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With the mention of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), most people assume you are speaking about the constituent found in cannabis that gets you high (delta-9 THC). However, cannabis and hemp plants contain more than the one form of THC—there are actually four types of THC, one of which is delta-8 THC.
Delta-8 is our specialty here at Galaxy Treats, but not everyone knows what the good old D8 THC actually is and why delta 8 THC gummies may be worth a try. So, what is delta 8 THC, can delta 8 get you high, and is it legal? We've gathered all you need to know in this delta-8 guide for beginners.
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First, what is delta 8 THC? Delta-8 THC is delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol—a cannabinoid found in plants that hale from the cannabis family, which includes hemp. Delta-8 is thought to be mildly psychoactive, which is quite different from its closely related counterpart delta-9 THC that is the most recognized form of tetrahydrocannabinol.
Delta 8 THC gummies are created by infusing the cannabinoid into an edible, gummy candy. In short, the D8 THC is added to the ingredient list when the gummies are being made. For example, Starberry Delta 8 Gummies are made with sugar, corn syrup, and favoring much like any gummy candy, but they also contain delta-8 THC.
Delta-8 and delta-9 THC are chemically similar in form; they both boast a double-bonded structure, but the double-bond is located in different points of the cannabinoid carbon chain with each form of THC. Because of this unique formation, delta-8 interacts differently with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) than delta-9.
While delta-9 THC binds directly to certain cannabinoid receptors in the ECS, delta-8 does not offer precisely the same action. This is why delta-8 is thought to produce less intoxicating effects than delta-9, even though more research is required.
To date, delta 8 THC is legal in most states. Because delta-8 is a form of THC but not necessarily the same thing, the cannabinoid lands in a bit of a legal grey area. It is important to note as well, the bulk of delta-8 THC you find is derived from hemp, including Galaxy Treats, which is federally legal as long as the hemp-derived product contains less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC.
In spite of the fact that the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp derivatives, including delta-8 THC, some states have tried to restrict delta-8 THC. Therefore, it is important to check out the laws in your state. Another thing to keep in mind, you can find some delta-8 products that are derived from traditional cannabis, which are definitely not legal in all states.
In short, delta-8 THC gummies can give you a bit of a "high" or "euphoric" feeling, even though the experience is not going to be the same as it would be with delta-9 THC. The consensus among most users is that the euphoric feelings produced by delta-8 are much less intense, and much more enjoyable. You skip the overwhelming grogginess and spaced-out feeling and steer right into the more desirable effects. For example, you may feel more energetic and capable of focusing on your work, but you may also have a slight sense of giddiness or euphoria and feel more relaxed.
When taken appropriately, delta 8 THC gummies are generally considered safe. Side effects associated with D8 can be similar to side effects you experience with just about any cannabinoid: fatigue, dry mouth, and maybe even glassy eyes. Most people will not have major side effects as long as they are not consuming an abundance of D8 gummies.
Even though delta-8 gummies are generally safe, always use good judgement about dosing as mentioned above, especially you have never experienced the effects of THC. While a toxic dose of D8 THC is not probable, you may experience heightened effects that can leave you uncomfortable if you consume too much.
As it is with most cannabinoid-based edibles, the effects can take a little longer to kick in. Most people will start to feel the effects within around 30 minutes, but it can take as long as two to four hours for the effects to reach a peak. Unlike you would expect with delta-9 THC, delta 8 THC is not likely to suddenly creep up on you and suddenly create an onset of effects. Instead, you will typically notice a more gradual onset of effects.
There is no one delta 8 gummies dosage that works for everyone. Delta-8 THC can yield different effects for each individual depending on things like metabolism, body chemistry, and more. Delta-8 THC may affect some people much more than others, especially those who may not have much experience with THC.
The general rule is to try a low dose and increase the dosage once you determine how the cannabinoid will affect you personally. For example, you may start out taking only one 25mg Mars Mango Delta 8 Gummy, monitor the effects, and then use that experience to adjust how many gummies you consume the next time you try them. As an adage, it is always a good idea to wait few hours to see how the delta-8 will affect you, as edibles can take longer to reach their full effect.
With more people looking for delta 8 THC, delta 8 gummies are no doubt in high demand, and many sellers are rushing to feed that demand. Unfortunately, this also means you do have to use a discerning eye when buying delta 8 gummies. And, a few pointers should be kept in mind as you shop. Here are a few things to consider.
Opt for D8 gummies that are made with only quality ingredients. Make sure any supplier is giving you a total list of ingredients used in their products, right down to if the delta 8 THC was sourced from hemp.
Third-party lab testing is especially important with delta-8 THC gummies. You will want to ensure the product you buy does not contain delta-9 THC, which would not only mean the product is illegal but may deliver effects you're not necessarily looking to experience. For reference, you can take a look at the Galaxy Treats Certificate of Analysis performed by a third-party lab here.
Consider your purpose for using delta-8 THC as you shop for gummies. If you are looking for a quick trial of these gummies, opt for a small trial pack that only contains two or four gummies per pack. On the other hand, if you are an experienced user and intend to use the gummies daily for focus and calming, you may want a more potent, larger pack of gummies.
Examine the potency levels of any delta 8 THC gummies you are considering buying. The bulk of gummies available come in 25mg potency levels, but you can find some gummies with far less or far more D8 THC. If you have never tried delta-8, it is best to stick with a conservative potency level, such as 25mg.
While delta-8 is legal on a federal level, that is only the case if the product contains less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC and some states have enacted restrictions on even hemp-derived delta-8 products. Some states do not allow shipment of delta-8, but these laws are ever in motion, so it's a good idea to find out what is legal in your state.
Brand credibility is especially important in the world of delta 8 gummies. Take some time to check out the company offering delta 8 products, make sure they offer pertinent details about who they are and how their products are made. Further, take a look at reviews from other shoppers about specific products.
Being one of the few cannabinoids that may offer some euphoric effects legally, you may feel ready to try delta 8 gummies for yourself. If so, rest assured we can help you get a quality product at Galaxy Treats. Our collection of Delta 8 THC Gummies are derived from hemp, always lab-tested, and formulated with only the best ingredients. Take a look at our lineup of gummies, including a 2-pack for newbies, and feel free to message us with any questions you have along the way.