It’s 2021 and you may have heard a new buzzword floating around in the cannabis market: Delta-8. If you’re curious to learn more about Delta-8, this post is 100% for you. Below we break down the key questions surrounding this exciting newcomer.
What is it?
Delta-8 is one of the four most common cannabinoids (out of more than 100) derived from hemp and carries similar euphoric feelings and psychoactive effects that are typically associated with Delta-9 and cannabis use. The difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 comes down to a difference in the atomic bonds of each cannabinoid. The structural similarity between Delta-8 and Delta-9 means they produce similar effects but Delta-8 is about a third as potent as Delta-9.
What does it do?
When using Delta-8 you can expect to experience various depths of euphoric relaxation while remaining more clear headed than with Delta-9. Regular cannabis users can enjoy the benefits of Delta-8 too, as they have no tolerance built up for it. Plus, Delta-8 does not produce the same kind of side effects that are often associated with Delta-9, i.e. paranoia, laziness, anxiety, sleep issues, etc. So you can get the positive effects without the negative side effects. That’s a win-win for Delta-8 users!
Is it safe?
All of our bodies have a naturally occurring endocannabinoid system with receptors found in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands, and immune cells. We are literally designed to use cannabis.
So, yes, it is safe to use *BUT* it is important to keep in mind that everyone’s bodies will react differently to different doses and experiences will vary. It is always important to use caution when ingesting any new substances.
How do I use it?
Delta-8 is available in several consumption methods. Most popular will be edibles like gummies, but you can also find it in pills and tinctures or smoke and vape it. We suggest following the old adage of starting low and slow. So, no matter what method you choose, start with a small amount (5-10mg) and gradually add more until you get to a mental state you find most enjoyable.
To Wrap Up:
We are continually learning more and more about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis use. With any luck, we should expect to see a rise of various other cannabinoid isolates. The isolation of Delta-8 is a completely natural process and there is nothing synthetic about it. So, take the time to do your own research and try (and hopefully enjoy) Delta-8 at your own pace.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and you should always do your own research.