Smoking, vaping, or any other consumption method of Delta 8 THC will offer effects. But Delta-8 is not one size fits all.
Hemp-derived cannabinoids can affect each person differently due to physiology, degree of experience, and method of usage. Some have reported feeling elated and uplifted, while others have felt giggly with a bit of the munchies.
Either way, there is no way to accurately determine the effects that Delta-8 can give you because we cannot guarantee that your experience will mirror someone else’s.
With that in mind, let’s discuss how Delta-8 THC works and the effects that may come with it.
How Does THC Work?
After years of research, scientists have found not one but multiple variations of THC.
Some of the most well-known variations include:
- Delta-9 THC
- Delta-8 THC
- Delta-10 THC
Each THC will have its own chemical composition that will affect the body’s endocannabinoid system differently, hence why each compound offers unique effects.
But what is an endocannabinoid system?
The Importance of the Endocannabinoid System
For us to grasp how THC works, we need to touch base on the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex system that exists to help regulate functions and processes, such as sleep, mood, appetite, etc.
The ECS produces endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids are molecules naturally produced by the body, and one of them is called “anandamide.”
Anandamide has the role of sending signals throughout the body, and to do this, it interacts and binds with two endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors).
However, since THC is chemically similar to anandamide, it can interact with receptors of the ECS and allow a range of effects.
Does Delta 8 THC Have the Same Effects As Delta 9 THC?
Now that we have the ECS covered, let’s break down why Delta-8 THC will affect you differently than Delta-9 and other cannabinoids.
Both cannabinoids will bind to the same receptors, but because they are different molecular structures, they will uniquely bind to the receptors.
For example, Delta 8 and Delta 9 are nearly the same, except for the placement of their double-bond.
Delta-8 has its double-bond located on the eighth carbon chain, and Delta-9’s is on the ninth carbon chain.
This chemical difference separates these cannabinoids, which is the primary reason behind Delta-8 inciting different effects than Delta-9.
With Delta-9, some enthusiasts have reported having more noticeable effects in terms of euphoria and overall sense of wellbeing.
What Are the Effects of Delta 8?
With the differences and similarities between other THC compounds, it's no wonder why many want to know about the Delta 8 THC “feelings” that can arise.
Some factors often aren’t considered when speaking of effects, but it’s important that we recognize them.
It may be easy to assume that your setting wouldn’t matter, but it does.
The environment you are in will affect your experience and the effects.
Sometimes, you are with a group of friends having a great time. Other times you are alone and feel like your mind is wandering.
Either way, the mood and events of the day will seep into your session.
So make sure you plan out your day accordingly—that way, when it’s time to sit back and relax—you can.
Method of Consumption
Every enthusiast will tell you that the consumption method matters.
Smoking hemp will create a much different experience than consuming an edible.
When you smoke, the THC will immediately travel through your lungs into your brain, which ultimately produces rapid results for a shorter duration of time.
Consuming edibles isn’t as quick because the body has to metabolize the THC and takes significantly longer to absorb. But once it does, it has been reported that these effects are longer-lasting and more substantial.
Both methods have their advantages, so the one you choose should be based on the kind of Delta 8 THC “feelings” you hope to feel for yourself.
The cannabinoid profile of your product may determine the effects based on the cannabinoids present.
Typically, you can find this on the certificate of analysis (COA). This certificate can usually be accessed through a QR code on lab-tested products to ensure there are no heavy metals or other toxic chemicals—but it also identifies active compounds in the products.
To know which cannabinoid mix makes you feel the best will require trying out different types of products and starting off in small amounts. Some will enjoy a product with a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, while others prefer a product with one prominent cannabinoid.
Experience and the Amount
With enough experience, you should be able to gauge the amount you need. Except, some have spent little to no time with hemp, which can make it difficult to decide how much you should take.
Instead of making the rookie mistake of taking a random amount and hoping for the best, we recommend you start small and wait for the effects.
That way, you can find your sweet spot without feeling like you overdid it.
How Long Do Delta 8 Effects Last?
Unfortunately, there is no accurate answer for knowing the duration of Delta 8 effects.
If you have experience with hemp, you know that the amount you took, whether or not you had an empty stomach, and other factors can affect how long the effects last.
That said, if you are hoping for something on the lower end, in terms of duration of effects, we recommend starting with hemp flower or Delta 8 edibles.
Generally speaking, this form of consumption shouldn’t last as long as edibles—but we can’t guarantee that it won’t last longer than anticipated.
How Long Does Delta-8 Stay in Your System?
Trying to gauge how long THC will stay in your system is not an easy answer. Each body uniquely processes cannabinoids in its own way, which is the primary reason why there isn’t a single valid answer. So if you have a drug test coming up, stop using all hemp products immediately.
Delta 8 and all other compounds in hemp are nearly impossible to determine how one will respond, which is why you should do your research and seek medical advice before use. After receiving the green light, make sure to start small and adjust as you see fit.
Remember, it’s normal to have a different experience from time to time. But with proper planning, you will find the perfect product and environment for you.