Since the 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp and all of its derivatives, delta 8 THC has gained rapid popularity as a legal alternative to delta 9 THC (“THC”) vape carts, edibles, and more. Similar to the THC we’re used to, delta 8 is a psychoactive cannabinoid that causes the user to become high. However, the effects are milder—a gentle sense of euphoria, compared to the intense, longer-lasting highs produced by THC.
The average length of a delta 8 high depends on a few variables, including your method of consumption. Are you vaping a delta 8 cart or a delta 8 disposable, consuming edibles, or using a tincture? Dosage, tolerance, other supplements or medications, and metabolism also influence the high’s duration.
We’ll be exploring how long a delta 8 high lasts. Keep in mind that everyone’s body can respond differently to any substance.
Like all THC carts and other THC products, consuming delta 8 leads to euphoria. A delta 8 high is mild compared to delta 9, and you will need to consume higher doses to reach a comparable intensity.
Delta 8 users report a reduction in mental fog and an overall clear-headed experience. You may find it simpler to concentrate on particular thoughts or activities. Interestingly, this boost in alertness comes with increased relaxation. This could mean mental calmness or reduced physical tension. Changes in appetite are common with delta 8 and all THC use.
Although we’re still waiting for studies that demonstrate just how long delta 8 lasts, anecdotal accounts can tell us a lot.
In general, the effects of delta 8 will linger for 3-8 hours. Developing a tolerance may cause the high to fade faster. If you become a regular user, the same dosage could impact you differently as you develop a tolerance for delta 8.
These variables determine exactly how long your delta 8 high lasts:
Factors relating to a delta 8 user’s physical condition or medical history could also play a role. This includes age, health conditions, metabolism, and weight.
Vaping delta 8 carts leads to a quick high, with the early effects kicking in pretty fast. You could start feeling the effects almost instantaneously.
Compared to other methods of consumption, delta 8 vapor enters the bloodstream faster. Gasses inhaled into our lungs are rapidly absorbed by the body, but they are also metabolized more efficiently.
Just because the high hits quickly, doesn’t mean it lasts long. You may feel the impact of delta 8 carts for up to 3-5 hours, with the effects usually peaking during the first hour.
You’ll need to be patient waiting for a delta 8 edible to hit, but the wait is worth it.
Edibles like delta 8 gummies take anywhere from 30-90 minutes to trigger a high. They also last longer once they’ve kicked in, with highs up to 8 hours in duration. Effects peak during the first half of this duration.
Some edibles are fully reliant on digestion to be absorbed, such as cookies or brownies. These must be processed through the liver, and will take longer to hit than chewables, which can be partially absorbed by mucous membranes in the mouth. Some delta 8 candy will cause the user to become high in just 15-20 minutes. The effects may also wear off 1-2 hours more quickly, however.
Delta 8 tinctures can be consumed sublingually. You place a drop of the oil under your tongue, where it’s absorbed by mucous membranes. As we touched upon earlier, this is a quicker route of absorption than digestion in our stomachs. Tiny vessels absorb the delta 8, allowing it to bypass digestion and get to the bloodstream with haste.
A tincture will hit within 10-30 minutes, with the high lasting for up to 3-5 hours. Think of tinctures as a middle point between delta 8 vapes and edibles. Other methods of tincture consumption, such as mixing a drop into food, take longer to absorb.
Topical products like creams are another method of delta 8 consumption. Apply the salve, cream, or other substance to the surface of your skin and rub it in.
There’s a big catch when it comes to topical application: it won’t get you high. While other methods lead to the bloodstream, this isn’t what happens when delta 8 is absorbed by your skin.
Instead, it binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) but never reaches the brain where a high is experienced. You won’t feel any euphoria, but anecdotes cite pain relief as an outcome. While we have studies showing a link between topical cannabis and pain relief, as well as CBD and reduced chronic pain, we need more research specific to delta 8.
Delta 8 highs don’t hit at full intensity, and then vanish suddenly. You’ll experience a cool-down period where the effects become gradually milder.
The following signs let you know that delta 8 is wearing off:
The best way to avoid a high that lasts too long is to start low. A 3-8 hour range is significant, and you won’t know how your body responds until you try particular products for the first time.
Rather than a full edible, start with a quarter of gummy, or about 5 mg of delta 8. One puff of your vape or a drop of oil under the tongue should also do the trick. Wait until the effects hit before bumping up your dose.
Everyone has their own sweet spot with delta 8. Taking the time to find yours ensures the best possible experience.