If you’ve been active in the cannabis scene over the last few years, you will have definitely heard people talk about Delta-8, a psychoactive compound derived from hemp that tends to be a little milder and produces slightly different effects to regular amounts of THC commonly found in most marijuana strains.
While many people will decide to use Delta-8 because of the way it calms the body and mind while encouraging feelings of euphoria and joy, a common question many people will have when picking up delta-8 products from a dispensary or CBD store is how long will it last?
And is it any different from regular cannabis?
To make this clear, we have compiled the full breakdown of how long the high of delta-8 will last, and how it differs from your regular delta-9 cannabis.
What Is Delta-8?
Delta-8 is a cannabinoid that’s slightly milder than the Delta-9 THC which is found in most cannabis that people will smoke and is what produces the feeling of being high and relaxed.
While Delta-8 also has many of the same effects, mainly that it will help your muscles to relax and put you in that happy and joyful headspace that Delta-9 will, it is also much less potent which is why a lot of people prefer using it when they don’t want the effects to be too overwhelming and want something that’s a little less noticeable when it kicks in.
Properly labeled Delta-8 products tend to be about one-quarter less potent than Delta-9 variants.
How Long Does A Delta-8 High Last?
Just like with normal strains of cannabis, there are a few different factors that will determine how long the effects of Delta-8 will last including where you buy it from, your tolerance, how much you’ve eaten in the day, and whether you vape or eat it as an edible.
However, on average, the effects of Delta-9 can be felt for between 2 to 3 hours for most people, with the peak usually being felt after half an hour to an hour.
Keep in mind however that this can last much longer, especially if you don’t usually smoke marijuana and your tolerance is extremely low, or if you have a slow metabolism which will allow the cannabinoid to remain in your system for longer.
What About Delta-8 Edibles?
Because it takes a longer time for your body to absorb the THC from an edible (see also “Do Edibles Smell?“), it also means it will be present in your body for a lot longer, so if you do eat a Delta-8 edible, you can expect the high to last for quite a few more hours than if you were using a vape.
This again depends on many factors, however on average, a Delta-8 edible will last between 4 to 8 hours and the effects will be a lot more noticeable throughout.
Just like with regular edibles (see also “Why Don’t Edibles Get Me High?“), the time it will take for the THC to actually enter your system will vary on a few different factors and can take up to 3 hours depending on the dosage and your tolerance at the time.
Does Delta-8 Last Longer Than Delta-9?
Delta-8 may be viewed as the weaker and slightly milder counterpart to Delta-9 THC, however, while it usually does take a little longer for a person to start feeling its effects, the high does also tend to last much longer than Delta-9.
The main reason for this is because of how we experience the strength of the high, and how our minds register the changes occurring in our bodies.
When we smoke or consume regular cannabis which contains Delta-9 THC, because the effects will be much stronger and more noticeable, it becomes a lot easier to feel like it’s left our system as soon as the peak begins to wear off.
With delta-8, the feeling is a lot more relaxing and soothing, meaning it will linger in the body for a lot longer rather than hitting you all at once before dissipating.
This is very similar to if you vaped CBD or consumed a CBD gummy where the effects are very light, but will still remain in your body for several hours.
How Long Will Delta-8 Remain In My System?
If you were hoping that Delta-8 cannabis won’t show up in your system because it’s a little weaker than Delta-9, that is unfortunately not the case as it will usually remain in your body for the same amount of time as if you were using Delta-9 cannabis.
The main factor that will determine how long the cannabis will be in your system is how much of it you use, however if you only try it for one day and don’t consume any after that, you can expect it to be gone after three or four days on average.
If you only occasionally use Delta-8, maybe two to three times a week, it can remain in your body for around a week, while if you are a regular user and have been smoking Delta-8 cannabis daily or at least on most days of the week, you can expect it to remain in your system for a month or so before it’s completely gone.
Why Has Delta-8 Become So Popular?
Delta-8 has skyrocketed in popularity over the last couple of years, and while one reason for this is that a lot of people enjoy the much milder effects compared to Delta-9, another reason is because of what researchers are finding after studying this unique cannabinoid.
Not only has it been seen to potentially contain antiemetic, anxiolytic, and analgesic properties, but anecdotal reports even indicate that it may help in easing and handling mental issues including depression and anxiety, and while more research needs to be conducted before anything is certain, things are looking very hopeful for the beneficial properties of Delta-8.
If you don’t like how strong the effects of regular cannabis products can tend to be, not only is Delta-8 a lot milder, but it can also last a lot longer than Delta-9, especially if you consume an edible which will extend your high for several hours.
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