Delta 8 is a novel cannabinoid that offers a calming, psychotropic high. This euphoric feeling can also be a mild sedative.
But like any other drug, you can build a tolerance to Delta 8. That’s why it’s important to start low and go slow. It is especially true for edible Delta 8 products.
The cannabinoid delta-8, present in hemp, activates the same receptors as delta-9 THC but has less impact. Because of this, it’s important to approach Delta-8 servings with the same caution you would with other THC products.
The problem is that because there are few regulations on hemp and no federal regulation on delta-8, chemists and other scientists have many concerns about safety and quality. Many Delta-8 products have been shown to contain contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides. It is largely because hemp is a bio-accumulator, meaning it absorbs the chemicals in the soil it grows in. Moreover, since there is no federal oversight on third-party labs that test Delta-8 products, companies can easily submit only carefully selected samples they know will pass.
In states where delta-8 is legal, there are a few specific rules about testing and extraction, but these guidelines need to be followed by some manufacturers.
However, consuming edibles containing excessive delta-8 THC may result in momentary adverse effects like nausea and anxiety. However, these symptoms usually resolve within a few hours of consumption. It is why it’s important only to eat Delta 8 edibles that are labeled and tested.
Delta-8 binds with cannabinoids in your body, similar to its close cousin, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It is a novel cannabinoid leading the way for a new wave of legal highs. Delta 8 is less potent than THC, but it offers a euphoric high that’s attracting consumers in large numbers.
If you’re new to edibles, starting with a low dose (5-15 mg) the first time is best. It allows you to gauge your tolerance and see how the delta-8 high affects you. Once you’re accustomed to the effects, you can increase your dosage.
Edibles take longer to metabolize in your body than smoking or vaping, but they deliver an intense high that lasts up to 8 hours. If you take Delta 8 more than once in a short period, you’re likely to build up a tolerance requiring you to consume more of the drug to experience the same effect.
Delta-8 is a hemp-derived cannabis compound that’s legal in all 50 states. However, the legality of hemp-derived THC largely depends on how the plant is grown and processed. For example, a recent study found that most Delta-8 products tested by a California company contained more THC than is legal under state law. The legal cannabis industry is a wild west where many products are not fully regulated. Buying products with certificates of analysis is one of the most effective ways to ensure you get what you pay.
While there are no reports of lethal Delta 8 overdose, following the recommended dosage and tolerance guidelines is important. As a general guideline, start with a low dose and increase it over time. Although every person’s response is different, starting with a short-lived delivery method like candies or vape pens that wear off more rapidly and paying attention to the milligram strength on the product label is vital.
Edibles can be tricky to manage because they take a long time to kick in, and overdoing them is easy. Always begin with a small amount; if you feel uncomfortable, stop taking the edible and drink lots of water. Inhaling or vaporizing is the fastest way to enjoy delta-8 because it enters the bloodstream in seconds.
Ingestion of Delta 8 requires it to pass through the stomach, intestines, and liver before being converted into 11-Hydroxy-THC, which can pass the blood-brain barrier more readily.
Using only high-quality products and purchasing them from reputable retailers is also crucial. As Refinery29 has reported, many Delta-8 products sold in dispensaries and gas stations contain impurities like heavy metals, which can pose serious health risks. Look for products that have third-party testing by an accredited lab to ensure they deliver the proper dose and avoid harmful side effects.
Delta 8 gummies are chewy, fruity snacks that offer consumers a mild psychotropic high. These edibles are made from cannabis and hemp plants that contain a cannabinoid known as Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Delta-8 is similar to Delta-9 THC, which is what gets people high.
Edibles are a popular way to consume Delta-8 because they come pre-measured with a precise dose. When you bite into a Delta 8 gummy, the THC enters your stomach and is digested by acids and enzymes. Eventually, the THC enters your bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract and crosses the blood-brain barrier to produce effects. The effects of Delta 8 edibles can last up to eight hours.
However, consuming too much of a Delta-8 product can cause a “coma-like” state. Taking too much also increases the time for the effects to wear off. It is why it’s important to purchase Delta-8 products from brands that use accredited, third-party testing. It ensures that the product contains the amount of Delta-8 THC advertised on its label.
Taking Delta-8 can also cause you to test positive on a drug test, even if you’re not feeling any effects. When metabolized in the liver, delta-8 can be converted to another form of THC, Delta 10 THC. This form of THC is not detectable on a standard urine drug test but can result in a false positive.