How Long Does It Take a Delta 9 Gummy to Kick in?

May 12, 2023The nama Team

Delta 9 gummies are a refreshing and easy way to microdose cannabis, but how long do they take to kick in?

The onset time can vary depending on several factors, and we’re about to spill the beans on all of them. 

How Long Does It Take a Delta 9 Gummy to Kick in?

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Let’s go over the kick-in times of Delta 9 THC gummies in further detail.

What Are Delta 9 Gummies?

Delta 9 gummies are cannabis products that contain low doses of Delta 9 THC. To create them, we extract Delta 9 from the cannabis plant and infuse it into soft, chewy candies. Gummies are the most effective way to reap the benefits of microdosing THC

Still not sure why microdosing Delta 9 THC is the best?

  1. Each gummy contains precise doses of Delta 9 THC, making it easy to track your intake. 
  2. Longer-lasting effects: our body processes ingested Delta 9 differently than when smoking, resulting in effects that last much longer than other consumption methods. 
  3. Unlike smoking, which is bad news for your lungs, gummies provide a safer, healthier option without harming your respiratory system. 
  4. Delta 9 gummies are simple and discreet, which makes them a practical solution for microdosing on the go. 

Our Delta 9 gummies do not contain artificial additives or preservatives. We use rigorous third-party lab testing to assure the safety and efficacy of all our Delta 9 products. Case in point: our phenomenal Energy gummies. Pure unadulterated blood orange flavor mixed with top-notch cannabis extracts for a mild euphoric kick. It doesn’t get better than this. 

Read our in-depth guide to microdosing Delta 9 and discover how small amounts of THC can change your life forever.

How Long Does It Take Delta 9 Gummies to Kick In?

Edibles take time to produce their effects. They slowly enter the bloodstream after passing through the digestive system. It will take around 30 minutes at the earliest, but typically an hour or two, to feel the effects of Delta 9 gummies. It usually takes two hours for the full effects to kick in. 

The onset time of Delta 9 THC gummies can depend on:

  • Your metabolism
  • Your tolerance level for cannabis
  • Whether you’ve eaten beforehand

Because the effects of Delta 9 THC vary from person to person, don’t forget to start with a low dose and be patient. Gummies provide a considerably slower but more sustained cannabis experience compared to other methods of consumption. 

We agree that smoking is the quickest way to feel the effects of cannabis, but it is also the unhealthiest and even dangerous. Why not swap those nasty cigarettes and vapes and choose a healthy and more dependable way to microdose? 

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How Long Do Delta 9 Gummies Last?

Let’s talk about another major score for THC gummies. The effects of Delta 9 edibles can last for several hours, sometimes up to eight. This time also varies depending on several factors, such as:

  • THC concentration
  • Your metabolism
  • Your weight and general health
  • Your genetic makeup

Always begin with a low dose and give yourself plenty of time to assess the effects before increasing the dosage.

Some of our cannabis products are fast-acting. Our Relax Plus gummies can achieve results in just 15 minutes thanks to a special relaxation-promoting mix of cannabinoids and terpenes. 

Benefits of Microdosing Delta 9

Delta 9 THC gummies allow you to incorporate small amounts of cannabis into your everyday life while remaining productive and functional. Did you know microdosing THC can ease symptoms of stage fright and help you cope with anxiety?

But that’s not all these delicious fruity bites can do for you.

Typically, it is the combination of Delta 9 THC and CBD that has the best results for our health. Our Euphoria gummies contain 10 mg of THC and CBD each. That means that these fruit-filled vegan edibles guarantee a mildly euphoric experience balanced by the soothing influence of CBD.

Speaking of Delta 9 and CBD, let’s see how exactly they work to influence our endocannabinoid system. 

THC and CBD in the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network of signals and receptors that help regulate important functions and processes in the body—mood, sleep, appetite, and memory. It is composed of cannabinoid receptors and signals. CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain, while CB2 receptors are mostly found in the tissues that make up our immune system.

The CB1 cannabinoid receptors outnumber other types of receptors in the brain. One of their primary functions is to control neurotransmitters and regulate bodily functions like hunger, temperature, and alertness. Our bodies make natural cannabinoids that have the same structure as the molecules in phytocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids stimulate CB1 receptors.

