There are many different ways to take Delta 8 THC, the newest cannabis product on the market that’s surging in popularity. It’s one of the newest cannabinoids extracted from hemp, with its effects sitting somewhere between the mildness of CBD and the high of Delta 9 THC. However, this perfect balance is what many people are searching for, leading to a large variety of ways that you can enjoy Delta 8 THC!
If you’re unfamiliar with Delta 8, or even Delta 9 and CBD, we’ll explore what these cannabinoids are and why Delta 8 could be your next purchase. Learn about all the amazing Delta 8 products you can try today!
Delta 8 Vs. Delta 9 Vs. CBD: What Are the Differences?
Although Delta 8, Delta 9, CBD are all cannabinoids extracted from cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana), there is a big difference between their effects and how they interact with our bodies. Because they all have different effects, no cannabinoid is better than the other, and it all depends on what you’re looking for or trying to feel! Let’s take a look.
Because each cannabinoid has different effects, they each have different legalities as well. The 2018 Farm Bill made the sale, consumption, and distribution of hemp and hemp-derived products legal across the United States. The products must be derived from hemp and contain no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC to stay legal.
Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC play by other rules. Delta 9 THC is largely derived from marijuana, which is still illegal federally. Although each state may have varying policies regarding the legalities, there are many restrictions and rules regarding possession and sale.
Delta 8 is completely federally legal, but each state will have its own policies on it. Some might restrict sales since it is so new to the scene, so remember to read up on your state’s laws.
Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC is the newest cannabinoid on the block! The effects aren’t as mellow as CBD, but it also doesn’t have the same intense euphoria that Delta 9 provides. Most Delta 8 products are derived from hemp to ensure that the product follows the legal guidelines of Delta 9 limits.
When ingested, Delta 8 THC produces mildly psychoactive effects, similar to that of marijuana but far less impactful. The effects of D8 still packs a punch, one that can definitely get you on a good level.
Some of the main benefits of Delta 8 include:
- Ease joint and muscle discomfort
- Reduces unease and nervousness
- Promotes longer, better sleep
People love D8 for its mellow, euphoric experience! It’s often described as “diet weed,” which many find to be the ideal balance between CBD and Delta 9. The mild intoxicating effects aren’t overwhelming at all, and you can still go about your day and function!
Delta 9 THC
Delta 9 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid best known for its intoxicating effects that can get you high. This psychoactive cannabinoid is most often consumed through marijuana and marijuana-derived products. Marijuana does contain some levels of CBD, but it is extremely inefficient to extract CBD from marijuana.
Another notable difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC is the chemical structure. Delta 8 has double bonds on the eighth carbon atom in its structure, while Delta 9 has a double bond on the ninth carbon atom. Scientists believe that these differing double bond locations contribute to the difference in effects.
Delta 9 THC binds to the receptors in your brain to produce strong, psychoactive effects. These powerful effects can be great for relaxing, discomfort relief, and sleep but are often connected to many unpleasant side effects. Some of these side effects include:
- Red eyes
CBD is short for cannabidiol, is best known for its non-intoxicating effects that leave you feeling light and clear-headed after taking it. This cannabinoid is most often extracted from hemp because it has the highest concentrations of CBD.
CBD is on the other end of the spectrum to Delta 9 THC. There are almost no intoxicating effects, nor are there any serious side effects when taking it. It’s well-tolerated by most people and has minimal side effects, if any at all. Some of these side effects might include:
- Dry mouth
- Slight drowsiness
- Mild fatigue
CBD interacts and supports our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for balancing our sleep, mood, appetite, and digestive systems. CBD is meant to help our bodies maintain an internal balance while keeping us alert and focused at the same time.
Delta 8 Dosing Suggestions
When you start taking Delta 8, it’s best to go slow at first, especially if you are unfamiliar with THC. Jumping right to a high dosage may be overwhelming if you aren’t experienced. You can slowly increase the dosage as you become used to Delta 8 until you reach the desired effects.
The perfect dose for you depends on many factors — weight, concentration, tolerance level, and fatigue — all of which are subjective to you. Below is a rundown on where to start your dosing and some products to do so.
Dosing For Delta 8 Gummies
Exhale’s Delta 8 Gummies come in two different quantities per gummy and per container. Our 750 mg gummies containers have 25 mg per gummy. Exhale also sells gummy containers that come packed with 1500 mg of the highest quality Delta 8. For more experienced D8 consumers who want their products to come with a heftier dosage per gummy, this is for you. At the 1500 mg level, you’re getting double the D8 in each gummy — one gummy comes out to 50 mg.
Starting Dosage For Gummies:
- 750 mg container, half a gummy, 12.5 mg.
- 1500 mg container, half a gummy, 25 mg.
