Over the past several months, you’ve probably noticed a major change here at VapeJuice.com. We’ve become more than just America’s biggest and best vape shop – we’ve also become a superstore for all things hemp. We started with CBD, and now we’ve taken the next step by adding Delta-8 products to our store.
If you’re new to the world of Delta-8, you’ve got questions. You’ve probably seen references to Delta-8 here and there, but maybe you haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Well, we’ve got answers for you. This article is your comprehensive Delta-8 FAQ, and we think it’ll be a perfect introduction for you if you’re a complete beginner. The beginning, in fact, is exactly where we’re going to start.
What Is Delta-8?
Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis. Although CBD gets all of the attention these days, CBD is only one of over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified and isolated. Delta-8 is another. It occurs only in low concentrations in cannabis plants, so hemp processors have to help things along a little. They obtain Delta-8 by converting it from CBD. We’ll discuss that in greater detail in a moment.
Is Delta-8 the Same Thing as THC?
Long before the current CBD craze, THC was the cannabinoid that made cannabis famous. It’s the cannabinoid that produces euphoria when you smoke cannabis. As it turns out, though, the cannabinoid that you know as “THC” is actually called Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 is an isomer of Delta-9. Although the two molecules have the same chemical formula, they differ in the locations of the double bonds between their carbon atoms. Although Delta-8 and Delta-9 have effects that are somewhat comparable to one another, they are two different compounds.
Is Delta-8 Legal?
Delta-8 is legal because it is obtained from industrial hemp, which has a Delta-9 THC content of less than 0.3 percent. Although Delta-9 THC is a federally controlled substance, Delta-8 is not. While Delta-8 is federally legal, some states have enacted laws against it. We do not ship Delta-8 products to states where they aren’t permitted, and we recommend checking your state's regulations before ordering.
How Is Delta-8 Made?
One of the interesting things about cannabinoids is that many of them are molecularly similar and are relatively easy to convert into one another as a result. It’s possible to convert both CBD and Delta-9 THC into Delta-8, but the conversion is usually performed on CBD because hemp processors have plenty of CBD to work with. To produce Delta-8, hemp processors start by dissolving CBD into a solvent. Next, they add an acid to the mixture. That triggers the process of isomerization, in which the CBD molecules convert to Delta-8 molecules. The conversion process may take several hours. When it’s over, the solvent is removed, and the acid is neutralized.
There are many methods for producing Delta-8, and each one leaves certain byproducts behind. For safety, it’s important to remove those byproducts and test the final product for purity and potency before releasing it to the public. You should only buy Delta-8 products from a brand that takes these safety concerns seriously.
What Does Delta-8 Feel Like?
Delta-8 produces a sensation that many people say is similar to Delta-9 but milder. Some people report relaxation and sedation, and others report feeling energetic and uplifted. The way in which cannabinoids interact with different people’s bodies is often subject to interpretation, so we suggest trying Delta-8 for yourself and seeing how you feel. Because many people report strong feelings of sedation when using Delta-8, we recommend trying it for the first time when you’re at home, don’t need to be productive and aren’t planning to drive.
How Do Delta-8, Delta-9 and Delta-10 Compare?
Compared to Delta-9, people often say that Delta-8 produces a similar effect but feels about half as strong. In addition, people seem more likely to report that Delta-8 produces a strong sensation of sedation or “couch lock.” Delta-10 users, meanwhile, typically report that its effects feel milder than those of Delta-8. While people often say that Delta-8 has the powerfully relaxing effect of an Indica cannabis strain, it’s commonly reported that people feel more uplifted and more able to remain productive after using Delta-10. These reports, however, are entirely subjective; we suggest trying both and coming to your own conclusion.
What Types of Delta-8 Products Are Available?
As the popularity of Delta-8 continues to grow, we expect the selection of available products to grow as well. Here at VapeJuice.com, we’ll be evaluating new Delta-8 brands and products carefully to determine the most appropriate additions to our store. For now, here are the four most common type of Delta-8 products.
