What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC or D8, is a cannabis compound that has recently become popular due of its similarity to Delta-9 THC, the main cannabinoid in marijuana. When THC degrades, it turns into D8. This is a cannabinoid that does not come directly from enzymes within the plant. That simply means that commercial growers and extractors use selective breeding and molecular isolation to access it in greater quantities.
How is it similar to Delta-9 THC?
There are many similarities between Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC. For one, their chemical structures are almost identical except for the location of a crucial double bond on one of their carbon atoms. So while they are molecular siblings, that double bond actually makes quite a difference. Anecdotal evidence suggests that D8 does make you high, although reportedly different than a high experienced with D9. Users have suggested that the feeling is clearer, without paranoia or a feeling of lethargy. Delta-8 and Delta-9 are both cannabinoids after all, so you can bet that they interact with our endocannabinoid system in similar ways.
How do you take Delta 8?
Like all cannabis products, there are a number of ways to you can take D8. Some of the more common ways are by vapes, tinctures and gummies and each one has their upside. What’s great about gummies, is that they are discrete, consistent and delicious. Companies are offering a wide range of flavors, potencies and you can even find sugar free and vegan one out there. Tinctures are an efficient way of getting a precise dose of D8. Use the dropper to place the concentrate just under the tongue where the cannabinoid can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Many prefer to vape D8. While the dosing is only as consistent as you are, there are a million and 1 flavors to choose from and vaping sends those delightful little molecules directly into your lungs for ultra fast absorption.
What else should you know about Delta 8?
What else should you know before trying Delta-8? Honestly, do your research. There are a lot of products on the market and they are not all created equally. Any product you are considering must be third-party tested for quality and purity and make sure you have easy access to those COAs. Remember that D8 does get you high. If that feeling is unfamiliar to you, start with a small dose and work your way up. Even if the euphoric feeling is considered to be milder than D9, a sure fire way to ruin your experience is to over do it on the first go.