What is Delta 8? Everything You Need to Know in One Place

What is Delta 8?

Delta 8 is a type of THC that can be derived from hemp - or sometimes - from CBD. While it exists at rates at less than 1%, it can be extracted and concentrated using scientific processes. Delta 8 is reported to be slightly less potent to Delta 9, with calming, anti-anxiety properties. Delta 8 THC is extremely popular with CBD and THC users alike due to its technical federal legality and the fact that in all but about 12 states, you can have it shipped right to your door.

Delta 8 is most commonly consumed three ways:

  1. As an edible, usually a gummy
  2. As a Delta 8 vape cart
  3. As a tincture

Does Delta 8 Get You High?

Yes, Delta 8 is a form of THC. And like all THCs, it will get you high. The difference is how users report a Delta 8 high makes them feel versus a traditional Delta 9 high. We’ll dive more into the reported effects later on.

Here's more information on how long Delta 8 will stay in your system.

Delta 8 vs Delta 9 vs Delta 10

Delta 9 is the most common form of THC. It’s the same kind of THC in marijuana. Delta 8 and Delta 10 THCs are minor cannabinoids and can be extracted through scientific processes. More research needs to be completed in order to derive accurate conclusions to compare the three varieties. But here’s a summary of what we’ve learned so far:

Delta-9

Delta-8

Delta-10

Major cannabinoid. Delta-9 is synonymous with marijuana.

Minor cannabinoid. Does not exist naturally in significant amounts. Uses scientific extraction.

Minor cannabinoid. Does not exist naturally in significant amounts. Uses scientific extraction.

Can exist as sativa or indica

Many users describe as an indica

Many users describe as a sativa

Different strains & delivery methods can produce different effects

Tends to be relaxing, calming, and may help you sleep. May help with anxiety

Reported to be a light, stimulating high with more energy. May help with creativity

Delta-9 will get you high and is very potent

Delta-8 will get you high, but is tends to be less potent than Delta-9

Delta-10 will get you high but probably less high than Delta-9 according to a widely-referenced pigeon study

Can cause anxiety and paranoia

Is described as a halfway point between CBD and Delta-9, leading to less anxiety and paranoia with calming effects

Is described as a creative stimulant, promoting focus and energy without anxiety and paranoia

Widely available in a variety of products, including medical applications, although not legal everywhere

Becoming more and more available on the market, and while it’s technically federally legal, not every state allows it.

Only minimally available. Always look for 3rd party independent testing and check local regulations

Available as flower, vapes, dabs, tinctures, gummies, other edibles, and more

Widely available as edible gummies and vapes

New products still emerging, but commonly consumed as a tincture

Delta-9 is THC and therefore will show up on a drug test

Delta-8 is THC and therefore will show up on a drug test

Delta-10 is THC and therefore will show up on a drug test


>> READ MORE: What we know about Delta 10 so far.

Delta 8 vs Delta 9 Chemical Structure

What Does a Delta 8 High Feel Like?

A Delta 8 high can feel very different from a traditional Delta 9 high. Most users report the following effects when taking Delta 8:

  • A calm, clear-headed high with a relaxed mind. Less paranoia than Delta 9 THC
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Improved, positive mood and less anxiety
  • Creative and giggly
  • Increased appetite

>> READ MORE: 13 people tried Delta 8. Here’s what their high felt like.

Does Delta 8 Make You Feel Sleepy?

The effects of Delta 8 will vary from person to person. However, Delta-8, when consumed as an edible or in larger doses from a vape cartridge, may help users fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up well rested. There is some evidence through studies at the National Library of Medicine which list Delta-8 THC as a pain reliever (analgesic) which may assist with relaxation into sleep. Additionally, many users report Delta-8 as having anti-anxiety and relaxation properties.

Does Delta 8 Make You Feel Hungry?

Yes, Delta 8 can make you feel hungry. Why? Delta 8 is an appetite-stimulating analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). Of course, this depends on the amount you smoke (vapes) or consume (edibles), but Delta 8 has been reported to stimulate your appetite, in some cases, even more than Delta 9 (marijuana).

