Learn about Delta 8 THC and how long the psychoactive effects of cannabis last. One of the four most common components of cannabis, D8 is useful for its psychoactivity similarly associated with other forms of THC.
While Delta 8 THC may get you high, it’s important to note that the psychoactive buzz produced by the cannabinoid is fleeting in duration. How long a Delta 8 high lasts is impacted by a number of factors. Whether you’re looking to take advantage of the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis or simply relax, it’s worth taking the time and effort required to understand different variables that can affect your experience.
The great news is that Delta 8 provides a clearer high than other traditional forms of THC, making dosing and timing out your experience more manageable. Delta 8 can provide similar effects as Delta 9 THC, such as stimulating appetite and reducing pain and anxiety, without the paranoia and intense psychoactivity. Read on to learn more about science behind Delta 8 highs and how to control the duration of your cannabis experience.
How Does a Delta 8 High Occur?
Much of your experience with D8 will depend on your highly individualized biological makeup. Different types of cannabis can produce different effects as well. One product may lead to a sleepy high while another one leaves you feeling more alert. These results may also vary from person to person.
These variances are due to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which allows Delta 8 to affect us all differently. Put simply, the endocannabinoid system is the network of receptors that help the body maintain internal balance and regulate bodily functions. Cannabis users feel a high when the THC in the plant they consumed interact with their bodies. Cannabinoids produce an effect by binding to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, where they are then broken down by enzymes. Our cannabinoid receptors have genetic variations from person to person, which in turn can alter the effects of cannabis, including the duration of the overall experience.
How Long does a Delta 8 High Last?
While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for how long a buzz from D8 will last, there are several elements to consider. The primary factor in the duration of a Delta 8 high is the method of cannabis consumption. The high you get from eating an edible will generally last longer than the high you get from a few puffs of a joint. That’s because the length of the high reflects the amount of time it takes for the THC to reach peak saturation in your bloodstream and work through your system.
When smoking Delta 8 flower, the onset of the high is nearly immediate as the THC levels peak typically within the first 30 minutes to an hour after inhalation. The high from smoking cannabis can last up to several hours, though the intensity will generally decrease after the first hour.
Delta 8 edibles operate differently because before you can feel any onset of effects, your digestive system has to first break down the components of the edible first. Then the THC gets metabolized through the liver and enters the bloodstream, taking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for the effects to kick in. Depending on the amount of D8 consumed and your tolerance for it, an edible high can last a few hours. The peak of an edible high generally lasts from one to 3 hours.
When vaping concentrates, the onset of effects is nearly immediate, but the duration depends largely on the individual’s tolerance. As always, your biological makeup, along with the chemical makeup of the cannabis you’re consuming, will determine how long a Delta 8 THC high lasts.
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