What is Delta-8 THC? Can It Get You High and Is It Safe?

There are over 100 cannabinoids in the hemp plant. The most well-known ones are THC and CBD.

Often, THC is referring to Delta-9 THC, the primary form of THC in hemp. Delta-8 THC has similar molecular structures to Delta-9 but offers a different kind of high and experience altogether.

In this article, we will explore what exactly Delta-8 THC is and some of the common questions often asked around this compound: 

  • What is Delta-8 THC, and how does it work? 
  • Can Delta-8 THC get you high? 
  • Is Delta-8 THC safe? 
  • What are some of the side effects of Delta-8 THC? 

What is Delta-8 THC?

Known as a minor cannabinoid, Delta-8 THC is found in the hemp plant. That means, Delta 8 THC is found in both hemp and marijuana. Out in nature, it only exists in fractions of a percent.

Still, through a meticulous process of applying the right amount of light and heat, cannabinoids extracted in the hemp plant can be converted into Delta-8 THC.

Many of our users like to think of Delta-8 THC as a middle ground between CBD and the traditional Delta-9 THC.

Delta 8 is commonly available in two forms:

  1. Delta 8 THC edibles (usually as gummies)
  2. Delta 8 THC vape cartridges 

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How does Delta 8 THC work?

Like CBD, Delta-8 THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors located in the central nervous system. These receptors help our body and mind to stay balanced. Delta-8 THC also has a similar chemical formula as Delta-9 THC, but one of its carbon-carbon bonds is located in a different position. 

It's a complicated process to extract and refine Delta-8 THC. At Moonwlkr, we have spent years working with technicians and scientists to improve the process, and each batch is tested to provide quality Delta-8 THC. 

Check out this guide to learn more about the available Delta 8 products and which is right for you.

Does Delta-8 THC get you high? 

Yes, Delta 8 will get you high. Delta-8 THC is a psychotropic compound like Delta-9 THC and can affect your perspective, mood, and behavior. However, a Delta 8 high may feel very different for you than a traditional Delta 9 high. Many users have reported a Delta 8 high is softer, allowing more lucidity and focus.

Additionally, many users report that a Delta-8 high comes with less paranoia and anxiety than with a similar amount of Delta 9. 

The high from Delta 8 is compared to listening to your favorite music and working on a creative project, rather than a Delta 9 high, where you may feel perched on edge and more paranoid.

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We asked 13 people to try Delta 8 edibles, here's what their high felt like. 

The effects of Delta-8 THC vary per person but is widely believed to cause dreamy, relaxed states, euphoria, tranquility, and higher levels of concentration. It can be an energizer, but at high doses, it can also be sleep-inducing. 

Is Delta-8 THC safe? 

Yes, Delta-8 THC is safe, though every user is different. Scientists are still studying the effects of cannabinoids. There is very little research available. However, at this time, no research has shown that there are overly negative or unsafe side effects from Delta 8 or any hemp product. For more published research on Delta 8, check out this resource.

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What are the side effects of Delta-8 THC?

Although Delta-8 THC is less potent than Delta-9 THC and is safe, it can still potentially cause increased heart rate, dry mouth, reddening of the eyes, and dizziness.

However, transparency is important. That's why we put together a list of potential negative effects. These may include dry mouth, unwanted appetite increases, and difficulty dosing for the desired effect. You can read more on the pros and cons of Delta 8 THC here.  

Nevertheless, we always advise you to consult a medical professional before using any hemp products, including hemp. Especially if you're pregnant, planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding, have a health condition, or take other medications. 

Where is Delta 8 available? 

As it currently stands, Delta-8 THC is federally legal due to the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill. If you recall from earlier, Delta 8 can be extracted through scientific processes through the hemp plant.

Delta 8 is available for online and retail purchase in most states. For the most up-to-date list of where Delta-8 is available for shipping, click here

Remember, even though Delta 8 is technically legal at a federal level, Delta-8 is not legal in all states. Be sure to review your state's requirements.

Is Delta 8 right for me?

Delta 8 might be right for you if you're looking for a different kind of high experience than Delta 9. If you want the high, but not the paranoia or anxiety, you might want to try Delta-8 THC.

We always recommend to start small and start slow when it's your first time. Check out Moonwlkr's range of Delta 8 products and start experiencing something different.

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