Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also called delta-8 THC and D8 THC, is a cannabis compound that is becoming more and more popular. Why? Well, you might know that THC is the psychoactive molecule found in cannabis plants (marijuana and hemp) that gets you “high”. However, delta 8 THC is different from the more well-known delta 9 THC; it is found in low concentrations in the federally legal hemp plant and undergoes an extraction process before being added to products. Delta 8 is also different than delta 9 in chemical structure and potency.
Even though the psychoactive properties give THC its hype, the compound has many different applications and uses. D8 THC is not as strong as D9 THC, but has been reported to have many health benefits. It may be able to treat pain, reduce inflammation, alter your mood, relieve stress, and calm anxiety.
As it affects everything from your thinking, pleasure, and concentration to your movement and sensory perception, consuming D8 in its many forms, like edibles, can help you get more enjoyment from many activities.
How Delta 8 THC Edibles Interact With Your Body
Cannabinoids (such as THC) work synergistically with our bodies due to a critically important and understudied system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of chemical signals and receptors in our brain and body. The ECS influences the central nervous system, which regulates our most important bodily functions: sleep, mood, appetite, pain sensation, and memory. It helps us maintain physiological, emotional, and cognitive stability.
Simply put, the ECS is involved in creating homeostasis—balance and harmony—within the body. Our body is full of ECS receptors that react to cannabinoids, naturally occurring compounds produced in our body and found in the cannabis plant. This creates the myriad of potential benefits we get from ingesting hemp-derived Delta 8 products.
Scientists have already discovered over 113 cannabinoids, and are continuing to discover more. Some of the most well-known examples are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). When you ingest these cannabinoids (delta 8 vapor, CBD edibles, etc.) or put them onto your skin (creams, lotions, etc.), they interact with your ECS. Cannabis products are known to help with:
Some cannabis strains can even boost energy, reduce appetite, and enhance mental clarity and focus. Cannabis is an incredibly powerful plant, not only because of the variety of compounds in it, but also because of how intertwined our endocannabinoid system is with our health. The ECS is truly a power player when it comes to wellness because it doesn’t just work in harmony with our body, it creates harmony within our body.
Which Cannabis Strain Is Best for Edibles?
Cannabis plants are classified into varieties called strains. These cannabis strains generally fall into three different categories: indica, sativa, and hybrid.
Indica strains are characterized by the plant’s dark-colored buds; short, dense structure; and short, wide, fan-shaped leaves. These plants have a deeply relaxing effect, create a strong body buzz, and are often suggested for nighttime use. Users with high tolerances to cannabis often prefer indica strains.
On the recreational side, these strains tend to generate a more intense high. On the medical side of things, if you are in pain or need help sleeping, you want to choose edibles infused with indica strains. Some of the most popular indica strains are:
- Hindu Kush
- Afghan Kush
- Northern Lights
- Grandaddy Purple
- Wedding Cake
- Girl Scout Cookies
Sativa plants are characterized by their tall, lanky structures and skinny, narrow leaves. These are great for energy, focus, and creativity. The sativa strain is typically favored for daytime use and physical activity because it doesn’t produce the strong body high associated with the indica strain.
The most common sativa strains are:
- Sour Diesel
- Durban Poison
- Strawberry Cough
- Blue Dream
- Jack Herer
- Green Crack
- Super Silver Haze
Hybrid strains are just as the name indicates: hybrids created from multiple strains. It does not necessarily mean that the strain is the result of breeding a sativa with an indica, although that is somewhat common. A hybrid strain can be the result of breeding two indicas, two sativas, two hybrids, or any other combination of strains in order to carry desirable traits.
Generally, the effects produced by hybrid strain edibles are more balanced in nature. For example, you might have a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s more functional and less energetic than a pure sativa, so it could be used at night or more easily consumed by those who may be sensitive or suffer from anxiety. Hybrid strains can be both relaxing and energizing, depending on their specific genetics. Our favorite hybrid strains are:
- OG Kush
- Blue Dream
- Cherry Pie
- Gorilla Glue
- Skunk #1
- Sour Space Candy
- White Widow
How to Consume Delta 8 Edibles Safely?
When consuming a delta-8 edible, you have to remember that it has a slower onset time due to digestion. A THC-infused food or beverage item can take 30 to 90 minutes to kick in and its effects can last several hours or even all day. This is where taking the right dose comes into play – you should start low and then gradually increase the dosage over several weeks.
As for how much Delta 8 to consume, once you have taken a quarter of a gummy or 2.5 mg (the smallest dose), wait for an hour and see how it feels. Your body has to process the D8, so you may not feel anything for up to 90 minutes. Do NOT take more for at least the next 2 hours. If you ate a big meal before consuming a D8 edible, the process can be even slower.
