Do you know how craft beer changed the game for beer lovers in the late 20th century? Well, Delta 9 THC has done the same for cannabis. While it is already widely recognized as the main psychoactive compound in cannabis – the one that delivers the classic “high” – D9 is not just about the effects. Delta 9 strains are also loved for their rich, diverse flavor profiles.
Forget the typical grassy and pungent taste of traditional weed, D9 THC strains offer a wide range of blended flavors – sweet, fruity, citrusy, spicy, woody, floral, creamy, and much more.
The credit does go to the terpenes and flavonoids in D9 products, which not only enhance their natural flavors but also give them certain therapeutic benefits. No wonder chefs around the world are now making Delta 9-infused cooking oils and hot sauces. This has naturally led to a surge in THC cafes and restaurants where you can go for a cannabis latte or spiced curry!
But nothing beats edibles – like Delta 9 and Delta 8 peach rings – that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home after a long day. In this post, we will discuss a whole new way to indulge in this cannabis variety, one that appeals to both your taste buds and your sense of adventure.
What is Delta-9?
It’s one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The discovery of Delta 9 (and Delta 8 THC) can be traced back to Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli organic chemist. In 1964, he was the first to isolate Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, discover the endocannabinoid system, and find that that enhancing levels of cannabinoids like Delta 9 THC in the body could have health benefits. His research also showed how THC can help one feel altered perception of time, deep relaxation, increased focus, and even giddiness.
Delta 9 is largely extracted from cannabis (marijuana) sativa plants that contain more than 0.3% THC. The extraction process is intricate and involves multiple steps:
- First high-THC cannabis plants are dried/cured and grounded.
- Solvents like CO2, ethanol, or butane are used to dissolved THC from the plant material.
- The solvents are evaporated, and the extract is purified through processes like distillation.
- The remaining extract is heated to activate THC from its acidic form.
For those wondering whether Delta 9 is legal – it remains federally illegal in the US, classified as a Schedule I substance. Based on this, the 2018 Farm Bill made an exception for hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, defining it as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. So, Delta 9 THC extracted from hemp, as long as it adheres to this THC threshold, is considered legal at the federal level. That said, states have their own laws so always check your local laws before purchasing. It should be legal everywhere, it’s amazing it’s not. It’s disturbing that we have not learned our lessons on the prohibition of alcohol but that’s another topic.
How to Consume Delta-9 THC Edibles
Delta-9 THC / Delta 8 THC blended gummies – or as we call them gummies that make you laugh! – are probably the most convenient way to enjoy the mind-blowing effects of this cannabinoid. If you are new to THC edibles, here is how to go about it:
Step 1: Choose your flavor
Most brands, including Laughing Buddha, carry a lot of flavors so you can find something suitable for your palate. Some of the most popular flavors include:
- Cherry sours: These gummies have a tart kick that balances the sweetness.
- Peach rings: Imagine the taste of a ripe peach in a chewy, sugary form. That’s what you get with peach rings.
- Watermelon rings: These offer a refreshing, juicy flavor that mimics a slice of fresh watermelon.
- Strawberry rings: Like a basket of sun-warmed strawberries, these gummies are sweet and tangy.
Step 2: Read the label
The potency of a Delta 9 gummy is usually measured in milligrams (mg) of THC per gummy. This can range from as low as 5mg to as high as 50mg or more. Knowing the potency is essential for dosing. For example, if you’re new to Delta 9, you might want to start with a gummy that has lower potency, like 5 or 10mg, and then work your way up. On the other hand, if you are experienced and looking for stronger effects, you go for a gummy with 25mg or more.
If you have severe allergies to corn syrup or other artificial flavors, make sure to check for an allergen statement on the label. Some gummies might be produced in the same facility that also processes tree nuts, dairy, or other common allergens. Even if the gummies themselves don’t contain these allergens, cross-contamination is possible.
And keep in mind that sometimes, what looks like a single gummy serving might be considered two or more servings according to the label. One gummy might contain 20mg of Delta 9 THC and 30mg of D8 for instance, but the serving size might be listed as half a gummy, which would provide 10mg of the same.
Step 3: Start with a low dose
D9 THC has very potent psychoactive effects and how your body reacts to it will depend greatly on your metabolism and what you have eaten that day. This is why starting with a tiny dose is recommended. A dose of 5-10mg of Delta 9 THC is considered small for most people. If you’re completely new to THC or you know you have a low tolerance, you might even start with 2.5mg.
If the label says it contains 20mg of D9 THC, you can cut it in half to get a 10mg dose or into quarters for a 5mg dose. Some brands offer gummies that make you laugh in varying potencies, so you might find a product that already comes in a minimal serving option.
