How does a delta-8 high feel like? Is it less intense than delta-9? How long does the high last? Let's find out. Delta 8 THC gummies are a delicious way of consuming the new famous cannabinoid, a less anxiety-inducing form of THC. How will they make you feel? Delta-8 is all the rage these days because it can sneak around federal law. But does delta-8 even get you high? We put it to the test.
Will Delta-8 THC Get You High?
After testing over 100 different delta-8 products, we can report back to you that yes, delta-8 will get you high.
Delta-8 THC is an intoxicating cannabinoid naturally present in hemp and considered semi-synthetic when manually converted from hemp-derived CBD. It isn’t THC or CBD but finds itself sitting somewhere between the two.
Delta-8 is also a psychoactive compound. It induces euphoric effects similar to delta-9 THC but with milder physical and mental sensations. These effects can help with anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.
Delta-8’s legality is questionable, as is its safety. The lack of regulatory oversight and often sketchy lab reports leave consumers at risk of being guinea pigs for this new craze. However, despite the concerns, hemp delta-8 THC products are legally available across many parts of the US.
Does delta-8 THC get you high?
CBD Oracle team tested a number of the delta-8 THC products to measure the intensity of a delta-8 high. Photo: Stone Road
Our team of product experts tested and reviewed over 70 different hemp-derived delta-8 THC products over the last year – ranging between vapes, edibles, dabs, and flower – to measure the intensity of a delta-8 high compared to the high you get from marijuana. In our experience, delta-8 is an intoxicating compound capable of getting you seriously high. It also causes physical and mental impairment, but not on the same level as delta-9 (marijuana).
In addition to our own independent testing, we polled the delta-8 community about the effects they experienced. (Read more on that below).
Is delta-8 less intense than delta-9?
Yes, from the delta-8 products we’ve tried and seeing anecdotal stories from users around the world, delta-8 effects are less intense than delta-9 when taken in similar quantities.
For example, if you take 50mg of delta-8 edibles and then take 50mg of delta-9 edibles, the delta-9 high feels double the potency. If you increase the delta-8 dosage to 100mg, it replicates a 50mg delta-9 high.
We surveyed a nice chunk of delta-8 users and asked them if they believed delta-8 was less intense, more intense, or the same intensity of delta-9.
The results are as follows:
- Delta-8 is less intense than delta-9: 52%
- It’s about the same intensity: 42%
- Delta-8 is more intense than delta-9: 6%
What does the delta-8 high feel like?
Hemp delta-8 gets you high but it’s not the exact way weed gets you high. It’s way less hazy, and not as psychedelic which is why a lot of people who get anxiety from marijuana smoke delta-8 instead. Photo: Stone Road
Similar to your average delta-9 THC product, the high from a CBD delta-8 product varies in strength and potency depending on the consumption method, amount consumed, and tolerance.
The only way to know delta-8 is to try delta-8, and if you don’t like one product, try again…not every delta-8 company is created equal. The same dose of a delta-8 edible from one brand compared to an identical dose from another might have totally different effects.
Common delta-8 THC effects you can expect to feel:
- Physical sensations
- Calming of the mind
- Anxiety relief
- Increased focus and drive
- Subdued body aches and pain
- Sleep enhancement (with Indica strains)
If we break down the effects of an average delta-8 high, genuine relaxation is something you can expect. As someone who struggles with anxiety, delta-8, when dosed correctly, is a true relief from everyday stresses that plague an anxious mind.
For example, I’ve tested delta-8 flower and edibles from companies such as Hometown Hero and 3Chi. They not only provide a mental calm but also uplift my spirits and boost motivation.
However, since delta-8 is psychoactive and intoxicating, I don’t agree with the people who say it’s a paranoia-free substance. If someone doesn’t know their tolerance and starts out with a high dose, a panic attack can ensue.
Many users report delta-8 effects are helpful for relieving anxiety, physical pain, and helping with deep sleep and relaxation.
My mother, who isn’t a frequent cannabis user by any means but someone who has enjoyed edibles a handful of times, one night asked me if I had anything to help her sleep.
I recently tested MoonWLKR’s delta-8 gummies and found them pretty effective for putting me to bed, I asked her if she’d be interested and later she took two gummies. The next day she described what she said was the worst night of her life. She experienced a body paralyzing high that had her crawling on the floor to the bathroom, almost dialing 9-1-1 on herself. This isn’t me exaggerating for a story; this was her genuine experience. I took 100mg of that edible and it put me to sleep. She took 50mg and lost her legs for a few hours. These products aren’t created equal.
When dosing, start low and go slow. You can always take more of something, you can never take less. As you increase the dose, expect the high to get stronger. It can mimic a potent high-THC marijuana high.
Poll: We asked the cannabis community about delta-8 effects
CBD Oracle conducted a survey of 114 experienced delta-8 users and asked them to compare the intensity of delta-8 versus delta-9 and include brief statements on their overall experience with delta-8 products. Some love delta-8, while others are less convinced.
