Delta 8 THC is a substance derived from hemp. Hemp has low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and does not contain heavy psychoactive effects. Delta 8 THC is made from CBD (cannabidiol) and is consumed in the form of edibles, vapes, and tinctures.
Many people are familiar with delta 9 THC, the primary source of cannabis’ psychoactive effects. Delta 9 THC is highly illegal in most places. In comparison to delta 9 THC, delta 8 THC is at lower levels in cannabis, which means it is not regulated like delta 9 THC, making it more desirable to the marijuana industry.
CBD and Hemp
CBD can be extracted from hemp or cannabis; both hemp and cannabis are substances from the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD can be sold in the form of supplements, oils, gummies, vapes, balms, and more.
Hemp and Cannabis plants grow delta 8 THC in tiny quantities. Delta 8 THC can be obtained from either plant by using specific breeding, extraction, and processing methods.
It’s a noteworthy fact that CBD and hemp can be transported and sold within the U.S. In order for hemp to be legal, it must have 0.3 percent THC or less.
Delta 8 THC Legalities
Unlike delta 9 THC, which is a Schedule I substance under U.S. federal law, delta 8 is a complicated but legal substance at a national level and legal in most states. The 2018 Farm Bill allows hemp-derived cannabinoids like delta 8 THC to be legal.
The DEA does not have an explicit law banning delta 8 THC. Consumers should be aware of their local laws to ensure delta 8 THC is allowed in their area.
How Delta 8 is Produced
The cannabis plant does not contain enough quantities of Delta 8 THC to be feasible for extraction and put into affordable products. However, cannabinoids are relatively close in their molecular structures, which means they can be altered to change the cannabinoid via chemical reactions.
There is a misconception that delta 8 THC is synthetic, so it must be harmful; however, cannabinoids will change naturally with light, heat, and time with the maturity of a cannabis plant. The conversion from THC to delta 9 THC occurs when you smoke marijuana via combustion or dry herb vaping.
The reactions used to derive delta 8 THC also allow the creation of other rare cannabinoids. Proper precautions need to be in place for labs to ensure reagents, solvents, and acids are removed from the final product for optimal purity. The appropriate safeguards include maintaining industry-standard lab procedures and experienced chemists performing the reactions.
Effects of Delta 8 THC
So, what is delta 8 THC, and how does it affect your body? It is important to note that the effects of delta 8 THC will vary per person. It produces more intense results than CBD; however, it is a much milder effect than delta 9 THC.
It’s possible for Delta 8 THC to be more psychoactive for some consumers, but it is much more subtle than the delta 9 THC. Delta 8 is a “lighter” high. It is euphoric and can stimulate appetite, energize (or relax), and can induce some psychoactive experience.
Delta 8 can have psychoactive effects on some people; however, the intensity is much less than the delta 9 THC. Those who have grown accustomed to the impact of marijuana even notice the psychoactive effects, though a less intense one. The adverse side effects people see with using cannabis are fewer with delta 8 THC.
Duration Effects of Delta 8 THC
The length of time delta 8 THC stays in your system will vary per person, as discussed with its effects. Consumption via vaping, on average, will last one to five hours, while edibles and tinctures can last longer than five hours. Larger doses will produce longer-lasting effects.
It can be challenging to judge the length of effects, especially for individuals who do not feel the “high.” There will be a steady phase-out of the effects after the peak effects are felt. Generally speaking, vaping delta 8 THC will have a shorter duration than oral consumption.
Tolerance to Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC has similar tolerance as its other cannabinoid derivatives and will build up over time. You can build tolerance by using delta 8 THC often and in gradually higher doses.
Individuals familiar with Delta 9 THC may consume delta 8 THC with the expectation of feeling similar effects based on their prior delta 9 THC usage. This often creates the impression that it’s not working or not working fast enough, resulting in the user dosing more. The aforementioned, in turn, will increase the user’s tolerance to delta 8 THC.
Consumers should be aware that the effects of delta 8 THC are different from its other cannabinoids and can take longer for its effects to settle in.
Is Delta 8 THC Safe?
There haven’t been any known critical overdoses with delta 8 THC. Consuming too high of the dose via an edible may stimulate acute anxiety and paranoia. It would be best if you took caution to determine your proper dosing for optimal effects.
Benefits of Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC can offer relaxation, uplifted mood, and focus. It can also be medically beneficial by helping with pain reduction. If you are prone to nausea, delta 8 THC can help ease that as well.
Delta 8 can be a good starting point for people who are interested in trying cannabis. For example, some find that delta 9 THC can be too intense, so delta 8 THC offers a gentler experience for first-time users of cannabis.
Delta 8 THC Products
Delta 8 THC is manufactured and produced in various forms for consumption. The most commonly known form is vaping cartridges. Cartridges will usually come in two sizes, 0.5 mL and 1 mL, and different cannabis strains (Sativa/Indica/Hybrid) for flavor and effects.
Edibles are another popular form of consumption, especially for those who don’t like smoking. Those include gummies, mints, hard candies, and baked goods like cookies.
For more experienced users, Delta 8 THC tincture and waxes is an alternative option. Tinctures can be used for cooking and baking your own delta 8 THC edibles. Experimenting with the different forms of consumption allows you to pick a product that works best for you and your body.
Important: You should not use Delta 8 THC if you are pregnant, nursing, or diagnosed with any health conditions. Herbal Aspect’s Delta 8-THC products are not to be consumed by those who are under 21 years old. It is crucial to consume Delta 8-THC responsibly. Moderation is vital when consuming delta 8 THC. Some people may experience an intoxicating effect from this product, and although rare, Delta 8-THC may affect blood pressure, heart rate, and or intraocular pressure. It is essential to consult with your physician before using Delta 8.