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What Does Delta 8 THC Feel Like?

Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid that is getting a lot of attention, primarily for its mind-altering effects that come from it being a psychoactive compound which produces a high that is milder than that of delta 9 THC found in marijuana.  But, despite acknowledging and even fixating on this aspect of the compound, we do not really talk about the “delta 8 THC feeling,” in terms of the specifics of how you can expect to feel after taking it.

Many people who wonder “does delta 8 THC get you high” do not recognize that this cannabinoid, like all cannabinoids, offers a unique set of properties that directly interact with the body, usually in very favorable ways.  

That is why today, we would like to talk about what delta 8 THC feels like in the system based on the effects of it which are known.  This way, if you do decide that you wish to buy delta 8, you’ll know what to expect.  

Potential Effects

Now, we will break down each of the following effects: 


A lot of people who use delta 8 THC describe an uplifting feeling, including feelings of gentle euphoria, when the compounds peaks in the system. Studies have shown that it may offer mood-elevating effects, which could be useful against depression.  Interestingly, people say that these mood effects do not usually come with the loss of mental clarity that is associated with delta 9 THC.


In addition to potentially boosting a person’s mood, delta 8 seems to also offer calming properties that can help a person feel more relaxed.  Many people use it for stress relief, especially at the end of the day when they can sit back and chill out for a while.  


We tend to talk a lot about the effects delta 8 can have on one’s mood, but it can also be useful for aches and pains.  Findings have pointed to potential painrelieving qualities that come from its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which it shares with several other cannabinoids in the hemp plant.  Anti-inflammatories are used to regulate the inflammatory response which causes pain, swelling and tenderness.  Analgesics are known to disrupt the communication between pain receptors and nerve signals, thus helping desensitize a person to pain.  Further, the psychoactive properties of delta 8 may effectively offer relief from pain by focusing the mind away from pain receptors, temporarily.


Many people are surprised to hear that delta8 THC may offer stimulating effects, but the reality is that this is possible because of the way in which the cannabinoid interacts with cannabinoids in the nervous system that determine, among other things, our energy cycle.  Regulatory compounds do not force specific physiological changes, but rather support the body’s natural ability to regulate itself.  Therefore, if you are low on energy, delta 8 and other cannabinoids could, potentially, rebalance that function of the body to give you a boost.

Sleep Support

Many people use delta 8 THC for sleep, because of its calming properties that can affect the entire nervous system, resulting in physiological changes ranging from slower breath to calmer thoughts.  Taking delta 8 at bedtime can be particularly helpful when combined with Cannabidiol (CBD) or Cannabinol (CBN), two other hemp cannabinoids known for offering relaxing effects.

Relief from Nausea and Appetite Loss

Many people use delta 8 THC specifically for help with nausea and a loss of appetite, which often go hand in hand.  Many people experience these symptoms from time to time, and they are particularly common among those who are taking certain medications, suffering from digestive ailments and women who are pregnant.  Delta-8 has been studied for these effects, with promising results.

Factors That Affect How Delta 8 THC Will Feel for You

It is important to note that there is no way to predict exactly how delta 8 THC will make you feel.  There are simply too many variables that determine the end result.  Let’s go over the most notable variables now.

Factor #1: Your Endocannabinoid System 

Delta 8 THC binds to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, and everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique.  Therefore, the delta 8 THC effects for which you feel can be different from those felt by your friend who takes the exact same product in the same amount.

Factor #2: Hemp Strain

If you are taking a delta 8 product that is enhanced with terpenes and/or other cannabinoids, you will likely notice effects unique from other delta 8 products.  When we combine delta-8 THC with other compounds in the hemp plant, primarily a variety of terpenes, we produce a strain, which refers to the breed of hemp.  As each compound has unique properties, different strains produce different effects.

Strains belong to one of three categories.  Indica strains are calming and sedating, while offering a unique body high.  Sativa strains are more energizing and promote more cerebral effects.  Hybrid strains give you a little bit of both, in various levels.

Factor #3: Strength and Dosage 

The strength of the product according to the milligram, combined with the size of your dose, can determine how you feel.  Interestingly, higher doses and strengths may make you feel more sedated, while lower strengths could make you feel more energized.

Factor #4: Delivery Method Being Used

Each delivery method affects you differently.  Vaping products made with delta 8 produce fast, potent, and short-lived effects.  Edibles and capsules produce longer-lasting, more widespread effects that take longer to peak.  Tinctures are somewhere in the middle and concentrates like wax are extremely potent due to their highly concentrated nature. 

Are There Negative Effects Associated with Delta 8 THC?

It is good to know that there are some effects of delta 8 THC that may not be as welcome as the ones listed above.  Uniquely high doses can cause you to get too high, so to speak, resulting in short-lived paranoia, anxiety, or plain sleepiness, while making it difficult to concentrate or execute basic tasks.  Also, delta 8 can cause temporary dry mouth and dry eyes, and may briefly lower blood pressure, which can directly cause your heart to beat faster during the peak of the compound in the body.

Of course, if you experience any unwanted side effects, consult your physician.  If you have a severe reaction to a delta 8 product, get medical help immediately.

Final Delta 8 THC “Feeling” Thoughts 

Delta 8 THC is a new addition to the hemp market, and naturally, a lot of people want to know how it feels before they buy delta 8.  Now, you have a fairly good idea of its overall effects so you can know what to expect.  Besides being psychoactive, it actually has a lot of usefulness thanks to its relationship to the endocannabinoid system, making it a worthwhile compound to try.


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