Are Delta 9 gummies stronger than Delta 8 gummies?

Dec 05, 2023The nama Team
Are Delta 9 gummies stronger than Delta 8 gummies?

Delta 8 gummies are marketed as a milder version of gummies with Delta 9 THC. Both options are equally delicious and effective at managing pain, relieving anxiety, and promoting healthy sleep. The question is, are Delta 9 gummies really less potent than Delta 9?

The tiny chemical distinctions between Delta 8 and Delta 9 matter. Delta 8 produces less intense psychoactive effects than Delta 9 and interacts with our endocannabinoid system a bit differently. But is that what determines the potency of the gummies?

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What are Delta 9 gummies?

Delta 9 gummies are delicious cannabis edibles that contain small amounts of Delta 9 THC, a major cannabinoid and the main psychoactive compound produced by the cannabis plant. Just because it has psychoactive potential doesn’t mean that our THC gummies will cause intoxication. We infuse our edibles with microdoses of THC so that you get all the benefits without getting high. 

At lower amounts, as found in all our gummies and THC drinks, Delta 9 makes you pleasantly buzzed, relaxed, and uplifted. Our gummies contain between 2 and 10 milligrams of hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, which is enough for you to experience the many benefits of low-dose THC without the unwanted side effects. 

All our THC gummies are delicious. They are made with real organic fruit and come in  lip-smacking flavors. Don’t believe us? Try our Euphoria kiwi raspberry gummies for a fruity flavor explosion in every bite. 

What do Delta 9 gummies do?

Forget everything you thought you knew about old-school weed edibles (those that give you headaches and glue you to your couch for hours). Our low-dose Delta 9 gummies make you feel mildly euphoric while keeping your head clear enough to stay active and social

Delta 9 and other cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce soothing, pleasant effects. The ECS is a natural system in your body that keeps everything running smoothly. It’s made up of CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors (found throughout your brain and body) and endocannabinoids. 

Endocannabinoids bind to these receptors and modulate a wide range of physiological functions: sleep, pain, appetite, stress response, immune function, and many more. They are your body’s natural cannabinoids, but if your ECS ever needs a boost, you can always turn to phytocannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta 9 THC.

Unlike endocannabinoids, Delta 9 stimulates receptors for a longer period of time. At low doses, Delta 9 gummies can:

  1. Improve sleep. THC promotes sleep and enhances the quality of your slumber. Low doses of THC seem to help insomniacs fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
  2. Alleviate pain. Delta 9 binds to CB1 receptors, which are heavily involved in pain modulation. This is where THC’s analgesic effects come from.
  3. Alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Low doses of THC stimulate serotonin, the “happy hormone,” to improve mood. By stimulating serotonin receptors, THC exerts its anxiolytic effects and can help patients manage mental health conditions.
  4. Stimulate your appetite. Yes, we’re talking about the famous “munchies.” Delta 9 THC can counter appetite loss by activating CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus and limbic system. These parts of the brain regulate hunger, food intake, and cravings—hence the munchies.
  5. Fight tumor growth and provide relief from the side effects of chemotherapy. Delta 9 helps manage many unpleasant side effects of chemo: chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, disrupted sleep, and more. Microdosing THC has antitumor effects: inhibiting cancer cell growth, reducing tumor size, and preventing metastasis.
  6. Protect your brain and slow age-related neurodegeneration. At low doses, THC promotes neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells. It can serve to protect neurons, improve blood flow, and maintain cognitive function. Read more about THC’s effects on dementia

It’s important to keep your brain and the rest of your body healthy. Although they’re not a magical cure-all solution, low-dose Delta 9 edibles could be one of the healthiest ways to do weed. Keep the dosage low and you should steer clear of any adverse effects.

THC compounds from the cannabis plant can produce psychoactive effects at sufficient dosages. Delta 9 just so happens to provide the strongest ones. Other THC compounds—such as Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol—offer a milder high.

Let’s talk more about Delta 8 THC and our Delta 8 vegan gummies.

What are Delta 8 gummies?

Delta 8 THC gummies are edible candies infused with Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, a milder type of THC. Our Elevate gummies contain low amounts of Delta 8—only 12.5 mg per gummy—which provides a balanced dose to experience the benefits without strong intoxication. 

