Products with delta-8 THC are very diverse: from capsules to edibles, e-liquids, and tinctures. This gives a large number of options for the use of this cannabinoid. This article will guide you on the best way to consume delta-8 THC based on your preferences and desired effects, duration, taste, and more. If you’re new to delta-8 THC, I encourage you to take a few minutes of your time to get the basics right.
What Is Delta-8 THC?
Among the over 400 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, Delta-8 is not the best known. It is the younger brother of the better-known Delta-9 THC, commonly referred to as simply THC, the main psychoactive component. Delta-8 does not have an overwhelming effect, instead, it just relaxes and clears the mind.
Its concentration in marijuana flowers is less than 1%, but modern processing methods have made it possible to efficiently isolate this substance in quantities sufficient for mass production. The extraction of delta-8-THC is a multi-step process that includes refinement, decarboxylation, extraction, and freezing of plant material.
Due to its low concentration, Delta-8 THC usually comes in a thick, translucent distillate, similar to CBD distillates. Delta-8 THC products are made in a similar way to other marijuana-infused products. The extract is added to the oil, which is then used to make edibles, e-liquids, tinctures, and other products.
The Most Common Ways to Use Delta-8
There are several forms of delta-8 THC products. All of them differ in the way they are used, duration of action, effects, and bioavailability. Here are the most common ones:
These are not only the usual brownies and gummies but also more unusual options, such as delta-8 lollipops or even popcorn. Edible forms have gained popularity due to the fact that they allow you to accurately dose cannabinoids. Another advantage of the edibles is the wide variety of flavors available both locally and online, which makes it possible to satisfy the most demanding users. Moreover, their effect lasts longer, although it starts later, compared to other forms.
This type of product is a liquid that is dropped under the tongue, which allows delta-8 to enter the bloodstream through the oral mucosa, bypassing the digestive system. The tincture should be held under the tongue for up to one minute to allow the active substance to be absorbed, and then swallowed. Compared to CBD, delta-8 tinctures take longer to take effect, although the reason for this delay is not yet known. Users usually begin to feel the first effects within an hour after use.
E-liquid has the highest bioavailability of all products, making it the best choice for those who want a faster and stronger effect. Vaping makes it possible to experience the effects just a few minutes after the first puff because the substance immediately enters your bloodstream through your lungs. In addition, the e-liquid allows you to combine delta-8 with other cannabinoids and terpenes, allowing you to experiment with tastes and sensations while providing more health benefits.
This is a highly potent group of products that include dabs and wax, which are produced by extracting delta-8 THC from full-spectrum CBD oil. Smoking concentrates, like vaping, offers a quick way to get this cannabinoid into the bloodstream via the lungs, but is less effective due to combustion, which destroys the substance. In addition to delta-8, dabs and wax may contain regular THC and CBD, as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes, which allow for a variety of tastes and effects.
Delta 8 THC can also be taken in capsules like any other herbal product. You should take it with water and wait about 2 hours until it begins to act. The effect can last up to 9 hours. The advantage of the capsules is the lack of smell and taste, which eliminates the unpleasant aftertaste of those who do not like the taste of delta-8. The main disadvantage is that this form of the product has the lowest bioavailability compared to the above since it is not absorbed through the mucous membrane in the mouth.
There are also delta-8 infused topicals, such as creams, ointments, balms, and lotions. These products will not impact your central nervous system as they are not absorbed into your bloodstream, but will help regulate your skin’s homeostasis by interacting with its endocannabinoid system. The exception is transdermal patches that slowly release delta-8 THC into the bloodstream, but these are still new and rare products that are not easy to find now.
How Much Should You Take?
There is no exact answer since individual factors affect the dose. The search for the optimal amount occurs experimentally. The amount of delta-8 THC you need is affected by your personal metabolism, age, weight, tolerance, and desired result. The larger the dose, the heavier and more focused the effect, while small doses, on the contrary, invigorate and energize. Therefore, starting with a large amount is a very bad idea. In addition to unpredictable results, it can cause unpleasant side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, impaired judgment, and problems with coordination.
When using delta-8 for the first time, I recommend focusing on the product label. Typically, manufacturers post dosage recommendations on them, taking into account the weight of the consumer. I also recommend taking tolerance breaks in case the usual amount stops working as it should. It is better to let your body rest than to increase the dose.
The Bottom Line
There is no single right way to consume delta-8 THC. Someone prefers edibles, and for someone, tinctures are undoubtedly the best, someone takes it at night, while others prefer doing it during the day. You will have to try several options and it will take some time before you find the one that suits you best. However, I recommend that you consult with your doctor in advance to avoid side effects and reduce health risks.