Often referred to as weed’s younger brother, Delta 8 is a new cannabinoid that is growing fast in popularity across the United States. Like weed, Delta 8 gives users a high thanks to its similarity to THC — the main chemical compound in weed (aka cannabis) that gets you high. THC is also referred to as Delta 9 as it is slightly more potent than its new counterpart, Delta 8.
That said, users of Delta 8 can still experience the same euphoric sensations as if they were smoking cannabis, simply just to a slightly lesser scale, owing to the weaker strain. The main difference is that Delta 8 has been legalized across the majority of US states, whereas cannabis hasn’t yet.
Where is Delta 8 legal?
While the legality of cannabis is growing across the United States, it cannot yet rival Delta 8 in that department. Only eleven states forbid the use of Delta 8, which includes the following:
- Rhode Island
It is thought that Michigan may be the next to legalize the substance but the jury is still out there.
That said, the legality is still rather hazy across the United States owing to a 2018 farming law. It is only thanks to certain loopholes that Delta 8 can actually be considered legal in states where THC – or Delta 9 – is not. We recommend that you proceed with caution in this respect. Ultimately, unless it has been specifically outlawed in your state, Delta 8 is legal for now.
How does Delta 8 make you feel?
If you have ever smoked weed or taken cannabis then the sensations are fairly similar. Both the psychological and physiological effects of the drug remain similar, giving you the euphoric high that many people crave, owing to cannabis’ initial widespread popularity for recreational use.
Delta 8’s medicinal properties are therefore also similar, just to a slightly lesser degree. Common conditions such as glaucoma and corneal injuries can be treated by the substance. Cancer sufferers who have had chemotherapy also report Delta 8 to be the best legal substance to treat their subsequent nausea and vomiting as a result of the treatment.
The high itself can give you a very energizing sensation, making you feel more productive and clear-minded – as well as happier. It’s definitely less intense than smoking a joint, as that can really floor you and numb your productivity. So, in that respect, this is a much more positive experience. As Delta 8 is an edible substance, some people do fret that they’re going to be floored by it, as most edibles have a reputation for hitting hard and lasting longer. However, due to the molecular differences, Delta 8 actually has a much different effect. And arguably that different effect is far healthier for your body and mind.
Is Delta 8 safe to consume?
No large clinical studies have been undertaken on Delta 8 to date. However, there is little reason to suspect that it is unsafe for consumption. There are some natural side effects of taking the substance, although these are most closely associated with the high it generates.
These can – but don’t always – include:
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Reddened eyes
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Reduced motor control
Ultimately, as long as you are purchasing your Delta 8 products from a reputable dealer who you can trust, then you’re almost certainly going to be absolutely fine. Do make sure to act responsibly though. Don’t get carried away and consume to a point where your body cannot handle it. If you having any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking other medication currently, then it’s probably unwise and unsafe to consume any Delta 8 products at this time unless you consult with your doctor.
Almost all products will be labeled with dosage instructions or guidance. Follow this to the letter and you will be 100 percent safe. That said, make sure you don’t do anything stupid – even on a small dose – like trying to drive your car or bike. This is especially true if you are a first-time user of Delta 8 products and you’re unsure of what your body’s tolerance for the drug is going to be like. Just like with weed (or cannabis), taking too much can be extremely detrimental.
What types of Delta 8 products are there?
Traditionally, Delta 8 gummies are the most common and popular form of the substance. These small edibles are available in most licensed stores in states where Delta 8 is legal, of course! Equally, there is Delta 8 CBD oil, which provides a relaxing and stress-free experience and might be more attractive than edible to certain users. Finally, you can also vape Delta 8, which might be most appealing to traditional cannabis users looking to make the change to Delta 8.