With the rising popularity of any new thing comes a waterfall of questions. Delta 8 is no different, and the biggest questions are this: Is Delta 8 safe? And if it is, is Delta-8 THC legal where I live? For any novice consumer in the cannabis or delta 8 world, these are major and valid questions. If you are a novice – welcome! We will answer these two questions as thoroughly as possible for you!
For any wondering, is delta 8 safe, the simplest answer is that, for the average person, yes. Delta 8 is completely safe to use, provided you are not allergic to hemp or cannabis. As will anything, however, there are always the potentials for side effects from person to person. If you have ever consumed marijuana, the delta 8 THC will give you a similar reaction, though a bit watered down and not as potent.
Delta 8 THC can still give you a “high” feeling, and smoking anything, especially if your lungs are not healthy, can always cause coughing and irritation if you’re not normally a smoker or vaper. If you drive or decide to do something reckless while using delta 8, then the state may blame the substance as being dangerous rather than the choices people make while consuming it.
While it has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA yet, the reality is that delta 8 is no more dangerous than delta 9 THC. To explain this more in-depth, delta 8, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis family, but not all cannabis is marijuana or hemp. Delta 8 is one of over 100 cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant and is almost always found in hemp. Delta 8 is extracted from the plant through different methods, then the oil or resin is used in things like vapes or edibles like gummies.
Since delta 8 is derived from a cannabinoid plant, it should be no surprise that it can cause psychoactive effects. What does this mean, though? Depending on the specific strain, you may find yourself hallucinating or feeling strong impulses or emotions that you don’t normally feel. You may feel paranoid or on edge, or you may see seagulls in your living room while you feel like your head is swimming and everything is right in the world. Different strains affect different people in different ways, just like spicy foods affect everyone’s palettes differently. In a broad sense, however, delta 8 is safe and is far healthier in treating things like chronic pain or mental imbalances than most opioids being prescribed for these symptoms.
Knowing this, your next question will probably be is delta-8 THC legal so you can try it out for yourself? Since delta-8 is extracted from hemp, not marijuana, it is currently legal everywhere. You can usually find it in most vape shops, but for the best quality, your best option is to order it from The Standard so you can see exactly what you’re getting before you make your purchase.
Do your research and make sure you consume delta 8 responsibly. Don’t drive if you experience psychoactive effects, and just enjoy the ride!