Below are some of the statements we received from experienced delta-8 users:
- “It was just like smoking normal weed.”
- “Milder high but still got me stoned.”
- “Less anxiety and fast heartbeat.”
- “Took the edge off the pain.”
- “Makes me feel more relaxed.”
- “Delta 8 is like diet cannabis. I prefer delta 9 but it produces a milder high so you don’t feel so couch locked.”
- “Not anywhere near as potent, at least in terms of effect.”
- “I didn’t like it. It had a chemical flavor smell. It sure wasn’t a natural aroma from cannabis.”
- “Delta-8 for me is a cool buzz without being high. It’s a slow rising peak that slowly subsides as it decreases. It helps throughout the day especially when you don’t feel like getting high.”
- “CBD doesn’t work for my pain and delta-9 makes me a little sketchy, but delta-8 has been working fine.”
- “Delta-8 helped me sleep and feel more refreshed in the morning. It also really relaxes me and makes me worry free. No paranoia or anxiety. Other than the minor side effects, it helped me with my anxiety and depression. I recommend it for those who haven’t tried it.”
- “I got it in edible form, and found it tasted better and was a nice change from typical delta-9 thc edibles. It didn’t hit me as hard but I still got most of the benefits without the anxiety-inducing high.”
- “I don’t have as harsh of a high which is nice when I just want the pain to go away throughout the day.”
- “Pretty comparable [to delta-9] but had to take a larger dosage.”
- “Delta 8 is a much mellower high. It kind of reminds of hash but less intense. It’s good for when wanting to get a little high and still be able to socialize and do daily activities.”
- “The experience was good. I tried it when I traveled from my medicinal state to FL. The effects only lasted about a half hour, so more was needed. Almost like a pack of cigarettes. I wouldn’t want to carry around a pack and inhale more smoke.”
- “It’s OK but nothing beats regular ol thc.”
- “Milder high with no side effects. Gummies seem to energize regardless of type.”
- “It makes me feel noticeably more anxious and paranoid and doesn’t provide me with as much relief of stress or pain. However, it does make me feel more sleepy so I can say it helps for insomnia. I also noticed more dry mouth and eyes as a result.”
- “It helps with my pain management I am an amputee with multiple forms of arthritis and lupus.”
- “Delta-8 was felt more in my body than my head. I felt very comfortable sitting down, and did not feel like moving too much. Delta-9 products allow for a different range of effects. It’s not always just a “stuck on the couch” high.”
- “I took delta-8 gummies before watching a movie in theaters. It definitely enhanced the experience to say the least. I got a full body high and felt more sensitive to the rumbling of the speakers and the sound in the theater. I had tried a few sour skittles before but didn’t feel much so I ate the entire bag of gummies this time and had a much better experience. I really enjoyed the feeling and the effects lasted just as long if not longer than smoking marijuana.”
- “No side effects at all. It was smooth.”
As you can see, each user’s experience with delta-8 is totally different and not overly comparable, which is why describing a delta-8 high is so difficult. Most articles out there simply generalize delta-8’s effects without taking into account dosage, physiological makeup, or tolerance level.
However, there are two distinct commonalities. The first is delta-8 THC causes much milder physical or mental sensations (often likened to a “buzz”) without many of the side effects associated with delta-9 THC. The second is delta-8 doses result in physical or mental benefits such as pain relief and sleep.
How much delta-8 will get you high?
How much delta-8 THC you need to consume relies heavily on your tolerance. If you’re a frequent smoker, your tolerance is much higher than a beginner.
High Tolerance: For example, a 50-100mg delta-8 edible is a decent starting point for seasoned users with a high tolerance. Likewise, smoking two delta-8 joints is enough to induce a significant euphoric high.
Low Tolerance: If you have a low tolerance to delta-8, it’s recommended that you start with 10mg delta-8 and work your way up from there. If the buzz is too mild, try 15mg or 20mg but go no higher than that unless you want an uncomfortable experience.
How long does a delta-8 high last?
Your tolerance and the method of consumption play a big role in how long a delta-8 high lasts.
In our experience, a high from delta-8 edibles lasts the longest at 1-3 hours, sometimes longer depending on the dose.
On the other hand, a high from delta-8 flower lasts the shortest amount of time at below an hour. Delta-8 cartridges fall somewhere in the middle of edibles and flower and could last anywhere between 1-2 hours, particularly if you take frequent hits. Some less potent flower products offer only 15 minutes of brief euphoria.
Any negative side effects you may experience with delta-8?
I’ve been using delta-8 for a while now and there are some negative side effects, but not quite as intense or alarming as delta-9.
*Survey of over 100 delta-8 THC users. Most users didn’t report any negative side effects. Of those who reported, dry mouth and headaches were the most common side effects experienced with using delta-8 THC.
Side effects of delta-8 THC can include:
- Dry mouth
- Slow or increased heart rate
- Red and puffy eyes
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
Some delta-8 cartridges tend to give you migraines that may even linger for a week. Not everybody has had this experience but it was true in our case as well as some users on Reddit.
