Cannabis consumption has changed a lot in recent years. With horticultural science, legislation, and consumer habits rapidly changing, we can safely say—this isn't your dad's weed anymore!
But in all seriousness, the world of cannabis has given rise to innovative new ways of experiencing its effects. Two compounds that have gained significant attention are Delta 8 and HHC, or Hexahydrocannabinol, a derivative of THC.
These compounds offer an experience unique to traditional THC products and have become increasingly popular with experienced cannabis enthusiasts and newbies alike.
In this blog, we'll explore the world of Delta 8 THC and HHC, explaining what they are and how they can be best enjoyed.
Introduction to Delta 8 and HHC
What are Delta 8 and HHC?
Delta 8, or Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant similar to Delta 9 THC (commonly referred to as the "regular" THC responsible for cannabis' psychoactive effects).
HHC is another lesser-known cannabinoid. Along with Delta 8, it interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system, which regulates various physiological processes.
How do they work?
Delta 8 and HHC interact with the brain's CB1 and CB2 receptors, influencing appetite, pain perception, mood, and more. Typically described as a milder effect than Delta 9 THC, these compounds are popular amongst those looking for a less intense 'high.'
Are Delta 8 and HHC legal?
The legality of these compounds varies by location. Delta 9 THC is a controlled substance for many areas, but Delta 8 and HHC are either not regulated or fall into a legal grey area. So, make sure to research the applicable laws before consuming or purchasing these products!
Different Methods of Consuming Delta 8 and HHC
As you may have guessed, edibles involve consuming these cannabinoids by eating them. Edibles come in various products, although the most common are chocolates and gummies. Since edibles are metabolized in the liver, the onset of effects is slower and longer-lasting compared to inhalation.
- Discreet: No distinct marijuana smell
- Long-lasting effects
- Slow onset: Effects can take some time to occur, leading many to "double dose" due to impatience
- Difficult to dose: As effects vary between people, finding the correct dose can take time and effort.
Our Delta 8 gummies come in a bunch of awesome flavors, but Blue Razz is probably our favorite (and Pink Lemonade is a close second).
These gummies are a hybrid mix of Sativa and Indica, giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to your edible experience.
Like Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 and HHC flower can have a more traditional cannabis experience. Those with a sensitive respiratory system should be warned, as inhalation can be hard on the throat.
- Flavorful: Products come in a range of aromas and flavors
- Potent: Smoking flowers can result in solid effects
- Smelly: A distinct marijuana smell isn't ideal for every scenario
- Harsh on the throat: Can cause throat irritation for some
This Sativa strain gives a real uplifting high, great for moments of creativity and focus any time of the day. If you’ve smoked Sour Diesel before, you’ll know it from that great earthy, lemony smell and flavor.
One of the most popular methods of consuming cannabis due to its convenience, vaping HHC and Delta 8 allows for rapid entry to the bloodstream through the lungs. While many users enjoy the rapid onset of effects from Delta 8 and HHC vape pens, they are typically a less cost-effective option.
- Expensive: Vaping cartridges and equipment can be more expensive than other methods of consumption.
- Not as discreet as edibles
This disposable Sativa Delta-8 vape pen gives an energizing, cerebral high that keeps you relaxed and focused. Try it in Strawberry Milkshake or Tropicana Cookies flavors!
They're usually a mix of cannabis extract and alcohol or other liquid. This is a discreet and easy method of dosing and allows for rapid absorption of the chemical. Similar to edibles, tinctures are great for their ability to control the strength of the dose and prolong the effects.
- Easy to dose: A precise liquid dropper allows you to choose the exact amount to consume
- Onset of effects can be slow
There are many types of sublingual cannabis products, including sprays, lozenges, quick-dissolving strips, drops, and tinctures. As they absorb through the mucosal membrane in the mouth, they are faster-acting than other edible forms of cannabis. Sublingual drops are great for easy dose adjustment but aren't as discreet as edibles.
- Easy to dose
- Not as discreet as edibles
For those looking for an alternative to traditional methods of cannabis consumption, consuming HHC or Delta 8 THC can be a great option. While each method of taking the product—whether that's with HHC disposable vapes or a Sativa Delta 8 joint—there's an option catering to your own personal preference. For a whole range of great Delta 8, Delta 9, and HHC products, check out our selection at TerpBoys.
Whichever product or consumption method you choose, be sure to prioritize safety and start with a low dose of a lab-tested product. In other words, enjoy responsibly!