These gummies are a tasty way to ingest Delta 8 THC for its many therapeutic benefits. 

Like all cannabinoids, Delta 8 THC binds to cannabinoid receptors found in the endocannabinoid system in our body. 

What do Delta 8 gummies do?

Delta 8 THC can mimic endocannabinoids by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. In particular, Delta 8 THC has a strong affinity for binding to the CB1 receptor which is concentrated in the central nervous system. Grant and Cahn found that Delta 8 “also binds to both [CB1 and CB2 receptors], though somewhat less strongly.” 

By binding to CB1, Delta 8 can:

  • Alter neurotransmitter release
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Regulate pain and body temperature
  • Prevent nausea
  • Increase appetite
  • Protect neurons

When it binds to CB1, Delta 8 also produces its potential psychoactive properties. Unlike its older brother, Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 has a lower binding affinity for CB1, which results in milder psychoactive effects. 

Delta 8 may also interact with CB2 receptors, although to a lesser extent. 

Small amounts of Delta 8 can:

  1. Reduce nausea and vomiting. Delta 8 calms those churning waves of nausea by interacting with the CB1 receptors involved in vomiting reflexes. 
  2. Alleviate pain. One study suggested that Delta 8 has potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It desensitizes our nervous system, acting as an efficient method for increasing pain tolerance. 
  3. Fight inflammation. Delta 8 seems to help prevent the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and interleukins, which are proteins that trigger unwanted immune responses and inflammation. Delta 8 also activates CB2 receptors found in immune tissues, calming inflammatory signaling and reducing pain and swelling.
  4. Uplift mood. Delta 8’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system lifts mood through boosted anandamide release. Anandamide, or the “bliss molecule,” is boosted, while stress-associated signaling is decreased. All of this is accomplished without motor or cognitive impairment in low doses. The mild euphoria and buoyed feelings can help if you’re struggling with depression or anxiety.
  5. Reduce anxiety and induce relaxation. Small doses of Delta 8 stimulate the release of pleasure molecules to relax both mind and body without making you feel drugged or drowsy.
  6. Improve sleep. Delta 8 reduces sleep latency time allowing you to fall asleep faster, while also extending the time you spend in deep restorative sleep.
  7. Stimulate appetite. By activating CB1 receptors that influence hunger signaling and your motivation to eat, Delta 8 can increase appetite. It enhances taste, heightens smell, and reduces nausea. 
  8. Sharpen focus. In small doses, many people describe Delta 8 THC as a great way to calm a racing mind and reduce distracting thoughts. This helps make you more present and focused. 
  9. Protect brain neurons. Delta 8 promotes neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells, in the hippocampus region responsible for learning and memory. It's also been shown to exhibit neuroprotective antioxidant effects that protect brain cells.

With so much therapeutic potential, Delta 8 is worth adding to your self-care routine. And the best part? It provides all of the medicinal perks while keeping your head clear enough to stay focused and functional. No strong psychedelic effects or next-day brain fog. Just mellow vibes and relaxation. 

Order our Elevate Delta 8 edibles and experience the smooth, balanced effects that’ll have you feeling good.

Is Delta 9 stronger than Delta 8?

Though they originate from the same cannabis plant, Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC produce somewhat different effects. Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that Delta 8 gummies cause feelings of relaxation and pain relief, without interfering with the user’s ability to perform daily activities. 

Studies confirm that Delta 9 has greater psychoactive abilities compared to its milder sibling. Both types of THC can induce relaxing, pain-relieving effects while allowing you to stay active and clear-headed when you stick to lower doses.

Delta 9 gummies can still knock you out in higher doses and lead to more disruptive side effects such as paranoia or dizziness. When microdosed responsibly, as with all of our products, Delta 9 helps you unwind without compromising your effectiveness.

So which gummies are stronger in the end? Definitely the Delta 9s, but only if you take enough of them. Microdoses of Delta 9 THC are perfectly safe to consume with all the benefits and none of the side effects that come with excessive doses.

But stronger doesn't always mean better, nor is Delta 9 better than Delta 8 (or vice versa). Both types of gummies offer pleasant, soothing benefits, ideal for cannabis newbies who are not looking to blast off.