In comparison, delta-8 gummies tend to give you a dry mouth (but typically not a headache), especially when waking up the next morning after a session. If you overdo the dosing, expect panic attacks similar to consuming too much delta-9.
How would you compare the feeling to a delta-9 THC high?
The feelings and sensations you get from a delta-8 high are similar but less intense than a delta-9 THC high.
A delta-8 THC high is milder and shorter-lasting than a marijuana high.
Delta-8 flower with CBD and CBG is more likely to reduce paranoia, fear, and anxiety commonly associated with high-THC marijuana.
Why? Because CBD and CBG could help reduce a delta-8 high by preventing it from fully binding to your cannabinoid receptors. The mixing of cannabinoids can provide some really nice pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and sleep-promoting benefits too.
However, a delta-8 high isn’t too different from a delta-9 high when consuming edibles, not in my experience anyway. You experience similar euphoric effects with quite significant and prolonged mental impairment.
On the other hand, delta-8 flower offers a slightly milder sensation than delta-9 flower and doesn’t last quite as long. Delta-8 sativa strains are far more energizing, while delta-8 indica strains are very relaxing without causing the dreaded couch-lock.
How does delta-8 THC compare to CBD?
Comparing delta-8 and CBD is like comparing chalk and cheese. Delta-8 is intoxicating and induces a euphoric high, while CBD is non-intoxicating and doesn’t cause a high.
Why? Delta-8 and CBD have totally different molecular structures and interact with different receptors in your body, also causing a number of opposing effects.
I find the effects of CBD benefit my body, whereas delta-8 is definitely better for my mind. I also trust CBD products more than delta-8, especially regular CBD flower instead of sprayed delta-8 flower.
CBD flower is perfectly natural. Delta-8 flower is CBD hemp flower sprayed with a delta-8 THC distillate. The aesthetic of some delta-8 flower is enough to turn the stomach. If sprayed unevenly, you get globs of distillate discoloring portions of each nug.
Which products give you the most potent delta-8 high?
Many suggest delta-8 distillates (in vapes) and dabs produce the strongest high. However, contrary to common belief, delta-8 gummies induce the most potent high out of all the product types we’ve tried.
Of all types of delta-8 products tested, delta-8 gummies tend to produce the strongest effects.
When we vape delta-8 distillates, the high feels intense and the effects come on pretty quickly but only for a short period, which is the same for delta-8 dabs. Neither of them gave us the same prolonged intensity as delta-8 gummies.
However, what’s weird is almost all delta-8 products are derived from a delta-8 distillate, so why the difference? Well, it’s all to do with how it goes into your body.
When you vape or dab, delta-8 isn’t metabolized by your liver. It goes directly into the bloodstream via your lung’s air sacs, resulting in a quick and efficient euphoric high.
When you eat delta-8 gummies, it’s metabolized by your liver, which delays the onset of effects. If you eat enough gummies, the quantity of delta-8 THC flowing through your body gradually rises. As it accumulates, the high gets stronger for much longer than vapes and dabs.
Do delta-8 THC gummies get you high?
Yes, in our experience, delta-8 THC gummies offer a potent and long-lasting euphoric high. In fact, it’s one of the most potent delta-8 products out there. A potent delta-8 edible high lasts anywhere between 3-6 hours.
Does delta-8 THC flower get you high?
Yes. Delta-8 THC flower does get you high. A high from smoking delta-8 flower or preroll is shorter and less intense than delta-8 edibles. It’s a decent option for all users regardless of experience or tolerance. Vaping delta-8 flower, on the other hand, is slightly more intense and only suitable for more seasoned users.
Delta-8 THC flower gets you high but the effects are milder than delta-8 vapes, dabs, or edibles.
Recommended delta-8 companies for a potent high
The delta-8 companies I would recommend for the most potent highs are Hometown Hero, Botany Farms, 3Chi, and Plain Jane.
In my opinion, Hometown Hero is the current king of delta-8. The company is also the priciest but in terms of purity, potency, and professional packaging, there’s none better.
Botany Farms also has some of the most beautiful flower. I’ve tried its CBD, CBG, and delta-8 buds and all of them are spectacular. Getting a canister of its flower is truly an experience.
Plain Jane has the best delta-8 THC cartridges. They’re smooth and reasonably easy on the throat when you take a hit. The company’s delta-8 flower also has additional CBG and is a phenomenal sativa option.
Is the quick rise of delta-8 products a concern?
Anytime a product surges in popularity, companies start popping up to make a quick profit. This is concerning to me. Since delta-8 THC is often sold without third-party testing or published COAs, some consumers are buying products without any clue of what’s inside them.
At CBD Oracle, we spend hours researching lab results and COAs. A shocking number of companies forgo publishing any testing or analysis documentation, while others fail to test for solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals. Some of the most brazen companies even post COAs with higher than average levels of mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium (though this is pretty rare).
