Delta 8 THC is one of at least 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis but is also one of the few psychoactive cannabinoids found in cannabis. Delta 8 is becoming ever more popular with what seems like each passing day. Delta 8 is similar in some regards to Delta 9 THC but also unique in its characteristics and legalities.
Both cannabinoids are intoxicating and deliver a high, but a slightly different one.
Both cannabinoids are also from the cannabis plant, but fall into differing
legal groups. Just because your state offers Delta-9 doesn’t mean you can buy
Delta 8, weird right? We will try to make some sense out of all of this for you.
Well, lets dive in then.
Delta 8 THC -VS- Delta 9 THC
The 2018 hemp farming bill legalized the cultivation, distribution and production of cannabis which contains less than .3% Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 THC is commonly found in high concentrations in Marijuana and is currently used for the distinction between marijuana and hemp, both of which are considered cannabis products.
Marijuana currently continues to be controlled by the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 and is considered a schedule one controlled narcotic, meaning it has no medicinal value to society and know medical uses.
The 2018 Farm bill defines hemp as “the Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant with a Delta-9 Concentration of not more than .3 percent by dry weight” which is what allows the cultivation of cannabis and cannabis products as well as sale, distribution and use of these products as well, provided that they contain less that .3% Delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis.
The 2018 Farm Bill is what provides the ability to purchase and sell cannabinoids with the exception of Delta-9 THC. This is one of the major differences between Delta-9 and Delta-8. Although by definition of the Farm Bill Delta-8 is federally legal and the cultivation and use of the cannabinoid is as well, several states have placed regulations or legal bans on Delta-8 along with some other minor cannabinoids. Some states have also moved delta 8 from the agricultural department to their marijuana enforcement departments. To view the list of states in which Delta 8 is either banned, regulated or controlled visit our Delta-8 THC Gummies page here. Another major difference between Delta-8 THC (D8) and Delta-9 THC is the effects which are created via use.
Delta-9 and Delta-8 THC are both psychoactive cannabinoids which means they are intoxicating, however, they are reported to be slightly different. Delta-8 (as well as Delta-10) have been reported to have less psychoactive effects compared to Delta-9 which can sometimes overwhelm users. Delta 8 and Delta 10 have both been reported to be much more relaxing and much less pyschoactive in comparison to Delta-9 THC, however, this does not mean much as Delta-9 can be extremely potent. We always recommend caution when using THC or THC products due to the intoxicating nature. Take it easy until you fully understand the plant and how it affects you personally.
Delta- 8 THC is reported to provide relaxing, chill and calming effects as well as more of recreational effect in comparison to CBD and many other hemp derived cannabinoids. Delta-8 does indeed carry intoxicating effects, what most would consider a high, whereas CBD and many other hemp derived cannabinoids do not. Always use THC with CAUTION!
Is Delta-8 THC right for me?
In order to start using Delta-8 THC it’s important to cover a few things for yourself first and go from there. Firstly, what experience and effects are you looking for? Do you want an intoxicating effect? No. Then move on without D8. Do you want to smoke or are you only looking for something edible? There are several options you should consider that we will cover below.
Secondly, how prepared are you? Do you have an extremely high cannabis tolerance and can smoke an ounce of top shelf flower in a sitting? Well fire away good sir, we think you know what your doing. If this isn’t you, dosing is certainly something that needs to be considered. It important to determine at least what you consider to be a sufficient dose for you before using Delta 8.
Lastly, we recommend starting SLOWLY with D8. Ease into these products and get your bearings right on how it effects you and how it will make you feel before going all in. NOW, lets dive into some D8 options.
Delta-8 THC Products
The hemp industry has certainly been taking by storm in the last 18 months and the storm was certainly Delta-8 THC. Delta-8 is a great alternative for a lot of people who want to access marijuana but simply can not due to local and state laws. It has also been a huge benefit to some users in legal states due to the affordability of Delta-8 compared to medicinal or recreational marijuana. A high quality pack of Delta-9 THC Gummies could be upwards of $60 per pack and usually contains around 100 Milligrams of THC (this has a lot to do with why some legal marijuana states have no banned Delta-8). Delta-8 THC can be more affordable and just as effective for some users.
