Things to Know About Delta 8 for Those Who Haven't Tried It. You may be Surprised!

To understand how Delta 8 affects your body, you first should understand how your endocannabinoid system (ECS) works. 

What is Delta 8?

If you’re eager to try cannabis products, it’s imperative that you know what they may do to your body and how they may affect your mental state. One particularly popular product right now is Delta 8. So, in this article, we’ll talk about Delta 8 and its effects — everything a beginner needs to know before trying it. Read on! 

What is Delta 8?

Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive substance derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. It’s one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. 

However, it doesn’t exist in abundance in the cannabis plant. As a result, concentrated Delta 8 amounts are usually found in hemp-derived cannabidiol or CBD

What Does Delta 8 Do? 

 Delta 8 is considered beneficial for people who enjoy its less psychoactive effects than marijuana. That said, it’s still more psychoactive than other minor cannabinoids like CBD. On top of that, Delta 8 is reported to be effective for issues like pain and inflammation. 

To understand how Delta 8 affects your body, you first should understand how your endocannabinoid system (ECS) works.

The ECS 

The ECS is a network of receptors that help with the regulation of bodily processes, including the immune and nervous systems. The ECS has two primary cannabinoid receptors: 

  • CB1 receptors: these are typically found in our brain cells and throughout the entire nervous system 
  • CB2 receptors: these are found in the body and immune system 

ECS’ Interaction with Cannabinoid 

Cannabinoids bind to our receptors. The receptors then break them down for the body to feel their effects. These effects include: 

  • Uplifted feelings 
  • Increased focus and clarity 
  • Better rest and relaxation 

Note, however, that research on Delta 8 effects on the body is still ongoing. The results have been promising, so far.  

Can Delta 8 Make You High?

You may feel some high from Delta 8 — thanks to it being a psychoactive compound. On the other hand, it’s not as intense as you would experience with Delta 9, which is a more familiar variant to people. 

Most users report feeling clear-headed and relaxed after taking Delta 8, describing a mellow buzz. That said, it’s recommended to take Delta 8 in a lower dosage if it’s your first time using it.

You can consume Delta 8 in a variety of forms depending on your preference.

Is Delta 8 Legal? 

You can consume Delta 8 in a variety of forms depending on your preference. 

Edibles and gummies are the most widely available form. You simply need to take them in the proper dosage. You’ll feel their effects in about an hour and a half. In other words, edibles require a bit of patience before you feel their effects. 

Delta 8 is also available in vape cartridges. Inhaling the substance via vaping is usually the fastest way to feel its effects. However, it isn’t the most popular form of Delta 8 intake since vaping isn’t for everybody. 

Oil tinctures are also available. They’re taken similarly to CBD oil: you fill a dropper with your desired amount and squeeze it under your tongue. Hold it for about one and a half minutes, and then swallow. 

As mentioned, it’s recommended to start low and go slow when taking Delta 8 for the first time. Most beginners start with 10 mg of the product before increasing the dosage. 

Is Delta 8 Legal? 

Delta 8 products are legal on the federal level. However, some states have started banning them. States that restrict the use of Delta 8 include: 

  • Alaska 
  • Arizona
  • New York
  • Washington 
  • Idaho
  • Delaware 

In other words, before you purchase any Delta 8-infused products, check your local laws. The substance’s legality in some states may still differ and is subject to change. 

Key Takeaways

  • Delta-8-THC gummies are psychoactive, but they offer a milder experience than traditional THC edibles.
  • Gummies can take up to two hours to kick in and effects may last anywhere from 2-6 hours.
  • Delta-8-THC gummies are thought to be generally safe if made and used responsibly, which is why it’s important to know the facts before you buy Delta-8-THC gummies in store or online.

Will Delta 8 Gummies Get You High?

Yes, but it may not be what you think. Delta-8-THC acts on the part of the brain responsible for psychoactive effects similarly to Delta-9-THC, so it will “get you high.” But the effects of Delta-8 are distinctly different from Delta-9’s, mainly in that they are less potent and less sedating.

Many people prefer Delta-8 for exactly this reason—the psychoactive experience is much milder and easier to control. The smooth, euphoric delta-8 gummy experience won’t lock you to the couch or render you incapable of daytime duties, but it still provides a general life that elevates your mood and your mind.

Disclaimer:Although Delta-8-THC is less potent than Delta-9, it is still psychoactive and should be used responsibly. Do not attempt to drive or operate machinery while under the influence of psychoactive cannabinoids.

Do Delta 8 gummies have THC?

Depends what you mean by “THC.” Despite having similar psychoactive effects, Delta-8-THC gummies aren’t powered by Delta-9-THC, the traditional form of THC found in legal dispensaries. They do, of course, contain Delta-8-THC, which is still a form of tetrahydrocannabinol that classifies as “THC.”

How are Delta 8 Gummies Made?

Delta-8-THC gummies are made from hemp-derived CBD through a process called isomerization. Delta-8 is a natural isomer of CBD, or a compound that has all of the same components, just arranged in a different order.

The isomerization process is a unique method of rearranging the CBD molecule to create Delta-8-THC. Then, the resulting material is refined to create a pure Delta-8 extract that can be used to formulate Delta-8 gummies. Read “Here’s How Delta-8-THC is Made” to learn more.

At Vida Optima, our Delta-8-THC gummies are made using a vegan formulation with 10 mg of Delta-8-THC extract in each piece.

Are Delta 8 gummies synthetic?

Delta-8-THC is often confused for a “synthetic cannabinoid,” because of the way that it’s derived from CBD.

Make no mistake—Delta-8-THC is not a synthetic cannabinoid. It is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that can be found in unadulterated hemp material, albeit in small concentrations. Synthetic cannabinoids like K2 or Spice are made in a lab from synthetic ingredients without any plant materials.