Then you have Hometown Hero, a legitimate delta-8 and CBD vendor. The company puts other, less credible brands to shame by proudly publishing its COA documentation showing clean testing results across the board. All COAs are placed on each product page for consumer reference. This is what all companies should strive for. Openness, honesty, and transparency.
Is delta-8 as good for beginners as many say it is?
Yes, delta-8 is marketed as a decent cannabinoid for beginner users looking to experience a THC high without intense effects. Delta-8’s subtle but still noticeable mental and physical sensations are less intense than delta-9 and won’t cause significant side effects.
Delta-8 is also very accessible. Since delta-8 is thought to be federally legal, beginners getting into cannabis in a US state with strict THC laws can enjoy a “legal high”, for lack of a better phrase. They also won’t need to go out and find a shady dealer. It’s as simple as ordering online from a legitimate delta-8 vendor.
Delta-8 gets you high, but at what cost?
If the basic question you have here is, “will delta-8 get me high?”, I hope you now see the easy answer is “yes.” However, the more convoluted answer is, “yes, but at what cost?”
Delta-8 is still in its infancy as a product and craze. I don’t believe all the kinks are being worked out. Product impurity and contamination and the lack of regulatory oversight forcing third-party product testing leaves me unwilling to endorse delta-8 fully. We truly don’t know what delta-8 THC can possibly do for us.
Stay close to the big name brands, research each company, take your time looking at their lab results, and then make your decision. Spend more for cleaner products. Your mind and body will thank you.
What Are the Effects of Delta-8 THC Gummies?
As researchers advance in demystifying the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), the interest in hemp-derived ingredients keeps increasing. Delta 8 THC is now a rising star of cannabinoids, with delta 8 THC infused products, including delta 8 THC gummies, becoming a big hit on the market.
Now that delta 8 gummies are everywhere, you may wonder how they’ll make you feel. If so, here’s everything you need to know.
What Are the Effects of Delta 8 Gummies?
Now that you’re about to try your first delta 8 THC gummy, you probably want to know what effects it will produce besides providing you with a flavorful bite.
If you only think of marijuana’s high when you think of THC, you most likely only know about its one type — delta 9 THC. It differs from delta 8 with its chemical structure; therefore, it produces different effects.
Both delta 9 and delta 8 THC deliver their results through the interaction with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) . These two cannabinoids bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, nervous system, and immune cells, but delta 8’s different molecular structure causes less psychoactive effects than the famous delta 9 THC.
The primary difference between the effects of the two variants of THC is that delta 8 has lower about 50% less psychoactive potency, which results in a smoother ‘high.’
If you’ve experienced anxiety, rapid heartbeat, or even paranoia after consuming delta 9 THC, these side effects are less likely with delta 8 THC. The latter produces more relaxing and anti-anxiety effects, and you’ll have less psychoactive experience than with delta 9 THC.
The Effects of Delta 8 THC Gummies On the Body
The new famous variant of THC works with your mind and body, and when you feel less anxious and more clear-headed, it’s much easier to notice some of the effects of delta 8 THC.
Delta 8 THC affects the body by interacting with CB2 receptors in the ECS, which exist in the peripheral nervous system and play a crucial role in regulating immune functioning. The interaction with CB2 receptors doesn’t cause psychoactive effects, but rather noticeable outcomes on your body.
Although the cannabinoid’s effects vary across consumers, most commonly, delta 8 THC makes the body and muscles relax ; it will most likely stimulate your appetite and even make you feel weightless as if you were floating. Some claim delta 8 THC makes them fall asleep more quickly and sleep through the night.
The Effects of Delta 8 Gummies On the Mind
Although we’ve heard many consumers claiming to be experiencing the same high from delta 8 THC as from delta 9, its effects are notably different.
Delta 8 THC affects the mind by interacting with CB1 receptors in the central nervous system, but to a much lesser degree than delta 9. This minimalizes the common side effects of delta 9 THC, including anxiety, irritability, and paranoia. Therefore, delta 8 THC provides consumers with a relaxing experience while staying focused on their tasks.
Delta 8 in lower doses is more energizing and uplifting, while in higher doses, it’s more sedative. In short, if you are wondering whether delta 8 THC will make you high, then yes, it will, but its effects will be milder compared to delta 9 THC.
How Long Do the Effects of Delta 8 Gummies Last?
How long it takes to start experiencing the effects of delta 8 THC and how long they last in the body depend on the product type and consumption methods. Unlike tinctures that may deliver almost immediate results due to the sublingual blood vessels, delta 8 THC infused gummies take longer to kick in, but their effects tend to last longer too.
Edibles like gummies need to go through the digestive tract first before delta 8 THC makes it to your bloodstream, which usually takes 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the consumer’s metabolism and body chemistry. Effects from edibles can last from 3 to 8 hours.
The Effects of Delta 8 Gummies at Different Doses
How delta 8 THC gummies affect your body and mind significantly depends on how much you consume the product. Delta 8 gummies differ in potencies; some might contain 5 mg of delta 8 per piece, while others feature up to 60 mg.
