What is Delta-8 and What Does It Do?
Delta-8 THC (Delta 8-Tetrahydrocannabinol) is 100% natural and the newest trend in health and wellness. It is one of many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Delta-8 has become popular in recent years for its seeming ability to reduce anxiety and stress.
Delta-8 also has a slight psychoactive quality. In other words, it will get you slightly high, which leads to the anti-stress and anxiety reducing effects. The buzz is the main reason most people consume it.
Delta-8’s cousin, Delta-9, still remains illegal at the federal level, but many states have enacted laws legalizing weed for both medicinal and recreational use. Delta-8 is more widely available, and many part-time users of THC feel more comfortable using the less potent variety of the drug.
Delta-8 users say the effects are like Delta-9, but more subdued. They report experiences of euphoria and happiness. Pain relief and sleepiness are also common. The effects of Delta-8 usually kick in rather quick, with about 10 minutes being average.
Will Delta-8 Get You High?
Euphoria – that is what you get from Delta-8 THC.
Users claim a slight buzz is experienced within minutes of taking it. Marijuana users are familiar with the psychoactive effects. This reaction is caused by Delta-9 – a close cousin to Delta-8.
In many states where cannabis is illegal, Delta-8 products are flying off the shelves, both online and offline. The mind-altering effects of Delta-8 aren’t as strong as Delta-9, but it will get you high.
Delta-8 THC boosts energy and focus without the anxiety often associated with cannabis smoking. It has most of the upsides of THC without the usual side effects.
Some users report side effects like drowsiness and dry mouth and eyes. For the inexperienced, the Delta-8 buzz can sneak up on you, leaving the user “too high” and unable to drive or function at work. When trying Delta-8, take it slow until you know how it will affect you. Always take the recommended dosage to avoid the negative side effects.
Delta-8 THC should not be used by anyone under 18 or pregnant women. While a doctor will surely never recommend taking Delta-8, it can interact with other medication, so a conversation with your healthcare provider is recommended before consuming.
Is Delta-8 Legal?
So far, Delta-10 and Delta-8 THC are legal in most parts of the United States.
Delta-8 has been around for a long time, but laws in the U.S. prevented legal use of it. That changed three years ago with the federal Farm Bill. The law legalized hemp products with 0.3% or less of Delta-9 THC. This shift led to a movement in the cannabis community to make and promote Delta-8 products.
There is still some controversy over the legality of Delta-8 and Delta-10. The states that did not choose to follow the Farm Bill have effectively made Delta-8 THC illegal to their residents. Currently, these states include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and Utah. Many Delta-8 sellers will not ship to these states.
Some states and local communities still view it as an unlawful compound and are actively trying to ban it. Other areas take a different stance and ignore it altogether. As this weed substitute gains more traction, expect many areas to pass guidelines to either control or prohibit it.
Delta-8 THC Gummies Are the Most Popular
Delta-8 THC products come in a variety of forms. Vaping, dabbing, and smoking Delta-8 will have the strongest effects. Capsules and gummies are easier to measure and are more predictable.
Most people enjoy the convenience and taste of gummies. Since Delta-8 THC carries the bitter taste of cannabis, manufacturers add flavoring, such as blueberry or strawberry, to the gummies.
Oil can be taken by placing a drop or two directly under the tongue. With this method, the Delta-8 is absorbed pretty much instantly, which quickens the effects.
Delta-8 Ban Coming - Some Areas Already Illegal
Delta-8 and Delta-10 bans taking effect in some states will make it hard to get the supplement in the near future.
Similar to bans on kratom, states and communities across the U.S. are outlawing Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC. Most recently, New York’s Health Department placed both Delta-8 and Delta-10 on the list of prohibited substances.
In New York, any cannabinoid and cannabinol products made synthetically (a chemical process known as isomerization) cannot be sold in the state. Since most Delta-8 and Delta-10 products are not made directly from the hemp plant, the new rules essentially define them as “synthetic.”
The issue is that most law enforcement agencies are not going to know the difference between the natural and synthetic products. As a result, blanket regulation will put most retailers at risk, even if they are selling the natural hemp THC products.
The same is about to happen in Texas. The Lone Star State is easing the penalties for marijuana possession, yet at the same time, proposing a ban on Delta-8 and Delta-10.
Alaska and Vermont have also made the sale of these products illegal. Washington state is also considering its options.
Delta-8 and Delta-10 might just be a fad, with its popularity slowly waning over time. However, with current and proposed bans, the THC supplement may be gone before you know it.