As you may well know, there has been an increased interest in the legalization and use of natural compounds, especially when it comes to cannabis products. It has been hailed as a universal cure-all by those who swear by it. Cannabis products have become all the rage with people gradually trying to find more natural solutions to ailments and illnesses. This has led to the development of a variety of different products across the web. Products range from tinctures to gummies and claim to have a variety of different benefits. Delta-8 is the newest craze, but it isn’t for nothing. Let’s take a closer look at why everyone is talking about this strain.
What is Delta 8?
Delta-8 is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds that are found in cannabis plants. A few of the other well-known ones include CBD (micro traces of THC) and Delta 9 (high THC). Delta-8 is usually extracted from hemp plants, not marijuana, and occurs in very small amounts. There are over 113 cannabinoids known to scientists. New ones are frequently discovered, and each produces a different effect on the body. It has been legalized in most states, but not all of them. This is also why you are only hearing about Delta-8 now.
So, if they each produce a different effect, what makes Delta-8 so special? In order to do this question justice, we need to get a bit scientific. Within the body, there is a system called the endocannabinoid system. The ECS is a network of receptors that regulates certain processes within the human body, but we aren’t the only ones who have it. Members of both vertebrates and invertebrates have been found to have one, making it universal across the animal kingdom. It is responsible for processes carried out by the immune and nervous systems.
There are two main types of cannabinoid receptors in the body. They are known as CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found throughout the nervous system and in brain cells, while CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system. When ingested cannabinoids like Delta-8 will then bind to these receptors and are then broken down, producing the desired effects on the body. According to the people behind Dharma D8, the effects you can expect to feel from Delta-8 include better rest and relaxation, increased feelings of positivity, and increased focus. It is important that we note that the scientific research for Delta-8 is still ongoing, but that results have been promising as the cannabinoid has been shown to have the aforementioned benefits and more.
What Are The Effects of Delta-8 On the Body?
Unlike products containing CBD, Delta-8 products might give you what some describe as a slight high. This is because Delta-8 contains THC, which is a psychoactive compound. Unlike other more popular and mainstream strains, such as Delta 9 mentioned earlier, you should only experience a gentle mellow and a mild buzz. Most people report feeling relaxed and clear-headed. However, it is always good to start with a lower dose and build your way up as everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different. Look for companies that offer low dosage consumables, and ones that say “microdoses”.
How Does One Take Delta 8?
We touched on this briefly earlier. As Delta-8 comes in a variety of different forms it really is up to personal preference and what you are comfortable with. The most common method of ingestion is through edibles like gummies. After eating the suggested dosage it could take up to an hour before the gummy kicks in. If you feel nothing after an hour and a half you can take another, but do this at the guidance of the product. Edibles tend to take quite a while to kick in, so you need to be patient.
If you are impatient or need it to kick in faster, the best option is getting it into the lungs. Your lungs have more bioavailability than anywhere else in your body, meaning that it is able to absorb more of the cannabinoid and faster. This means that you feel the effects quicker and more intensely. Vape cartridges are typically an excellent way to do this, but we know that vaping isn’t for everyone. If you don’t vape, there is an inhaler pump option available. They are a little bit harder to come by, but definitely worth it.
The next most common method is oil tinctures. You simply screw off the dropper cap, put the desired amount of oil under your tongue, hold for 60 seconds, and swallow. This is a great way to control your own, custom doses. With a little practice, you will know exactly how many drops you need to achieve the desired effect.
THC products are no longer scary and full of countless unknowns. Regardless of how you choose to consume it, we recommend starting small and increasing the dosage if you need it. We hope that you found this informative and enlightening.