Regular Dosage For Gummies:
- 750 mg package, one whole gummy, 25 mg.
- 1500 mg package, one whole gummy, 50 mg.
Stronger Dosage For Gummies:
- 750 mg package, two whole gummies, 50 mg.
- 1500 mg package, two whole gummies, 100 mg.
Dosing For Delta 8 Oils
At Exhale, we provide you with a decent variety of Delta 8 oil tinctures. If you want to try our Delta 8 oil or are a longtime consumer looking to stock up on the best oils, we got you covered.
Our tinctures come in three different strengths:
- 300 mg — 1 mL = 10 mg
- 600 mg — 1 mL = 20 mg
- 1200 mg — 1 mL = 40 mg
Starting Dose For Oils:
- 300 mg container, 0.5 mL, 5 mg
- 600 mg container, 0.5 mL, 10 mg
- 1200 mg container, 0.5 mL, 20 mg
Regular Dose For Oils:
- 300 mg container, 1 mL, 10 mg
- 600 mg container, 1 mL, 20 mg
- 1200 mg container, 1 mL, 40 mg
Stronger Dose For Oils:
- 300 mg container, 2 mL, 20 mg.
- 600 mg container, 2 mL, 40 mg.
- 1200 mg container, 2 mL, 80 mg.
Dosing For Delta 8 Soft Gels
Exhale soft gels are potent and pure and are among the easiest ways to measure out an exact dose and work for you. When you consistently consume THC, your tolerance level increases. Thus, you may naturally gravitate toward a higher dosage for your Delta 8 to kick. Our soft gel variety will fulfill your D8 needs whether you’re a veteran or new to the world of THC.
Our soft gels come in three different strengths:
- 300 mg — 1 soft gel = 10 mg
- 600 mg — 1 soft gel = 25 mg
- 1200 mg — 1 soft gel = 50 mg
Regular Dose For Soft Gels:
- 300 mg container, one soft gel, 10 mg.
- 600 mg container, one soft gel, 25 mg.
- 1200 mg container, one soft gel mL, 50 mg.
Stronger Dose For Soft Gels:
- 300 mg container, two soft gels, 20 mg.
- 600 mg container, two soft gels, 50 mg.
- 1200 mg container, two soft gels, 100 mg.
How to Find Your Preferred Dose
Considering the likelihood of enduring any physical harm due to THC overdose is low, a preferred dosage that is right for you is something only you can figure out. Again, start slow. The goal of consuming D8 is to enjoy the experience. Starting at a high dose too soon is a surefire way to ruin your relationship with cannabis.
Dosing Delta 8 Is Different Than CBD
Because Delta 8 does produce mildly psychoactive effects, the dosing is different from what you might be used to for CBD. With CBD, there is very little chance of addiction or overdose because there are almost no mind-altering effects or changes in body chemistry. However, for those who are new to D8, it’s important not to take too much or risk feeling a bit more intoxicated than desired.
Another important factor to consider is that there are many different strains and iterations. Each experience with different hemp strains also produces different outcomes. Depending on what you seek in the product you are consuming, each experience may be new.
Check Labels for Potency
Trustworthy distributors of CBD, Delta 8, and Delta 9 should provide the buyer with how many milligrams you’re consuming for each product. You can use these amounts to calculate how much you’re taking in one serving and adjust as needed.
Potential Side Effects
Fortunately, Delta 8 THC is well-tolerated by the majority of people! It won’t bring feelings of paranoia and anxiety that Delta 9 can have and rests a comfortable middle ground between CBD and Delta 9. Here are some of the potential side effects that you might experience:
- Dry mouth
- Change in heart rate
If you are worried about the effects of Delta 8, you can always consult a doctor or medical professional to see how it can affect you!
How to Avoid Building a Tolerance
Naturally, when you consume hemp, your body begins to develop a tolerance. Over time, the receptors in our body become increasingly used to the effects of Delta 8 until you need more and more to feel the same euphoria. The receptors also decrease with continued use.
The time it takes for your body to build a tolerance to Delta 8 THC largely depends on how often you consume it, the potency of the product, and how quickly your body adapts.
If you feel yourself building a tolerance, the first thing you can do is take a little break. The body reverts back to its original state surprisingly fast (within a couple of weeks), and receptors recover quickly as well. Tolerance to Delta 8 can disappear relatively quickly after stopping for a short period.
In some cases, you can also try the higher strengths of Delta 8 products. Sometimes extra strength is all you need to feel the same effects as you did before. However, you might eventually develop an even higher tolerance to the increased potencies.
Can You Take Delta 8 and CBD Together?