Step 4: Timing matters
Delta 9 gummies take longer to kick in compared to vaping or tinctures so do not expect to feel the effects immediately. Edibles take time to process through your digestive system, so it might be 45 minutes to 2 hours before you start to feel anything. Do NOT take another dose too quickly; you might end up consuming more than you can handle.
Once the effects do kick in, pay attention to how you feel. Do you like it? Is it too intense or too mild? Your initial micro-dose will tell you how to adjust your dose next time. If you felt almost nothing, you might try a slightly higher dose. If it was too intense, you know to scale back. And don’t forget to plan accordingly, especially if you have activities or need to go somewhere.
Step 5: Eat a meal
When you consume any food item containing D9, it goes through your digestive system and is metabolized by the liver before entering the bloodstream. Having food in your stomach can slow down this process, and allow for a more gradual release of Delta 9. This can result in a smoother, consistent experience.
We recommend eating a meal full of fats and proteins (nuts, avocadoes, salmon, olive oil) before eating a gummy. Cannabinoids like Delta 9 are fat-soluble, i.e., they bind well with fats. So, you are essentially giving the D9 something to “latch onto,” which can improve its absorption. Proteins are also crucial because they take longer to digest, which can further slowdown the release of Delta 9.
Eating right before you take the gummy can slow down its onset, while eating it too far in advance might lessen this effect. A reliable rule of thumb is to eat about 30 minutes to an hour before. If you prefer the faster, more intense onset that comes with taking D9 on an empty stomach, nothing is wrong with it, just make sure to consult with your doctor first.
Step 6: Chew thoroughly
Don’t just swallow the gummy whole. Take your time to chew it thoroughly to kickstart the digestion process. Remember, digestion starts in the mouth, not the stomach. Chewing your cannabis edible systematically can help it break down more quickly once it reaches your stomach, so the THC can be absorbed into your body faster. This means you could feel the effects a bit sooner than if you were to swallow it whole or chew it minimally.
And that’s it! Whether you are watching a movie or doing some creative work, the above tips will help you get the most out of THC edibles without feeling overwhelmed.
9 Ways To Experience the Benefits of Delta 9 Gummies
Now that you know how to consume D9, we have some perfect tips that can help your gummies add that je ne sais quoi in your life.
- Offer your guests a choice of D9 gummies, instead of regular dessert! Cherry sours can be a great conversation starter.
- Planning a movie marathon? Watermelon rings, with their juicy and refreshing flavor, can be a stellar companion to any summer blockbuster. The milder high from Delta 9 can keep you and your buddies engaged, no matter how boring the movie is.
- If you are an artist or writer looking for a little inspiration, try the strawberry rings. The mix of fruity flavors can be a sensory treat that complements your creative process.
- Pack some Delta 9/ Delta 8 peach rings when going for a hike or a day at the beach. Their sweetly aromatic flavor is the perfect match for a sunny day outdoors.
- For the yoga or meditation lovers, incorporating Delta 9 gummies into your routine can make it way easier to get into a relaxed state of mind. It can also heighten your senses, which can be a salient asset in yoga. You might find that you can get into poses more easily or hold them for longer periods.
- Try adding D9 gummies to your favorite recipes. You can chop up some gummies and sprinkle them over your ice cream, cupcakes, fruit parfait, trail mix, and cereal. Avoid heating them up though as that can make the THC less effective or degrade it.
- An assorted pack of different-flavored Delta 9 gummies can also make for a tremendous gift for the cannabis enthusiasts in your life.
- Many users find that D9 helps them sleep. If you’re one of them, consider taking this tasty treat about an hour before bedtime.
- If chronic pain is part of your daily struggle, pop a D9 gummy to alleviate some of that pain. Take it when you start feeling pain or anticipate a flare-up.
Order Premium Delta-9 THC / Delta 8 THC Blended Gummies Today
At Laughing Buddha, we offer an incredible selection of Delta-9 THC / Delta 8 THC blended gummies and other cannabinoids in mouth-watering flavors. Whether you want to mix and match with a combo pack or stick to one flavor, we’ve got you covered.
You can buy our gummies in 2-pack, 6-pack, or 12-pack variants. Each gummy contains 20 mg of purest THC that has gone thorough testing in an ISO-certified independent lab. You will be hooked on the quality we offer, regardless of the flavor you pick. Laughing Buddha online store gives you easy access to our complete range of high-quality cannabis edibles. Have any questions or need assistance? We are just a message away.