If you’re afraid too much Delta 9 will impair your memory or produce other nasty side effects, we recommend our ultra-low dose Sleep Plus gummies. They contain only 2 mg of THC per gummy and are perfectly balanced by 25 mg of CBD and 3 mg of melatonin. 

Have you heard about the super-sleeping prowess of melatonin? Read all about melatonin and its benefits here.

How much Delta 8 is equal to Delta 9?

There’s no universal exchange rate to compare Deltas 8 and 9 because everyone has unique body chemistry and tolerance. Generally speaking, you should take roughly twice the amount of Delta 8 to achieve similar effects to a Delta 9 dose that is half the size.

The difference in potency between Delta 8 and Delta 9 means you need less Delta 8 to feel good vibes. Our Delta 8 gummies contain 12.5 mg, enough to relax both mind and body without impairment. Meanwhile, our Delta 9 edibles start around 2 mg before ramping up to sub-psychoactive 10 mg doses. 

For example, our Relax Plus gummies contain only 5 milligrams of Delta 9, while Euphoria edibles pack in 10 milligrams. If you’re feeling thirsty, our liquid Buzz drops, with only 2.2 mg per full dropper, pack a serious therapeutic punch. Many of our Delta 9 edibles contain a balanced amount of cannabidiol to ensure you enjoy all the upsides of Delta 9 without any downer effects ruining your experience.

Start super small with either type of THC gummy. You can always eat another if needed. This low start will help you discover your own personal sweet spot. 

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Are Delta 9 gummies legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill drew a distinction between hemp and marijuana, legalizing all Delta 9 THC products on a federal level in the US. Delta 9 THC is federally legal if derived from hemp and if the THC concentration in the product does not exceed 0.3% by dry weight. 

This means that all of our Delta 9 gummies are legal at the federal level in the US. Most US states have adopted the Farm Bill criteria, but to make sure Delta 9 is legal in your state, read our state-by-state guide on Delta 9 legality

If you want the best Delta 9 edibles—both THC drinks and gummies—check out our guide for where to purchase the finest edibles with Delta 9. With that being said, it’s a no-brainer; find the best cannabis products at nama.

Is it legal to microdose Delta 8?

Delta 8 is federally legal if compliant with the two conditions set by the Farm Bill. Our Elevate Gummies are legal at a federal level because they are derived from hemp, and the THC content does not exceed 0.3% by dry weight. 

Despite federal legality, some US states consider Delta 8 a controlled substance. As of 2022, Delta 8 is illegal in fourteen states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Montana
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Utah

See where you can buy the best Delta 8 gummies. We proudly carry third-party lab test products, verifying the purity and potency of everything we sell. With nama, you can purchase your gummies with complete confidence and peace of mind.

Where to buy the best cannabis gummies

In the exploding market of cannabis edibles, not all Delta 8 or Delta 9 gummies are created equal. Plenty of shady sellers peddle underdosed or outright dangerous products that are packed with harmful chemicals.

Thankfully, exceptional THC edibles do exist for consumers who are seeking safe alternatives to unwind and uplift their mood. That’s why strict safety testing and purity standards matter tremendously with any Delta 8 or Delta 9 gummy brand you explore. Our edibles offer optimal microdose blends to ease pain, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and heighten senses without any heavy sedation or impairment.

Treat yourself to cannabis confections made the right way. Shop at nama and experience the benefits of microdosing cannabis. If delicious non-alcoholic craft mocktails are your thing, check out where to buy the best THC drinks.

Delta 9 vs Delta 8 FAQ

Delta 8 edibles generally do not cause feelings of being intensely “stoned” as high doses of marijuana can. Quality Delta-8 products can make you feel pleasantly buzzed and relaxed, especially when responsibly microdosing. 

Delta 8 offers light, functional euphoria allowing you to freely go about your day with an upbeat mood minus any sedation, confusion, paranoia, or other potential risks. This makes Delta-8 THC products well suited for new or sensitive users not seeking an overwhelming high that disables normal activity. The exact effects differ from person to person based on individual body chemistry and tolerance thresholds. 

Delta 9 THC is generally a bit more euphoric and psychoactive than Delta 8. The peak intensity and duration of perceived euphoria differs substantially from user to user based on individual body chemistry, prior cannabis experience, mode of ingestion, and precise THC tolerance thresholds. 

