Have you heard of Delta-8 THC? You must have if you aren’t completely new to the cannabis market.
Amazing and profound as its health benefits are and with little to no side effects, Delta-8 THC has managed to sweep the cannabis industry like a massive tidal wave.
It gives you all the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but without the extreme high or any other side effects typically associated with its infamous cousin.
Delta-8 THC is a type of THC compound – more like an isomer of Delta-9.
However, the minute difference in the placement of its C=C double bond makes it a completely different compound compared to its highly intoxicating sister, Delta-9 THC.
While the C=C bond is located in the 8th position in the D-8 THC, the C=C bond is in the 9th position for Delta-9 THC. It is this variation that increases Delta-9’s affinity to our CB1 receptors, making it more psychoactive, and Delta-8 less so.
Even though Delta-8 does get you high, it is just enough to make you feel nice and relaxed – not zonked.
Now, if all this impressive stuff has piqued your interest and you’re willing to give it a try, read this blog first.
We will discuss the different ways in which you can consume Delta-8 THC – safely, conveniently, and effectively.
The Best Consumption Methods to Take Delta-8 THC
You can consume Delta-8 THC in many different ways. The choice is quite subjective. It mainly depends on how quickly you want to achieve the desired effects, why you are using it, and how long do you need/want the effects to last.
Here, are some of the oft-used methods of consuming Delta-8 THC:
#1. Ingestion — Long Lasting But Slow Acting
The first method of consuming Delta-8 THC is by ingesting it in an edible form.
Edibles are mainly of two types — gummies and softgel capsules. These are easy to take, are quick on their action, and especially suitable for those who dislike the earthy and bitter taste of the hemp extract.
One of the biggest advantages of edibles is that they are mostly flavored, such as gummies, candies, etc.
Delta 8 Gummies are colorful, too, and generally available in plenty of amazing flavors. You wouldn’t even feel that you are taking a cannabis product.
It might take 2–3 hours for the effects to kick in, as your body needs to metabolize the gummies and the cannabinoids in them before letting them enter your bloodstream. Your liver needs to break them down. That is why the effects of edible products last longer than other types of products.
However, with the flavors and convenience of edibles, you can get your Delta-8 THC dose without worrying about having an unpleasant experience.
You could also consume capsules in the same way – but without chewing them. While the effects will be the same, you do not have to taste anything. Some prefer this as it is much more convenient for them to simply swallow a pill with water.
#2. Sublingual — Popular With Moderately Quick Uptake
This is one of the most prominent methods of taking Delta-8 THC orally.
You just need to take a few drops of Delta-8 THC-infused oil and pour them underneath your tongue. Your sublingual glands will absorb it automatically.
People prefer oils and tinctures because, like in vaping, the body absorbs the cannabinoids quickly. Most of the oil content does not go through your digestive system – if you allow the tincture to linger in your mouth a little longer.
Much like edibles, however, it stays in your system for a long time. So you get the best of both worlds.
It takes about 15–60 minutes for the body to start showing the desired results. These are rated the second-fastest method of cannabinoid consumption, the first being vaping.
The only problem you may experience with tinctures is their hempy taste. If you do not like that, you choose a good brand that offers nice, natural flavors.
Nevertheless, the ease of use and the discreteness of this method are great for any newbie.
#3. Vaping — Fastest Action But Effects Fade Fast, Too!
Vaping is the fastest method of consumption of cannabinoids for their effects to show. You can feel the effects almost right away.
Just take a quick puff from a vape pen or a vaporizer and you are good to roll for the day.
This method works very quickly because the vapor enters directly into the bloodstream from the lungs. So if you have some strenuous activity planned for the day and you need to keep your calm and remain focused, this is the best way to go.
Make sure that you buy the Delta 8 vape cartridges from a certified buyer, as a lot of dangerous products are out there in the market. Such counterfeit products tend to contain heavy metals, such as lead, that could affect the quality of your vaping experience and also harm your health in the long term.
Also, look for a vaporizer that is not bulky, is easy to carry around, and has long-lasting battery life, if you prefer your vaping sessions on the go.
The effects of Delta-8 THC don’t last much longer with vaping if we compare it with edibles or tinctures. But it does invigorate you, reduce your anxiety, and enhance your concentration almost instantaneously.
However, if you suffer from breathing issues or other pulmonary health problems, it is best to stay away from vaping, altogether.
#4. Topicals — Best for Localized Aches, Spasms, and Inflammation
One of the best ways to consume Delta-8 THC without worrying about getting high is using topicals.
Topicals work externally – unlike vapes or edibles.
The topical application of D-8 THC allows it to stay put on the skin and heal it the way you want it to. The cannabinoid receptors in your skin latch onto the cannabinoids and hold them for targeted relief.
Topical or transdermal products are available in the forms of creams, balms, lotions, and even pain-relieving salves. The effects of a topical application are restricted to the applied area and it doesn’t affect your entire body.
It is the best choice for those who suffer from joint pains or muscle cramps.
#5. Delta-8 THC hemp flowers
Delta-8 THC is not widely available in nature. Hemp flowers (or any cannabis plant, for that matter) contain very small amounts of D-8. However, breeders are always working on ways to optimize the levels of D-8 in hemp. These flowers offer higher relaxation and a general feeling of calmness and wellbeing.
You can use D-8 flowers in several ways, including vaping, baking, or even smoking (similar to vaping).
It works rapidly if you vape or smoke it. You need to adjust the dosage according to the method by which you are using it.
#6. Delta-8 THC Concentrates
As the name suggests, the compound is more potent in this form.
Delta-8 THC concentrates have become more prominent these days, as these deliver a more impactful dose of the compound.
If you place these concentrates on a hot surface and inhale, the resulting vapor is more or less the same as you would get if you took a hit from a bong.
You can consume it like an edible product, as well, by cooking or baking it with something.
In this case, the D-8 concentrate provides instant results. That is why it is fast becoming the go-to form of D-8 for long-time users. These concentrates might not be suitable for newbies, as their effects are stronger and more potent. It could give them a strong heady feeling, sting their throat, or even make their throats feel totally parched very quickly.
How Much Delta-8 THC Should You Take?
There is no specific amount that works for everybody.
So, it becomes a little difficult to determine a singular dosage that will fit all.
You should start with a small dose and gradually titrate your way up to a dosage that gives you the desired results in the least amount of time.
You also need to take care of the fact that the potency of Delta-8 THC varies in different forms and formulations.
Read the product label and be aware of the strength of the compound you are consuming.
If you find that your body is getting used to the current dose, stop using it for a week or so, and then restart after your body has been flushed off its effects. This is better than upping the dose of the D-8 compound.
You don’t have to stick to a single method for consuming the D-8 compound.
Some people take Delta-8 THC edibles during the day — say, at their workplace, where you need to be discreet and more focused — but prefer to vape it or use tinctures at night – when they need a more potent dose.
It may take you some time to figure out the best way to take D-8 THC. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with the different methods until you find the one that suits you best.
Also, consult a doctor before buying a cannabis product. Only your doctor can guide you on your health the best.
Besides, if you’re considering the edible method, you must remember that cannabinoids tend to interact with pharmaceutical medications. You do not want to experience any side effects caused by drug interaction. This is yet another reason why you should have that chat with your physician.