A common question posed by new users involves the half life of delta 8. Here, rather than referring to the radioactive decay of an element, half life indicates the amount of time necessary for the concentration of a substance in the body to be cut in half. In short, how quickly will the delta 8 be processed, and its effects begin to wear off?
What is the Half Life of Delta 8?
The half life of delta 8 is somewhat dependent on the product type ingested. In most cases, when using vape cartridges, tincture, or dabbing sauces, the half life has been shown to be approximately 32 minutes. That is how long it takes for the active substance to be cut in half. From there, 16 additional minutes will reduce the presence by 75 percent.
This does not mean the effects of delta 8 will mostly wear off in just over half an hour. The sensations typically linger much longer — often 90 minutes or more. This simply refers to the concentration of the compound and its rate of being processed.
The formula also changes significantly when talking about edibles. Delta 8, like all forms of THC, metabolizes into a natural compound known as 11 Hydroxy THC.
11 Hydroxy THC is far more potent than delta 8, and is a large part of the reason the edible experience is longer-lasting and more powerful. Here, the effects can linger for up to eight hours, as the half life of 11 Hydroxy THC is nearly three times longer than that of delta 8.
What is the Shelf Life of Delta 8?
Delta 8 is extremely stable in distillate or concentrate form. When kept in a cool and dark environment, these products can last more than a year without significant degradation. This means you can store your delta 8 products without concern for their longevity.
In fact, delta 8 can often be more durable than delta 9 in concentrated form. Delta 9 is the best-known version of THC and the active ingredient in cannabis that generates the famous psychoactive effects. If you’re thinking about stockpiling one of the two, delta 8 will be a more reliable long-term bet.
Where Can I Find Delta 8?
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