What is delta-8?
What is delta-8?
Delta-8 is a kind of cannabis product that you can get for your vape, or in gummies that has a milder, more calming effect on the mind than its regular Delta-9 counterparts.
Scientifically Delta-8 is an isomer of Delta-9 – which is the psychoactive molecule in most cannabis products. In colloquial terms what the word isomer means is that it’s a similar molecule with the same number of atoms, but is a little bit different in how they are arranged. Concretely the difference is where in the molecule there is a double bond between two carbon atoms. In the delta 9 isomer, the double bond is on the 9th carbon atom, and in the delta 8 isomer, the double bond is on the 8th one. Practically what this means is that the delta 8 molecule doesn’t bond with the body’s receptors quite as well as its delta 9 isomer does. Now since these are the psychoactive components in what we smoke or eat, the resulting effect is that delta 8 has a more calming, softer effect on the mind. If you are new to cannabis this can be a great way for you to try it out with a lighter start or it can serve as a replacement for the more intense stuff. If you’ve tried Delta-9 before, and you find it to be a little bit too much, or if you find Delta-9’s effect on you to bring some anxiety and a foggy filing, Delta-8 is known to have all the calming, pain-relieving effects that Delta-9 has, without the anxiety.
Basically, if you want to enjoy cannabis products, but you find everything on the market too strong for you, then this is the solution you’re looking for.
According to federal law in the U.S. Delta-9 is a forbidden substance but Delta-8 isn’t. So you can also relax about doing anything illegal. Although many states in the U.S. have passed laws allowing the use of cannabis products, federally it is still considered illegal. Delta-8 however isn’t on the forbidden substances list, so it is practically completely legal.
Delta-8 is made from CBD that is derived from hemp. As you might know, CBD is the molecule in cannabis that gives it its mellowing, calming effect. Many people use it for pain relief, or to go to sleep. Delta-8 has that same effect, but with a little bit of high that we all like so much.
How long does delta 8 stay in your system?
First, we have to talk about how you are going to be taking it. Delta-8 can be taken in a few different ways, and this will impact how long its effects will last. If you vape Delta-8 from a Cartridge or Vape Oil, its effects will be felt fairly quickly – about 5 or 6 minutes after ingestion. They will then last for around 4-5 hours and peak at around 30 to 90 minutes after consumption. As such, you’ll get an enjoyable and long-lasting experience. With sublingually-applied oils, you should feel the effects after around 30 minutes, but it could take up to 90 minutes if they are consumed orally. The effects should peak after around 60 minutes to 2 hours and last around 4-5 hours.
The presence of the molecule in your system is a different matter, however. Even though the effects of Delta-8 will pass in a few hours, the substance will still be detectable in your system for days. Whether you inhale or ingest Delta-8 together with many other factors can influence how long its metabolites will remain in your system, but it should take between 5 to 10 days for it to pass from your body.