So far, there have been sixteen states in the United States (plus Washington D.C.) that have legalized recreational cannabis use for adults. On top of that, there are 35 states (again, plus D.C.) that allow the use of medical marijuana.
While that’s fine and dandy for residents of about one-third of US states, the rest of us are still living in a world where you could face serious legal repercussions for growing a plant in your backyard and using it as you please.
However, many people in states where cannabis isn’t legal have been turning to alternatives such as delta 8. What is delta 8 and how is it different from cannabis?
We’ll look at these questions and more as we explore the fascinating world of delta 8 gummies.
What Is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is short for delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol. This cannabis compound (or cannabinoid) has become popular in recent years because of its similarity to THC (or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis.
You’ve probably heard of THC, which is the most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis, followed by CBD.
Delta 8 and delta 9 are chemically structured very similarly. They both have a double bond which is thought to produce the mind-altering effects of the plant. However, they are different in the double bond has a different placement in these two different cannabinoids. Delta 9 has a double bond on the ninth carbon, while delta 8 has a double bond on the eighth carbon.
Both delta 8 and delta 9 THC work by binding to the endocannabinoid system, but they do so in slightly different ways. Both delta 8 and delta 9 bind to the CB1 receptor in your endocannabinoid system but the way they bind to this receptor is a bit different.
This cannabinoid only occurs in very small amounts in cannabis. It is actually a degraded form of THC, and is therefore less potent than delta-9 THC.
Delta 8 THC Effects
Some people consider delta 8 to be a halfway point between THC and CBD. While the effects aren’t as intense as with THC, you still feel more intoxicating effects than you would with straight CBD.
Users report that delta 8 makes them feel calm, relaxed, clear-headed, sleepy, giggly, hungry, and more. They also report uplifting, happy, and euphoric feelings. Everyone is different, so different people might feel different effects from this cannabinoid.
Many people enjoy using delta 8 as a legal alternative to THC when they live in states where cannabis is not yet legalized. It is thought to have some similar effects as THC.
Some people even prefer delta 8 THC because they feel like it isn’t as intensely strong as commercially available THC products. Over the past several decades, the average amount of THC in cannabis has skyrocketed, making cannabis an entirely different animal than it was back in the 60s or even 90s. For this reason, some people prefer to use delta 8 because they find it less overwhelming and allow ing them to remain more clearheaded.
There are similar side effects to delta 8 THC as there are to delta 9 THC. These include dry mouth, short-term memory issues, getting the munchies, red eyes, anxiety, or paranoia.
Some research has also indicated that using delta 8 can result in increased blood pressure. However, these results were found from animal studies and not human studies, so it is unclear whether or not this effect appears in humans as well.
One important thing to take into consideration is the fact that this cannabinoid has not been studied as much as THC and CBD. For this reason, the effects of this chemical compound on the body and mind aren’t entirely known.
Potential Benefits of Delta 8 THC
The world of cannabis research is still in its infancy, and this is particularly true when it comes to delta 8. However, a number of preclinical and clinical studies have found that there are some therapeutic potentials to delta 8 that should be further explored.
The US National Library of Medicine has stated that delta 8 has similar qualities as delta 9 THC for reducing anxiety. There have also been many anecdotal reports that claim that delta 8 helps to create a focused and calm high. At this point, more studies need to be done before any relationship between anxiety reduction and delta 8 can be understood.
Pain and Inflammation
Two studies done on rats and mice respectively have found that delta 8 might help to diminish inflammation and pain. One of these studies did find that though it did assist in reducing pain, the animals built a tolerance to the cannabinoid very quickly.
Loss of Appetite
It is possible that this cannabinoid can also help to stimulate the appetite. One animal study from 2004 low doses of delta 8 over a 50 day period increased the food intake of mice by 22%.
One study from 1995 found that delta 8 might help to you. This study occurred following eight pediatric cancer patients over a two-year period. When the patients ingested this cannabinoid before and after their cancer treatment, it was found that no vomiting occurred.
What’s the Difference Between Delta 8 Edibles, THC Edibles, and CBD Edibles?
With the cannabis market constantly expanding, it can be hard to keep all of the different types of edibles straight.
If you live in a state where medical or recreational marijuana is legal, you might find cannabis edibles for sale at dispensaries. These are edible products that include a high THC content.
You might also find in many states edibles with CBD. These edible are made either with CBD extract or with industrial hemp that has a very low THC content (as required by law.)
