When it comes to getting buzzed or high by consuming delta 8 THC (delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol), the experience is everything. Delta 8 products are made with hemp cannabis raw extracts and are reported to have many therapeutic or medical uses like other cannabinoids. They can also produce a “high” feeling.
Generally speaking, getting high is simply heightening your senses and changing your consciousness. However, all delta 8 THC highs are not the same, despite the way movies and TV shows have portrayed them. Some highs are deeply relaxing, while others help you focus. Sometimes you get the munchies and want to visit multiple convenience stores, other times you start laughing uncontrollably at the silliest things.
The biggest thing to understand about using delta-8 THC is that no two highs will ever be the same. Sure, you will almost always experience some of the same effects, like changes in your appetite and feeling thirsty. But you do have control over your high and the type of high you experience.
For example, if you want to feel a jolt of energy and creativity to hit it out of the park on a work project, you should choose a sativa strain. If you want to enjoy a lazy, laughter-filled evening with your buddies, you should go with an indica strain. Just as there are endless strains of cannabis, there are endless types of experiences. In this post, we’ll go over some ways to get the most out of your D8 THC session, whether you are an experienced user or new to delta-8.
What to Expect From a Delta 8 THC High
As some of the most popular emerging cannabis-derived products, there are many different types of delta 8 THC products available to consumers. When considering what type of product you want to indulge in, the strain of cannabis plant you choose and its terpenes will have a great impact on your high, as will the delivery method and dosage. There are many other factors that can influence the psychoactive and intoxicating effects, like whether you had a big meal or indulged in alcohol or other potentially harmful substances before consuming. Your current mood and state of health may also affect your experience as well. Another major factor may be whom you are with and where you are situated.
On top of all that, THC and other cannabinoids affect everyone differently. You could enjoy the same product made from hemp cannabis raw extracts with a friend and not feel the same things. D8 doesn’t work exactly the same way every single time with every single person.
Your hormones, your lifestyle choices, and your DNA can affect the way your body interacts with cannabis plant products. If you have never indulged in weed or THC and are wondering what consuming delta 8 would feel like, here are some of the most common types of “high” you may experience:
You Just Feel Good
This is often considered the best type of high, but of course, that’s highly subjective. You feel euphoric, optimistic, hopeful, and happy. Your senses are heightened and you have a great energy buzz going. A good high experience can provide you with pain relief, mental clarity, and a feeling of peace. The world may look brighter and almost movie-like. You may feel like a social butterfly or more connected to nature. Some parts of your body may feel heavy, but your mind feels liberated. The greatest highs of this type will leave you feeling like the best version of yourself.
You Feel a Deep, Full-Body Relaxation
This is when you feel so deeply relaxed in your body that you want to stay glued to your couch for the rest of your life. It is much deeper than ordinary relaxation, and it’s perfect when you want to literally do nothing or shut out the world. This high is usually best achieved with edibles or ingestible delta 8, but some smokable strains can accomplish it as well.
To some people, the “couch lock” sensation may seem like a negative, but it simply refers to the deep, beyond relaxation level of the body high. It’s perfect for a lazy weekend or rainy day. Make sure to have snacks nearby, because this type of high will absolutely come with a case of the munchies, and you won’t want to go anywhere for food.
You Feel More Productive
Many newbies to cannabis are shocked to learn that they can unlock a productive and active high. With the right strain selection (sativa or sativa-leaning hybrids) and delivery method (vapes and pre-rolls), you can achieve a high that is energetic and focused. Some D8 users love to achieve this state before organizing or cleaning; others like to pair it with exercise. After all, it’s been discovered that the famous “runner’s high” is attributed to your endocannabinoid system interacting with endogenous (naturally occurring in the body) cannabinoids.
You Can’t Stop Laughing
There is nothing like an experience that leaves you laughing so hard that you cry. With delta 8 THC, it’s very possible to experience humor or joy, unlike anything you have ever felt before. Some users have actually woken up the next day with sore abs from the incessant and uncontrollable laughter brought on by a high like this. With a giggly high, jokes are more hilarious, comedic movies are more hysterical, making funny faces is sillier, and life is just more enjoyable.
You Feel Creative
For centuries, artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people have been known to use cannabis to tap into their inspiration and innovation. You may find yourself wanting to paint, write poetry, or even color an adult coloring book. There’s something magical about unlocking a creative high. Some refer to this type of high as a “head high,” meaning you feel it more in your mind than in your body.
Delta 8 THC is known to heighten your perception, increase your senses, and improve focus on a task. For some people, this combination provides a flow state, or a heightened state, of creativity. Ideas flow more easily, colors look more vivid, and you may feel more connected and free in your expression.
You Get a “Light Bulb Moment”
A favorite D8 experience is when it helps the user see a different perspective or brings a sense of enlightenment. This type of high can bring an “A-HA!” or light bulb moment. Your state of relaxation and changing your consciousness can reveal a new perspective on a situation. Sometimes you’ll have an unexpected epiphany.
