When we think of edibles, we envisage them to be cookies, brownies, or some other sweet treats. But that’s not the case when it comes to edibles in the market. The popularity of edibles is on a rise, especially with people looking for more discreet ways to consume cannabis without being noticed by others. With the introduction of new strains and ways of taking cannabis – like topicals, tinctures, and now edibles – it seems like this is just the beginning. Given how versatile gummies are in terms of ingredients and flavors they can come in, d8 gummies are one of the most popular forms of edible right now. Whether you’re a seasoned cannabis user or new to this space but want to try something different from smoking weed, this blog will walk you through everything you need to know about gummy edibles and how a Delta 8 gummy edible works.
What is a Delta 8 gummy edible?
A Delta 8 gummy edible is a cannabis-derived product that comes in the form of gummy candy. A typical gummy pack may contain anywhere between two and five pieces of gummies. The gummies are made of gelatin and infused with 100 milligrams of CBD and/or THC, depending on your preference. The exact amount of THC or CBD present in a gummy will depend on the brand of gummies you buy.
Unlike edibles of the past – like brownies, cookies, etc. – Delta 8 Gummies are made using pectin, a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the cell walls of plants. Pectin is used in a variety of foods, including jams and jellies, fruit preserves, and even zoomies mushrooms. The reason why pectin is used in gummies is because of its gelling properties. When exposed to water or moisture, pectin forms a viscous solution that turns into a gel-like substance upon cooling.
Why do people prefer edibles over smoking cannabis?
Unlike smoking cannabis, the high from edibles takes a while to kick in. And when it does, it lasts much longer, usually between 6-8 hours. This makes edibles perfect for people with medical conditions like anxiety, insomnia, and even chronic pain, who want to wind down and relax without feeling too high. Some people don’t want to smoke cannabis because they want more control over the dosage they’re consuming in a single sitting. By eating cannabis-infused products, such as gummies, they get to control how much they eat and how much THC they consume.
The way a Delta 8 gummy edible works in your body
Delta 8 gummies work in a similar way to other edible products, except that they are digested through the stomach rather than metabolized by your liver. This is because the gummies are made of pectin (which is also present in jelly). When you consume a gummy, it is broken down by the digestive enzymes in your stomach. The pectin content in the gummies mixes with the enzymes in your stomach and forms a viscous solution that acts as a protective barrier.
As a result, the THC and CBD in the gummies are released into your bloodstream slowly and steadily over some time. Depending on your body weight and metabolism, edibles can take anywhere between 30 minutes and four hours for their effects to kick in. But the effects last longer than smoking cannabis, typically between 4-8 hours.
How to know when you’ve had enough of a Delta 8 edible?
The best way to know how much you should eat is to start with a low dosage, such as 10 milligrams. Once you’ve had a few experiences eating edibles, you’ll know how much you should take. If you’re eating a Delta 8 gummy, here’s what you can look out for:
– Feeling relaxed – This is the most common effect of eating a gummy. People who are prone to anxiety may find that eating a gummy helps reduce their symptoms.
– Increased sense of calm – Eating a gummy will help you relax and quiet your mind.
– Feeling more creative – Some people find that eating a gummy helps them tap into their creative side and come up with great ideas.
– Increased appetite – You may find that you’re suddenly very hungry after consuming a gummy. This is normal and is likely because eating a gummy suppresses the appetite.
Things you need to know before taking a Delta 8 edible?
These are some of the most important things you need to know before eating a gummy:
– Start with a low dosage: If this is your first time eating a gummy, it’s best to start with a low dosage. 10 milligrams is enough to feel the effects of a gummy.
– Eat on an empty stomach: Eating a low dosage of a gummy on an empty stomach will ensure that you feel the effects of the gummy quicker. If you’re eating a gummy on a full stomach, it will take longer for the effects to kick in.
– Stay hydrated: It’s important to stay hydrated while eating a gummy. This is because the gummy will cause you to sweat more and your body will lose water with each drop of sweat. You can drink water, tea, or coffee. Avoid drinking too much water, as this can cause you to pee more often and lead to dehydration.