Delta-8-THC has risen in popularity and is widely available online and in convenience stores in everything from vapes, gummies, and capsules, to smokeables. Its effects are very similar to the Delta-9 THC found in cannabis. However, Delta-8 is derived from hemp, so its legal status is more laxed.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive compound found in concentrated amounts in cannabis sativa plant varieties. Delta-8 is similar to delta-9 THC, the component responsible for the “high” people experience from cannabis. Because there are only micro amounts of Delta-8-THC (D8) in cannabis and hemp plants, extraction experts have created a chemical synthesis process to convert CBD to Delta-8-THC.
This conversion process must be handled by extraction technicians in a lab using professional equipment. The extract must be refined and processed, followed by a series of quality control checks to ensure the end product is thoroughly purged of solvents resulting in a pure form of THC that is safe for consumption.
In other words, Delta-8 starts off as CBD isolate and then undergoes synthesis where a specific kind of acidic agent is added, changing the molecular structure to mimic THC. The end result is a hemp-derived THC that shares similar properties to Delta-9, the sister cannabinoid found in cannabis.
What does Delta-8 feel like?
Delta-8 THC is not as potent as Delta-9, but they both offer therapeutic properties. Its effects generally feel like a toned-down version of cannabis. The D8 high is more desirable for some people because of its mellow, less potent nature compared to its sister Delta-9 THC.
Delta-8-THC is well-known for its soothing and uplifting effects. Users say they feel extremely relaxed, euphoric, joyful, and chatty. Delta-8 is also recognized for its aphrodisiac effects, making it a popular choice for people wishing to enhance their intimate experiences.
Here’s what our customers have to say about our Delta-8-THC vapes.
"I have been using The Standard brand products for 3 months now. It helps reduce my anxiety/stress, arthritis, and lower back pain."
"I was really surprised at how great the taste was. I tried the Maui Wowie, and it was just like the strain. Very impressed with the quality."
"A friend told me I should try the vapes, and now I prefer this over getting a cartridge at the dispensary. It is effective for my anxiety and helps me take the edge off without feeling to high to function."
"I like puffing Delta-8 during the day when I know I have to get sh*t done. Helps me get into a flow state without feeling spaced out."
When Will The Effects Kick In?
Depending on the type of Delta-8-THC products you are consuming, the psychoactive effects may vary.
With vapes and smokeables, the effects are almost instant as the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream much faster compared to an edible. Everyone responds differently to THC, and some people feel it faster, like a “blast off,” while others say it feels like a gradual climb.
If you are eating a Delta-8 THC edible like a gummy, it could take anywhere from 10- 45 minutes to start to kick in. The effects can also gradually get stronger and peak up to an hour or two after consumption.
Because everyone's unique endocannabinoid system responds differently to D8, we recommend taking it slow. A good rule for beginners is to start with a low dose and wait an hour to see where it takes you.
Will Delta-8 Hemp Products Show Up In a Drug Test?
Do not consume Delta-8 if you are expected to take a drug test.
Drug tests specifically detect metabolites of THC. Although D8 comes from hemp, not cannabis plants, these tests are unable to reliably distinguish between various cannabinoids. Both types of Tetrahydrocannabinol produce the same metabolites when processed by our bodies, potentially yielding a positive test result.
You should refrain from consuming any hemp or cannabis products if you have concerns regarding a drug screening.
How Does Hemp Derived Delta-8 Compare to Delta-9 in the Cannabis Plant?
Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 are forms of THC, the psychoactive substance. But when people refer to THC, they are usually talking about cannabis use. Both cannabinoids can produce a euphoric, fuzzy feeling; however, Delta-8 may have milder effects. Delta-8-THC products are also more accessible for people in states where cannabis is not legalized.
Here are some of the differences between D8 and D9 THC.
Delta-8 THC Products
- Derived from Hemp
- Made by converting CBD into Delta-8
- Similar molecular structure to Delta-9-THC
- Similar therapeutic qualities like cannabis
- Induces feelings of relaxation
- Good alternatives for states where cannabis is not legal
- Can be purchased online
- Described as more mellow than cannabis
Delta-9 THC Products
- Mostly made from cannabis
- Dominant psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis
- Stronger than the D8 hemp version
- Both can be used for pain relief
- Different state laws for hemp vs. cannabis
- It needs to be purchased in a dispensary
- Both benefit the endocannabinoid system
- More studies have been done on D9 THC compared to D8
What are the Side Effects of Delta-8 THC?
The side effects of Delta-8 are the same as most cannabis products. Most people who enjoy cannabis find that Delta-8-THC shares many of the same benefits and desirable effects.
Set and setting are always important when consuming a substance that may produce intoxicating effects. Delta-8 can cause temporary dry mouth, red eyes, sleepiness, an increase in appetite, and psychoactive and intoxicating effects.
Some Delta-9 and Delta-8 hemp cannabis raw extracts contain higher levels of THC than are naturally occurring in the flowers alone. It's always good to go low and slow to avoid any adverse events or discomfort.
Delta-8-THC is not known to cause any serious health risks in healthy adults who consume it responsibly. However, with any substance that alters your consciousness, awareness, and caution should always be exercised. Positive vibes, your favorite tunes, and a safe setting is the best way to give delta-8 a try.
High-Quality Delta-8 Products
Delta-8 THC is rising in popularity as an alternative to cannabis. Because the federal law for hemp is different, more people can access the benefits of THC through Delta-8 products. In most states, Delta-8 can be sold online, in dispensaries, smoke shops, or found on convenience store shelves.
To avoid concerns related to harmful chemicals in unregulated products, we advise you to only buy Delta-8-THC products and other emerging cannabis-derived products from reputable companies. We go above and beyond other companies in the industry, using the best quality hemp extraction methods that are backed up by research and we perform in-depth analysis on our extracts to ensure they are pure and free of contaminants.
There have been some reports about illicit cannabinoid products circulating that mislead consumers about the amount of THC in the product. These unregulated products may also be manufactured in uncontrolled or unsanitary settings. Before you purchase products that contain delta-8 THC, it's important to read product labeling, verify the brand and look for a COA to ensure concentrates have been thoroughly tested for contaminants.
If you want to experience Delta-8-THC products, The Standard by BlackMarket has an incredible selection of specialty true-to-strain vapes and gummies. Our premium D8 extracts are paired with other cannabinoids and boast a rich terpene content for a smooth and flavorful experience.
Written by London Kelley