- Delta-8 Tinctures: A Delta-8 tincture is an oil-based Delta-8 extract that’s meant to be taken orally. You take it by placing a dropper under your tongue and holding the oil there for several seconds before swallowing it.
- Delta-8 Vape Juice: Delta-8 vape juice works just like any other e-liquid. It’ll work with any vaping device – we’ll discuss that in greater detail shortly – and you use it by inhaling the vapor.
- Delta-8 Disposable Vapes: If you don’t want to spend the time maintaining a traditional vaping device, you might prefer a disposable vape instead. Disposable Delta-8 vapes give you the benefits of vaping without the drawbacks of recharging and refilling your device and replacing pods or coils.
- Delta-8 Gummies: Delta-8 gummies are an extremely convenient way to get your daily dose because all that you need to do is remove a gummy from the package and eat it. Delta-8 gummies may take a little longer to kick in than some other Delta-8 products, but some people find that the effects seem to last a little longer with edibles.
Does Delta-8 Vape Juice Work with Any Vaping Device?
Delta-8 vape juice is usually formulated with a VG/PG ratio close to 50/50, making it appropriate for most types of vaping devices. If you’re already a vaper, though, there are two things that you might want to consider before you begin using Delta-8 e-liquid with your current vaping device.
- You may find the experience a bit too overwhelming if you use Delta-8 e-liquid with a sub-ohm tank. Delta-8 vape juice also isn’t cheap, and you may find that you go through your e-liquid very quickly if you use a device that produces enormous clouds. You may have a better experience with a smaller device such as a pod system.
- You may want to dedicate one tank or pod to your Delta-8 vape juice and another to your nicotine e-liquid to help prevent the possibility of flavor contamination.
How Do Delta-8 E-Liquids and Tinctures Compare?
If you want to use Delta-8 in a way that gets it into your body as quickly as possible, you’re probably considering Delta-8 tinctures vs. vape juice as your top two options. Both options are very fast acting. Vaping gets Delta-8 into your system quickly because that’s true of anything you inhale. Delta-8 tinctures act quickly as well because absorption into your bloodstream via the sublingual artery is also fast. Before you make your decision, though, there are three things that you might want to consider first.
- Vaping is less discreet since you may exhale a visible cloud. You can’t vape in most places where you aren’t allowed to smoke.
- Some people find that vaping Delta-8 produces a stronger effect more quickly than using a tincture. With a tincture, some of the Delta-8 isn’t absorbed into your body until the oil reaches your digestive system. Depending on the efficiency of your digestive system, that could take an hour or longer.
- You may prefer a Delta-8 tincture if you don’t vape or smoke.
How Much Delta-8 Should I Use?
When you try to determine the appropriate Delta-8 dosage for your needs, you should start by looking at the strength of the product you’re using. Whether you’re using a vape juice, a tincture or something else, you’ll see a strength in milligrams printed on the product’s label. That strength represents the total amount of Delta-8 in the entire package. Use that to gauge the relative potency of the different products.
Once you’ve done that, you should check the product’s label for a suggested dose. In most cases, you’ll find that the suggested dose is one gummy, one dropper of tincture or a few puffs of vape juice. You’ll want to start small and allow a bit of time to gauge the effect of Delta-8 on your body. Remember that it can take some time for the effects to kick in – especially if you’re using an oral product.
How Long Until Delta-8 Kicks In?
If you’re vaping Delta-8 or using a tincture, you can usually expect the effects to kick in fairly quickly because absorption of any compound is always fast through the lungs or the sublingual artery. You should remember, though, that the absorption speed when you use a Delta-8 tincture will depend partially on how long you hold the tincture under your tongue. Any Delta-8 that isn’t absorbed sublingually will be absorbed through your digestive system, which can take an hour or more. If you use Delta-8 gummies, it’ll take much longer for the effect to kick in because all of the absorption takes place in your digestive system.