Could Delta 8 THC Actually Get Someone “High”?
Among those who have yet to actually try delta 8 THC, there can be a lot of confusion as to its unique effects. Delta 8 is a compound derived from the hemp plant, and it’s legal under federal law. The compound is having its serious moment in the spotlight because only recently have companies been able to develop ways to extract it in an isolated form, concentrate it and use it to create a wide array of products and delivery methods.
That brings us to one of the most commonly asked questions in regard to delta 8, and that’s whether or not delta-8 can get you high. Before we answer the question, we must explain what this compound is and where it comes from.
Where Does Delta 8 THC Come From?
Delta 8 THC is one of over one hundred individual cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, which belongs to the cannabis genus. It’s short for delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol and makes up only about 0.1% of the plant’s chemical composition, making it a minor cannabinoid.
Delta 8 is, in fact, a derivative of delta 9 THC, which is the dominant compound in marijuana, but present in only 0.3% of the hemp plant. As delta 9 ages within the plant, it’s naturally converted into delta-8, taking on new properties while still maintaining enough characteristics of delta-9 to produce some identical effects.
Delta 8, being a cannabinoid, behaves in a manner similar to CBD in many ways. Primarily, both cannabinoids have the role of binding to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to regulate specific processes, with delta 8 specifically focusing on processes pertaining to the nervous system and brain function due to its affinity to CB1 receptors.
Is Delta 8 THC Psychoactive?
Being converted from delta 9, it retains some of its psychoactive activity – about 70%, to be more specific. In short, this means that delta 8 will get you high if you consume it in any form, with one exception: topical products do not cause intoxicating effects, because when cannabinoids are applied to the skin, their effects stay localized to the applied area, absorbing into the muscles and joints as well as the deeper skin tissue without ever crossing the blood brain barrier.
The High You Can Get from Delta 8 THC
The high that’s produced by delta 8 THC is different from that of delta 9 THC. Besides the fact that delta 8 is proven to be milder, it may also feel different in specific ways. Mainly, those who use delta-8 say that the high is more related to mood, offering feelings of calmness along with uplifting properties. According to users, there is less of a feeling of being “out of it” or their consciousness being altered, as they remain relatively clear-minded throughout the duration of the experience. Furthermore, there seems to be less likelihood of developing feelings of paranoia.
Otherwise, the high that comes from taking delta 8 seems to last for the same length of time as that of delta 9 THC. Also, it is important to note that even though the high is milder, it still means that taking delta 8 will make you intoxicated. Therefore, you should absolutely avoid driving a car after taking it or operating heavy machinery due to the effects that it can have on your cognitive skills.
What Can Affect Your Delta 8 High?
Of course, how high you get after taking delta 8 THC depends on a number of individual factors. It is important to know what these are, especially if you’re new to delta 8 and haven’t yet built up a tolerance to its effects.
Factor #1: Dosage Amount
The amount of a delta 8 THC product you use will inevitably play a huge role in how high you get. Delta 8 products sold on the market come with directions pertaining to how much to take per session, so you should follow these directions to make sure that the effects will be moderate.
Factor #2: A Delta-8’s Product Milligram Strength
Delta 8 products are available in various milligram strengths, aside from flower products, as this number tells you how many milligrams of pure hemp extract are in the formula. Therefore, the milligram strength represents the potency level, and informs you on how potent each dose will be. Naturally, higher milligram strengths will produce a stronger high.
Factor #3: Delivery Method
The delivery method plays a role as well, as the manner in which the compound absorbs into the body can affect how strongly you feel its effects. Inhalable products offer the strongest effects because the lung tissue absorbs the cannabinoid quickly and efficiently. Edibles, by comparison, tend to promote subtler effects that are stretched out over a long period of time, because the process of digestion slows down the absorption rate of the cannabinoid into the bloodstream.
Factor #4: Your Tolerance
Here is where you will need to experiment to figure out what your tolerance is. Those who have never taken any form of THC will likely find that when they first start using delta 8, the effects are particularly potent. As time goes on, the tolerance tends to increase, so that a standard dosage does not hit you as strongly. But there is also an innate tolerance that we all have which can’t be determined ahead of time, which is why it is always recommended that beginners start with a lower-than-average dose.
Overall, There is a “High” But Not What You Might Think
Delta 8 THC is, in fact, a psychoactive compound, derived from delta 9 THC, and so you will get high when you use it. However, the high produced by delta 8 is different from that of delta 9, and highly appealing to the large majority of people who actually take the cannabinoid. If you’re a beginner, it’s important to start slowly to figure out your unique tolerance to the compound’s effects. And again, always avoid driving when delta 8’s properties are fully active in the body.