What Are Some of the Cons of Delta 8?

We’d like to think the good outweighs the bad. But transparency is important. Some people may not view an increase in appetite as a positive side effect. Some of the other reported cons of Delta 8 might include:

  • Dry mouth (or cotton mouth)
  • A varied tolerance and/or experience from Delta 9
  • Difficulty dosing the edible for your desired result (for example, you may want to take less if you want to feel less sleepy)
  • A delayed high (with edibles)

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Delta 8 vs CBD

While both Delta 8 THC and CBD are cannabinoids founds in the hemp plant, the primary difference is that Delta 8 will get you high and appear on a drug test and CBD will not. However, many of the reported user benefits, like improved sleep, reduced pain and anxiety, and improved mood are similar. While CBD works quietly in the background, Delta-8 may work faster, allowing you to feel its effects almost instantly.

>> READ MORE: Delta 8 vs CBD

Will Delta 8 Show Up on a Drug Test?

Delta 8, even when derived from hemp, is a Tetrahydrocannabinol--or as most of us know it: THC. That means it will appear on a drug test in the same way Delta 9 would. That’s because drug tests only test for the presence of THC, not its origin. So even if your source of THC is federally legal, a drug test won’t be able to tell that it is Delta 8 you used, not Delta 9.

We put together a guide on Delta 8 and Drug Testing here.

Types of Delta 8 Products

Delta 8 is most commonly consumed as edibles or with a vape cart.

  1. Delta 8 Vape Carts
  2. Delta 8 Edibles (Gummies)
  3. Delta 8 Tinctures

You can learn more about these Delta 8 products and how they compare here. But here’s a snapshot summary of dosing, effect timing, and more:

Delta 8 Edibles

Delta 8 Vape Cart

Delta 8 Tincture

About 625 mg per bottle (usually about 25 mg per gummy). Can vary by product

About 800 mg of Delta 8 per cart. Can vary by product.

Total content varies widely by product. Always check labeling.

Taken orally

Inhaled

Apply tincture under the tongue, wait 60 - 90 seconds, then swallow

Dosage: 5 - 25 mg (anywhere from a quarter to a whole gummy. Some users may want to consume more. Always start off small)

1 - 2 puffs. (Some users may want to consume more. Always start off small)

About one dropper. (Some users may want to consume more. Always start small)

30 - 90 minutes to feel effects

Feel effects immediately

30 - 90 minutes to feel effects

Difficult to control effects based on dosing and timing - a number of factors, like time of day, diet, etc can contribute

A bit easier to control dosing and effects due to the immediacy

Difficult to control effects based on dosing and timing - a number of factors, like time of day, diet, etc can contribute

Will show up on a drug test

Will show up on a drug test

Will show up on a drug test

How Should I Store My Delta 8 Products?

  • Storing Your Delta 8 Vape Cart: If you can, we highly recommend you store it vertically (standing straight up) to help prevent clogs. Also, it helps to store your Delta 8 THC vape cart at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. For more tips on how to store your D8 products for the best results.
  • Storing Your Delta 8 Gummies & Tinctures: We highly recommend keeping your products in their original sealed containers for the best results. Store in a cool dry place and try to avoid extreme temperature changes. For gummies, especially, you will want to avoid overly humid or moist environments.

Delta 8 THC vape pen storage

How Does Delta 8 Work With the Body?

Delta-8-THC binds to the CB1 receptors located in the central nervous system. Delta-8-THC additionally has an affinity for CB2 receptors, although less is known about this binding mechanism. (weedmaps.com)

This binding system is known as the Endocannabinoid System or the ECS. The ECS is the cell-signaling system in our bodies that helps to regulate certain functions.

The ECS helps to regulate:

  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Brain function/memory
  • Metabolism
  • Mood
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • And more…

The ECS sends signals to the rest of your body in order to process these functions.

For the scientific explanation, just follow this link.

Because Delta 8 is thought to bind with the ECS, we can safely assume that it has some influence over the effects we feel while consuming it.

Is Delta 8 Legal?

