It's really no surprise that Delta-8 edibles are the most popular Delta-8 dosing method on the market. After all, what’s better than a delicious fruit chew or sugar coated gummy that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy (and mellow and relaxed) inside?
If you’re like other consumers, you have one important question in mind before you try Delta-8 edibles for the first time—how long does it take to feel Delta-8 edibles kick in?
Traditionally, the answer would be that it takes a little over an hour for an edible to take effect. That’s because it needs to be digested and metabolized by the liver before it reaches the bloodstream. However, thanks to innovative new edible formulas, certain edible formulas can take effect much faster. Here’s what you should know:Table of Contents
We mentioned that there are different types of Delta-8 Edibles and that each has a different onset time. More specifically, there are traditional edibles and sublingual style edibles, 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-8 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-8-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-8-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-8-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.
The Delta-8 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-8 distillate with no other imposing factors. What should you expect?
Many people describe the effects of Delta-8 as relaxing, mellow, and euphoric, with an accentuated body high. The effects are less potent than what you may expect from Delta-9-THC, and some people even suggest that the high is more functional and clear and less sedating.
At larger doses, Delta-8 could be somewhat sedating, providing a couch-lock high that makes you want to kick back and chill out. Still, at mild to moderate doses, it’s generally a very functional, pleasant, and stimulating experience.
Some people even enjoy various therapeutic effects from their Delta-8 dose, like relief from pain or anxiety. You can learn more about Delta-8’s therapeutic potential by reading “Delta-8-THC Health Benefits.”
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-8-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-8 high from traditional edibles 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-8-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-8 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.
Although Delta-8 is legal in most states and available in many stores across the country, hemp industry regulations are inconsistent. In other words, it’s important to pay close attention to the quality of Delta-8 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 Delta-8-THC products are third-party tested and 100% Farm Bill compliant, meaning they are federally legal in the U.S. Shop our full Delta-8-THC collection to find both traditional and sublingual-style edibles (our specialty!) to optimize your Delta-8 lift.Want to learn more? Read “How to Maximize Your Delta-8-THC Routine” or “11 Delta-8-THC Facts You Need to Know.”
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