When people refer to THC in cannabis, they are most likely referring to Delta 9 THC, which is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Delta 8 THC, on the other hand, has only recently started to attain a higher level of popularity.
Among many other properties which we’ll examine later, one of the distinguishing features of Delta-8 is that it exists in much smaller amounts than Delta 9. Another important difference is in their chemical structure.
In Delta 9, the double bond is located on the 9th carbon atom while in Delta-8, the double bond is located on the 8th carbon atom. This seemingly simple difference in double bond placement results in a lot of noticeable variation in their effects – one of which is how high they get you.
So Delta-8 is quite different from Delta 9 in terms of chemical structure and abundance. But is there a difference in their psychoactivity? Or in short, does Delta 8 get you high? Well, the answer is yes. But while Delta-8 does get you high, there is a significant difference in terms of how high it gets you, how fast it sets in, how profound the euphoria is, and the side effects that come afterwards.
Is Delta 8 strong? Does Delta 8 get me high? These are all questions we have already touched upon. But how does Delta 8 compare to Delta 9? Below are some differences between the psychoactive properties of both compounds.
Delta 8 has been shown to have some potential therapeutic benefits. We take a look at some of them below.
The exact amount of D8 it’ll take to get high depends on several factors, one of which is your biological make-up (body weight, metabolism, etc) and tolerance levels. The same amount of Delta 8 gummies consumed by two people may lead to a greater degree of psychoactivity in one person than the other.
For instance if one or two delta-8 gummies get you high, it doesn’t mean the same will happen to your friend.
Another factor that may affect how many mg of D8 it takes to get you high is the mode of consumption. Delta 8 exists in various forms including delta 8 dabs, carts, flowers, moon rocks, pens, edibles, live resin, pre-rolls, vapes and concentrates..
Vaping a Delta 8 product and consuming edibles will produce different results with different duration and intensity. So again, if a few delta-8 gummies get you high, the result in liquid form may differ.
That said, it is usually advisable to start with a low dose of about 5 – 10 mg and gradually increase the figure as you get close to your desired effects for safe use.
Most people refer to Delta 8 high as a “mild high” while some others, at the same time, refer to it as a “clear-headed high”. There is no contradiction between both terms.
Saying it is a mild high means that Delta 8 is less intense than Delta 9. Thanks to the lower intensity, you don’t have to worry about getting too high or experiencing anxiety and paranoia.
Saying it is a “clear-headed high” means that even while you’re high on cannabis products containing Delta 8, your mind is not really clouded and you don’t actually lose control of your behavior. You can still think clearly and function normally even while on the substance.
Most Delta 8 side effects are based on anecdotal reports and they include, among others, dry mouth and dizziness. Naturally, the cannabis sativa plant is known to leave your mouth dry so this is no surprise. Additionally, people may experience drowsiness, but this is usually a function of consuming large doses and even when it happens, it is reported to be accompanied by a pleasant feeling.
This is another reason why the Food and Drug Administration, FDA issues warning that it is advisable to start with low doses of products containing Delta 8 when you’re just starting out and simply work your way up until you’re satisfied with the overall effects.
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