As a cannabis enthusiast, you’ve probably heard about Delta-9, CBD, CBN, and CBG. So what’s the deal with the buzziest cannabis compound, Delta-8?
First, let’s cover the basics. There are over 100+ compounds found in cannabis. One of the most popular ones is Delta-9-THC — or more commonly known as THC. But there is another compound similar to Delta-9-THC, called Delta-8-THC — a.k.a. Delta-8 for short. While similar in name, this compound has a different chemical structure than Delta-9-THC. The result is lower cognitive and physical effects than THC. You can think of Delta-8 as the toned-down version of THC.
Okay, so now to the good stuff… what are the benefits a Delta-8?
Delta-8 is a newer cannabis compound, so there isn’t as much research out there, but the benefits are generally similar to CBD. People report that they feel a calming effect or mood boost, decreased pain sensation, deeper sleep, appetite stimulation, and reduced nausea. Like THC, the benefits of Delta-8 are more immediate than CBD. Think of CBD as more of a daily supplement and Delta-8 as something you can grab anytime you’re feeling stressed out.
Similar to THC, the experience can vary based on your tolerance, body, and setting. Most individuals say they feel a calming “buzz” and a little bit of the “munchies,” but with less paranoia and mental fogginess than THC.
How long does the high last?
Similar to vaping THC, you’ll start to notice the effects within 5 to 15 minutes. The high should last around 60 to 90 minutes but can last up to 5 hours, depending on your tolerance level. When ingesting Delta-8, you won’t feel the effects for about 30 to 45 minutes, and the “high” can typically last 4 to 5 hours but can last up to 8 hours.
Are there any negative effects?
While Delta-8 can be a great, legal way to get “high.” Some people might experience some unwanted effects, like drowsiness, dry mouth, red eyes, and headaches. Like any new cannabis product, you can start slow and monitor how you feel.
One more thing, because Delta-8-THC is so chemically similar to Delta-9-THC, it is possible to fail a drug test that is testing for THC because those tests are only testing for THC metabolites, not the specific chemical compound. We wouldn’t recommend trying Delta-8 if you need to pass a drug test. Hopefully, one day THC won’t be so taboo.