D8 Edibles: Another Way to Enjoy Delta 8
To those who haven’t dabbled long in cannabis, it might come as a surprise that there are so many different active compounds in hemp.
These compounds, which are called cannabinoids, are present in varying concentrations in hemp plants (although many can also be synthesized in a lab).
The most familiar of these is Delta 9 THC, which is often simply referred to as “THC.” But this is far from the only version of THC present in hemp plants.
Another is known as Delta 8 THC, sometimes referred to as D8. Just as is the case with D9, many products are made from D8, including vapes and edibles. Here at Wild Orchard Hemp we carry D8 edibles and vapes in addition to our D9 edibles.
Here’s what you should know about them.
What’s the Difference Between Delta 8, 9, and 10
Delta 8, 9, and 10 are all chemical variants of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, found in hemp plants. Their chemical signatures are all slightly different, as are the effects they produce.
All three of these cannabinoids have the same basic chemical composition, with a slight difference: the presence of the double-bonded carbon atom on the “tail.”
In Delta 9, the double-bonded carbon atom is the 9th in the series on the tail; in Delta 8, it is the 8th, and in Delta 10, it is the 10th.
This small difference has a significant impact on the effects these cannabinoids produce. Delta 9 is well-known for its potent psychoactive effects and while they may vary from person to person, most users report a feeling of euphoria and intense relaxation.
As for Delta 8 and 10 THC, these are both much less potent psychoactive compounds than Delta 9, though most consider Delta 8 more potent than Delta 10.
Nonetheless, the effects produced by Delta 8 are considered by most users to be very similar to those produced by Delta 9, just at a much less intense level, giving rise to the nickname, “marijuana-lite.”
How Come It Takes So Much Longer for D8 Edibles to Kick in?
Whether you’re interested in D9 or D8 edibles, the way the cannabinoids are metabolized, giving rise to the effects produced, is different from how it would be if you smoked or vaped them.
When you smoke or vape, any THC present will go straight from the lungs into the bloodstream. The onset of effects is rapid – for most users, within minutes – but they also fade more quickly, too.
When you eat D8 edibles, first the THC in them must pass from your stomach and be converted by the liver before the effects are felt. For most users, the onset is fairly slow. Though it can be as rapid as 20 minutes, most users report that it takes an hour to 3 hours before the effects are fully felt.
Moreover, taking cannabis orally (either Delta 8 or Delta 9) will produce a longer-lasting high that can persist for several hours. Most users report that the duration of the high is much longer than would be experienced from smoking or vaping a similar concentration or quantity.
For this reason, always take a small quantity of D8 edibles and wait to feel the effects before taking more, especially if you have never done so before.
Is an Edible High Really Stronger?
There are a few things that need to be said on this matter. One is that D8 itself is not stronger than D9, and that the concentration of D8 in the edible you take will be the primary determinant of the intensity of the high.
Moreover, if you compare the high between one concentration of D8 vaped versus ingested, chances are the same high from the D8 edible will be much stronger, even if the onset is delayed.
The reason for this is that when you take a cannabis edible, the liver converts some of the THC into a unique (and similar) compound known as 11-hydroxy-THC which is believed to be 2 to 3 times stronger than “regular” THC.
While effects will vary from user to user, and the effects of Delta 8 are considered by most to be similar to D9 (though milder and much less intense) all else being equal, an edible high will be stronger.
How Long Does a D8 Edible High Last?
How long a D8 edible high will last depends on your tolerance and the amount you consume. With that said, and considering the fact that onset is usually delayed (compared to consuming it in other forms) a Delta 8 edible high can last as long as 12 hours. A particularly intense dosage might produce effects that last even longer.
Quality D8 Edibles at Wild Orchard Hemp
We carry a wide range of D8 edibles for those interested in experimenting with this cannabinoid. Many users appreciate the fact that the effects are much less intense than those produced by D9 THC edibles, and we carry a variety of Delta-8 gummies and other Delta 8 products (along with even more types of Delta 9 edibles).
Our edibles are made with non-GMO, USA-grown, organic hemp extracts, in cGMP ISO-certified labs and lab reports are available right on our website.
Only the finest quality, purest extracts are used in our products. Try some of our Delta-8 THC gummies and experience the difference.