Delta 8 edibles will contain just the cannabinoid delta 8 THC without delta 9 THC or other cannabinoids.
If you were to try all three types of edibles, you would notice that they have profoundly different effects. CBD edibles will not produce a psychotropic effect but might leave you feeling calm or give you some pain relief. Ingesting THC edibles can provide an intense high depending on the dosage, and delta 8 offers something of a middle ground between the two.
That being said, delta 8 is a lot more similar to THC than it is to CBD. This is true both in it’s chemical structure and in the effects it makes you feel.
Why Choose Delta 8 Gummies?
Gummies are one of the most popular forms of delta 8 edibles. This isn’t an accident: there are a number of reasons why this is the preferred method of ingestion for many people.
Dosing Is Easy
If you’re smoking or vaping delta 8, it’s not really possible to know exactly how much you are ingesting. When you choose to eat delta 8 THC gummies, they are typically labeled with clear information about the serving size and the amount of delta 8 in each serving.
This is great if you’re worried about taking too much or too little. It can also be a good starting point for people who are new to cannabis-related products in general.
They Taste Great
Gummies are also a super tasty way to enjoy delta 8. You can find a wide variety of different flavors of gummies to suit whatever your tastes are.
Sometimes you simply aren’t in a place where you feel comfortable smoking. However, no one will think twice about it if they see you pop a gummy candy in your mouth. This can be a great way of using your delta 8 when you’re worried about drawing too much attention to yourself.
There Are Vegan Options
For people who want to use delta 8 but don’t want to consume animal products, there are options! You’ll always want to read the labels if you have dietary restrictions or preferences, but you can definitely find something that works for you.
The Effects Last Longer With Edibles
The way that delta 8 (and other cannabinoids) interact with your body and mind depends on how you ingest them. When you smoke delta 8, you’ll feel the effects faster but they won’t last as long. With edibles like gummies, you might not feel the effects for half an hour to an hour, but then they will persist for roughly 4 hours.
It’s important to understand this if you are new to cannabis-related products. Ask around enough and you will definitely hear stories of people who thought that it wasn’t “working” so they ate more of the edible products. It takes time for the product to get through your system, so it’s important to be patient and give it at least an hour before deciding to take more.
What Is the Difference Between Inhaling and Ingesting Delta 8 THC?
Just like with delta 9 THC, delta 8 interacts with your body differently if you inhale it or if you ingest it.
When you ingest either of these cannabinoids, they get converted to 11-hydroxy-THC in the liver. When you eat edibles rather than smoke delta 8, people claim that the “high” feeling is far more intense. The metabolite that is produced during this liver process is particularly effective at blending the blood-brain barrier, which is likely responsible for the increased feelings of mind-altering effects.
When you inhale delta 8, the cannabinoid is going through a different metabolic process than if you ingest it. Instead of being processed by your liver, it directly reaches your brain. This means that inhaling delta 8 will wear off more quickly and take effect faster, while also not producing as intense of a high.
The onset time also differs between these two delivery methods. You will feel the effects of delta 8 a few moments after inhaling it. However, when you eat delta 8 edibles, you might not feel it for up to two hours.
As mentioned earlier, the duration time of eating edibles is much longer than for smoking.
Is Delta 8 Legal?
At this point, this cannabinoid lives in a great area of the law. Only a few states have laws that specifically address this type of THC. For most states, the law referred to cannabis, marijuana, THC, delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or CBD.
Only eleven states have laws that make it seem as though this cannabinoid is illegal. These states are:
- Rhode Island
There is a proposed rule from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration that would classify this cannabinoid as a Schedule I controlled substance. If that rule was to be made final, this would make delta 8 federally illegal.
Usually, delta 8 is sourced from hemp rather than cannabis. This is how it is able to be sold in a number of states where the cultivation and use of cannabis is still not legal. What this means is that most of the delta 8 you can buy is derived from CBD that has been extracted from hemp that is federally legal.
The cultivation and sale of hemp with less than 0.3% THC became legal with the passing of the 2018 farm bill by the U.S. Congress. Through the language of the farm bill, it makes it seem clear that delta 8 is in fact legal at the federal level.
Are You Going to Try Delta 8?
While delta 8 has a pretty sci-fi name, it isn’t a weird research chemical. This naturally occurring compound in cannabis has become the favorite alternative to marijuana for a growing number of Americans. While the research on this cannabinoid is sparse, so users should proceed with caution, there is also a lot of optimism about the potential therapeutic benefits and other applications of delta 8 THC.
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