DELTA 8 Gummies: Tap Into Your Most Creative State

by Kelsy Chauvin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday August 3, 2021
Originally published on July 28, 2021

CBD (cannabidiol) products have seen a meteoric rise in popularity in the United States over the last three years, and it's no surprise. After the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, legalizing the sale of hemp-derived products with less than 0.3% delta-9 THC concentrate (the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis), and with 1 out of 5 adults in the U.S dealing with mental illness, many Americans started turning to CBD as a legal alternative to manage anxiety and decompress. And over the past several months, consumers are discovering an even better way to reduce stress and mitigate pain with Delta 8.

Delta 8 is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in hemp that's making waves. Whether used to offset the daily stressors of pandemic life, ease the aches and pains of an active lifestyle, or chill out after those long hours working from home, Delta 8 falls somewhere between CBD and THC. Unlike the known high with the more familiar Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 offers a milder psychoactive effect and is still under the federal legal limit of 0.3% Delta 9 THC. Like CBD and THC, Delta 8 comes in many different forms: Vape juice, capsules, oils, and flower; however, the most delicious Delta 8 product comes as a gummy.

It's easy to see why many experienced and new users are particularly attracted to Delta 8 gummies. Delta 8 gummies provide all the benefits of CBD, a milder psychoactive effect than THC, and taste delicious, depending on the brand. These are only some of the reasons Delta 8 gummies have emerged as one of the most popular CBD/Delta 8 products on the market.

Delta 8 Gummies Explained

Delta 8 Gummies have a minor cannabinoid that bonds on the eighth carbon chain of its molecule, instead of the ninth like Delta 9 — hence, Delta 8. That seemingly small difference changes how it interacts with our body, with most users feeling a milder effect than cannabis products.

According to Dr. Peter Greenspoon, as reported by Harvard Health Publishing, "Delta-8 can alleviate many of the same symptoms that cannabis can, making it a potentially attractive medicine for people who want little to do with the high of cannabis."

Delta 8 can help regulate the endocannabinoid system, which is a fancy way of saying it keeps our bodies balanced.

Consuming Delta 8 in gummy form provides a delicious way to help people:

  • Improve mood

  • Increase alertness

  • Stimulate appetite

  • Combat anxiousness and stress

  • Access anti-inflammatory benefits

    "With this product, you get about a 10-percent level of typical Delta 9 THC psychoactive effects," says Michael Racaniello, co-founder of Nass Valley Gardens, a top-rated online CBD retailer offering a range of Delta 8 products, including the popular Delta 8 gummies. "If you enjoy THC but don't want 'full strength,' Delta 8 is easier to manage due to its mild psychoactive properties. Similar to Delta 9, it can energize or relax the consumer, depending on the larger terpene and cannabinoid profile."

    Feelings and Effects of Delta 8 Gummies
    So you want to know how Delta 8 Gummies will make you feel? For those who've experienced Delta 9 THC, a Delta 8 high will probably feel far milder, albeit with the familiar munchie cravings (a good thing for those seeking appetite stimulation). Plus, the gummies are just as delicious as taking gummy multivitamins!

    Because Delta 8 is a naturally occurring analog of THC, even a tiny dose may offer multiple therapeutic properties such as:

  • Improved concentration and focus

  • Relaxed mental and physical state

  • An ethereal feeling of lightness

    "Delta 8 gummies are the perfect entry-level product for someone interested in hemp or cannabis products," says Racaniello. "If the effects are not as potent as expected, the consumer can increase the milligrams. And dosing CBD multiple times throughout the day is a common practice, so don't like feel you need to take it only once in the morning or once at night," he continued. "Instead, you can try two or three times throughout the day and see if that works better for you."

    Choosing a Reliable Source for CBD
    Whether you gravitate toward gummies, soft gels, or oils, each CBD product should offer equal bioavailability, based on the concentration produced according to Good Manufacturing Practices. You can spot a CBD company abiding by Good Manufacturing's Practices by looking for its logo on CBD websites; you can check out what it looks like here on Nass Valley Garden's website.

    When trying Delta 8, keep in mind that benefits will differ based on the individual and method of consumption. Above all, it's important to first speak with a doctor before trying Delta 8 Gummies and other hemp-derived products.

    The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements made regarding these products. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

  • Kelsy Chauvin is a writer, photographer and marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, feature journalism, art, theater, architecture, construction and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.