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If you consume marijuana or any other familial cannabis product, you must have heard of Delta 8 THC. It claims to provide many benefits to its users, including but not limited to pain management, and many other interesting benefits for the body.
Could it possibly be the future main ingredient in one of the many cannabis-related wellness products? Time will tell. But until then, considering that Delta 8 THC is a relatively new product, it is mindful to know exactly what it is before one tries it.
Delta 8 THC, where THC means tetrahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid with psychoactive properties, derived from the Cannabis sativa plant.
Since Delta 8 THC tetrahydrocannabinol is derived from the hemp plant and not the marijuana plant, it is considered federally legal to consume. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but hemp is a cannabis plant with under 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, which is why it's considered legal.
However, you do have to be of legal age to consume it, so don't think Delta 8 THC will be showing up on or near the Child Menu anytime soon.
Delta 8 THC works mainly because of its chemical structure and how it reacts with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) in your body. This system is just a big network of complex cannabinoid receptors that dictate how your body will react when it comes in contact with cannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system plays a huge role in maintaining homeostasis, regulating mood, regulating sleep cycles, your immune system, and even how you perceive pain. Since Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid, when you consume it, your cannabinoid receptors trigger your ECS and your body can feel senses such as euphoric, focused, relaxed, or even uplifted.
Depending on how much Delta 8 THC you consume, your body may experience what is known as First Pass Metabolism, where the concentration of the drug you consume is lowered if taken orally to the point it is absorbed in your gut. For example, if you orally administer an arbitrary drug of 10% concentration, it may reduce to 4% by the time it travels your body to reach your gut.
Meaning, that the psychoactive experience you may feel depends on the concentration of the compounds in your body and that your high may be a potent high with high THC but it greatly depends on the circumstances.
So, does Delta 8 THC make you high? Yes, by triggering your ECS and lowering your anxiety when administered properly.
The answer to the question "What does Delta 8 feel like?" will be different for everyone who consumes it. Although, based on the accumulative experiences of most users, there are a few things you can expect.
Users find that the effects of Delta 8 THC can take up to twenty minutes to one to two hours to show up, depending on one's consumption method and dosage.
Not all drugs are created equal, and even though you may want to make your body high, you should know that what you feel depends on many factors, including whether or not you have consumed other cannabinoids in the past.
If you want to achieve your desired high, it's best to start with small doses and slowly build it up to get a clear-headed high. Once you consume Delta 8 THC in low doses, you will feel relaxed with a mild high and feel euphoric.
The high usually lasts at least a few hours and sometimes even longer. Obviously, high doses will lead to an intense high, which isn't what you want to go for, since you may end up with dry mouth. Therefore, consume Delta 8 THC products in moderate doses, and the magic of cannabis and hemp with relieve your anxiety and possibly lessen your panic attacks by making you feel relaxed.
Furthermore, using THC Delta 8 can be anti-inflammatory and therefore provide pain relief, sometimes even for chronic pain. However, these results depend on the compounds and how potent the hemp is.
Delta 8 THC has quite a moderate potency, as compared to Delta 9. The latter is known to induce anxiety instead of relieving it if it is not carefully consumed.
Although using cannabis, whether marijuana or hemp, is generally well tolerated and can have health benefits, it can have potential side effects. The side effects of THC Delta depend majorly on the dosage that has been administered, but also a little bit on the compounds of the cannabis.
Most people can consume THC products such as THC edibles and enjoy a Delta 8 THC high with relative ease. However, other factors such as tolerance level (whether someone has high tolerance) and personal experience (whether someone is a first-time user of cannabis/marijuana/hemp) may induce intense effects if their dosage includes high concentrations of cannabis. This is why beginners should always start with a low dose instead of dabbling in higher doses.
Some side effects of being high on Delta 8 THC include:
Quite common in cannabis consumption, taking too much Delta 8 THC may lead to an increased appetite.
The obvious solution is drinking a lot of water, but as long as Delta 8 THC compounds are in your body, you will likely be parched.
Wanting an intense THC high often leads to the onset of anxiety, which is the opposite of what Delta 8 THC should be doing for you. This is why you should always have a calm state of mind and consume less, and wait for it to kick in.
Depending on whether you prefer mobility or sedation, this can be an adverse or blissful side effect. Being couch-locked means you may become overwhelmed and your head may feel heavy.
Instead of being focused, Delta 8 THC high may induce tiredness instead, similar to being locked on the couch.
Relaxation from the Delta 8 THC high could be too much, leading to low blood pressure. This happens if Delta 8 is taken more than recommended.
Similar to low blood pressure, a slowed heart rate is brought on when you consume more Delta 8 than you should. Also, sometimes, children may accidentally get a hold of THC gummies and may end up having slowed heart rate if congested.
Our final thoughts on Delta 8 THC are in favor of it. It feels quite nice if taken in moderation, as most users have done, and given the information above you now know what to expect. Obviously, different strains will have different effects, but generally, Delta 8 THC high will get you moderately high and relaxed. The strength of the high will not be the same as regular weed. In fact, some sources claim that Delta 8 THC is ten times as strong as normal cannabis, but not as strong as Delta 9.
Delta 8 THC will typically stay in your system for a few days even after the high has worn off, but despite that, so far it is safe to use. Since it is new, there isn't a lot of medical research done on the product, but based on user experiences, Delta 8 THC is safe as long as it is taken in moderation, for example, using vape pens where you can control how much you smoke.