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There are two primary types of cannabinoids that you have likely heard discussed before – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When discussing THC, people often only refer to Delta 9 THC, which is the psychotropic element that may create a paranoid feeling in some. It is because of this that CBD must be under 3% THC to be sold. Delta 9 isn’t the only THC cannabinoid in this plant. Delta 8 THC is also found in the cannabis plant, even though only in minute amounts. When shopping for quality CBD products, you will likely see Delta 8 THC products popping up. What is there to consider before trying it?
All Cannabinoids Are Created Differently
You may be considering Delta 8 THC because you already have a great relationship with CBD. That is fantastic, but Delta 8 is not CBD, and you should be aware of what you will be getting into by trying it. Here are five things you need to take into consideration before trying Delta 8 THC for the first time.
1. Delta 8 THC is Not Delta 9 THC
Even though they share the tetrahydrocannabinol name, Delta 8 and Delta 9 have some glaring differences. Delta 9 is known for the euphoria and mind-altering effects. Delta 8 is not as potent - the feeling it gives you is more clear-headed and energetic instead of lethargic and paranoid.
Delta 9 THC also binds with the CB1 receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system. The CB1 receptors target areas like the central nervous system. Delta-8 targets both the CB1 and CB2 receptors creating a whole-body experience, not just altering the mind.
2. Stronger Than CBD
CBD users looking for a more intense experience are likely to graduate from CBD to Delta 8 THC. The misconception here is that the effects won’t be “as intense” as if they were to try Delta 9 THC. While there may be truth to that statement, there is also the point to be made that any form of THC will likely be a very different experience for the standard CBD user since CBD has no psychoactive effects.
Dosing for Delta 8 should begin low for CBD users until they know how it affects their body and makes them feel. Going into Delta 8 with the same attitude you have with CBD is likely to contribute to a wild ride you won’t want to repeat.
3. The First Time Might Not Be Great
There are reasons behind your first time with THC or any cannabinoid not turning out the way you want it to. In either situation, it is you or your body setting you up for a lacking experience. New users are likely to inhale wrong (yes, it is different than just breathing), or the liver doesn’t metabolize the THC into the system. If your body is the cause, it is because your liver didn’t break down the THC in an edible, which is common for first-time users. Don’t be discouraged because the second, third, and so on times will yield better results.
4. Consumption Plays a Big Role
You might not think that the way you partake inDelta 8 plays a huge role in the effects, but it does. The most common forms of consumption include inhaling, oral, and topical absorption. If you want the psychoactive effects, topical absorption won’t give you that, but those who have used it state that discomfort was relieved when they rubbed it on the body.
Inhalation is primarily smoking and vaping. When you smoke or vape, the Delta-8 is absorbed into the lungs and directly into the bloodstream, and you are likely to see almost instant effects. Sublingual absorption is an oral form of absorption that is also quick for onset, though still slower than inhaling it. The Delta 8 is placed under the tongue, likely from a tincture, and it is absorbed through the thin tissues.
Edibles are popular, especially for those who cannot stand to smoke or the taste of a Delta 8 tincture. Edibles do not produce effects instantly. The THC has to be digested before it can enter the bloodstream. Some users report it taking up to three hours before feeling effects.
5. First Time? Find Your Safe Space!
If it is your first time using Delta 8 THC and you have no idea how you will react, you should find yourself a safe and comfortable space. Just surround yourself with people you know and trust and make sure you don’t have any pressing engagements (just in case). You may feel energetic, tired, hungry, and so on, so make sure you accommodate all of these possibilities. Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult with a physician before use and make sure it’s right for you.
Final Consideration for Delta 8 THC
Even though we have provided you with five solid things to consider when trying Delta 8 THC, there is one bonus consideration that we can’t ignore. When looking for the right Delta 8 product to try, make sure you purchase from a reputable retailer. Also, always use cannabinoids responsibly and as recommended on their original packaging. If you think Delta-8 is right for you, take a look at what we offer at Hometown Hero CBD, and you will likely find just what you are looking for.