How Much Delta 8 Do You Need To Get High?

 

 

Cannabis legalization opened doors for researchers to explore the herb and discover psychoactive compounds besides delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC (also known as delta-9 THC’s timid sibling) is one such compound and is widely available in cannabis stores countrywide. 

Given that D8 is a milder psychoactive compound, does it cause a “high,” and how do you dose it to get “high?” Find out below. 

 

What Is Delta-8 THC? 

 

The cannabis plant contains approximately 540 phytochemicals, including 100 identified cannabinoids. Delta-8 THC is one of the 100 identified phytochemicals, classified as a THC isomer. 

Isomers share a similar chemical formula but have varying atom arrangements in their molecular structures. Therefore, the primary distinguishing factor between D8 and delta-9 THC is that delta-8 THC has its double carbon bond located on its eighth molecule. At the same time, the latter features the said double carbon bond on its ninth molecule. 

Although delta 8 and delta 9 isomers deliver their effects by interacting with the endocannabinoid system’s (ECS) receptors, delta 8 THC has a higher affinity for the ECS’s CB2 receptors. 

It also occurs naturally in the hemp cannabis subspecies, typically containing a maximum of 0.3% THC. In contrast, delta-9 THC is the dominant cannabinoid in the marijuana subspecies and is available in concentrations ranging from 10% to 12% in marijuana flowers.  

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, it is legal to handle products with less than 0.3% delta-9 THC derived from hemp, making delta-8 products federally legal. Hence, they are readily available in cannabis storefronts and e-commerce platforms.  

The cannabinoid is available in various consumable forms, including raw flower, vapes, and tinctures. However, delta-8 THC (D8) edibles are its most popular consumable form, with delta 8 sour belts gummies by Astro leading in popularity.

Does Delta 8 THC Make You “High?” 

 

THC is the primary psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, so its isomers, including delta-8 THC, have some psychoactive capacity. 

The earliest mention of cannabinoids and their effects on the human body was the discovery of anandamide in the late 1980s. Anandamide is an endogenous cannabinoid, meaning that your body produces it on demand. Its primary role is to interact with ECS receptors and modulate various body functions to create homeostasis (a state of balance). 

Exogenous cannabinoids like D8 also manipulate the ECS to produce desired effects. D8 and anandamide are similar because they have a lower potency on the ECS’s CB1 receptors. 

Although CB1 and CB2 receptors occur throughout the central nervous system and the brain, CB1 receptors concentration is higher in portions of the brain that control cognition, emotion, and perception. In contrast, CB2 receptors are more concentrated in the central nervous system.  

Unlike delta-8 and anandamide, delta-9 THC has a high affinity for CB1 receptors, explaining its capacity to cause an intense “high,” including delusions. So, now that we’ve established that delta-8 THC will make you “high,” let us establish how “high.” 

 

How Does the Delta-8 THC “High Feel?” 

 

Delta-8’s discovery is pretty recent, and the research on its effect on the body is almost nonexistent. However, anecdotal evidence collected from a survey conducted among regular delta-8 THC consumers showed that most consumers rank it as a “lovechild” between THC and the other dominant cannabinoid. 

The isomer delivers a slight cerebral “high” and a body “high,” with 68% of respondents reporting that they experienced euphoria, and 71% reported experiencing deep relaxation. So, delta-8 is mellow, uplifting, and does not cause anxiety or paranoia.  

It is ideal for consumers who need to take the edge off and those averse to delta-9 THC’s intensity. However, some people may experience mild side effects, including headaches, dry mouth, nausea, and mobility issues.  

 

Delta-8 THC Dosage: How Much D8 Do I Need to Get High? 

 

Well, multiple factors dictate any chemical compound’s capacity to make you “high.” For starters, physiological factors like age, gender, body composition, and pharmacogenetics (individual-specific responses to drugs) affect how your body handles the D8.  

Body tolerance also matters as individuals with a high tolerance for delta-9 THC might also find D8 underwhelming, while newbies may find it overwhelming.  

The delivery mode also affects the high because delta-8 consumed via inhalation kicks in instantly but has a short half-life. The opposite is true for D8 edibles, which take more time to kick in but have a longer half-life. 

Remember that all D8 products are not equal. So, you may feel nothing with a 20mg D8 gummy from one brand yet feel super uncomfortable with the exact dosage by a different brand.  

Moreover, product consistency is also an issue for some brands so that the same product delivers completely different experiences. Therefore, the popular myth that you should use delta-9 THC as your benchmark and double your D9 dose when taking D8 so that you get a “high” is flawed. 

Your best bet is to buy D8 from trusted brands and vendors, then follow the recommended doses. Remember to start low and go slow, especially if you are new to THC. It may take time, but you will find the dosage that hits your “sweet spot.” 

Conclusion 

 

Delta-8 products are pretty new, and the only way to establish whether they work for you is to try them out. However, stick to reputable brands when shopping to ensure you consume safe products and enjoy an authentic delta-8 experience. 

By Flavia Calina

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