When comparing equivalent doses, this minor cannabinoid still provides users with an uplifting sense of mood elevation and sublime contentment—just typically not accompanied by the heights or extended duration associated with higher amounts of Delta 9.

For first-time or highly sensitive Delta 9 users, start with one 2–10 milligram gummy to gauge your body’s tolerance and experience threshold. Even two modest Delta 9 gummies consumed together could overwhelm novice users and lead to unwanted side effects like anxiety or dizziness. 

The proper dosing procedure involves an initial microdose and waiting at least 120 minutes to allow its full effects to manifest before you decide on an additional gummy. 

100 milligrams of Delta 9 THC is an extremely large, intense dose for most users, especially for beginners. This high amount carries increased risks of adverse effects such as severe anxiety, nausea, paranoia, and potentially dangerous impairment of motor functions and cognition. 

Most cautious consumers feel safest restricting microdoses to only 10 milligrams or less when sampling Delta 9 to achieve therapeutic benefits without any unwanted psychological or physiological side effects. Always start low with Delta 9.

Most occasional or first-time cannabis users report feeling pleasantly buzzed to very high in the range of 10 to 30 milligrams. More experienced cannabis enthusiasts may personally require 50 to more than 100 milligram Delta 9 doses to reach their desired intense high.

The ideal Delta 9 THC dose needed to get an individual user really high depends on factors such as:

  • Their natural tolerance thresholds
  • Tolerance levels
  • Individual body chemistry
  • Weight considerations

Because of all these factors, it’s vital to start low and slowly increase until you find your personal “sweet spot”  to avoid under or overshooting your ideal dose.

Delta 8 THC offers a range of potential therapeutic effects. These include relief from pain, anxiety, nausea, inflammation, and improving sleep quality. Our Delta 8 gummies specifically may also stimulate appetite, relax tense muscles, sharpen focus, and uplift mood. Always chat with your doctor about using Delta 8 gummies to make sure you experience the medical benefits without the intoxicating effects.

The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp and hemp derivatives like Delta 8 THC, creating a legal loophole for many hemp-based products. However, Delta 8's specific status remains legally murky with contested interpretation. While clinical research on Delta 8 is limited, empirical evidence is abundant. Delta-8 users praise the benefits of consuming trace amounts of Delta 8. 

Avoid gas stations or non-reputable sellers. Choose trusted brands that test for purity and potency and ensure consumer safety. Our Delta 8 gummies pass rigorous independent lab testing for quality assurance and correct dosing. We also synthesize ethically from USA-grown, non-GMO hemp extracts.

At proper doses, unwanted side effects from quality Delta 8 gummies are rare. Sensitivity varies individually and traces of THC may impact drug testing results. Potential but unlikely issues like short-term anxiety, dry mouth, or dizziness can occur if you take more than the recommended dosage. That’s why precise low dosing and buying from reliable brands who verify purity is extremely important for both effectiveness and risk mitigation. 

Delta 8 THC contains the core structure of a tetrahydrocannabinol molecule but with a double carbon bond shifted to the 8th position rather than between the 9th and 10th atoms, as seen in the more common Delta 9. This one bond shift gives Delta-8 THC comparable therapeutic properties to Delta 9 by binding to the same cannabinoid receptors—but with roughly half the psychoactive intensity.

While research remains limited, there are no definitive drug interactions reported between pharmaceutical medications and Delta 8 yet. Delta 8 may impact health conditions involving cardiovascular function, autoimmune disorders, or psychiatric conditions such as panic attacks, bipolar, and sleep issues. 

As with any supplement, you should exercise caution and consult a doctor before trying Delta 8 if receiving treatment for chronic health problems. Start with ultra-low doses and monitor any adverse side effects. 

The unregulated market carries risks of contamination from heavy metals, residue solvents, or overconcentrated doses if poorly produced. Seek gummies that offer verified third-party lab reports confirming they meet potency claims without unsafe levels of chemicals or toxins. 

Brands should also be transparent about sourcing, and using natural hemp extracts, not synthetic cannabinoids. Check for proper labeling practices and only buy from reputable companies that demonstrate concern for consumer safety and ethical business practices. 

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Study: Users say delta-8-THC is delta-9’s ‘nicer younger sibling.’ (2022, January 12). University at Buffalo. https://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2022/01/009.html

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