When getting started with delta 8 THC, we recommend starting small and increasing the intake as needed. Just because gummies with 60 mg delta 8 THC will drive more robust results, it doesn’t mean you’ll have a better and more pleasurable experience, and high doses might cause unwanted side effects.
The breakdown of the possible results per dosage below can help you determine what to expect from your delta 8 THC gummies, depending on the dosage you consume.
Low Dose (Less Than 5 mg): Very Mild Body High
Starting small and gradually increasing the intake of delta 8 THC is the best way to see how it affects your body without experiencing unwanted symptoms. However, you may wonder if such a small amount of the compound will anyhow affect your body and mind.
Although its effects vary, delta 8 THC in low doses will most likely be stimulating and induce more Sativa-like effects. It means you’ll be better focused and might feel a boost of energy and mental clarity. Therefore, delta 8 THC in low doses might be an excellent companion in your studies, work, or any mundane tasks.
Low doses of delta 8 in less than 5 mg won’t cause mind-altering symptoms or common side effects of delta 9 THC.
Standard Dose (10-20 mg): Mildly Psychoactive
10-20 mg is the most common amount amongst delta 8 THC consumers, who are already familiar with its effects and how their bodies respond to the compound.
The standard psychoactive dose will induce a marijuana-like high but with more focus and mental clarity. It will also be more energizing and uplifting, and for some, it may help spark creativity. As for the body, it will provide a pleasant, relaxing experience.
The standard psychoactive dose will most likely make you hungry, so have your favorite snacks prepared for your ‘munchies.’
High Dose (20-40 mg): Very Psychoactive & Sedative
High doses of delta 8 THC will work at its full strength so expect to take off and get high. However, as mentioned earlier, its effects are different from delta 9 THC, so you’ll still not experience common side effects of marijuana like paranoia or anxiety. Still, we only recommend taking the strongest Delta 8 gummies once you’ve already familiarized yourself with its results on your body and mind.
Delta 8 THC at high doses is more sedating , so if there’s too much on your plate, it’s better to stick with the standard dose, as high amounts of delta 8 THC can make you feel too relaxed to stay focused on your tasks.
Heavy Dose (Over 40 mg): Mind-Altering & Sedative
A heavy dose of delta 8 THC can cause altered perception . You won’t hallucinate but may experience an altered perception of time and suddenly feel like time is moving more slowly than usual.
If you are new to delta 8 THC and are still unfamiliar with its effects, a heavy dose might be too overwhelming for you, and you may feel as if you are losing control over things, or every aspect of life might suddenly seem more dramatic.
As mentioned above, delta 8 THC at higher doses is more sedating and provides Indica-like effects, so we don’t recommend taking a heavy dose when working, studying, or completing different tasks.
Some like to take a high amount of delta 8 THC edibles to relieve pain, but still, it’s better to start with a smaller amount and gradually increase the consumption to see how it affects you.
Are Delta 8 THC Gummies Psychoactive?
Although its effects are milder than from delta 9 THC, delta 8 THC is still psychoactive, and so are delta 8 THC gummies. However, for those consumers who felt overwhelming anxiety and common side effects of delta 9 THC, delta 8 THC gummies may provide a much smoother and enjoyable experience.
What Are the Side Effects of Delta 8 Gummies?
There aren’t many studies that would analyze the safety profile of delta 8. However, potential risks might be involved in taking it. Although there’s less risk of experiencing adverse side effects when consuming delta 8 THC than delta 9 THC when you take it in high doses, there might be unwanted consequences, which commonly include:
- Increased or slow heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Decreased focus
- Feeling too high
- Failed drug test (drug tests look for THC metabolites, and even though delta 8 is different from delta 9, it can still cause test you positive for a drug test)
The best way to avoid the above-listed side effects is to start consuming delta 8 THC in low doses to see how it affects the body, and don’t take more than the recommended doses.
What to Do if I’m Too High on Delta 8 Gummies?
Consuming too much delta 8 THC gummies is not unheard of; the sweet delicious, and savory bites can make everyone feel they need more.
Don’t worry if you suddenly went overboard with delta 8 THC; it can happen to anyone. However, if you are a first-time user, taking too much may suddenly make you feel overwhelmed. You might start worrying about unwanted consequences and get caught up in a stream of negative thoughts. You may even think time is moving slowly or suddenly start worrying about things that never seemed important before.
If the high dose of delta 8 THC has also affected your body, you may have an increased or slow heart rate, amongst other above-listed common side effects. Although now you’ve ended up with a different experience than what you’ve been expecting, the unwanted feelings will soon go away, which usually takes several hours.
If you want to sober up from delta 8 THC gummies faster, here are some tips to help.
Tips on Sobering Up from Being Too High
There are a few ways you can reduce the effects of delta 8, but don’t expect a miracle. Still, here’s how you can make it more manageable.
