill buzz, then a smooth come down.
Many cannabis users find Delta-8’s high much more pleasurable as opposed to a THC high. Some people liken the D8 high to somewhere between a marijuana high and a cannabidiol (CBD) experience. If you don’t like how THC makes you feel, but still enjoy its therapeutic benefits, D8 might be a better fit for you. And if you like CBD products but would like a little more stimulation, D8 may be for you. Delta-8 THC allows for a high that enables you to still function. You will feel like yourself, but better.
Keep in mind that people can experience the effects differently. It also depends on the dosage you take. Starting small and going slow is the best way to find your tolerance level. Take it easy.
If you’d like a little more personalized experience for your D8 high, you can choose a product with terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic oil compounds found naturally in cannabis, as well as other plants. These compounds produce a variety of tantalizing scents and flavors. When terpenes are used in combination with Delta-8 THC, this can create an entourage effect.
This effect refers to the phenomenon of higher individual compound effectiveness when compounds are working in fusion and harmony with each other. This may be because the fusion is emulating the way the compounds work synergistically together in nature. Out of hundreds out there, here are a few of the most common terpenes and their effects:
So now that we know a little bit about what the Delta-8-THC high is like, let’s go behind the scenes. We will discuss how this high is created and how it causes the sensations we feel. Understanding the compound and how it affects us allows us to ascertain if it is right for us.
Both THC and D8 come from the cannabis plant, though Delta-8 is derived from hemp orCannabis sativa L. D8 is either smoked or ingested into your system, and then the fun begins.
Delta-8, like Delta-9, interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) after we’ve consumed it. The ECS is a biological system within our bodies that is still not completely understood to this day. We do know, however, that the ECS influences appetite, sleep, mood, and memory through the mingling of receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids. THC affects the system by attaching to the CB1 and CB2 receptors which then produces its bodily effects. CB1 receptors involve the central nervous system and things like psychoactivity, pain regulation, motor control, and memory processing. CB2 receptors involve the peripheral nervous system and have to do with pain and inflammation.
The high is produced when Delta-8 binds to the CB1 receptor. It binds to CB1 similarly to THC, but since it has a slightly different chemical structure, there is a different effect. This is because Delta-8 is a double bond analog of Delta-9. The double bond, however, is located on the 8th carbon atom instead of the ninth. Additionally, whereas THC binds tightly to the receptor, D8 doesn’t bind as well, creating a more mellow effect.
Delta-8 also has an affinity for CB2 receptors, but less is known about this interaction and its effects.
Not only can you experience a delicious high from Delta-8, but there are tons of potential added benefits.
Before you try, make sure you are aware of any side effects that can occur. You may experience:
Since Delta-8 THC still produces a mellow high, just like with THC it is best to avoid driving or any situation where you could put yourself or others in danger.
Additionally, this is a compound that we are still learning about. So it is a good idea to consult your doctor to see if Delta-8 is right for you. And remember to keep your starting dose low, and then increase gradually to your comfort level.
Everything that we have learned about Delta-8 so far indicates that it is generally safe. The side effects are much milder than THC, so there seems to be much less risk involved with its consumption.
So now that you know the fine points of this fun cannabinoid and you are ready to take the plunge, how do you use it? Let’s go over some of the common ways to consume Delta-8 THC.
There are multitudes of Delta-8-THC products popping up on the market. Simply take your pick! But first, we encourage you to research the laws in your area. Since thelegality of Delta-8 and other cannabis products are constantly shifting, you must stay informed to keep yourself out of legal trouble. After all, Delta-8 can come up on adrug test. TheFarm Bill of 2018 took hemp off the list of Schedule I controlled substances, but everything can still vary on a state-to-state basis.
Yes, Delta-8 can get you high. But make sure your high is in a controlled, safe, and legal environment. And enjoy!
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