There’s this idea floating around that consuming cannabis products will just leave you high and unable to think. But mounting evidence shows it can increase blood flow to the brain, including to the frontal cortex where our higher-level thinking occurs. This can cause us to experience better problem-solving skills and improved thinking on a subject. When faced with a problem, some users choose to “smoke on it”.
Tips for a Safe Yet Enjoyable Experience With Delta 8 THC
Now that you know what to expect from delta-8 THC and other hemp-derived products, let’s discuss some helpful ways to get the most out of your experience.
Start Off With a Smaller Dosage
Remember this dosing rule: start low and go slow. The effects of a delta 8 THC edible or capsule can take up to an hour or two to fully hit you. Your body has to digest the cannabis, and that takes time. If you had a particularly heavy meal before consuming D8, it can slow the process down even further. Take just one capsule or half a serving of an edible, and then wait at least 2 hours to see how you feel before taking more.
Inhaling delta 8 THC will hit you faster; you might feel the effects within a few minutes. With a pre-rolled joint, vape, or other smoking devices, start by taking just one single deep inhalation.
Be Extra Cautious With Edibles
We recommend starting with a technique known as “micro-dosing”. Edibles (like gummies, candy, and baked goods) usually come in servings of 5 mg or 10 mg. It might not sound like much, but the truth is delta 8 THC edibles can be quite potent.
Let’s say you have a chocolate bar with 10 pieces that contain 10 mg each, or a bag of gummies that are dosed the same. For your first time, we recommend cutting a single piece or dose into quarters, so you end up taking only 2.5 mg. Be careful, edibles are usually delicious so you want to take more, but trust us, in an hour or so, you will start to feel the effects. With a micro-dose, you will almost certainly not get too high.
Choose Your Strain Wisely
If this is your first time using delta 8 or cannabis, it’s understandable that you don’t want to get too high. We recommend an indica-leaning strain like Wedding Cake, Grandaddy Purple, or Blueberry. Indica strains are known for their relaxing and soothing properties, while sativa strains tend to be stimulating and energizing. As a beginner, you may want to use D8 to cap off the night or unwind at the end of the day. If you are having health issues, you may want to take an indica strain as it may help with pain relief and other health benefits.
Use Delta 8 Around Trusted Friends
If you’re trying D8 THC products for the first time, try to not be alone when taking them. Regardless of how much experience you have with other cannabis products, you shouldn’t risk taking too much and experiencing any adverse events on your own. Even though there are no serious health risks with consuming delta 8 THC, it is still best to be with people you trust when trying a new thing. If possible, find a responsible friend or family member who has already taken them so they can guide you.
Know Your Limits
Remember to start low and go slow. You can always take more, but you can’t take less once you have consumed it. You can’t go backward, so consume carefully. It is impossible to overdose on delta 8, but it’s still important to be careful so as to avoid anxiety and paranoia.
Buy From a Trusted Brand
When purchasing delta 8, it is essential to obtain products from a brand you trust. Reputable brands have established their delta 8 products as consistent, reliable, and high quality, so you can be sure they are both safe and effective. When shopping for delta 8, do your research to find the best manufacturers – look at consumer reviews, learn the history of the business, research their sources, and review any available third-party testing conducted on the product. This could help point you in the direction of a trusted source for buying delta 8. Ultimately, buy only from companies that are transparent about their ingredients and processes to ensure that you get the best product for your money.
Find the Right Type of Product
If you are looking for a reliable source of delta 8 products, you need to find the right type for your specific needs. Luckily, there is a large variety of delta 8 products available, ranging from edibles and flower to cartridges and disposable vapes. It’s important to do some research regarding the various types of delta 8 products, the extraction and chemical synthesis process they go through, the strain, their potency, and so on. Doing this will help you determine which type of product might be best for you. Take some time to explore all the options out there and ensure that you find something that meets your requirements in terms of concentration levels and cost.
Edibles and concentrates are some of the most potent options so be sure to start with a low dosage. It’s important to understand that getting too high too soon can ruin all the fun of exploring delta 8 THC.
Do NOT Drive After Using Delta 8
Never drive or operate heavy machinery while high or after consuming delta 8 THC. Driving under the influence of THC is not only extremely dangerous, but also illegal.
How Can You Tell If You Are Too High?
First things first, there is no need to panic because it is impossible to overdose on delta 8. Whatever negative reactions you might experience, it’s very rare that it will ever become a medical emergency. That said, if you messed up the dose and consumed too much, you could potentially feel the following effects:
- Dry Eyes and Mouth: Cottonmouth and reddened eyes are common effects of consuming a cannabis product. These physical effects are short-term and could last on average for two to four hours (edible effects can be even longer).
- Trouble Focusing: If you find yourself unable to concentrate on a task, you may have taken too much.
- Drowsiness: If you’re feeling extra groggy or drowsy, that’s another sign that you may have overdone it.
