A Beginner’s Guide to Delta-8 Gummies

Hemp-derived Delta-8 gummies have reimagined the art of enjoying botanicals, combining the therapeutic properties of cannabis with the convenience of edibles. Thinking about stashing a jar of Delta-8 gummies in your pantry? Read on as we answer all your need-to-know questions, including how long does it take for Delta 8 gummy to kick in. 

What is Delta-8?

Before we dive into the realm of gummies, let’s take a quick look at what Delta-8 is and why it’s one of the biggest breakthroughs in cannabis right now. 

Like Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Delta-8 is a cannabis compound with psychotropic properties. The naturally occurring compound is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in Cannabis, a genus of flowering plants with therapeutic benefits that humans have been harnessing for centuries. While both Delta-9 and Delta-8 THC will get you high, the latter offers a much milder and less intense experience than its potent cousin. 

Delta-8 is an isomer of THC, sharing an almost identical molecular structure. While they’re virtually duplicates, the pair do have a few notable differences. Chemically speaking, Delta-9 THC has a double bond on the ninth carbon chain while Delta-8 THC has a double bond on the eighth carbon chain. 

Unlike THC, Delta-8 can also be extracted from hemp. This makes it a legal substance in most US states. The 2018 Farm Bill not only defined hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, but also classed naturally derived hemp products as legal under federal law. The mild and clear-headed effects of Delta-8, coupled with the fact the cannabinoid is federally legal in most states, has helped propel it to new highs. 

Do Delta 8 edibles get you high?

Absolutely. But not in the way you might expect. Unlike THC which can be extremely potent in edible form, Delta-8 promises a sharper and more focused high. This means you won’t experience the heavy limbs, foggy head or lethargic comedowns that are often associated with smoking joints or eating THC edibles. 

How long does it take for Delta-8 gummies to work?

Our cannabinoid-infused edibles contain 25mg of Delta-8 distillate per gummy, what we like to call the magic number. You may start to feel the effects within half an hour, though it can sometimes take up to 90 minutes for your Delta-8 gummy to kick in. The high should peak around two to three hours after consumption. 

It’s also worth mentioning that onset times may vary based on your digestive system, as well as whether you’ve eaten in the past few hours. Some consumers prefer to enjoy Delta-8 gummies on an empty stomach to fast-track the effects. Others like to use Delta-8 gummies after a meal for a slower and more mellow experience.  

How many Delta-8 gummies should I take? 

The suggested serving size for a typical consumer is approximately one gummy, which contains 25mg of Delta-8 distillate. This is enough to give even seasoned cannabis connoisseurs a clear-headed high. If you’re chasing a longer and more intense high, it’s not unusual to pop two or even three gummies in the same session. Ultimately, it depends on how your body reacts to cannabinoids and your experience with botanicals in general. 

The high usually lasts for around five to eight hours, though again this can vary between consumers. If you’re more sensitive to THC or just starting out with cannabis-infused edibles, start with half a gummy or even a quarter. As highs usually peak at the two to three hour mark, we wouldn’t recommend increasing your dosage until at least three hours after taking your first gummy. Once you’ve got a few sessions under your belt you’ll quickly learn what works best for you. There’s no rush so take things slow to get the most out of your Delta-8 gummies. 

What to expect from Delta-8 gummies?

Delta-8 is known for its stimulating, clear-headed highs and gummies are one of the best ways to enjoy this cannabinoid. Not only can hemp-derived Delta-8 help you stay focused and alert, but it does also away with lethargic comedowns, making it great for daytime use. If you’ve avoided edibles in the past because you’ve found yourself crashing hard and whittling away hours in front of Netflix, Delta-8 gummies will completely transform your 

Like any mind, mood and body altering substance, the Delta-8 gummy experience can vary significantly between consumers. Yes, the overall experience is similar but in the same way chugging a pint of beer might get one person tipsy and leave another completely unaffected, Delta-8 gummies don’t always follow a strict experiential path. Some people compare it to a high energy wake ‘n’ bake sativa strain paired with a good cup of espresso, while others feel a sense of calm wash over them and linger for the next 12 hours, sometimes longer. Whether you use Delta-8 gummies to kickstart your day and boost productivity or wind up an evening and enhance your sleep is up to you. 

Are Delta-8 gummies safe?

As a naturally derived derivative of the hemp plant, Delta-8 gummies are not only safe but also federally legal in most states. The cannabinoid is around 70% as potent as Delta-9 THC, making it a great alternative for consumers chasing a more laid-back high. 

As well as delivering a smoother head and body high, Delta-8 offers the same anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) benefits associated with THC and CBD. The cannabinoid is also a powerful antiemetic medication (used to treat nausea and vomiting), as well as a proven orexigenic (appetite stimulant), analgesic (pain reliever) and neuroprotectant (capable of preventing neurogenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s). 

Of course, dosage is an important part of using Delta-8 safely and responsibly. This is where pre-packaged and well-labelled gummies really step up. When you pop a Cannessentials Delta-8 gummy you know exactly how much distillate you’re consuming. This makes it easy to control your dosage, space out your gummies and enjoy a smoother, more relaxing high. 

Want to know more about Delta-8 gummies? We’re always here to help so don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to find out more about our premium, hemp-derived Delta-8 edibles.