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The Ultimate Guide to Delta 8

The Ultimate Guide to Delta 8

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Times have been tough for many of us recently, and finding a way to relax and unwind after a stressful day has never seemed so pertinent.

If you enjoy the idea of melting into the couch with a mild high and a deep sense of calm and contentedness, then Delta 8 THC Tincture may appear to be precisely what you’ve been looking for.

Over the past few years, as the prohibition of TCH-related products gradually ends here in the US, more people than ever before are making the decision to try out to the therapeutic value of a Delta 8 TCH tincture as a viable (and and, according to some, healthier) alternative to a post-work drink.

Whether your an avid THC-enthusiast looking to discover more secrets of the Hemp plant or simply an intrigued party whose interested in finding out a bit more about what a Delta 8 THC tincture is, below will cover everything you’ll need to know.

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC is a compound derived from the cannabis flower, which has gained popularity for its relaxing, antiemetic, and euphoric qualities.

Delta 8 is a THC – which is the active compound in cannabis that gets you high.

What separates Delta 8 from traditional THC (Delta 9 THC) is that the psychoactive effects of Delta 8 are far less potent, making it a viable option for anyone looking for a mild, relaxing sensation only.

Anyone who has a lower tolerance or is new to THC products may benefit from the elating and uplifting effects of Delta 8 THC – without the traditional psychological effects of cannabis.

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC is a compound derived from the cannabis flower, which has gained popularity for its relaxing, antiemetic, and euphoric qualities.

Delta 8 is a THC – which is the active compound in cannabis that gets you high.

What separates Delta 8 from traditional THC (Delta 9 THC) is that the psychoactive effects of Delta 8 are far less potent, making it a viable option for anyone looking for a mild, relaxing sensation only.

Anyone who has a lower tolerance or is new to THC products may benefit from the elating and uplifting effects of Delta 8 THC – without the traditional psychological effects of cannabis.

Why should you listen to us?

The world of cannabinoids and THC is not as Wild-West as it used to be, and we are all the better for it.

Although early trend-setters certainly helped pave the way for the laws that allow certain states to enjoy the benefits of cannabinoids and THC freely, the extensive testing and refinement of modern-day cannabis products goes far beyond the “smoke it and see” approach.

All cannabis products that contain either Delta 8 THC or Delta 9 THC all go through rigorous laboratory and clinical trials before they reach the public.

This means that if you purchase products containing THC or hemp extracts – such as a Delta 8 THC tincture – in a state or territory where it is legal, you can guarantee it’ll be safe for consumption.

A tincture is a concentrated plant extract that is held in a small bottle with a dropper.

Most tinctures are enthused with ethanol or a plant-based oil called glycerin and are a great method of consuming and regulating moderate doses of either Delta 8 THC or Delta 9 THC.

Before marijuana prohibition, a tincture was the most widely used method of consumption for therapeutic and medicinal THC usage.

Today they are making a resurgence in popularity as they give both recreational and medicinal users a simple and effective way to enjoy an easily controlled amount of THC smokelessly.

How do you take Delta 8 THC?

One of the best things about having Delta 8 THC as a liquid form – within a THC tincture – is the endless possibilities and ways of consumption that it allows for.

The most preferred way to use a Delta 8 tincture is to apply a drop directly into your mouth.

This method is called sublingual consumption and involves placing drops under your tongue for between 30 seconds to a minute.

Using a Delta 8 tincture in this way allows for quick absorption – meaning you’ll feel the effects faster – as your sublingual artery below your tongue absorbs the liquid.

However, as a Delta 8 tincture is a liquid, you also have the option to put it onto nearly anything you enjoy eating or drinking.

Some popular alternative consumption methods for a Delta 8 THC tincture include tea or coffee, hot or cold meals, and even ice cream.

Is Delta 8 THC legal hemp extract?

Delta 8 THC currently exists in somewhat of a legal grey area, thanks to the 2018 Farm Act.

Under this act, all cannabis products with a THC content lower than 0.3% are classified as Hemp.

As a Delta 8 THC tincture contains broad-spectrum hemp extract, it’s considered legal under this federal legislation.

However, it should be noted that you must be at least 21 years or above to use a Delta 8 THC tincture legally and that state laws concerning cannabinoids can vary between state or territory. So it’s always a good idea to check before you buy.

What are the Health Benefits of Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC is the world’s most extensively researched cannabis product, despite its relatively unknown status across the US.

Thanks to years of clinical testing, the potential health benefits of Delta 8 THC are well recorded.

Although readers should again note that experiences with Delta 8 THC do differ between users, and anybody who is dabbling with THC for the first time should exert some degree of caution.