If you don’t feel any effects at all within 2–3 hours after taking the smallest dose, only then consider taking another dose. You may increase it to 5 mg, but don’t take any more than that. We recommend following these rules for safe and responsible use of delta 8 edibles:
- Never drive or operate any heavy equipment (at home or at work) while consuming D8.
- Never take an edible after indulging in alcohol (it can lead to nausea, dizziness, panic, anxiety, and paranoia).
- Start low and go slow; give edibles at least 2 hours to take effect before you take another dose.
- Always store your edibles in a safe place, away from children and pets.
- While D8 THC has a very limited list of known pharmaceutical drug interactions, you should always consult your doctor before using it if you take prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs.
- Don’t consume THC products in any form if you have a drug test coming up.
Fun Things to Do When You Are Enjoying D8 Edibles Alone
Americans have loved cannabis edibles since the 1960s, and many of today’s users favor this non-smoking way of consuming cannabis plant-derived products. Enjoying edibles alone can be a delightful way to spend some quality me-time. There are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed while taking an edible, allowing you to tap into all kinds of creativity.
If you’ve made the decision to indulge in D8 edibles, we have some great ideas about how you can enjoy the experience:
Watch a Movie
When we are high, our senses are heightened and our consciousness is elevated, so enjoying music and movies with cannabis is a perfect pairing. You can watch a plot-driven spy thriller or go for something light and goofy, like the favorite Pineapple Express! Watching a good movie while snacking on a pizza or some spicy wings always is fun, but for some reason, it is even better after consuming delta 8.
Play Video Games
As aficionados of both cannabis and video games, we can tell you that playing in the virtual world is much more satisfying after taking a D8 edible. A lot of users have noticed that they actually tend to play better.
All the benefits of reported performance enhancement might have something to do with the fact that THC can increase dopamine levels, which makes you feel really good when good things happen. Most video games are designed to prey on this dopamine release so coupled with THC, the feeling of joy and accomplishment is almost doubled.
THC can also make you hyper-focused on a task and forget about life stress, which can explain why most cannabis users are able to perform so well in gaming.
Listen to Music
In 1964, when Bob Dylan introduced The Beatles to weed, it is said that Paul McCartney remarked he had achieved true mental clarity for the first time in his life. According to a neuroscientist at McGill University, Daniel Levitin, that’s no coincidence. His research shows that when cannabis products are combined with music, the user experiences feelings of intense euphoria and connection to the music.
Also, when you are high, time moves a little slower for you. You’re in a state of mind that distorts your sense of perceiving time and it magnifies your ability to notice any changes in the beat. As a result, the musical composition becomes much more gratifying to your ears.
If you want to feel more meditative and relaxed, try doing yoga after consuming delta 8 edibles. For people using D8 specifically for pain relief, practicing yoga can be extremely beneficial. It will help you relax and focus on your breathing while moving through different poses, thus relieving tension and pain in your muscles. As THC increases focus, you’re likely to find yourself doing better poses and breathing much deeper.
A lot of users report that consuming edibles opens their minds and spurs imagination. From classic legends like Willie Nelson and Louis Armstrong to modern artists like Lady Gaga and Jay-Z, many musicians have credited the use of cannabis for creating their hit numbers. Even writers like Stephen King and Maya Angelou are on the record for relying on “being high” in order to come up with their greatest ideas.
After you’ve taken D8 edibles, be ready for the creative juices to start flowing. Whether you’re into writing, sculpting, painting, drawing, making music, or something else, the inspiration could strike out of nowhere and help you unleash your creativity like never before.
Cook a Meal
The “munchies” are one of the most common effects of consuming hemp-derived products so why not make the most of it? Instead of ordering some pizza or Chinese food, you can hone your cooking skills and whip up something delicious at home. This is a great idea if you usually avoid spending time in the kitchen. The D8 buzz can make food prep less tedious and boring.
Take a Soothing Nap
If you accidentally took a high dose of delta 8 THC and are feeling anxious or paranoid, taking a nap will give your body time to metabolize it. You will most likely wake up feeling well-rested and more alert. Even if you are not feeling any adverse reactions, you’ll find that THC induces a much deeper state of relaxation. Many users have reported that they get much better sleep when high, especially those who suffer from insomnia or restless dreams during sleep.
Go to the Gym
Studies have shown that cannabis users typically spend more time working out than people who don’t use it. If you’re looking for some motivation to exercise, take a small dose (5 mg–20 mg, depending on your tolerance) of delta 8 about 30 minutes before starting your workout. This is not suitable for every exercise activity because D8 makes your brain hyper-focused on the task in front of you.
We recommend engaging in activities that don’t need any situational awareness, like running on the treadmill, spinning on a stationary bike, yoga, or weightlifting. Do not go biking or running on busy streets as it can put you in a dangerous situation.
Take a Shower
For many users, a cold shower can give them a jolt of motivation to finish certain tasks. Keep in mind, this alertness effect is most common with cold showers, as cold water increases your heart rate and blood circulation. The combination of D8 and cold water can promote deep breathing and accelerate your oxygen levels, giving you the push you need to achieve a particular goal.
