Since the legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, the world of cannabis has wholly changed. The days when THC was the only cannabinoid that people thought could get you high are long gone. THC and CBD have been popular cannabinoids over the past few years. They have received all the attention and fame. However, there are a few new ones in town.
Delta-8 THC, for example, is a “new” cannabinoid that is beginning to explode in popularity. Nowadays, new cannabinoids such as Delta-8 THC are sweeping the market, with products such as Delta-8 edibles holding the promise of a “legal high” in one tasty bite.
If you’re new to the world of cannabis gummies, have no fear – we’ve got you covered. This article covers all you need to know about how to take edibles for the first time and what you can expect from these delicious Delta-8 THC treats. Keep reading to learn more!
What are Delta-8 edibles?
First, let’s go over what Delta-8 is.
Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as Delta-8 THC or simply Delta-8) is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants. Like Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 is also a psychoactive compound producing a milder euphoric high. That’s what’s given rise to the popularity of Delta-8 products, including edibles.
Now, what are edibles?
Simply put, edibles are food products infused with Delta-8. For instance, in our Eighty Six Group edibles collection, you will find Delta-8 infused chocolates, peach rings, and gummies. These edibles come in various mouth-watering flavors and offer a convenient, discrete, and tasty way to enjoy a Delta-8 buzz.
There are lots of yummy edibles on the market, but it’s important to only choose products from reputable companies who use only high-quality ingredients. At Eighty Six Group, all of our products are accompanied with a Certificate of Analysis from a third party lab so you can rest assured that you’re getting only the best.
What does a Delta-8 high feel like?
Given the novel status of this cannabinoid, the research on Delta-8 is still in its infancy. Most of the information we have about this compound is anecdotal, though more research will likely be done in the future.
Delta-8 THC consumers describe experiencing a relaxed, euphoric high without the adverse side effects of Delta-9 THC like anxiety or paranoia. Other anecdotal user reports describe the Delta-8 buzz as an uplifting and mild high.
However, the type of Delta-8 high you experience will also depend on various factors, including the type of Delta-8 product you consume, your dosage, and tolerance level.
If you’ve had a good experience with a Delta-9 high, you’re likely to enjoy the milder effects from a Delta-8 high as well.
How Delta-8 edibles will make you feel
For instance, consuming a Delta-8 edible is a different experience than vaping Delta-8.
That’s due to something known as bioavailability. This concept relates to the amount of cannabinoids reaching your bloodstream, how long it takes for the effects to kick in, and how long you can expect to feel those effects. Different cannabinoid consumption methods have different rates of bioavailability.
In general, edibles take longer to kick in. When you consume an edible, the Delta-8 cannabinoid will first pass through the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream. It might take anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours to feel the effects kicking in. So you should give it some time before going for another edible – no matter how deliciously inviting they might be.
Once you feel the high, it may be significantly more intense than the high you experience with other consumption methods. And you can expect the effects to last longer. Some say that they experience the high feeling for hours longer than with other methods. Although, once again, everyone is different and may have a different experience.
How to take edibles for the first time
You may be thinking, “I need instructions for taking an edible?”
I mean, the actual process of eating the edible is pretty straight-forward. We’re sure you can figure that part out just fine. However, if it is your first time taking edibles, there are a few things that you should keep in mind about dosage and quality. Getting the best experience from taking Delta-8 requires you to note a few things.
Here are a few tips for taking Delta-8 edibles:
Pay attention to the quality of edibles
First of all, only purchase high-quality products from a reputable brand. Before settling for any edible brand that you find online, you should do your research. Mislabeling of products is a common issue in the hemp industry. Some companies make false claims about the amount of Delta-8 or THC present in their products. They may also use harmful ingredients as well.
The best way to assess the quality of the edibles is by checking the Certificate of Analysis (COA). The COA is a lab result released by a credible third-party laboratory that depicts exactly what is in your Delta-8 edible and in what amounts. Quality products will have a COA. In addition to the edible quality and safety, the certificate will also show you the potency of the edibles. Or, in other words, how much Delta-8 and other cannabinoids are in the edible.
Know your tolerance level
Another factor you should consider if its your first time taking edibles is your tolerance level. Studies show that regular cannabinoid users may develop a tolerance to the effects of cannabinoids. The more you’re exposed to cannabinoids such as Delta-8, the less intense the high will be.
The opposite is also true. If you don’t have experience with psychoactive cannabinoids, you may experience more intense effects. Knowing your tolerance level will help you determine the best edible dosage.
Figuring out your tolerance level takes some experimentation. Start small and then slowly increase your dosage until you reach your desired effects. This brings us to our next point.
Determine the correct edible dosage
Now let’s talk about determining the right edible dosage for you. Paying attention to how much you consume will ensure that you have a positive Delta-8 experience.
A common issue with people taking edibles for the first time is that they take too much because they’re “just not feeling anything” at first. This can lead to taking too much and having the effects hit you too strongly and all at once. That type of intensity is not what you’re after.
Remember when we talked about the bioavailability of edibles? Edibles take a bit longer than other consumption methods to kick in. So you should wait to feel the effects before popping another gummy.
We get it; you may start to experience the “munchies.” But don’t munch on more Delta-8 infused edibles. Keep a bag of chips or candy close by to satisfy those cravings and wait for the effects to kick in before taking another edible.
Edibles are one of the most popular ways to experience the effects of the Delta-8 cannabinoid. And with good reason. They offer a unique feeling that is different from other consumption methods. Plus, they are very discreet and delicious.
Many also prefer edibles to vaping because they don’t like the inhalation method. Gummies are a great option for beginners and experienced cannabis-connoisseurs alike.
Lots of people find that Delta-8 provides an intense and long-lasting buzz. Consumers describe it as an elevated mind and body high, slightly less intense as a Delta-9 high. If it is your first time taking edibles, wait patiently for the effects to kick in before eating more.
Then, as you become more familiar with the way Delta-8 edibles make you feel and how long it takes for you to feel the effects, you can adjust the dosage accordingly. Also, be sure to keep edibles stored out of reach of children at all times.
If you want some ideas of delicious Delta-8 gummies and chocolates to try, check out our selection of edibles here at Eighty Six Group.