July 01, 2021 3 min read
Delta 8 may be a new term for you, but it’s one of the hottest cannabis products on the market right now. With its surge in popularity, producers have started adding Delta 8 to all types of products to feed the need for legal cannabis. From Deta 8 gummies to Delta 8 prerolls, this new cannabinoid has already taken over the hearts of pot lovers everywhere. Delta 8 is very similar to THC, so if you’re thinking about trying it, you may have a few questions like “how long does Delta 8 stay in your system?” and other questions about this trendy chemical compound. We’re here to spill the tea.
Delta 8 is a fairly new cannabis product to hit the scene and it’s totally normal to have some questions. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, shortened to Delta 8 THC, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant and is very similar to Delta 9 THC, which is the THC we all know and love. Just like “normal” THC, Delta 8 does produce psychoactive effects. The reason Delta 8 THC became so popular recently is because currently, it sits in a grey area and is still considered legal, though this may change soon. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is legal if it is derived from the hemp plant and Delta 8 THC producers use this loophole by making Delta 8 using CBD extracted from hemp.
Many people get confused between Delta 8 vs Delta 9 vs CBD since they are all sought-after cannabinoids. Delta 8 and Delta 9 are both types of THC that produce a “high”, while CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, thus Delta 8 is more similar to Delta 9 than it is to CBD. Though Delta 8 is almost always produced from hemp-derived CBD isolate, its effects and chemical makeup are not the same. If you are in search of the health benefits of cannabis without the high, you should reach for CBD, not Delta 8.
Since Delta 8 is a THC, it will show up on drug tests for marijuana, unlike CBD, which is federally legal and is not tested for. One study from 2007 found that traces of THC linger in the human body for roughly 5 to 10 days after consuming it. The length of time depends on a number of factors such as if the person is a heavy user or a first-time smoker, body weight, and metabolism. First-time users may be able to flush out Delta 8 or Delta 9 from their system within just a few days.
As mentioned earlier, Delta 9 is the “normal” THC everyone loves to talk about. Just because Delta 8 is less potent than Delta 9, it doesn’t mean that it easily leaves your system. Though there are no scientific studies regarding this topic, it’s believed that Delta 8 will stay in your system just as long as Delta 9. So, sorry potheads, smoking Delta 8 before a drug test will not be easier to flush out.
Delta 8 is not as potent as regular THC, so it will get you high, though not as high as smoking pot. If you live in a marijuana legal state, there is really no real reason to seek out Delta 8 at the smoke shop, but it is a legal alternative for those wanting to get high in more conservative areas without easy access to pot. Some casual pot smokers prefer Delta 8 vs Delta 9 since the effects are milder with less of a chance of negative effects like anxiety and paranoia that some potheads experience. A Delta 8 high is a smooth, light high that produces slight feelings of euphoria. After consuming, some people still feel clear headed, though more uplifted. If using the cannabinoid for medicinal purposes, Delta 8 effects are very similar to Delta 9, though much less extreme. There are few studies about Delta 8, but it is thought to have similar health benefits of marijuana such as pain relief and help managing insomnia.
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