Fun Things to Do When Enjoying Delta 8 Edibles With Friends
Snacking on a delta 8-infused gummy alone can be great for sure, but taking it with your partner or friends is something else. The sensations and vibes shared together during a D8 session can help you create life-long relationships even with people you’ve just met. Not only can consuming edibles help you relax, but it can also make it easier to open up and talk about things you might find difficult to touch upon otherwise. Here are some activities you can bond over with your friends after consuming delta 8:
Go to the Movies
If you and your partner/friends have the same taste in movies, consider going to the theater to spend some quality time together. Comedies, action, or thriller movies are great options after you have taken a delta 8 edible.
D8 edibles can take up to an hour to kick in so you might want to eat them before you leave – be sure to walk, hire a cab, call a rideshare, or have someone sober drive you to the movies.
Go on a Hike
Exploring nature is always a good idea when you are with friends. If there are some trails or parks near you that you haven’t had a chance to check out, ask your friends to accompany you. Even those who don’t usually go hiking might find themselves loving the euphoria-filled walk through the local flora. And while you’re at it, why not go camping under the stars?
You can indulge in an energizing sativa edible and go for a hike while taking pictures of the wilderness on the way. During the evening, take out an indica edible and lay back to look at the star-studded sky. S’mores, hot dogs, and other camping treats taste so much better when you’ve got the munchies.
Visit a Museum
You may have experienced that after consuming THC, you are somehow able to appreciate something in a new way, be it movies, fine art, cooking, gardening, or even nature walks. THC – specifically produced from sativa-dominant strains – enhances our ability to perceive sounds and colors, so it helps make art in all forms more vivid.
So, call your friends, take some D8, and embrace the pure bliss of viewing all those bewitching art pieces in your local museum. Find out if there are any upcoming art and craft shows in your city; you can make a great day of it with delta 8 and close friends.
Play a Game
Board games are fun at any time, but playing them after consuming D8 THC can be an especially unique experience. The suspense of the game is heightened and the creative ways that players may perceive the rules of the game can make it even more enjoyable. Having that extra boost of energy and enthusiasm when playing a board game with friends can make for a night to remember and provide an opportunity for unforgettable conversations and laughter.
Have a Picnic
Outdoor dining after taking an edible can be a memorable experience when you’re with your loved ones. Do keep in mind that, unlike a regular picnic, you can’t just pick any spot when you’re planning to get high. Make sure it’s an area that is completely safe and there is no dangerous wildlife around. Don’t forget to pack plenty of food and beverages because, well, munchies.
To make it more fun, have your guests each bring some D8 strains of their choice (a couple of grams, nothing too much). Put them all together so everyone can enjoy the variety. Encourage everyone to bring their favorite delta 8-infused baked goods and other edibles – cookies, cakes, fruity gummies, and savory treats cooked with cannabis butter.
Things You Should Never Do When High
This goes without saying, but there are certain things you just should not do after you take an edible.
You should never try to drive while high under any circumstance. Delta 8, or any cannabis product for that matter, can impair your coordination, slow down your reaction time, and distort your perception. Operating a vehicle in this state is not only illegal, but it is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. It can prove to be fatal for you and other people on the road.
You are not exactly in the best state of mind to make good decisions when high. Shopping, whether online or in a brick-and-mortar store, is not a good idea because everything is going to look appealing at that moment. You are likely going to end up spending your hard-earned money on things you absolutely do not need and will regret buying.
Going to the Grocery Store
There is a reason why dieting experts advise to never enter a grocery store when you’re hungry – because you will make poor decisions that are based on temporary cravings rather than on the nutritional content of the food. Similarly, when you are high on delta 8, you’re probably battling a case of the munchies. In that condition, a grocery store can seem like a magical place full of your favorite treats where everything looks appetizing, including extremely unhealthy, junk foods.
Responding to Work Emails
It is best to avoid interacting with your work colleagues or your employer after taking delta 8 edibles. Some people tend to space out mid-sentence or say aloud things they never would when sober. Furthermore, typos and bad grammar are fairly common when writing under the influence of THC.
Choose Laughing Buddha for Premium-Quality Delta 8 Edibles
Laughing Buddha’s goal is to promote a healthy, stress-free lifestyle by offering products made with D8 THC. We stay up to date on the latest research by leading scientists in the cannabis industry in order to maintain the safety and quality of our products. We offer an extensive collection of the highest quality delta 8 edibles that are rich in natural terpenes and tested by a third-party lab to ensure potency and safety. You can select from delicious gummy flavors, including mango, watermelon, cherry sours, peach, and more. We also have a variety of D9/D8 blended gummies and D9/HHC blended gummies to choose from as well. For more information, feel free to call us at (877) 420-8420 or contact us online.