Smoking CBD and Delta-8 Flower: What’s the Difference?

Hemp flower comes from the cannabis sativa plant, like its more infamous cousin, marijuana. But unlike its intoxicating cousin, hemp won’t get you high, as marijuana is loaded with THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for those notable effects. In hemp, THC compounds are less than .3% — that’s not enough to induce an intense euphoria that could impair you.

In every other way, CBD flowers that come from hemp look, smell, and feel just like their THC-rich counterparts — marijuana buds or flowers. But hemp flower won’t mess with your head. Instead, it offers one of the cleanest and most efficient ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD.

What does it feel like to smoke CBD flowers?

Smoking CBD flower is one of the quickest ways to get the benefits of CBD. But it can impact you differently depending on how much you take and how long you take it. In addition, those new to using CBD may be concerned that since CBD comes from hemp, a member of the cannabis family, it’ll get them high or otherwise impair them.

Let’s dispel that notion.

Does CBD get you high?

In short, no, CBD will not get you high because it has such low levels of THC in it. However, when you inhale CBD flowers, you get instant uptake and fast effects. The good news is, that won’t impair your fine motor skills or judgment.

But a caveat:

Everyone’s different. Also, if you’ve never used CBD or marijuana before, there’s a small chance that you’ll get a slight buzz from smoking CBD for the first time. But again, it depends on the person and the type of CBD flower they smoke.

Effects of CBD flower

If you’re wondering if CBD flower will get you high, the most likely answer is no. But some describe the feeling they get from smoking hemp as similar to a buzz they feel after intense exercise, similar to a runner’s high. If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s high, then you’ll know that it won’t impair you, and your judgment isn’t impacted at all by such a thing.

If you were to ask instead, will CBD give me a body high? Most likely, the answer is yes. Many people feel a sense of relief and wellbeing when they smoke CBD flower. So it’s not overpowering or impairing, but many describe it as a nice body high.

After smoking CBD flower, many users report increased calmness, focus, and a better mind-body connection. Additionally, certain strains may help you feel more motivated and energized, and others more relaxed or sleepy.

The more you smoke CBD flower, the less you’ll notice the effects, and you’ll become more accustomed to them. So while you’ll still benefit from using CBD, the immediate effects you feel will become more low-key.

It’s arguable that as the impacts of the CBD flower become less noticeable, your endocannabinoid system is becoming more balanced. So even if you’re not feeling an intense buzz like the first time you smoked CBD flower, the compounds in flower are still working to help you.

How is Delta-8 THC different from CBD?

There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis and hemp plant. Delta-8 THC is one of them, and it’s an analog of delta-9 THC (the stuff that gets you high). These two compounds have a similar molecular structure. Delta-8 has similar therapeutic properties to Delta-9, which is also simply referred to as THC. So Delta-8 binds to the same CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the body as THC.

What this means is that Delta-8 will produce some of the same psychoactive effects as cannabis and THC. But the main difference is that delta-8 is less intoxicating and far more pleasurable than THC because it won’t produce the paranoia side effects people often get with THC and marijuana.

Will smoking delta-8 flowers make you high?

Delta-8 will give you an intoxicating effect. So if you use it, do not drive or otherwise operate heavy machinery. So, just how high will delta-8 make you feel?

Again, it depends on the person and also depends on how much experience they have with THC. If you’re new to delta-8, start slow and low and then increase your dose gradually until you know how it will impact you.

What does smoking delta-8 feel like?

If you were to smoke THC — that’s delta-9 — regularly, delta-8 won’t make you as high as you’re used to when you use delta-9. Regular delta-9 users typically report a slight head buzz after they use delta-8. But in general, it won’t hit you as delta-9 would.

Newbies or infrequent THC users may experience a much different effect. For example, if you have zero tolerance for THC, you’ll probably feel a more intense high when using delta-8. On the other hand, many people report feeling relaxed, with some pain relief, and buzzed. They may also become more talkative, animated, and have an increase in appetite.

These are all positive effects you’ll also experience with THC. But the main difference is people who use delta-8 won’t feel the same increase in anxiety, paranoia, or fits of giggling that often happens with THC use. So bottom line, delta-8 will give you much milder and more manageable psychotropic effects.

Delta-8 is considered a minor cannabinoid and is becoming a bridge between the subtle impacts of hemp products and the more in-your-face effects of THC. So, delta-8 is an excellent option for people who want something that offers the best of both worlds.

Ready to give CBD flowers a try? Stop in and see us.

At East Coast Herbalist, we offer a wide selection of high-quality CBD and hemp products for you to try. Whether you’re brand new to smoking hemp or a seasoned pro, we can help guide you toward the right strain and method that’ll offer you the most benefits.

Stop in and see us today. Or contact us online for a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about CBD!

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