In the past few years, delta 8 has emerged as one of the most popular choices of alternative cannabinoids in the United States. Because of its legality in most states, delta 8 can be found at gas stations, convenience stores and smoke shops across the country in a number of forms such as edibles, flower, tinctures and more.
Commonly known as “diet weed”, delta 8 produces a similar, yet slightly less intense psychoactive experience compared to what one might feel after consuming traditional delta 9 THC. If you are considering trying delta 8 for the first time, you may find yourself asking questions such as “how long will it take to kick in?” In this article, we’ll be providing an overview of what exactly delta 8 is, what consuming delta 8 feels like and how long it will take to feel the effects of delta 8 THC after consuming it.
What is Delta 8?
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol is a cannabinoid that is naturally occuring in the cannabis plant. Delta 8 products contain delta 8 THC, which is less potent than traditional delta 9 marijuana. While it may not be as strong as delta 9, delta 8 still produces a psychoactive effect or “high,” which is milder and less intense.
Because of the 2018 Farm Bill that was passed, delta 8 is federally legal in the United States. Having said that, some individual states may have restrictions on its sale and consumption, so do your due diligence and research to find out the delta 8 laws in your state before consuming.
Delta 8, just like traditional delta 9 THC, can be enjoyed in a variety of mediums. Many distributors will sell delta 8 in the form of flower, edibles, vape cartridges and a number of other mediums.
What Does Delta 8’s Psychoactive Effect Feel Like?
The “high” sensation that you get after consuming delta 8 depends on the strain that you prefer. The three major strains are categorized as either Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid. Here’s how they compare:
- Sativa – uplifting and energizing, popular for daytime use to provide a little extra boost of energy and creativity
- Indica – relaxing and calming, often used at night to induce sleep or wind down after a long day
- Hybrid – contains both Sativa and Indica, great for all-day use and a more balanced feeling
How Long Will Delta 8 Take to Kick In?
The amount of time that delta 8 will take to kick in depends on the method of consumption that you choose. If you smoke it as a flower, vape or dab, the onset of effects will be relatively quick. It will typically take anywhere between 5-15 minutes to get the “high” sensation after smoking or vaping.
On the other hand, if you eat a delta 8 edible, the effects will take much longer to kick in. Your “high” will also last longer from an edible as opposed to smoking or vaping. Edibles can take as short as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours to kick in. If you opt to go the edibles route, it’s always a good idea to wait at least 2 hours before you consume your second dose in case there is a delayed onset of effects. It is recommended that you start off with a small dose at first until you find the amount that you are most comfortable with consuming.
Whether it be through smoking or taking an edible, you will start to feel a calm sensation throughout your mind and body as the delta 8 takes effect. The most common feelings associated with delta 8 are a feeling of calm, relaxation, hunger and – in some instances – a burst of energy. Of course, this all depends on the strain that you choose to consume.
After delta 8 kicks in, it will last for a handful of hours before the effects subside (this will be longer if you use an edible). As always, it is not recommended that you consume it before driving, operating heavy equipment, or attending your workplace. Make sure that the effects have completely worn off before doing any of these activities.
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