Gummies are easily the most popular dosing method for THC, but they come with one particular drawback–they take a while to kick in. But what about novel hemp-derived THC products, like Delta-10 gummies? How long does it take for Delta-10 gummies to kick in?
You’ll be pleased to know that you may not have to wait hours to feel the mellow effects of Delta-10. Traditional edibles still need to be metabolized by the liver, so they can take a while to kick in. But thanks to innovative new edible formulas, certain Delta-10 edibles can kick in much faster. Here’s what’s to know:
Delta-10 gummies are a traditional form of hemp THC edibles, and they may take a while to take effect. In general, you can expect to feel the effects of Delta-10 gummies about 60-90 minutes after dosing, and the effects should peak around 2-2.5 hours.
Delta-10 gummies take a while to kick in because they need to be digested before the THC can reach the bloodstream. That means they have to make it through the beginning of the digestive process and to the liver before THC is metabolized. This is inherently slower than the way THC is absorbed when smoking or vaping. Still, some people claim that this slow onset of THC edibles makes for longer-lasting, more potent effects, so it’s worth the wait.
Others struggled to find a good balance between sustained effects and fast onset times–until new edible formulations made their way to the hemp-THC market.
We mentioned that there are different types of Delta-10 edibles and that each has a different onset time. More specifically, there are two kinds of Delta-10 edibles: traditional edibles and sublingual-style edibles.
Sublingual edibles are a moderately new dosing style that's not as common but may be far more useful. Here's the difference:
Traditional edibles are edibles that are chewed and promptly swallowed, like gummies, brownies, or other traditional food items. These types of Delta-10 edibles need to be digested and don't reach the bloodstream until they are metabolized by the liver.
Sublingual-style edibles are like chews, lozenges, hard candies, or other types of edibles that are designed to dissolve slowly in the mouth. This dosing method allows Delta-10-THC to be absorbed sublingually, or through the mucous membranes in the mouth, where it can almost immediately enter the bloodstream.
Not only does this provide faster acting effects, but it bypasses a part of the digestive process called “first past digestion,” where some of the Delta-10-THC potency is filtered out and never reaches the bloodstream. That means that sublingual-style edibles could potentially be more bioavailable, which means more Delta-10-THC is actually absorbed into the bloodstream when taken this way.
Sublingual-style edibles are modeled after the sublingual dosing method of tinctures, an oil product that's meant to be dropped under the tongue. Sublingual dosing is nothing new, and is actually a common dosing method used for certain pharmaceuticals because it offers the benefit of fast absorption.
To put it briefly, you can expect a traditional edible to take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to kick in. The amount of time a traditional edible actually takes to take effect depends on various factors like your metabolic rate and how much you've recently eaten.
Sublingual-style edibles take effect quickly, usually in less than 30 minutes. It's possible to feel the effects of a sublingual-style edible dose about 15 minutes after dosing, and you can usually expect to feel the full extent of effects after about 45 minutes.
Delta-10 is one of the milder options when it comes to hemp-THC products. It’s thought to be only half as potent as Delta-8, which is only about half as potent as traditional Delta-9-THC products.
Still, the Delta-10 experience from edibles varies from person to person, and has a lot to do with the dosage you take and your THC tolerance. Some products also contain other cannabinoids and terpenes that can alter the effects slightly to provide more targeted benefits. This method is sometimes referred to as “strain profiling,” but it generally only applies to vape products that are modeled after certain hemp strains.
But let's just assume that you've taken an edible containing a pure dose of Delta-10 with no other imposing factors. What should you expect?
In general, Delta-10’s effects are just a bit different than what you may expect from traditional THC products. Some people describe the experience as uplifting and energizing, comparing Delta-10 to the effects you can expect from a sativa-dominant strain.
Just like the specific edible dosing style you choose will impact the onset of effects, it also impacts the duration of effects you'll experience.
Traditional edibles are broken down slowly and absorbed into the bloodstream slowly. It takes the body a while to process Delta-10-THC in the gut, which means that the effects of a traditional edible are slow rolling and long-lasting. The amount of time that the effects actually last will vary based on multiple unique biological factors, but you can typically expect a Delta-10 high from traditional edibles, including Delta-10 gummies, to last between 4 and 6 hours.
The duration of effects from sublingual-style edibles is a little bit trickier to gauge. In a perfect scenario where all of the Delta-10-THC is absorbed sublingually, the effects may last two to four hours. Typically, however, that's not the case.
When a sublingual-style edible is taken a large portion of the Delta-10 is absorbed in the mouth and makes it directly to the bloodstream, but the remainder of the product is still swallowed and processed by digestion. This means that sublingual-style edibles can both take effect quickly and provide long-lasting effects. In fact, the effects from sublingual style edibles can also last 6 hours or more, but may last around 4 hours on average.
Delta-10 is one of many hemp-derived THC isomers, and it’s federally legal thanks to updated hemp laws. However, Delta-10 isn’t legal in every state, although it can be hard to find specific information about laws pertaining to these minor cannabinoids. In most cases, Delta-10 is legal anywhere that Delta-8 is legal.
In states where it’s legal, you can buy Delta-10 gummies online, but it’s important to pay close attention to the quality of Delta-10 products before you buy. We recommend buying only from brands who use quality-tested, U.S. grown hemp material, safe extraction methods (like solventless CO2 extraction), and third-party lab testing techniques.
To skip all the footwork, just check out our Elev8 Collection. At Vida Optima, all of our hemp-THC products are third-party tested and 100% Farm Bill compliant, meaning they are federally legal in the U.S. Shop our full hemp THC collection to find both traditional and sublingual-style edibles (our specialty!).
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