When we hear people talking about THC, they often mean Delta 9 THC, the most prominent psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. However, there are numerous analogs of THC we should also be talking about, one being Delta 8 THC. Recently it has gained more popularity, and some have even labeled it “diet weed” or “decaf weed.” But what is it like to smoke Delta 8 THC? Let’s dive into what to expect and some commonly asked questions.
What is Delta 8?
Delta 8 THC is a minor cannabinoid found in small traces in cannabis and hemp plants. Due to the many benefits Delta 8 THC holds, growers are now using selective breeding and molecular isolation to access greater quantities of Delta 8 THC.
What are the benefits of Delta 8?
Research into Delta 8 THC began as early as the 1970’s, discovering many benefits consumers can value from. Here are some of the most notable benefits of Delta 8 THC:
Improve cognitive function
Reduces anxiety and stress
Analgesic helping those with both acute and chronic pain
Aids with sleep
How long will it take to feel the effects?
Inhaling Delta 8 THC by way of vaping or smoking takes an average of 5-10 minutes to begin to feel the effects, achieving a rapid delivery of cannabinoids to the body. This makes inhalation ideal for those who want to experience the effects quickly, and a great option for patients who need immediate relief from breakthrough symptoms. If you are unsure if you will like the effects of Delta 8 THC, inhale a few hits and wait 5 to 10 minutes to see how you feel before partaking in more.
Will Delta 8 make me high?
Closely related to Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC does produce a euphoric effect, though it has less psychotropic potency than Delta 9 THC. Consumers have reported a clearer high, with reduced anxiety and heightened concentration after smoking Delta 8 THC. It is also less of a “head high” and more of a “body high,” helping to relax the body when ingested.
Is Delta 8 legal?
In 2018 congress passed the Farm Bill legalizing hemp products with less than .3% Delta 9 THC. There are no restrictions listed on Delta 8 THC within the bill, so it is federally legal if it is derived from hemp. Though some states have passed laws banning the sale of Delta 8 THC, it remains federally legal.