Friday, August 19, 2022

Is Delta-8 THC Worth The Hype?

Regardless of what type of cannabis consumer you are, it’s a great time to explore the unique benefits of this exciting addition to the cannabis marketplace.

Delta-8 THC has captured the attention of the media, thanks to its federally-legal status under the 2018 Farm Bill.

While some consider it to be nothing more than a placeholder in states where marijuana isn’t yet legal, there are plenty of folks who think delta-8 is the hot new show in town. With all the hype, you might be wondering what the fuss is about.

Do we really need another THC product? Can delta-8 really get you high? Should I bother to try it? The answer to all three questions is a resounding YES.

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What is delta-8?

Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in hemp. Because it is present in very small amounts, it is extracted and concentrated, then infused into products such as edibles, tinctures, vapes, or dabs. It is also available in smokable flower form.

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Delta-8 is similar to delta-9 THC, but with a slightly different organization of atoms. This small difference not only gives delta-8 its name, it also lessens the psychoactive effects of THC, including paranoia and anxiety, while still producing an enjoyable high. And though research is limited, users report that it compares favorably to both delta-9 THC and pharmaceuticals in treating pain, anxiety, and depression.

Can you really get high from delta-8?

The short answer to that question is yes, absolutely. As with most cannabis products, how high you get depends on your dosage, tolerance, body chemistry, and method of delivery. Users report highs from delta-8 ranging from mild relaxation to an intense euphoric high and everything in between. This ability to produce a significant high–or not–contributes to its broad appeal across different classes of cannabis consumers.

RELATED: What It’s Like To Get High On Delta-8 THC Compared To Regular THC

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Why should I try delta-8?

The reasons for trying delta-8 are as diverse as cannabis consumers themselves. From those seeking help with medical conditions to those who are serious cannabis enthusiasts, delta-8 offers something for everyone:

  • For serious cannabis users, higher doses of delta-8 offer a smooth, euphoric high, with lots of relaxation and body buzz, but far less of the psychoactive effects experienced with delta-9 THC.
  • Casual cannabis consumers enjoy delta-8 occasionally, with a lighter high, less risk of paranoia or anxiety, and less intense side effects than weed or other forms of THC.
  • Medical cannabis users have reported improvements in anxiety, stress, depression, and pain from delta-8, making it a great option for anyone seeking something more potent than CBD, but without a pronounced high.

RELATED: Demand Is Booming For Delta-8

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That sounds great. Where can I get delta-8?

Delta-8 is legal in 36 states and is generally found at smoke/vape shops and dispensaries. It is also available online from producers like Hi On Nature, a California company that offers a full line of high-quality delta-8 products in a range of doses and delivery methods.

Regardless of what type of cannabis consumer you are, it’s a great time to explore the unique benefits of this exciting addition to the cannabis marketplace.

Find out if it’s legal to ship delta-8 THC to your state at Hi On Nature’s shipping laws page.

Lisa Porter is a freelance writer from the Seattle area focused on health and wellness. She is a long-time consumer of CBD, which she has used to help manage her psoriatic arthritis for more than a decade. She recently discovered delta-8 THC and has been inspired to share its benefits, particularly with those who suffer from anxiety, chronic pain, or sleep issues. She is also an advocate for kids with juvenile arthritis, along with her daughter, who was diagnosed at 13.

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