How Delta 8 THC Edibles and Smoking Differ

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If you’re new to delta-8 THC, there are a lot of questions you might have. This compound has quickly become a popular option for people looking for a good feeling without breaking the law. Delta 8 is an isomer of regular THC, which comes from gummies and other edibles. It’s one of the fastest-growing sectors of the hemp industry.


When you vape, Delta 8 THC instantly enters your bloodstream, providing a quick and reliable high. It doesn’t need to pass through your digestive system first. Vapes also allow you to control your dosage by regulating the amount of liquid you consume. This will enable you to find the right Delta 8 THC and terpenes balance for your desired effects and experience. Despite their popularity, some consumers are still confused about how to consume Delta 8 THC and what product is best for them. Your goals and preferences are the most important considerations when selecting a consumption method. Do you want to feel the effects quickly, or prefer a more gradual experience? Do you want to vape alone, or do you like the entourage effect of combining multiple compounds? The delta-8 market is growing rapidly, and many products are marketed as “legal” or even “pure.” But shoddy chemistry and poor lab practices mean that most of these products aren’t pure. They may contain significant amounts of the related cannabinoid delta-9 THC and reaction byproducts that are not natural to cannabis plants.

This is especially troubling because delta-8 THC is becoming increasingly popular in states where marijuana is legal and isn’t subject to the same regulations as other cannabis-based goods. 


There are various ways to consume Delta 8 THC, from capsules to gummies and cocktails. The experience of edibles differs from vaping due to how they are digested and absorbed into your system. When you smoke or vape, cannabinoids are absorbed directly through your lungs into your bloodstream, and this causes the effects to kick in much more quickly than with an edible. Your stomach and intestines absorb edibles before being processed by the liver, and this process can slow down the time it takes to feel the effects. In addition, many edibles contain ingredients like milk and butter that can cause an allergic reaction for some people.

When you ingest an edible, you can expect to wait 30-60 minutes before the effects begin. Depending on your body weight and metabolism, they may last up to 4 hours. The difference in effects between smoking and consuming an edible can also be affected by the ratio of THC to other cannabinoids in the product you are taking. Many manufacturers of cannabis-based products will use a variety of cannabinoids, including CBD (cannabidiol), which can alter the overall high. Some cannabinoids have sedating effects, while others are more stimulating. Knowing the differences between these cannabinoids and how they can affect you can help you select a product that will be a good fit for your needs.

The Difference

Delta 8 THC is becoming popular among cannabis consumers, with more hemp-derived products featuring the cannabinoid appearing daily. If you want to try this cannabinoid, you have a few options about how to consume it: vaping or edibles. Each method has pros and cons, and deciding which is right for you will depend on what is most important to your experience. The difference of edibles and smoking is that edibles deliver a smaller concentration of the delta-8 cannabinoid to your bloodstream at a time. This means you must wait a few minutes before you begin to feel the effects of your Delta 8 edible.

In contrast, vaping allows you to quickly experience the results of your vapor without waiting. Inhaling delta-8 vapor can also result in a quicker onset of the drug’s psychoactive effects. This is due to how delta-8 THC interacts with the endocannabinoid system to produce its effects. The rapid onset of delta-8 THC vapor also makes it a more efficient method of consuming the cannabinoid, especially for people who use delta-8 for pain relief. Despite its similar chemical structure to delta-9 THC, delta-8 THC has radically different effects. This is partly because it binds more weakly to the CB receptors. In addition, the quality of Delta-8 THC is inconsistent because there is a lack of regulation in states that offer unregulated access to hemp-derived delta-8 products.

Time to Feel the Effects

Unlike smoking, eating Delta 8 THC edibles takes a while to kick in. This is because the cannabinoids are metabolized in your digestive tract and liver before reaching the bloodstream. When you smoke or vape, on the other hand, the cannabinoids are directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs, causing noticeable effects much faster. Currently, national poison control centers are reporting increased calls related to the use of delta-8 THC. Because it’s not regulated like cannabis and is sold in gas stations, head shops and grocery stores rather than cannabis dispensaries, the quality of delta-8 THC can vary widely depending on what companies are producing them.  Many people claim that edibles give a more calming high than smoking and that it’s also less mind-altering. However, if you’re new to edibles, start with a low dose and remember that the effect can take up to two hours to kick in.


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