Delta-8 has been making its rounds as we expected it to. In fact, it's making a KILLING nationwide, so chances are, you've heard of the minor cannabinoid and what it can do by now. Popular among smoke shops and wellness enthusiasts, Delta-8 THC is the legal way to get high. And as you can imagine, there are quite a few reasons that make it so popular. But can you use Delta-8 for more than just a way of getting high? For example, can you use it for activities like achieving a meaningful and restful sleep in similar fashion as CBD or even Delta-9 THC? We want to dive into Delta-8's potential as a sleep aid, relaxation tool, and everything in between. Let's explore everything about this form of THC and how it could improve your evening routine.
What Is Delta-8?
We've explored this in-depth in other blogs, and even in a separate section on our platform. If you'd like to look at a more detailed explanation, you can read up now on "What Is Delta-8?". As a quick summary, Delta-8 THC is a derivative found in incredibly small percentages within the hemp plant.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and all its derivatives that contain 0.3% Delta-9 THC or less, and Delta-8 THC falls within this category. That makes this form of THC fully legal, and widely accessible. Delta-8 is, like any other THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid that can get you high; albeit, it's a less-potent high designed to keep you alert and in control.
In fact, many users report not experiencing the all-too-familiar adverse side effects other standard Delta-9 THC delivers such as paranoia and anxiety typically expected from over-consumption of cannabis.
Does Delta-8 Help You Sleep?
Just like any other cannabis compound that can affect your endocannabinoid system, Delta-8 has the potential to impact the mind and body's natural rhythms. Our sleep cycle, otherwise known as our circadian rhythm, are included in this, which is why it may have some influence on your sleep. So, is a cannabinoid such as Delta-8 effective for regulating sleep? The answer is - it may be.
We understand that Delta-8 THC could help with sleep for some people. We still, however, want to look at how such a compound is used to regulate the sleeping process. Following the advice below can make it easier to truly optimize your evening routine to achieve a more meaningful and restful sleep.
Delta-8's Potential Efficacy For Better Sleep
We know that CBD, or cannabidiol, has been used as a natural sleep aid for quite some time now. CBD is non-psychoactive, with a calming effect, making it easier to fall - and stay - asleep. It may even be able to significantly influence your circadian rhythm in a positive way.
We know that CBD shares a lot in common with Delta-9 THC and other cannabinoids found in hemp. So, what about Delta-8? According the National Cancer Institute, Delta-8 THC may bind twice with our endocannabinoid receptors found in the nervous system. This may play a role in calming down processes like a hectic mental activity, rapid heart rate, or unsteady breathing.
Once regulated, it makes sense that Delta-8 could just as easily promote rest and ease your sleep cycle. Unfortunately, research on Delta-8 THC at all, much less regarding its effects on sleep are still limited at this time. We look forward to a near future where we get easier access to important research on this subject. Further clinical trials on human participants is a must.
How to Use Delta-8 For Sleep
Next up, we need to look at how Delta-8 could be used for sleep. Before we dive further in, it's important to note that we're not giving any medical advice. Always consult a medical professional before adding any new supplements into your regular routine, especially taking prescription medications.
And while Delta-8 is newer to the market than most other hemp-based products, it's certainly made a name for itself already. We can see through the users that get to try it that it's helping across multiple facets in life - sleep included. There are a few tips to optimize using Delta-8 for sleep, though. Follow the advice below to make sure you're getting the absolute most our of your Delta-8 THC experience.
Combine with Other Sleep-Inducing Ingredients
A Delta-8 product formulated towards relaxation and sleep will include other sleep-inducing ingredients. The most common ingredients are lavender and melatonin, but there are an array of other well-known and natural compounds. Each of these compounds are known to promote sleep and relaxation.
Lavender is a powerful compound that can increase the amount of sleep you get overall.. It's known to ease stress and anxiety. Best of all, it can help promote and stimulate stage-2 sleep. Stage-2 sleep is where we transfer short-term memories into long-term ones through dreaming. It's also the stage where we're most vulnerable to waking up or being disturbed from our slumber. Lavender as additional aromatherapy with Delta-8 may enhance the chances you have at improving your sleep overall.
Likewise, melatonin is known far and wide for helping to regulate one's sleep-wake cycle. Even further, it can help with jet lag, insomnia, and even sleep-wake cycle disruptions. Those disruptions, which are most prevalent when you're in stage-2 of sleep, may be lessened even further with a powerful melatonin, lavender, and delta-8 combination.
Within the Eighty Six Brand collection of products, for example, a few of our Delta-8 Vape Cartridge strains lean more as an indica, containing terpenes and other defining characteristics behind the strains to imbue feelings of relaxation. For example, Fruity Pebbles OG and Purple Punch have long-been classified as indica strains for its potential to mellow you out with relaxing body buzzes.
Finding the Right Potency of Delta-8 Necessary for Sleep
As with any cannabis product, you must find the strength that best fits you. Delta-8 products come in a variety of milligram strengths as everyone processes cannabinoids differently. A routine and strength that may work for your partner may do nothing for you or may be a little too intense to handle.
Finding the right strength for you and your needs before you dive into a regulate Delta-8 THC regimen is key. The best advice for how to find your ideal servicing size is to start low and slow. Starting low and going slow is a reliable, consistent way you can use. This will help to slowly find your perfect serving size over the course of your first few weeks taking Delta-8 THC consistently.
Within the Eighty Six Brand collection of products, for example, a few of our Delta-8 Vape Cartridge strains lean more as an indica, containing terpenes and other defining characteristics behind the strains to imbue feelings of relaxation. For example,Fruity Pebbles OG andPurple Punch have long-been classified as indica strains for its potential to mellow you out with relaxing body buzzes.
Choosing the Right Strain That Fits Your Needs
There are an extraordinary array of ways to take cannabis. While smoking is certainly the most popular among cannabis in general, vaping it with a cartridge is the most common for Delta-8 users. Within the Eighty Six Brand collection of products, for example, opting for an indica-leaning strain should offer you the most benefit for achieving the relaxation needed for sleep. Fruity Pebbles OG andPurple Punch have long-been classified as indica strains for its potential to mellow you out with relaxing body buzzes.
Planning Out Your Dosing Times
Just as important as how much Delta-8 you're taking is when you take it. If you're gearing up to take Delta-8 specifically to help you sleep, you're going to want to time it properly. Time your dosage to where the cannabinoid's effects will peak around the time you want to go to bed.
This will take some time to get down, since you'll first have to learn how long it takes before you feel its effects. We recommend playing around with it for the first few weeks and you'll be able to really optimize when you're feeling the climax of the Delta-8 for its ability to help you sleep.
Combining Delta-8 with Other Cannabinoids
Like we touched on, cannabis itself is known to help with sleep. Other cannabinoids, like CBD, inherently possess a calming effect as it has a reputation of stimulating relaxation, stress relief, and much more. When you combined Delta-8 with other cannabinoids, it may create synergy between them all. This synergy, known as the entourage effect, can make the effects from each cannabinoid work better than them all acting individually. This is a great way to get the most of our your Delta-8 for sleep as it combines the benefits of all the cannabinoids as opposed to just one or two.
In conclusion, Delta-8 THC may very well help with sleep in some users. A consistent, regular routine with the right amount will play a major factor. Given enough time and patience, you may be able to experience all the benefits that Delta-8 might have to offer. If you're looking for something to help with sleep, you might consider giving Delta-8 THC a try!