If you’re reading this, then you’re one of the thousands of people who have become interested in Delta-8 THC.
Federally legal and comparable to regular marijuana, this substance is growing rapidly in popularity all over the world. And for many users, gummies are their preferred method of using Delta-8.
But what is Delta-8, and what can you expect from your first experience with Delta-8 gummies?
We’re here to answer all of these questions and more in this guide to Delta-8. So if you’re interested in learning more about the uses and future of this new form of THC, keep reading!
What Is Delta-8 THC?
Let’s start by breaking down marijuana a bit. While you have likely heard about CBD or THC, you may not know that there are actually over 400 recognized chemicals at work in cannabis.
Most of these aren’t of much concern to anyone besides researchers, but CBD and THC are the talk around town in both the recreational and medical marijuana communities. So what are they?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a nonpsychoactive chemical used for its pain-relieving and relaxing properties. Legally nationwide, CBD is a popular alternative for those looking to get better sleep, banish anxiety, and ease the pain. CBD on its own is not capable of causing a high.
But the real star of the show today is Delta-8 (D8), a form of THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short, is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. This is the chemical that is most responsible for the high that cannabis users experience.
The heavy-hitter when it comes to THC is Delta-9 (D9), the form of THC that creates the most powerful high. When people talk about using marijuana, they are typically talking about experiencing the effects of Delta-9.
Delta-9 is the actual chemical in cannabis that is illegal in the United States. No product can contain more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC in a state where cannabis is illegal, the exception being medical marijuana in applicable states.
But there’s another type of THC called Delta-8:
What Makes Delta-8 Special?
So what makes Delta-8 different from its cousin Delta-9?
Between the two, Delta-8 is known for producing a gentler high than Delta-9, and its effects are more subtle in comparison.
Delta-8 is used for many of the same reasons Delta-9 is, such as:
- Producing feelings of euphoria
- Treating insomnia
- Pain relief
- Treating anxiety
- Relieving nausea
- Increasing appetite
- Reducing inflammation
The difference is that the high you’ll achieve with D8 is not as strong as the one you’ll get from D9. The effects of Delta-8 typically take longer to kick in, and they come on far more gradually.
One of the reported benefits of Delta-8 is a decrease in negative side effects. While full potency marijuana can cause issues such as anxiety or paranoia, Delta-8 does so far less often.
Delta-8 is also more associated with a “body high” as opposed to the “head high” D9 is known for.
So when it comes to Delta-8, you can expect to have a more gentle high that comes on slowly. For many users, Delta-8 represents a happy middle ground between CBD and full-potency marijuana.
If CBD is no longer working or Delta-9 is too strong for you, D8 could be a great option. And because it’s relatively easy to get, it can also be far more convenient than traditional marijuana.
What Is It Like to Use Delta-8 Gummies?
Okay, so now you know more about what D8 is and why people choose to use it. But what can you expect from your first session with gummies? Let’s break it down.
Like any substance, how you experience Delta-8 will depend on your experience with THC and your body’s makeup. Heavy-duty marijuana users are less likely to get much out of D8, while newbies tend to go for more of a ride.
When you take a Delta-8 gummy, you should expect it to take at least 30 minutes to kick in. Like other forms of edibles, D8 gummies will be processed far slower than if you smoked them.
Most Delta 8 reviews indicate the definite “buzz” of being high around the 30 minute or 1-hour mark. After that, the high will gradually grow and will typically last for a total of 2-4 hours.
During that time, you may experience:
- Boosted mood
- Increased creativity and productivity
- Reduced pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness
- Increased appetite
- Feeling calmer and clear-headed
What exactly you experience will depend on your body and tolerance, but you can expect a fairly gentle high that won’t leave your heart racing.
When it comes to taste, there are many varieties of D8 gummies out there. Each company has its own flavors and dosages, so you have plenty of options.
D8 gummies are usually sweet or sour and are similar to chewy fruit candy. Just remember that they aren’t candy, so you shouldn’t be scarfing down a bunch at once. Start with one (or half of one) and see where you go from there:
Possible Side Effects
Delta-8 is far less likely than Delta-9 to produce severe side effects, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience any. For the most part, side effects from D8 are the same as those from D9, but on a less intense scale.
Here are some of the possible things you could experience when using Delta-8 gummies:
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth
- Problems with short-term memory
- Increased appetite
- Inability to drive
You should treat Delta-8 the way you would any intoxicant. Don’t use D8 gummies before important events or driving, and expect that you may be unable to act as you normally would when under their influence.