Due to the huge rise in popularity you can find basically ANYTHING with Delta-8 THC in it. Edibles, vapes and oils are the most popular options but we have seen everything from Soaps and Shampoos to Oreos, Cheetos (Weedo’s) and Sour Patch Kids infused with this cannabinoid. We want to cover some suggestions and uses below for those who are looking to purchase and use Delta-8 THC products. Due to the variety of products out there we will cover Gummies, Oils, Vapes and flower. Beyond that we simply recommend inquiring about the milligrams and proper dosing of your products before use in order to enjoy this cannabinoid and ensure you don’t over-do it. Always check your Certificate of Analysis and Lab Tests in order to be sure that you don’t over ingest and become uncomfortable.
How to use Delta-8 THC Products
Delta-8 can be used many different ways and can be found in many different products. The most common forms of ingestion are smoking or vaping Delta-8 or ingesting the cannabinoid orally in something like gummies or oils.
The use of your Delta-8 depends on which product you prefer as there are several options. If you plan to eat your Delta-8 in something like a Delta 8 Gummy it is best to start slow and feel it out. You never want to be over intoxicated. Although there is nearly no research on cannabis compared to most chemicals and plants, there is a basic understanding of Delta-9 THC and a basic consensus that Delta-8 is slightly less potent. When using Delta-9 THC a 5 milligram does is usually sufficient for a normal user, slightly less for a first time user and more for an avid cannabis user.) We generally use this as a staple of how you should use Delta-8 THC and certainly encourage you to do so responsibly and ease into these products until you get a feel for how they affect you personally!
Delta-8 THC Gummies
If you have never used cannabis before Gummies are a great and fun way to begin your journey. Firstly, determine what milligram your gummies are, Best Bud Delta-8 THC Gummies contain 25 milligrams of D8 per piece. Cut your gummies into equal parts in order to allow yourself to dose in lower amounts if necessary. If your gummy is 25 milligrams and you split them into ¼ pieces, you have roughly 6 Milligrams in each dose. Give yourself ample time to feel the effects prior to ingesting more as it can take up to two hours before the cannabinoids take effect. Also, keep this in mind if your planning to use the products for a particular reason. If you eat Delta-8 at the beach, it could very well never set in until after your already home and napping!
Delta-8 THC Oils
If you are using Delta-8 Oils we recommend understanding the dosing of oils prior to using the oil. Delta-8 oils are going to generally onset faster than gummies and may provide more potent effects. Keep this in mind when your are considering your appropriate dose.
Delta-8 THC Vape Carts
Vaping Delta-8 THC is a very popular option. Vaping can provide immediate effects which allows users to skip over the wait period. Understanding dosing is much more difficult when vaping in comparison to eating a gummy or using oil, so just start slow. If you are inexperienced we recommend starting slowly in order to gauge the effects on your personally and easing your way into use.
Delta-8 THC Flower
Last but not least popular is going to be Delta-8 Hemp flower. We want to be clear in mentioning that there is no naturally occurring Delta-8 Flower being cultivated in the United States. Delta-8 Flower is an infusion of Delta-8 into the bud via one of several processes. In order to use Delta-8 flower simply pick your favorite form of ingestion and roll with it! Always check your Certificate of Analysis and Lab Tests in order to be sure that you don’t over ingest and become uncomfortable.
Currently, Best Buds does not offer any Delta-8 flower. We are on the lookout for some, or may very well infuse some of our Miss B or Blueberry Gelato for you guys. We are simply waiting to see what else is available before we get crafty! We specialize in
Where to Buy Delta-8 THC
When your looking at purchasing Delta-8 THC just be sure to go off of reviews of the company or feedback from friends of trusted professionals. There is a lot of low dose and misrepresentation in the hemp industry so it is very important that you verify your products. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us Today! Best Buds is all about education and information and we are looking to help grow cannabis in any way that we can!
Be sure to check out our hemp shop for all of our Delta-8 and hemp derived options!