Relieves pain:

Delta 8 THC contains analgesic properties – which means that it can relieve pain to varying degrees.

However, the pain is relative to who is experiencing it and what is causing it.

On the whole, Delta 8 THC has been proven successful in helping manage neuropathic pain (headaches) and inflammatory pains caused by arthritis or certain diseases.

An increased appetite, or “the munchies,” is one of the most widely recognized side-effects of consuming a cannabis product such as a Delta 8 THC tincture.

A clinical study conducted in 2004 into the appetite-stimulating effects of Delta 8 THC concluded that even consuming a relatively small dose can boost your appetite.

Combats insomnia

Studies conducted by the National Libary of Medicine concluded that Delta 8 THC products are analgesic (effective for pain relief), meaning they can help users sleep easier.

Unlike the drowsy, heavy feeling experienced when using Delta 9 THC, users found the effects of Delta 8 THC to be more relaxed and softer.

This resulted in participants having a deeper and calmer night’s sleep.

Low nausea and anxiety symptoms

Another well-documented health benefit of using a Delta 8 THC product is its antiemetic properties. Being antiemetic means that Delta 8 THC can effectively combat and treat nausea and anxiety.

Some users have reported an increase in paranoia or anxiety as a side-effect of using Delta 9 THC products. However, the use of Delta 8 THC has produced the exact opposite effect.

A 1995 clinical study into the effects of Delta 8 THC on children undergoing chemotherapy found that 100% of participants experienced a decrease in nausea.

By binding to the CB1 and (sometimes) CB2 receptors in your brain, Delta 8 THC can allow the cannabinoid to regulate pain and anxiety more healthily.

As a Delta 8 THC tincture contains anxiolytic properties – which reduce anxiety – it can be effective for anyone who suffers from anxiety and is looking for a clean, green way to relax, destress and unwind.

What does Delta 8 THC feel like?

Unlike Delta 9 THC – which has a far stronger psychotropic effect – Delta 8 THC is primarily used for its relaxing and elating effects.

What each user will feel from consuming Delta 8 THC largely depends on factors like their tolerance – which varies depending on the frequency in which they use cannabis – and the dosage is taken.

If you have a high or semi-high tolerance to THC and consume about 50mgs of a broad spectrum hemp extract through a delta 8 tincture, you can expect to feel energized and uplifted.

You may also experience an increase in productivity, alertness, and motivation.

This is starkly different from the experience that would be expected when taking a similar-sized dose of Delta 9 THC, which usually produces deep, couch-gluing sedation.

How long does delta 8 take to kick in?

When using a Delta 8 tincture – as the THC is consumed sublingually – you should always expect to wait anywhere between 1-4 hours before feeling the effects.

This timescale is far longer than would be expected from consuming a Delta 9 THC product, typically taking around 40 minutes – 2 hours.

It helps to recognize and anticipate a delayed ingestion time when using a Delta 8 THC tincture.

Will You Fail a Drug Test after Taking Delta 8?

To best answer this question, it’s first a good idea to briefly explain exactly how a drug test picks up THC levels within your system.

When our bodies consume THC, such as that found in Delta 8, they metabolize – breaking it down into various other chemical compounds called metabolites.

All these metabolites all display the same identifying chemical markers, and it is these markers that drug tests look for when screening for THC.

This means that the metabolites within your system from consuming Delta 8 THC will appear to the test in the same way as Delta 9 THC would.

This means that the test will show up positive for THC.

As mentioned before, nearly every Delta 8 THC product is made from a broad spectrum hemp extract with less than 0.3% THC.

Although this is a relatively low quantity, it is still enough for a drug test to pick up within your system.

If you’re looking to pass a drug test after consuming Delta 8 THC the best, and most obvious advice for how to beat the test would be to refrain from using your Delta 8 THC product for around 3-4 weeks before the test date.

Final Thoughts

Even if you live in a location where cannabis has been legalized, Delta 8 THC is an interesting cannabinoid in it’s own right, with it’s own unique and different effects from Delta 9 THC that make it worth seeking out. However, with the highly state-specific laws regarding cannabis, a synthetic cannabinoid compound may not be legal even in states where recreational cannabis consumption has otherwise been legalized.

Ultimately the topic features a lot of unknowns. What is known, though, is that Delta 8 can provide psychoactive effects similar to Delta 9 THC, and often without some of the more intense, anxiety-inducing properties. For cannabis users in non-legalized states, or just those looking to try something a little different, checking out the Delta 8 THC cartridges/gummy bears at the local vape shop might have some potential benefits. Happy smoking!

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