- Paranoia: D8 can cause paranoia or anxiety in some users, especially if they are naturally prone to it and have taken a sativa-dominant strain. THC in small doses has been known to improve anxiety, but high doses can trigger panic attacks. Make sure to keep your delta 8 THC doses in mind in order to avoid making anxiety worse.
How to Sober Up From an Uncomfortable High
Sometimes, bad highs can happen, and they are usually brought on by overconsumption. If you experience a not-so-good high, it means you are most likely too high. In some cases, it could also happen if a particular strain doesn’t agree with you. Or maybe you indulged in alcohol or caffeine with your cannabis.
So what does a bad high feel like? Most bad highs are defined by anxiety and paranoia. There is something incredibly specific to the type of paranoia cannabis can produce, because your senses and consciousness are heightened. Additionally, THC cannabinoids work as a vasodilator, so they can increase blood flow making it feel like anxiety. If you’re having a bad high, you could also experience confusion.
The most important thing to understand here is that these experiences don’t happen very often and they will always subside; so don’t panic, you’re going to be okay. Nonetheless, if it happens to you or a friend, here are our tips for handling a bad high:
Just Breathe and Don’t Panic
Take long, slow breaths in and out. Focus only on your breathing. Inhale slowly, and exhale slowly. Our breathing is one of the most powerful tools to rely on when we need to focus the mind. By resetting with 6–7 long, slow, deep breaths, you can reconnect and reset your experience. When you are breathing and simply focusing on inhaling and exhaling, you can absolutely breathe your way through a bad high.
Hydration, hydration, hydration! This is a major tactic for managing a bad high or green-out (taking too much D8). Stick with water or juice and make sure to avoid alcohol and caffeine (both can increase the effects of THC). Hydrating will help with your dry mouth and allow you to focus on something outside of being super high.
Eat a Good Meal
Eating a healthy snack like fruits, nuts, and cheese is another tool for reducing the effects of being high. The more you eat, the faster you’ll come down from your high so try to eat a substantial meal.
Drink Lemon Juice
Limonene is a well-known terpene that can diminish an intense high or ease a bad high. It’s known to modulate THC’s effects on the body and brain. Luckily, lemons are packed with limonene. If you find yourself too high, squeeze some juice from a fresh lemon, or zest a bit of the peel, then add a little bit of sugar. Drinking this maty help you to combat your bad high.
Sniff Black Pepper
Black peppers are rich in beta-caryophyllene, a terpene known to mellow out a high upon inhalation. You will want to activate the smell, so crush or smash a few fresh peppercorns. Then move your nose close and take a careful sniff. Inhaling the actual pepper can be unpleasant, so be cautious. You can try chewing a few peppercorns instead. This method has been known to help people experiencing extreme paranoia.
Remember that your experience with delta-8 THC is heavily influenced by how you feel about it. If you’re too high and feel yourself panicking, focus on something other than your experience. Turn on your favorite movie, music, or even a video game. Distract and entertain yourself because panicking can exacerbate the symptoms.
Go Out for Fresh Air
Physical exertion can make the high wear off more quickly and it will help clear your mind as well. Step out for a walk in the park or around the neighborhood and breathe in the fresh air. Please keep in mind that this doesn’t include driving or bicycling; operating any kind of vehicle in this state is not recommended.
Take a Shower
You can take a cold or hot shower, as long as it is a nice long one. Showers are actually one of the fastest ways to reduce your high. A cold shower will wake you up when you’re feeling foggy after a strong dose, whereas a hot shower and resulting steam can help you relax and alleviate any panic or anxiety you may be feeling.
Sleep It Off
With a bad delta 8 high, not only can you sleep it off, but you can also sleep through it. Cannabis products are considered highly effective in dealing with insomnia, so if you’re feeling too high, go to sleep. When you wake up, it’s likely that you will no longer be as high.
Take CBD to Counter The Effects
CBD is a natural remedy for getting sober after having a bad high. It has the ability to counteract some of the more uncomfortable psychological effects of THC, such as confusion and paranoia. This is because CBD binds to the same receptors as THC blocking the psychoactive effects of Delta 8. Ultimately, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by a bad high, don’t hesitate to give CBD a try. It could be exactly what you need to get relief quickly and safely.
Start Your Delta 8 Journey With Laughing Buddha
At Laughing Buddha, we only use the best ingredients and best processes to create each batch of delta 8 THC products, be it a pack of gummies or disposable vape carts. We have no room for subpar quality or potentially harmful chemicals and fillers. We only use cannabis plants with sophisticated techniques to extract pure, natural compounds and manufacture the best quality products.
All of our capsules, tinctures, edibles, and other offerings are tested in a third-party lab and come with Certificates of Analysis (COA) which are available on our website. If you have any questions or safety concerns at all, our friendly staff is here to help. Give us a call at (877) 420-8420 or send us a message online.