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 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. This shift led to a movement in the cannabis community to make and promote Delta-8 products.

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 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.

There is still some controversy over the legality of Delta-8. Some states 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.

Most users of Delta-8 consider the experience enjoyable and consume it almost daily. Because of the milder psychoactive effects, minor side effects, and widespread availability, many marijuana curious consumers try Delta-8 first before committing to the Delta-9 experience.