Talk to Your Friends
If you’ve consumed delta 8 THC in your friends’ company, and they’re still around when you suddenly feel like you are going overboard, make sure to tell them how you’re feeling. There’s no shame in feeling too high, and if unwanted thoughts worsen your anxiety, communicating them with your friends is an excellent way to relax and find support.
Find a Distraction
Sometimes fears and streams of unwanted thoughts fill your head, but overthinking will not improve things. One of the best ways to sober up from being too high from delta 8 THC is to find a distraction so you can disconnect from your fears and unwanted thoughts. It can be anything you find amusing at the moment, like drawing, watching TV, playing games, cooking, etc.
CBD, a famous non-psychoactive hemp-derived compound that is now part of millions of Americans’ routines, can tame the side effects of THC, so it’s an excellent ingredient to pair with your delta 8 THC gummies . Besides, taking CBD and THC together can be more effective than consuming them alone because of the entourage effect.
Delta 8 THC 101
Now that you’re more familiar with its possible effects, you may want to dive deeper into the topic and learn about delta 8 THC. The new trending compound has caught many wellness enthusiasts’ attention and has become the cannabis industry’s fastest-growing product.
Although delta 8 THC is a relatively new product, THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, isn’t new and might even be more popular than the famous CBD. THC is how marijuana gets consumers high — it’s the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. Per federal law, only hemp-derived products with up to 0.3% THC are legal for selling and consumption. Unsurprisingly, hearing THC in wellness products makes many doubtful, but there are different THC variations, which vary with their chemical structure, and delta 8 THC is one of them.
The variations of THC include:
- THCa – Precursor and acidic form of THC
- Delta 9 THC , the famous THC responsible for causing marijuana’s high
- Delta 8 THC , a less psychoactive and much rarer cannabis compound than delta 9 THC
Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9 THC
The main difference between delta 8 THC and delta 9 THC is their effects, chemical structure, and concentrations in the cannabis plant.
- Delta 8 and delta 9 THC have double bonds in their molecular chain, but their location is different; delta 8 THC has the double bond on the 8 th carbon chain, while delta 9 THC has it on the 9 th carbon chain.
- Delta 8 is less psychoactive than delta 9 THC
- Delta 8 is much rarer in the cannabis plant, and its concentrations reach only 1%, whereas delta 9 THC in marijuana goes up to 30%
Is Delta 8 THC Legal?
Although the federal law is clear about hemp-derived products and delta 9 THC, which remains illegal in many states, things can seem a bit confusing when it comes to delta 8 THC. The law doesn’t specifically include delta 8 THC, so you may wonder whether it’s legal to consume.
In short, yes, delta 8 THC is federally legal per the 2018 Farm Bill , which made all hemp-derived products with up to 0.3% delta 9 THC legal for purchase and consumption.
Even though delta 8 THC is federally legal, some states ban all tetrahydrocannabinol, regardless of their source. Therefore, delta 8 THC is not legal in all U.S states.
U.S. States where delta 8 THC is illegal are:
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
Delta 8 THC is legal in all other states when it derives from hemp and doesn’t contain more than 0.3% of delta 9 THC.
Is Delta 8 Natural or Synthetic?
Because of its production methods, many consumers have been asking whether delta 8 THC is a synthetic cannabinoid. Synthetic cannabinoids are a class of their own, and they are not naturally occurring in nature.
Delta 8 THC derives from the hemp plant: therefore, D8 is not synthetic.
Have you heard of K2 and spice? Then you already know a bit about synthetic cannabinoids. These human-made cannabinoids are similar to those in cannabis, but they are not safe due to their unpredictable nature. You’ll never know what to expect after consuming synthetic cannabinoids, and sometimes they might cause powerful mind-altering symptoms than natural psychoactive compounds like delta 9 THC.
These fake cannabinoids are illegal for selling, buying, and possession, and you should avoid consuming them as there might be dangerous health effects and can be fatal.
Delta 8 THC, on the other hand, occurs in minuscular concentrations in the cannabis plant, so acquiring usable amounts of the compounds is challenging.
Luckily, the similarity of the chemical structure of cannabinoids allows manufacturers to convert from one to another using a chemical reaction. Delta 8 THC is usually synthesized from cannabidiol (CBD) using a chemical process.
Conversion of one cannabinoid into another doesn’t make them synthetic. Delta 8 THC, regardless of production method, is a natural cannabinoid existent in marijuana and hemp, and it’s not artificial or human-made, and it still derives from the cannabis plant.
Where to Buy Delta 8 THC Gummies
Now that you are excited to jump on the bandwagon, you may start wondering where to acquire delta 8 THC gummies. Don’t make rash decisions, as hemp-derived products are pretty unregulated, and even if the labels claim to provide the highest quality products, that’s not always the case.
Many brands cut corners when it comes to the production of delta 8 THC gummies, so always shop from reputable brands that prove the quality of their products through third-party lab testing. If you don’t want to browse between hundreds of gummies brands available online, here are the top five we recommend for your delta 8 THC gummies.