Yes, you can! Since full spectrum products contain many different cannabinoids, there are basically zero risks of taking Delta 8 and CBD together and should be safe! The two cannabinoids working in tandem might also create more powerful relaxing sensations! The resulting feeling is a mix between the effects of CBD and Delta 8. The slight euphoric experience of Delta 8 may be lessened when combined with CBD.
Different Ways to Take Delta 8
With so many products on the market, whatever works best for you is the best way to consume CBD, Delta 8, and Delta 9. From gummies to oils, you can surely enjoy all these products in the way you like.
Regardless of what method you decide to use, there are many ways to take Delta 8. You should be able to find the perfect method for you. Below are a few different options to consider.
Edibles are among the most straightforward and most popular methods of consumption out there. Gummies are one of the most fun ways to consume Delta 8! However, you can also create custom recipes by baking Delta 8 flower into your favorite foods.
One of the biggest and most obvious benefits of consuming edibles is their flavor. Delta 8 in oil form tends to have a bitter, earth-like taste that not all people will like. But when mixed with food, the flavor is masked for the most part. This results in you being able to enjoy a fast dose of Delta 8 with your favorite foods.
Since your digestive tract processes edibles, you’ll have to wait for a little extra for your Delta 8 to kick in. Expect your edibles to take effect within an hour. However, once the Delta 8 starts working, the effects will be much stronger and last much longer (6-8 hours) than the other options on this list.
At Exhale, our gummies are one of our top-selling products. Why? Well, it’s simple. We provide the highest quality D8 gummies, and we are currently the number one seller on the market!
Vaping Delta 8 allows for the effects to take effect almost immediately. It’s a great option if you’re starting a new project and want a clear, focused mind. Through vaping, Delta 8 THC clings on the lung tissue when passing through your system. This process speeds up the effects, allowing you to feel the benefits within seconds after your first toke.
From mango to blackberry, you can’t go wrong with any vapes sold here at Exhale. Capitalize on great flavor and high-quality Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC, safely extracted and third-party tested for potency and safety.
You’ve seen it in your famous movies and music videos; smoking your flower is the classic way to take Delta 8. Delta 8 makes no exception. With our flower, the effects of smoking will have a similar speed to that of vaping, depending on how you use it.
At Exhale, we have a wide variety of flower options that are sure to work for you if you are looking to light up to start a long day, or heck, even after a long day. Our Northern Lights strain recognizes a classic cannabis strain and mixes it with the latest and greatest advancements in the industry!
Delta 8 concentrates are highly concentrated products that are great for dabbing. When you dab D8, you notice the effects hit very quickly, and you can get a far greater concentration per hit. This method is for longtime and seasoned vets — not for folks just dipping their toes in this expansive world.
Exhale has many different concentrates, ranging in strain and strain type (Sativa, Indica, Hybrid). Or OG Kush shatter is a fan favorite. Concentrates come without additives or preservatives, making for a perfect balance of mouth-watering flavor and long-lasting effects!
Tinctures are one of the most popular, discrete, versatile ways to enjoy Delta 8. Put a few drops of your D8 infused oil underneath your tongue, and let it absorb through the glands under the tongue. This method bypasses the digestive system for faster effects, much like vaping or smoking.
You can also directly swallow it or add it to your food. This is a great way to boost your daily regiment and improve your diet. At Exhale, our tinctures are another one of our top-notch, best-selling items. A full spectrum product forged with just a few key super ingredients, you get everything you can ever ask for from our oils. No fluff, just good quality D8!
For athletes or people on the go, joint discomfort can derail your day, week, and even your year. Let us introduce you to Delta 8 topicals! Rub your Delta 8 topicals directly on the affected areas, and prepare yourself for fast-acting relief in minutes. Topicals come in many forms: creams, lotions, salves, and even lip balms.
The effects of this type of Delta 8 product are unlike that of the others on this list — topicals won’t inhibit your entire body. This product addresses specific discomfort relating to joints and muscles and even provides general relief and relaxation. Not to mention, our topicals also help moisturize and protect your skin!
Ingesting capsules allow for accurate dosing and long-lasting benefits. If you want to enjoy all the power of Delta 8 THC products without jumping through any hoops, this is the way to go. Capsules are easy to take anywhere, whether you’re at home or on the go. Exhale soft gel capsules are jam-packed with all the fast-acting power of D8 in an easy-to-consume method!
Final Thoughts – Different Ways to Take Delta 8
The best way to take Delta 8 is entirely up to you! Finding the best way in what works for you takes patience and consistency. Whether you’re looking for longer, sustained effects or something quick and instant, there’s a different method for everything.
We recommend experimenting with how much you take and how you take it until you find what works best for you. And, as always, check in with your physician to be sure these products are safe for you. Check out our complete list of products on our Exhale Wellness site!