What is Delta 8? A Beginners Guide

 What is Delta 8?

Chances are you may have heard of or stumbled upon Delta 8 but aren't quite sure what it is, why someone would take it, or how it will make you feel. Here we dive into the basics of Delta 8, providing you a general overview to help you decide if Delta 8 is right for you.

 

Delta 8’s popularity has skyrocketed. This is in part due to the claims that it has a therapeutic benefit similar to CBD as well as “regular” THC without the overly intense psychoactive effects. As popularity continues to grow Delta 8 product offerings continue to expand. User testimonials of those who are using it for both medical and recreational reasons continue to fuel its popularity. 

 

What exactly is Delta 8 and How Does it Differ from Cannabinoids Like CBD and THC?

Delta 8 THC, short for Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol is just one of over 100 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the active compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. All cannabinoids interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system in order to create balance, or homeostasis in our body. Each cannabinoid is unique, promoting different effects and potential therapeutic benefits. Unlike CBD and Delta 9 THC (the THC most of us are familiar with in marijuana), very small amounts of Delta 8 are produced form the plant itself. Recent advancements in extraction and conversion processes have really allowed for hemp derived CBD to be converted to Delta 8 THC in a laboratory setting. This ability to convert hemp derived CBD to Delta 8 is what has allowed Delta 8 to grow to such large popularity.

 

Delta 8 vs. Delta 9

Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9 THCImage Source

 

Does Delta 8 Really Get You high?

Well... yeah, it sure does. Effects of Delta 8 are best described as being less potent and more uplifting and clearer headed than Delta 9 THC. Users often report feeling less “stoned” when using Delta 8 and more productive. Also worth noting, is that users are also less likely to experience the possible anxiety and paranoia effects that can occur with Delta 9. It is recommended that, for your first-time trying Delta 8 that you start out with a very small dosage and work your way up from there. This is especially true for anyone who is trying to avoid the feeling of an intense "high". Once you have a better understanding of how your body reacts to low dosages you can begin to work your way up in dosage to determine how much you should be taking for your desired results. 

 

Chemically, differences in Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are very small. A double carbon bond exists in the 8th position of the molecular chain of Delta 8 versus the 9th position in Delta 9. Making both chemical structures appear and interact with our bodies very similarly.

 

Potential Benefits of Delta 8

According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta 8 THC has potential antiemetic (reduces nausea), anxiolytic (reduce anxiety), appetite-stimulating, analgesic (pain-relieving) and neuroprotective properties.

Based on user experiences and feedback, Delta 8 THC products may be worth considering for anyone who has benefited from, but is looking for an alternative to Delta 9 THC. Possibly those who don’t want as potent or intense of a high. Anyone who is still looking for something more potent than CBD would be the perfect candidate for trying Delta 8.  

 

Research

  • Possible Anti-Addiction properties 
    • A 2019 study showed early promise at helping to treat addiction behaviors showing that Delta 8 has a strong anti-nicotine effect in rats.  This stud not only showed that Delta 8 may have a therapeutic potential for the treatment of nicotine dependence but also for a broader range of addictive drugs. 

 

Is Delta 8 Legal?

That's a great question, since all products that Everyday Delta carries are 100% derived from hemp and contain no more than .3% Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis, they are federally legal. Even though the 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law in December 2018, outlines that all derivatives and extracts form the hemp plant are federally legal that is not necessarily the case on a state-by-state basis. Some states have taken it upon themselves to ban the sale of Delta 8 in their state. 

 

We have a current list of banned states under "Do you ship to a state that I live in"? located on our Delta 8 FAQ page. You should be aware of your local and state laws, as they may be more restrictive. If you have any concerns, it is always recommended that you consult an attorney for legal advice. 

 

Will Delta 8 Make Me Fail a Drug Test?

Yes, the use of Delta 8 can absolutely cause a positive result on a drug test. This is mainly due to the fact that Delta 8 produces the same metabolites as regular Delta 9 THC. Meaning that, a drug test will indicate THC present regardless of the source being from Delta 8 or Delta 9. 

 

We recommend that anyone that is subject to possible drug screening know and understand the risks involved with using Delta 8. Due to these risks, we do not recommend Delta 8 to anyone who is subject to drug screenings. 

 

Popular Forms of Delta 8 

There are many options to choose from when looking at all the forms that Delta 8 comes in. It often comes down to personal choice and preferences. Here we look at the most popular forms. 

 

Edibles 

The most popular form of Delta 8 chosen by our customers are edibles. Edibles make dosing very easy and accurate not to mention they taste great and are easy to consume. They usually come in dosages between 10 - 25 mg. Gummies are also great for those who are not interested in selecting a specific strain or don't have an interest in vaping. Delta 8 Edibles tend to have more of a "total body" effect and have the slowest onset of effects. With that said, they also have the longest lasting effects ranging from 4-8 hours. 

 

Vapes 

Vaping is another popular way of using Delta 8, there are two types of vaping products, Disposable Vapes and Vape Cartridges. Vaping usually provides the quickest onset of effects from Delta 8, because of this, vaping is popular for those who are first starting out and for those seeking the quickest relief. Effects from vaping usually last between 2-3 hours from use. 

Disposable Vapes offer the most convenience as they are an all in one, ready to go option. You get everything you need to start vaping without needing to purchase any accessories. You simply open up a disposable vape, charge as needed, and enjoy.

Vape Cartridges are sold as the cartridge only, meaning you'll need a vape pen or battery that accepts the same threads as your cartridge (usually 510 threads are standard) These pens, and batteries are readily available in most local vape shops or online. Vape Cartridges are popular for those who enjoy being able to try many different strains options. Users can choose the strain or blend of terpenes for a customized effect for their needs. Something to note is that usually this takes some experimenting with different strains to find the ones that work best for you. 

 

Tinctures

 Liquid drops that are usually taken sublingually or can even be added to your favorite beverage. This form has been very popular with CBD products for quite some time. 

Tinctures use a carrier oil, usually MCT, Coconut, or Hemp seed oil. They are taken by holding the drops under your tongue for around 45-60 seconds before swallowing. This will help ensure the best absorption. Effects usually set in around 15-20 mins and can last anywhere from 4-6 hours. This tends to be one of the best options for those looking for the most cost-effective way to enjoy Delta 8. They have a higher absorption than edibles and have longer lasting effects than vaping. 

 

Still On the Fence?

Are you still curious about Delta 8 or need more questions answered before you decide if Delta 8 is right for you? If so, please contact us here. If you are ready to take a look at the different Delta 8 products that we have to offer, you can start shopping here.