The Beginners Guide to Delta 8
What is Delta 8?
Delta-8-THC is a minor cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant that produces the same enjoyable effects as Delta 9 THC, minus the anxiety and paranoia.
What is the difference between cannabis, marijuana and hemp?
Cannabis has two different species - Hemp and Marijuana.
CBD products as well as Delta-8 products come from the Hemp plant, not the Marijuana plant.
What is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?
Delta-9 THC, known as Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC) is a cannabinoid molecule in marijuana (cannabis) that's long been recognized as the main psychoactive ingredient that causes people who use marijuana to feel "high". It is linked with some common effects like mood improvement, sedation, relaxation, laughter, memory impairment, and hunger.
Delta-8 THC is a lesser-known cannabinoid, the primary difference between the two cannabinoids is that Delta-8 is slightly less psychoactive than Delta-9. This means that products with Delta-8 THC have a more gradual effect on the consumer.
What does Delta 8 feel like?
Delta-8 THC produces mild psychoactive effects that are around 50-70% of the strength of Delta-9 THC's. Most describe the feeling of Delta-8 as a mild body sensation that brings an uplifting, happy, and relaxing mood.
How is Delta 8 legal?
When the 2018 farm bill was signed into law, it federally legalized all Hemp products which contain less than 0.3% Delta 9-THC. Since then, scientists have figured out how to extract Delta 8 THC in hemp while at the same time minimize the Delta 9-THC content to under the 0.3% - making Delta 8 THC completely legal.
How much Delta 8 should I take?
As we’ve discussed, Delta 8 and CBD are not the same.
For those unfamiliar with the effects of Delta 8, understand that Delta 8 is a psychoactive cannabinoid, while CBD is not. While Delta 8’s psychoactive properties will be milder than those of Delta 9 THC, still, those who are more sensitive or new to THC in general will likely want to take it slow. Here are some factors that can influence your experience with Delta 8:
- Bodyweight - Typically, those with a higher body weight should take slightly higher doses, and the same applies to those who have a lower body weight.
- Tolerance to THC - Delta 8 and delta 9 share enough in common that if you have a high tolerance to one, it will likely translate to a high tolerance to the other. As a rule of thumb, unless you are a regular cannabis user, start LOW and go SLOW.
- Your Goals - What are you using delta 8 for? Are you looking for a subtle sense of relaxation, or do you want to have an extraordinarily strong delta 8 experience.
How do I take Delta 8?
Delta 8 can be smoked, vaped, or ingested. However, each delivery method absorbs into the body in its own unique manner. Some absorb quickly and efficiently, meaning that the effects are felt very strongly. Other methods take longer to absorb, which means the effects will be felt more subtly.
Ingesting vs. Inhaling
Delta-8-THC tends to exhibit a lower psychotropic potency than THC when inhaled. When ingested, however, delta-8-THC can deliver the same intoxicating effects as THC. This being said, be mindful when trying delta-8-THC edibles for the first time and use the same caution you would with THC edibles. With edibles like gummies, 10 to 40 milligrams counts as a standard dose, with 10 being ideal for total beginners.
Delta 8 Carts
Delta 8 vape carts are the most popular delivery method-when it comes to dosing, it’s believed that one to three puffs count as a single dose, with one being ideal for someone totally new to delta 8. However, keep in mind factors like how deeply you inhale and how much you take into your mouth at once will slightly alter how strongly you feel the delta 8.
Delta 8 Flower
Delta 8 flower is raw hemp flower infused with a delta 8 extract. As with cartridges, the same rule applies in that 1.5 milligrams counts as a standard dose, and 1 to 3 puffs is a good amount to start with. But, with delta 8 flowers, it’s harder to be precise with the milligrams, largely because the delta 8 may not be evenly distributed throughout the flower. Therefore, we recommend sticking with the 1 to 3 puffs rule, going with just 1 and waiting 20 minutes before taking another if you’re totally new to THC.