1. Area 52
Area 52 is a California-based premium supplier of cannabis products specializing in delta 8 THC. Area 52 gummies are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and low in sugar. Each potent gummy contains 25 mg of delta 8 THC, which is higher than the recommended dose for beginners, so split one gummy in half if you need to. Area 52 gummies are third-party lab tested so that you can know there are no harmful ingredients in the product.
2. Finest Labs
Finest Labs is another brand we trust and recommend due to high-standard production methods, quality, and third-party lab testing. The company offers vegan-friendly delta 8 THC gummies made from a vegan-friendly pectin base and flavored with a blend of 12 different terpenes.
Each delta 8 THC gummy features a standardized dose of 25 mg. Again, you can split the gummy in half at the beginning of your delta 8 THC journey until you familiarize yourself with its effects on your body and mind.
The Everest delta 8 THC gummies are perfect for consumers on a vegan diet as they are 100% vegan. Gummies come in a blue raspberry flavor and small blue square shapes. The Everest delta 8 gummies come from organic hemp, which is free from harmful elements like pesticides.
Each piece contains 20 mg of hemp-derived delta 8 THC, and third-party lab testing confirms the potency and pureness of the product.
Moonwlkr is amongst the top delta 8 THC brands due to the quality and variety of choices. The company evolved around the curiosity surrounding the new famous cannabis compound — delta 8 THC.
The brand experiments with new formulations and pushes the boundaries of possibilities of delta 8 THC, so their wide product assortment won’t leave anyone disappointed regardless of taste preferences.
Each Moonwlkr delta 8 THC gummy contains 12,5 mg of the compound, so it’s excellent for beginners who want to start with a smaller dose. Moonwlkr gummies are third-party lab tested, and you can see reports online to make sure to be acquiring the high-quality product.
Binoid delta 8 THC vegan gummies come in three flavors — green apple, strawberry, and peach, so whether you like sweet and sour or just sweet bites, you’ll find gummies that won’t leave your taste buds disappointed.
The California-based brand has been in the industry since 2018 and formulated numerous hemp-derived products, including CBD, delta 8 THC, delta 10 THC, THC-O, THCV, and HHC.
Delta 8 THC gummies are broad-spectrum, meaning there’s not even a minuscular amount of delta 9 THC in them. Gummies are third-party lab tested for ingredients and possible contaminants.
6. Delta Extrax
Delta Extrax (formerly Delta Effex) is an industry leader in the “alt cannabinoid” space. Some of their products are questionably legal but made to a very high standard nonetheless.
This company offers delta 8 THC gummies with the standard 25 mg dose and a delicious blend of fruity flavors to back it up.
3Chi is one of the oldest companies in the delta 8 space. They offer several different versions of their delta 8 gummies, along with a host of other cannabinoid gummy products — including CBG gummies, delta 9 THC gummies (hemp-derived), and THC-O gummies.
The only issue with this brand is that they don’t always have complete third-party lab tests. Always check for the most recent testing from this brand before you buy to make sure it’s both present and shows passing results.
Key Takeaways: What Are the Effects of Delta 8 Gummies?
Delta 8 THC is increasingly popular, so it’s no wonder why you want to try the so famous hemp-derived compound. Nevertheless, getting started with the new ingredient always comes with many questions, with ‘how will it make me feel?’ being the primary one.
Delta 8 THC, like the famous THC in marijuana, delta 9, interacts with the human endocannabinoid system and its CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Still, its different chemical structure provides different outcomes and a smoother high, usually without the common side effects delta 9 THC has like anxiety, paranoia, and irritability.
Delta 8 THC in low doses is more energizing and uplifting, while it is more sedating and relaxing in higher amounts . Delta 8 THC is also psychoactive, but its psychoactive potency is estimated to be almost half of delta 9 THC.
We hope you feel more confident in getting started with delta 8 THC and can anticipate what to expect from the new famous cannabis compound and how to begin your delta 8 THC journey.
Have you already tried delta 8 THC gummies? Let us know how they made you feel in the comments below!
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I tried delta-8 THC: Here’s what it feels like
Delta-8 THC is one of the hottest topics in cannabis right now. It’s a minor cannabinoid that can get you high like traditional THC, but much less so. Delta-8 found in small amounts in the cannabis plant and is often converted from other compounds like CBD. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you surely will soon enough.
Reason #1 that interest in delta-8 products is surging is its existence in a legal grey area: Delta-8 can be made from hemp. Thanks to the 2018 farm bill, cannabis with less than 0.3% THC is considered hemp, and anything that naturally derives from hemp is federally legal.
That means if you convert hemp CBD into delta-8, you end up with a federally legal cannabis product that gets people high, although less high than traditional THC. Some states have begun to regulate delta-8, some not. (Read more on what delta-8 is and its legality.)
Reason #2 people are so curious about delta-8 is because it’s supposed to be a much less intense, much more approachable experience than the high you feel from consuming traditional cannabis with THC.
