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If you have asked yourself “What is Delta 8?”. That’s a fair question. Explaining precisely what is delta 8 and what it isn’t, is somewhat complex; however, we are here to break it all down. Welcome to Delta 8 101.

Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant. It is an isomer or minor chemical variant of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC or Delta 9 is commonly known as the compound controlled and over-regulated by state and federal governments.

The Delta Variant(s).

We have carried some sort of CBD product for many years and have a front row seat to watch the industry grow and products evolve. Now we have arrived at THC and cannabinoid isolation. This brings us Delta 8, Delta 10, and other THC’s like THCP, THCO, among others. All of which can have different effects and uses. Currently the most popular CBD product or variant is anything with Delta 8.

How is Delta 8 different?

Delta 8 is different in the way that the molecular structure is formed. This alters how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system and the CB1 and CB2 receptors. This makes delta-8 milder, less psychoactive, and less intoxicating than its bigger, older brother. Here is another good article from Discover Magazine on Delta 8.

Delta 8 is known for its calming, relaxing and pain subduing properties and is known as “the Indica Delta”. The popularity of Delta 8 is exploding. Mainly due to the fact that it is much less intense than it’s bigger, stronger cousin Delta 9. Delta 8 is a rare cannabinoid only making up a very small fraction of the hemp plant. Thus needing extraction, concentration, and purity to be most effective.

The purity is what is key with Delta 8. Yes, strength matters, but purity does too, maybe more so. Unfortunately, this is not something that is listed on the packaging like the strength is supposed to be, but it is in the lab reports. Lower purity doesn’t necessarily mean there is something bad in your Delta 8. It just means that the distillation process was not as thorough as it could have been. The purer the Delta 8 the better the effect with less use of material.

With all this info, it is easy to see why “What is Delta 8” is a popular question. Interested in trying Delta 8 in Katy Vape Militia has some of the best lab-verified options.

How much should I take?

Taking CBD correctly is almost as important as finding a good, high quality product. Dosage and effect will absolutely be dependent on the individual as is the case with all CBD. If you have a higher tolerance or partake in the recreational…err…not yet legal in Texas, ya know, when you are in Colorado or Vegas…then you may need a bit more to get you to where you want to be.

For the first timers, we suggest starting slow and adding, to prevent over doing it. You can’t overdose, but the effect may be too strong if you just jump in with both feet. We cover dosage in another article.

Does Delta 8 get you high?

No, but yes, but no. It is a THC, and THC can be intoxicating with the right amount. However, delta 9 is about 50% stronger than delta-8. Thus you would need to ingest at least twice as much to get a similar effect. These are only best guesses and estimates as long-term controlled studies have not yet been done.

Delta 8 does have some psychoactive effects but much milder than Delta 9, which is the component of marijuana that is illegal. Some people have reported similar, but milder, side effects, such as anxiety, paranoia and even the munchies. Due to the milder effects, less people seem to report these negative side effects.

For those new to cannabis products, when the phrase “get high” is used (say that like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused, “It’d be a lot cooler if you did.”) Specifically refers to mental and psychoactive impairment, an essential distinction to understanding the differences between these compounds.

What effect and feeling comes from Delta 8?

The effect and feeling of delta 8 is similar to delta 9, which is part of why it is so popular. However, there are some noticeable differences.

Most notably, the difference is the psychoactive impairment or the actual high part. Imagine “the Devil’s Lettuce” with a bit less devil.

Most consumers note that the paranoia and anxiousness that can sometimes present if the dosage is too high (pun intended) does not generally happen with delta-8. However, there are exceptions; some people, especially those with very clean diets and sensitive to caffeine, are likely also to be sensitive to most cannabinoids. This is a good thing; you won’t have to use as much product or can use lower doses.

The advantage of the lessor mental effect or impairment is an increased body high or relaxation effect, which is the biggest part of the appeal of Delta 8.

How do people use Delta 8?

Just like other cannabinoids Delta 8 has an effect on the endocannabinoid system aka (ECS).

Since Delta 8 is on the Indica side of the spectrum, most consumers report the following.

Better sleep
Reduced pain
Calmer and more relaxed
Decreased muscle soreness

Of course, this is what consumers claim after consuming Delta 8. None of which has been verified by any known independent scientific or medical professional. As with anything that you consume, be safe. Read the label and ensure you understand what is in the product you are consuming, and contact your physician first.

What products come infused with Delta 8?

In short, everything can have a Delta 8 infusion. Including carts, disposables, gummies and other types of edibles such as baked goods, chocolates and drinks.

Check out our Delta 8 Products page for current availability and recommendations.