Delta 8 THC is the cannabinoid that has gotten the whole hemp community talking, with its fascinating effects that make it quite unique from other compounds of the hemp plant. Like CBD (cannabidiol), delta 8 can be absorbed into the body in many different ways, allowing enthusiasts to come up with a routine that suits their more precise preferences and needs.
If you’re new to the world of delta 8, then you’ve come to the right place. We have created the ultimate guide to this new addition to the hemp market, which includes a thorough breakdown of the most popular types of delta-8 products that you can try.
What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC, also known as delta 8, delta-8 and d8, is delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, a minor cannabinoid in the hemp plant which takes up about 0.1% of the plant’s chemical composition. This cannabinoid is, in fact, closely related to delta 9 THC, as it is the result of degraded delta 9. Delta 9, the dominant cannabinoid in the marijuana plant, responsible for its psychoactive effects, ages gradually in the hemp plant’s chemical structure, and is therefore naturally converted into delta 8 THC.
What Makes Delta 8 THC Different from CBD?
Delta 8 and CBD are both cannabinoids in the hemp plant, which means that both of these compounds have the unique ability to be used by the body’s endocannabinoid system as a means for reaching homeostasis. Cannabinoids are distributed to cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, where they bind to these receptors to help regulate processes that determine how we feel, such as functions related to the brain, digestive tract, nervous system and more.
But they are two different cannabinoids and have different properties. While CBD binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, delta 8 prefers CB1 receptors, primarily located in the nervous system. Furthermore, unlike cannabidiol, delta-8 is a psychoactive compound. Being aged delta 9, its psychoactive properties are about 30% less potent, but ultimately, taking delta 8 will get you high.
How are Delta 8 THC Products Made?
Delta 8 is naturally present in hemp’s chemical composition, so when taking any hemp product other than CBD isolate, we’re already consuming the amount of delta-8 that naturally occurs in the plant. This means that if you consume a full spectrum or broad spectrum product, or flower, you’re taking into your body the naturally occurring amount of delta8.
But, in such minor levels, the natural amount of delta 8 in the plant is not enough to give you its distinctive effects. This is why companies have isolated and concentrated the delta 8 compound so that its extract can be formulated in a way that gives us a high potency of the cannabinoid. The delta-8 products on the market contain this type of extract, thus allowing us to explore its properties in a potent way.
What are the Effects of Delta 8 THC?
Naturally, when talking about delta-8, we tend to fixate on its intoxicating properties as this makes it a cannabinoid that is unique from others that we derive from the hemp plant. But, being a cannabinoid, delta 8 may offer so much more through its relationship with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Delta 8 THC is new in the sense that we’ve only recently isolated it, and so it does not come with a long list of clinical studies demonstrating its effects in the way that cannabidiol does. Over the next few years, more researchers will likely discover its specific properties. In the meantime, we have some evidence that it may offer properties relating to mood, appetite, pain, neurological function, and nausea.
Most Popular Ways to Take Delta 8 THC
Now, let’s talk about the most popular types of delta 8 products. As you’ll see, the different delivery forms are the same as those of cannabidiol, which makes it easier to figure out which type of product is right for you.
Delta 8 vape cartridges are probably the most popular form in which you can currently buy this cannabinoid. Vape cartridges are disposable cartridges already containing e-liquid, which are disposable so that you do not need to refill them. They attach to any rechargeable low-wattage vape pen device with a 510-threded connection, and you can find them in a huge variety of strains, as well as strengths for control over the potency. One reason why vapes are so popular is because they’re fast-acting, potent, and short-lived.
Vape pens are an alternative option to vape cartridges, being all-in-one devices that have a pre-filled cartridge and a pre-charged battery. They’re extremely easy to use, and because they are assembled, you can just take one out of the box and start vaping.
Flower is a unique type of delta 8 product that takes the raw buds of the hemp plant and infuses them with a delta-8 concentrate. This means that when you smoke or vape the flower, you’re getting all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other desirable compounds in the plant, combined with a uniquely potent dose of delta8. Flower comes in a wide range of strains, and you can choose between loose buds and pre-rolls.
Delta 8 concentrates provide a particularly potent dose of delta-8, as the compounds present in this hemp product have been highly concentrated. Popular options include hash and sauce. Concentrates are inhaled with a special dabbing device for either smoking or vaping.
Delta 8 edibles allow you to ingest the compound, which promotes very long-lasting effects that can be felt for the majority of the day. Gummies are extremely popular, but other types of edibles exist as well. They can take up to 2 hours to take effect as the digestive process must take place before the compound is released into the body.
Delta 8 tinctures are administered sublingually, which means under the tongue. They come in dropper bottles, consisting of delta-8 extract diluted in a carrier oil, and may also contain flavoring, or other compounds of the hemp plant like CBD. All that the user needs to do is put a dropper’s worth under the tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing, so that the formula can absorb through this tissue quickly while offering relatively long-lasting effects.
Delta 8 is an extremely sought-after cannabinoid now that it’s widely available on the market, thanks to its distinctive effects that give it the ability to take our hemp routines to a new level. If you want to start using delta-8 for yourself, explore the different types of products to figure out which one is the most likely to suit your needs.