So does it get you high? We put delta-8 to the test.
Is delta-8 less intense than THC?
To test out delta-8 THC, I slid to a dispensary in Portland, Oregon to grab up the 250mg pack (ten 25mg servings) of Smokiez Sour Blue Raspberry Gummiez. I chose Smokiez because their traditional gummies are some of my favorites, giving me a great comparative reference. Plus, when trying new products, it’s important to find reputable brands that you can trust to put out the good on a consistent basis.
With delta-8 expected to have less intense effects than traditional THC, I decided to try them in separate doses of 50mg and 100mg, or two and four gummies, respectively. Activation time on the package said 45 minutes.
I took each dose on an empty stomach for the fastest onset time possible, and then allowed a period of four hours to pass, since edibles are expected to peak within 3-4 hours. I did not consume any other cannabis that day, so I started from a completely sober state.
Here’s my experience.
NOTE: The following experience is a single human trial, not a true scientific experiment. Experience with cannabis, frequency of use, and your body chemistry all come into play when deciding how high one will get. Consumption results may vary.
50mg dose experience
I ate the first dose at 10:30am, and after about 30 minutes, I started to feel the familiar head and body buzz that let me know there’s some weed in my system. Or excuse me, hemp.
The first thing to know before discussing the delta-8 experience is my tolerance. I chain-smoke joints all day, every day, with dabs tossed in the mix here and there. It would take a lot of weed to floor me at this rate.
However, with traditional edibles, it tends to be the opposite. They always creep up on me because I forgot I ate them and then BAM—it’s Couchlock City, USA. That’s why I usually stay away from them.
That said, normally a 50mg dose of edibles would absolutely rock me to sleep within a couple of hours, but the delta-8 gummies produced a stimulating, sort of energetic experience that comes from a good morning wake ‘n’ bake mixed with a nice cup of coffee.
It was almost like smoking a joint of CBD-dominant flower, where you feel alert, clear-headed, and ready for any obstacles the day may throw your way. Within less than an hour of eating those gummies, I was locked into Google Docs knocking out days’ worth of writing work.
Truthfully, I expected to feel absolutely nothing when I ate those two gummies. I was ready to hate. But the Smokiez delta-8 gummies experience had me blasting music, dancing around my Airbnb, and punching out sentences that writer’s block had been stifling for over a month.
Sometimes, my head can get pretty foggy from the weight of the world’s news and personal anxieties around them. It leads me to a state where it’s hard to even approach daily life, let alone daily work. Cannabis is one of my remedies for this, and delta-8 proved to have the same benefits that I get by smoking a joint and telling myself that everything is going to be all right. All without the sleepy comedown.
It was a really pleasant surprise, honestly. Something tells me delta-8 might actually be as advertised. It might really be the weaker version of THC that makes cannabis more approachable for people with lower tolerances.
By 12pm, the delta-8 high had started to subside, and at 2pm the only lingering effects of the high were dry mouth and dehydration.
All in all, if I were to describe the 50mg high in one word, I’d say “energizing.”
Never once did I feel a groggy comedown. Never once did I feel my body succumb to the THC. Instead, I felt productive, motivated, and happy. It was the same type of high I get from consuming strains like Apple Fritter, Super Silver Haze, and Chocolope.
This is opposed to traditional edibles, where it’s only a matter of time before I’m horizontal on the couch with the Roku remote in-hand ready to waste hours of life watching Joe Budden Podcast episodes on YouTube. With delta-8, I popped a few of those bad boys and locked into Google Docs for four straight hours. Ernest Hemingway could never.
So yes, based on personal experience alone, I’d say that delta-8 gummies do get you high, and that the high is less intense than smoking joints of traditional flower or eating traditional edibles.
100mg dose experience
I ate the 100mg dose of delta-8 gummies at 4pm. If I’m keeping it real, the experience felt exactly the same as the 50mg dose. I wasn’t higher or anything, it was just right back to a quick head and body buzz that never once tailed off into a sleepy comedown, even as I moved well into the evening.
I was low-key disappointed with that—I thought boys were about to take off for the moon. In the end, it showed me that I could probably pop delta-8 gummies all day long without feeling like I need a 48-hour nap to clear out the oh-my-god-I’m-so-high cobwebs I sometimes get from traditional THC.
Does delta-8 THC get you high?
Yes, delta-8 definitely gets you high, but it was a lighter high than I’m accustomed to from smoking joints, taking dabs, and eating regular edibles.
These gummies were definitely less intense than the normal Smokiez fruit chews, and in the end, this home-cooked experiment left me feeling like delta-8 could be great for people who want an energizing experience from cannabis but don’t want to smoke joints or take dabs for it.
Or, if you simply get way too high from joints and dabs and you’ve been running from cannabis and its many benefits, delta-8 could be the training wheels you’ve needed all along.
Most of the time, people expect edibles to hit hard and have you stuck to the couch in slump mode. Perhaps delta-8 is the solution to avoid that.