Delta 8, technically, is federally legal. However, a total of 12 states as of this publication have outlawed its sale. These states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, Utah, and most recently, Vermont

For an updated list of shipping options for Delta 8 products, check out this page.

Where is Delta 8 Available?

If your state hasn’t outlawed Delta 8, the good news is that you can order Delta 8 products online and have them shipped right to your door. It’s also possible that retailers have Delta 8 available for purchase at your local shop.

Check out our selection of high-quality Delta 8 products here.

Is Delta 8 Available in My State Infographic

Can I Buy Delta 8 in Bulk?

Yes, absolutely. Especially if you’re looking to wholesale Delta 8 at your retail store, or white label your own Delta 8 product. At Moonwlkr, not only are we the industry leaders in Delta 8 (direct to consumer), but have one of (if not the largest) wholesale Delta 8 and CBD operations in the country. Plus, we already work with some of the biggest and best hemp brands in the industry. It all comes down to our state of the art, in-house manufacturing facility.

All of our manufacturing and production is done in house. We specialize in Delta 8 vape cartridges and most notably, our edibles (gummies). If you’re interested in any CBD products, we can likely assist.

>> READ MORE: BUYING DELTA 8 IN BULK

A Brief History of Delta 8 THC

While more research and studies need to be completed, and most have only been completed on mice, here is a brief history of the applications of Delta 8.

  • 1974: Researchers used a trio of cannabinoids on mice, which included Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 THC, and CBD. The test, which was conducted by the National Cancer Institute, discovered the effects THC has by using the cannabinoids in mice. It was discovered that the cannabinoid possessed cancer-killing abilities. While the tests were conducted using Delta-9 THC, the tests also incorporate Delta-8 THC on different occasions.
  • 1975: Research performed on rats indicated that Delta 8 could possibly shrink tumors.
  • 1995: In this study, Delta-8 THC was administered to children with cancer in an effort to cure nausea caused by chemotherapy. The scientists discovered many positive impacts that Delta-8 THC had on pediatric cancer patients, including that it significantly helped with related symptoms. What is most impressive is that the researchers in the study made a note that during the research, there were as many as 480 treatments administered to cure the patient’s nausea, and there was a 100% success rate.
  • 2004: A study was completed on mice which concluded that mice given Delta 8 THC in small doses had a larger appetite than those given Delta 9 THC
  • 2018: A study on mice showed that Delta 8 THC, along with CBD, can act via distinct receptors to reduce corneal pain and inflammation.

What to Look For Before Buying a Delta 8 Product

With so many new Delta 8 products and companies emerging on the market it can be tempting to hit ‘buy’ on the first website that catches your eye. But not all Delta 8 products are created equal. It’s critical that you research the company before buying your product. Here are some tips on what to look for:

  1. Independent lab testing: Part of that trust comes from transparency. Independent lab testing for products should be freely available and accessible from any commercial site that you decide to purchase from. Independent (or third-party) lab testing should not just show you how much THC is in your product - and the type of THC - but also whether there are harmful chemicals present in the product.
  2. The ingredients: Commercially-purchased Delta 8 gummies will usually list Delta 8 THC and/or plant-derived Terpenes on the label.
  3. The brand & reviews: Choose a brand that is established and has a great organic following. And always be sure to read through the product reviews. Delta 8 is a relatively new and emerging market. So choose a brand that you love and trust.
  4. THC content per gummy: The average gummy will have anywhere from 20-25 mg of THC per gummy. It’s important to review the mg dosage of your gummy before consuming. The THC content should be clearly listed on both the purchasing website and the labeling. If this is your first time taking a Delta 8 gummy, you may also want to half or quarter your gummy to evaluate it’s unique effects for you.
  5. The flavor: With new innovative products arriving on the market all the time, be sure to pick a flavor that you like best. Blueberry and watermelon are great flavors to try first.

Wondering if Delta 8 is right for you? We love our product. A lot. (And we think you will too). But to make it easier for you to give it a try, we offer sample packs of our Delta 8 gummies for free. That's right. You can get four gummies to try absolutely free. Check it out here

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