A good rule of thumb is: If you wouldn’t do it after drinking, don’t do it after taking D8 gummies.
And speaking of alcohol, be aware that mixing drinks and D8 can intensify its effects. While not enough study has been done to determine if taking D8 while drinking is dangerous, you should exercise caution.
What Dosage Should I Take?
When you go to purchase gummies, you’ll find that they come in a variety of flavors and doses.
First-time users are recommended to start at 5-15 mg doses, while more experienced users can take 15-45 mg. For heavy users, the recommended dosage is 45-150 mg.
Because you can’t turn off a high that’s too strong; it’s always better to start small and work your way up. It may take a while to figure out what your optimal dosage is, but it’s worth it.
Even with D8, being too high can be a very uncomfortable experience. You should note, however, that you cannot overdose on D8. While you may become too high if you take too much, THC cannot cause any real bodily harm.
As your tolerance increases, you may find you’ll have to take higher and higher doses. This may also be the case if you’re already a regular marijuana user. If you ever feel that your D8 isn’t as effective as it should be, try laying off it for a week.
Just like typical marijuana, THC can build in the body, diminishing its effectiveness. The easiest way to fix this is to simply hit pause and come back after a week or two.
Are Gummies Different From Other Forms of Delta-8?
While Delta-8 gummies are one of the most popular forms of D8, there are a few other options you should be aware of.
Depending on your goals, you may choose one of the following methods over gummies:
Like regular marijuana, you can also purchase smokeable Delta-8. This is usually in the form of vape cartridges, which you can use with a simple vape battery.
When you smoke D8, the onset of the effects will be far quicker than if you take edibles. That doesn’t mean your high will be any more or less intense, however.
One of the benefits of smoking D8 is that you are more in control of how high you get. Because effects are almost instant, you can take hits as you are comfortable and reach your desired level of high.
This is more difficult with gummies, and it may take you longer to find your optimal dosage. But gummies have the advantage of being simple and odorless, and they don’t require you to inhale anything.
While vapor marijuana cartridges are not nearly as dangerous as cigarettes, you’re still inhaling a substance into your lungs. For those who don’t want to do so, gummies are an easy alternative.
If you’re comfortable with smoking, you may also be able to find Delta-8 flower. This is harder to get your hands on, but there is plenty of tobacco and smoke shops that offer it.
You can use Delta-8 flower the same way you would use regular marijuana. Most people who smoke D8 flowers do so with joints or water pipes (also called bongs).
You may also be able to find D8 tinctures, which are solutions you can swallow or take sublingually. When used under your tongue, tinctures usually take effect after 15-20 minutes. This makes them quicker than gummies, but slower than smoking.
Tinctures are not as common as other methods, but they are still a good way to enjoy D8.
Ultimately, what you use will come down to what you’re comfortable with and what effects you’re looking to achieve.
Where Can I Get Delta-8 Gummies?
One of the reasons Delta-8 is growing in popularity is that it is still federally legal as of May 2021.
While some states have begun to regulate or even ban its usage, Delta-8 is legal in more states than Delta-9 is.
This makes it a great alternative for those who don’t live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal or where they can’t get a medical marijuana card.
Because medical marijuana cards cost a few hundred dollars, Delta-8 is also a good legal alternative for those who aren’t able or willing to pay for the privilege.
Typically, you can buy Delta-8 relatively easily. If you live in a state where it’s legal, you’ll likely find Delta-8 for sale in smoke shops and CBD shops.
You may be able to find it in dispensaries, though this will depend on both your state and your dispensary’s menu.
Today, many users purchase their Delta-8 Gummies on the internet.
Regardless of where you make your purchase, be sure you do so from a reputable buyer. Packages that look damaged or websites that seem outdated are never good choices, and the same goes for Delta-8.
You should also pay attention to how transparent the company is about its sourcing and manufacturing and avoid any brand that seems to be peddling snake oil.
Be wary of any sellers who offer too good a deal, and avoid Delta-8 being sold at rock bottom prices.
Remember that this product is not regulated, so staying safe means being cautious and doing your research.
Before you buy Delta-8 gummies, be aware that this form of THC will still show up on a drug test. Also sure to check the legalities in your state to avoid any trouble.
Beginners Guide to Delta-8 Gummies
Because it’s federally legal and less intoxicating, Delta-8 has started growing in popularity in the past few years. Gummies are one of the preferred methods for using D8 and with good reason.
Discrete, tasty, and odorless, gummies are a great way to experience D8 and all its benefits. So if you live in a state
, what are you waiting for? Head over to your local smoke shop today to see if they offer Delta-8 gummies.
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