Delta-8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has made its way into the mainstream in the world of hemp, and it is not without reason. This cannabinoid is currently federally legal, has therapeutic effects, and is widely available. So, what exactly is delta-8 THC? Delta-8 THC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that is not the same as delta-9 THC. The key question is, will delta-8 THC get you high? Let’s take a closer look.
Yes, Delta-8 Delivers a Mild High
Delta-8 is an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol, and it does deliver a mild high. This particular cannabinoid binds to CB1 receptors much like delta-9 THC, which is the primary type of THC found in most cannabis but not so much in hemp. Delta-8 has a much lower psychotropic potency than delta-9, but it can still give you a euphoric experience.
Because delta-8 is derived from hemp, it is perfectly legal in most states thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. Therefore, there’s a lot of curiosity among consumers about trying this alternative form of THC.
What to Expect with Delta-8 THC
So, if delta-8 causes a mild high, what does that actually mean? Even though most people will experience some mild euphoria, the effects can vary from person to person. The high is less intense and usually will not last as long as you would expect with D9 THC. Here are a few things you may notice.
Effects on the Mind
- Your mood will be somewhat uplifted
- You can feel a bit more relaxed but energized
- More creative focus than usual
- Less anxious or stressed
- You may feel a little giddiness
Effects on the Body
A lot of people describe a delta-8 high as delivering a sort of mild body high. Unlike delta-9 THC, which has the tendency to have you ready to lock yourself to the nearest couch, delta-8 is not the same. You may feel overall more relaxed, but not in a way that holds you down. This is why a lot of people take delta-8 for therapeutic reasons, like for pain or to soothe everyday stress.
Other Delta-8 THC Questions
Are there any negative side effects?
For the most part, the only downsides to delta-8 would be what you would expect from any form of THC: dry mouth, red eyes, short-term memory altering. If you were to use a lot of D8, you may also experience a bit of paranoia, but this is unlikely with a reasonable dose.
How long does a delta-8 high last?
The mild high can last for several hours, but that depends on several factors. For example, if you consume a delta-8 THC gummy, the high may last longer than with a sublingually dosed delta-8 tincture or after vaping from a delta-8 cartridge. Here is a more detailed rundown of how long the high will last.
Will delta-8 THC show up on a drug test?
It’s possible. You can see a more detailed explanation of how long delta-8 will stay in your system and delta-8 and drug tests here.
Ready to try delta-8 THC?
Always trust a well-known manufacturer that provided a certificate of analysis to make sure you are getting a quality product. At the Hemp Barn, we have a full collection of delta-8 THC products, including vape carts, edibles, tinctures, and more. Also, be sure to check out the full guide on getting started with delta-8 on our blog.