Just hearing the term THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the first thing that comes to mind for most people is cannabis and getting high. This isn’t surprising because the constituent responsible for such an effect is called delta 9 THC. But in reality, cannabis and hemp plants contain more than the one form of THC, and one of them is delta 8 THC. And surprisingly, not all of them deliver the “high” many of us expect from consuming cannabis.
Compared to delta 9, not a lot of people are familiar with what delta 8 THC is, what it does, or how it affects users. To shed more light, a good use case would be edible gummies. They’re not smoked like other common cannabis products and it has that enticing, familiar look. Here’s a quick delta 8 guide for everyone, beginners and experienced users alike.
Delta 8 Gummies – What are they?
Before discussing what these edibles are, let’s try to have a better understanding of what delta 8 THC is? Delta 8 THC is delta 8-tetrahydrocannabinol, a cannabinoid found in plants from the cannabis family, including the more common hemp. Compared to its well known brother, delta 9, delta 8 is thought to be mildly psychoactive.
To produce the delta 8 THC gummies we see today, the cannabinoid is infused into an edible, gummy candy, with sizes and shapes depending on the potency and design. Simply put, the THC is added as an ingredient when the gummies are being made. Imagine common ingredients like sugar, corn syrup, and choice coloring and flavoring, plus a delta 8 THC twist.
Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9 THC – Similarities and differences discussed
In form, the delta 8 and delta 9 THC are chemically similar. Both of them have a double-bonded structure, but the double-bond is located in different points of the cannabinoid carbon chain for each THC type. Because of this unique formation, delta 8 interacts differently with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) than the more common delta 9.
To further illustrate this difference, we have delta 9 THC that binds directly to certain cannabinoid receptors in the ECS. On the other hand, delta 8 does not offer precisely the same action. As a result, delta 8 produces less intoxicating effects than delta 9, even though more research is required to say for certain.
What does this mean for delta 8 gummies? One aspect that many of us should be mindful of is its legality, which leads us to the next question:
Are Delta 8 Gummies Even Legal?
The straightforward answer is yes, delta 8 THC is legal…in most states. So why the caveat? Since delta 8 is a form of THC but as discussed earlier, not necessarily the same thing as delta 9, the cannabinoid lands in a bit of a legal gray area. The bulk of delta 8 THC you find in the market today is derived from hemp, which is federally legal as long as the hemp-derived product contains less than 0.3 percent delta 9 THC.
If you’ve clicked on the link above and skimmed through the 2018 Farm Bill, you’ll know that delta 8 products, including gummies, are legalized hemp derivatives. However, there are still some states that have tried to restrict the said cannabinoid. So before you go ahead with a purchase, remember to check out the laws in your state. Do also note that you can find some delta 8 products that are derived from traditional cannabis, which are DEFINITELY NOT legal in all states.
That said, all these questions and legal hula hoops just piques our curiosity about delta 8 gummies, so we might as well answer before you even ask: yes, delta 8 gummies will get you high.
Getting High with Delta 8 Gummies
Yes, delta 8 THC gummies can give you a bit of a “high” or “euphoric” feeling. However, we need to be clear that the experience is not going to be the same as it would be with delta 9 THC. Most users say that the euphoric feelings produced by delta 8 are much less intense, and much more enjoyable.
One, you skip the overwhelming grogginess and spaced-out feeling and steer right into the more desirable effects. Two, you can still function normally throughout the day, something you really can’t do with stronger delta 9 products. A good example of this is feeling more energetic and capable of focusing on your work, while also having that slight sense of giddiness or euphoria.
Now that we’ve tackled the legal aspect of delta 8 gummies and confirmed that it will get you high, here are some more FAQs that you should read before you buy or try.
Delta 8 Gummies FAQs:
Q: Are Delta 8 Gummies Safe?
A: When taken appropriately, delta 8 THC gummies are generally considered safe. Side effects associated with the cannabinoid can be similar to side effects you experience with just about any cannabinoid: fatigue, dry mouth, and maybe even glassy eyes. Most people will not have major side effects as long as they are not consuming an abundance of these gummies.
Note: Delta 8 gummies are generally safe, but always use good judgment about dosing as mentioned above, especially if you have never experienced the effects of THC. A toxic dose of delta 8 THC is not probable, you may experience heightened effects that can leave you uncomfortable if you consume too much.
Q: How long do delta 8 gummies take to work?
A: Like most cannabinoid-based edibles, the effects may take a little longer to kick in, within around 30 minutes. It can also take as long as two to four hours for the effects to reach a peak. But unlike delta 9 THC, delta 8 THC is not likely to suddenly creep up on you and suddenly create an onset of effects.
Q: How many delta 8 THC gummies should I take?
A: There are no definite delta 8 gummies dosage guidelines, as it differs from one user to another. Delta 8 THC can yield different effects for each individual depending on things like metabolism, body chemistry, and more. Thus, the gummies may affect some people much more than others, especially those who may not have much experience with THC.
Note: Try a low dose first and increase the dosage once you determine how the cannabinoid affects you. To illustrate, you can start with only one gummy, monitor the effects, and then use that experience to adjust how many gummies you consume moving forward. Try to wait a few hours to see how the delta 8 will affect you, as gummies can take longer to reach their full effect (see question above).
Delta 8 THC Gummies Buying Guidelines
With delta 8 THC getting more and more famous, delta 8 edibles including gummies are in high demand, and many sellers are riding the wave and rushing to feed that demand. But like with any hyped-up product, this also means you do have to use a discerning eye when buying delta 8 gummies to make sure that what you’re getting are legit, legal, and safe. Here are a few things to consider.
Hemp-Derived THC, High-Quality Ingredients
Always go with delta 8 gummies that are made with only quality ingredients. Make sure any supplier is giving you a total list of ingredients used in their products, right down to if the delta 8 THC was sourced from hemp.
One of your primary considerations of buying delta 8 gummies should be the purpose or intended use. If you are just trying out the gummies, opt for a small trial pack that only contains two or four gummies per pack. On the other hand, if you are an experienced user and intend to use the gummies daily for focus and calming, you may want a more potent, larger pack of gummies.
Potency of the Product
Before any purchase, it’s best to examine the potency levels of any delta 8 THC gummies you are considering buying. Most of these edible gummies come in 25mg potency levels, but you can find some gummies with far less or far more delta 8 THC. If you have never tried delta 8 edibles in general, it is best to stick with a conservative potency level, such as 25mg.
Legality and Regulations
Yes, delta 8 is legal on a federal level, but that is only the case if the product contains less than 0.3 percent delta 9 THC and some states have enacted restrictions on even hemp-derived delta 8 products. Remember that some states do not allow shipment of delta 8, but these laws are constantly changing because of the relative newness of the said THC, so it’s a good idea to find out what is legal in your state.
Third-Party Lab Testing
Why is third-party lab testing important with delta 8 THC gummies? Well, for a product that’s straddling the line of legality, you want to ensure the gummies you buy does not contain delta 9 THC. Even a trace amount of delta 9 would mean the product is illegal and may deliver effects you’re not necessarily looking to experience.
Credible Brand, Positive User Reviews
The credibility of a brand or supplier is a big selling point in the world of delta 8 gummies, and of edibles in general. That’s why you should take some time to check out the profile and history of the company offering delta 8 products. Always make sure they offer pertinent details about who they are and how their products are made. Especially for first-time buyers, make it a habit to take a look at reviews from other shoppers about the gummies you want to try.