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The Only Delta 8 Beginner’s Guide You Will Ever Need

Published April 7, 2021

The two most abundant and naturally occurring cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD products are popular among consumers, but more products are hitting the shelves that aren’t CBD-related. 

When people hear THC, they automatically think of the intense feeling that comes with it – they don’t even realize that there are two THC major types out there. The common THC is Delta 9 THC, the psychotropic element of cannabis, and is what most people refer to simply as “THC.” 

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid that is found within the cannabis plant. It is not found in as large of an abundance as the “other” THC, but it is still there. As a molecule, both THC types contain a double bond, but it is where they occur that gives them their respective name – 8th carbon chain or 9th carbon chain.

Each of these cannabinoids also binds to different endocannabinoid receptors within your body. Delta 9 only binds to the CB1 receptor, which deals primarily with the central nervous system. Delta-8 binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors, offering a deeper whole-body experience. 

The Effects of Delta 8 THC

The most popular question about Delta 8 THC is, will it get me high? The answer is complicated and there are caveats. Delta 8 is found in lesser amounts in cannabis which comes with less intense effects. Consumers describe the sensation as more clear-headed and energetic, unlike the intense feeling you get with Delta 9.

All the same side effect rules apply with Delta 8, though. From an increased appetite to relaxation and minor disorientation, you will likely feel a plethora of things using Delta 8. This theory is especially true if you have never used any other type of THC before – in which case you need to start small and work your way up based on your own personal reaction.

Methods for Consuming Delta 8 THC

There are many different ways that a consumer can take their cannabinoids. There are three classifications that all methods fit into – inhalation, oral, and topical application.

  • Inhalation: When using inhalation methods, most users are accustomed to smoking or vaping. There are different methods out there for this purpose. Still, by far, the most popular include smoking Delta 8 infused flower or Delta 8 joints.
  • Oral: Oral refers to taking the Delta 8 by mouth. This method can be done by edibles or by sublingual absorption. Those who use edibles often don’t enjoy smoking, or they can’t stomach the taste of an oil tincture. In that case, an edible is the best solution. Sublingual absorption involves a Delta 8 infused oil being held under the tongue for absorption through the tissues for quicker access to the bloodstream.
  • Topical Application: Topicals won’t give you psychoactive effects; they are for those looking for relief from minor discomfort. When rubbed onto the targeted area, users have expressed relief.

There are plenty of products on the market, from Delta 8 cartridges to Delta 8 THC gummies. The choice largely depends on the user’s goals and personal preferences. 

How Long Does It Take?

Every method of consumption and every person’s body is different, which means that the length of time it takes for the onset of Delta 8 effects is not an exact science. However, there is a way to determine how quickly you may see the onset. The rule is that the faster the THC enters your bloodstream, the faster you will feel the effects.

With inhalation, you breathe in Delta 8, and it absorbs into the lining of your lungs, which then transfers to your bloodstream. Overall, this is a pretty quick process if you have inhaled correctly. Many people have given accounts of feeling the effects as soon as five minutes or less after a puff.

Oral is a split category. Sublingual absorption is relatively quick. The tissue under the tongue is thin, making absorption into the bloodstream occur more quickly than ingesting. When you ingest an edible, it has to go through the digestive process before being broken down and deposited into your system. The onset could take up to three hours, depending on the metabolism of the body digesting it.

Topical absorption happens as Delta 8 absorbs into the skin. It makes its way to the targeted areas, but there is little research on the effectiveness of relief from discomfort.

Why Delta 8 THC Products Are Popular

For a time, no one had ever heard of Delta 8 THC or at least little was said about it because of the connection between it and Delta 9 THC. There has been some research (even on humans) about using Delta 8 for medical purposes. Still, there is nothing FDA approved for such. Even though the long-term effects on the body are unknown, people use Delta 8 and other cannabinoids for various reasons. Some seem to have success with them. No matter the reason and the popularity of Delta-8, you should always do your research and consult with your physician before trying anything new.

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