by William Goodall April 14, 2021
If you are thinking about trying Delta-8 THC for the first time, you may be wondering what the high is like. You may wonder how similar it is to marijuana, and have questions about its legality. But now that hemp has been taken off of the Schedule I list of controlled substances thanks to theFarm Bill of 2018, it may be the time to give it a shot. Be sure to research the regulations in your area first as laws continue to shift, and then prepare for the amazing experience that is the Delta-8 THC high.
In this article, we will explore how the high feels, how it compares to Delta-9 THC, and what factors can affect the high.
It is important to first know how a Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol experience compares to the high experience of Delta-9, aka THC. Delta-8 contains 0.3% THC or less. THC is what contributes to the psychotropic effects marijuana is known for. This means that substances with THC can affect your mental state. Since Delta-8 contains much less of this substance, the psychotropic experience is more muted.
Oftentimes people can feel anxious or paranoid during a Delta-9 high. Delta-8 differs in that users do not seem to experience these effects. The D8 high is much more relaxed due to the lack of brain fog. You feel clear-headed and able to function. While D9 users may feel out-of-control, D8 users feel like they’re in control. For many people, this is exactly what they are looking for in a cannabis product.
Be aware, however, though the two may have different effects, D8 can still make you come up dirty on adrug test.
Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 come from the cannabis plant. Delta-8 is a form of THC that is most often aCannabis sativa L. derivative. Delta-9 is available in high quantities in other forms of cannabis, commonly known as marijuana.
The reason D8 and D9 conjure similar effects but with gapingdifferences is due to their molecular structure. This is because Delta-8 is a double bond analog of Delta-9. The double bond is located on the 8th carbon atom instead of the ninth.
Both of these cannabinoids interact in our bodies with the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This system helps regulate processes like sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility. All of this is done through the use of cannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes.
CB1 and CB2 receptors are two well-known cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. CB1 receptors mostly reside in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are most prevalent in the immune system. Delta-8 activates both of these receptors once it enters our system, causing the variety of effects and benefits that we experience.
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. While THC binds tightly to the CB1 receptor, D8 doesn’t bind as well, which may account for thelower psychotropic potency of a D8 high. Delta-8 also interacts with the CB2 receptors, but less is known about this interaction and its effects. Since Delta-8 is just now stepping into the limelight, more research is needed on these interactions.
The way cannabis interacts with your ECS will determine what your high feels like. People will have varying experiences of Delta-8, and part of this reason may be due to how many endocannabinoids your body produces. If you have a low amount of endocannabinoids in your body, you may experience a more intense high than your friends.
Now that we know how it differs from its more well-known cousin Delta-9, let’s focus on Delta-8. What exactly can you expect from the experience?
As mentioned previously, you will experience psychoactive effects. However, users often find themselves completely capable of performing everyday tasks. Delta-8 can engage focus and energy levels. Users can function, but better.
Additionally, there is a “floaty”, uplifting feeling that makes you feel weightless. This helps promote a mellow, calm, and relaxed mood.
We describe the whole experience as a smooth come up, a chill buzz, and then a smooth come down. This is our idea of a good time. No paranoia, just the ability to enjoy your surroundings, the high, and the people you care about.
Not only does the experience allow you to feel an awesome body high and overall feeling of well-being, but it also has additional health benefits. The National Cancer Institute states that the compound is said to have “antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”
So, in plain English, Delta-8 may help to support a healthy appetite and may help to promote a feeling of mental wellbeing
Besides all these wonderful benefits of a Delta-8 high, you may also experience some mild side effects such as:
These types of effects can occur if you take too much. That is why it is a good idea to start small and work up to your comfort level. This is especially recommended for first-time users.
Perhaps you are a first time user and you worry you took too much. If you feel like you are experiencing anything unpleasant, the best thing to do is to remain calm. It will pass as the high subsides. You can relax by doing things you enjoy, like listening to music, take a walk, watch TV, or take a warm bath.
Compared to THC, Delta-8’s effects seem to take longer to set in and last about half as long. You won’t feel drained or exhausted afterward. Depending on the method of consumption, the compound will take effect at varying times. It is also important to remember the compound affects people differently and varies from person-to-person. Here are the common ways of consuming D8, and possible times of onset, peak, and total duration:
Keep in mind that the method you use and your tolerance level are the major factors that contribute to when the product sets in, and how long it lasts. Your previous history with cannabis and other intoxicants will affect the D8 experience. If you have a higher tolerance due to chronic cannabis use, you may need to take a higher dose or even wait longer for the compound to set in.
First Time Users: It is important to be more cautious if you are a first time user. When we say first time user, we are referring to someone who has no experience with any cannabis product, including marijuana. Those who have experienced a marijuana high will have some idea what to expect. But for someone with no experience, the effects can feel more intense since there is nothing to compare it to.
If you have tried CBD products, for example, the Delta-8 high can feel more intense. This is because cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t contain THC (or may contain trace amounts that aren’t detectable). Though it is mood-altering, CBD is not psychoactive like D8 or D9.
If you are a true first-timer, we recommend that you start slow with Delta-8. Make sure you are in a comfortable place and do not need to drive and do not have any responsibilities to take care of. The more relaxed you are, the more fun you will have. Take a small dose and enjoy! As you get used to the feeling, you can gradually increase the dosage to your comfort level.
Experienced Cannabis Users:If this isn’t your first rodeo when it comes to cannabis, you will more than likely not be hit hard by the effects. This is especially the case if you are a chronic cannabis user. Since Delta-8 is much less potent, you may find yourself increasing your dose.
It is common for marijuana users to switch to D8 because they enjoy the more mellow effects it brings, without the anxiety and foggy brain.
There are a variety of Delta-8 products out there, each with its only potential benefits and effects. We will break them down by varying contents and methods of consumption. Knowing the variations out there can help you customize your experience.
Combining a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes can create what is called an entourage effect. This theory states that when combined, these components are more powerful because they are working synergistically together. This may be because they are mimicking the way the compounds are found in nature.
Methods to Consume:
As with any substance, Delta-8 THC can provide a variety of effects for different users. This depends on dosage, the method used, and what combination of compounds the product is made of. We are confident that now armed with the knowledge of these factors, you can plan a rewarding Delta-8 experience. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!