The combination of THC and CBD, two major phytocannabinoids, seems to produce the best results. The proposed synergistic interaction of THC and CBD is known as the entourage effect.

The Entourage Effect

THC and CBD both have potent neuroprotective properties. Together, THC and CBD are thought to join forces to produce the entourage effect. In the entourage effect, the beneficial effects of CBD become more pronounced when THC is present, and vice versa. 

CBD seems to have an indirect impact on the ECS. It doesn't bind to the cannabinoid receptors in our brain directly. Instead, CBD antagonizes or down-modulates CB1 and CB2 receptors in the presence of THC. 

CBD displays unexpectedly high potency as an antagonist of CB1/CB2 receptor agonists in CB1- and CB2-expressing cells or tissues, the manner with which it interacts with CB2 receptors providing a possible explanation for its ability to inhibit evoked immune cell migration. (Pertwee, et. al.)

When CBD and THC are taken together, CBD regulates THC’s interactions with cannabinoid receptors. CBD also improves the safety and tolerability of Delta 9 THC by reducing the likelihood of psychoactive effects it may have on our brain.

Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects. To learn more about cannabidiol, check out our detailed guide to CBD.

You won’t be able to feel the entourage effect, but after regular use, you may start to notice the benefits of cannabinoids working together: improved sleep, decreased anxiety, and an overall better mood. 

Yet some people are still skeptical about this. Read more about the evidence supporting the entourage effect (and pass it along to your skeptical friend). 

The Best Ways to Produce the Entourage Effect

The entourage effect occurs with the synergistic interaction of full spectrum cannabis. Full spectrum products contain Delta 9 THC, CBD, and other bioactive compounds from cannabis. You can get your ideal full spectrum dose by ordering our organic, all-natural full spectrum gummies. They contain all the cannabinoids needed to boost brain health.

Broad spectrum CBD contains CBD, CBG, CBN, and other minor cannabinoids, but no Delta 9 THC. Our Anytime broad spectrum gummies are packed with 10 mg of custom-formulated broad spectrum hemp extract for the ultimate THC-free experience.

Similarly, our collection of CBN gummies does not contain any THC or THC derivatives. These vegan gummies are the perfect addition to your nighttime routine due to the sleep-promoting properties of CBD and CBN.

To understand the entourage effect better, read our article on the differences between full-spectrum and broad spectrum CBD.

Read more about Delta 9 THC, its uses and benefits, and all the reasons why you should jump on the microdosing Delta 9 train right now.

Can I Take Delta 9 Gummies Every Day?

There is no reason why you shouldn’t microdose Delta 9 on a daily basis. People who use medical cannabis every day say it's a safe and effective way to reduce stress, relieve pain, improve sleep, and reap other benefits. In fact, research seems to support the idea behind the benefits of regular microdosing. 

In one study, 172 participants were given low doses of THC (7.5 mg a day) for seven months. More than half of the participants experienced changes in pain intensity, improvements in their overall quality of life, and even relief from symptoms of anxiety. 

The present survey demonstrates its ameliorating potential for the treatment of chronic pain in central neuropathy and fibromyalgia. A supplemental delta 9-THC treatment as part of a broader pain management plan therefore may represent a promising coanalgesic therapeutic option. (Weber, et. al.)

The trick is to identify the optimal dose, ratio, and concentration for you. We always advise starting low and gradually increasing the dosage. To achieve the best outcomes from the product you're microdosing, be patient and consistent. 

Before including any new product into your daily microdosing regimen, it’s always a good idea to get familiar with how each cannabis product works.

Delta 9 Legality

Delta 9 is legal on a federal level in the US. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp and all hemp-derived products from the list of controlled substances. A Delta 9 product is federally legal if:

However, the legality of hemp-derived Delta 9 products is determined by each state individually. For example, our D8 gummies are federally legal, but a number of US states still ban Delta 8 THC outright.

All our Delta 9 THC edibles are legal in compliance with the Farm Bill. Just to make sure they are legal in your state, read up on our state-by-state guide to Delta 9 legality.

Are you curious about how Delta 8 can boost your health? Check out our detailed introduction to Delta 8 THC.

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Where To Buy the Best Delta 9 Gummies

You can buy gummies at local dispensaries across the country or you can purchase them online. Wherever you choose to buy Delta 9 edibles, make sure you buy Delta 9 products from reputable sources. Low-quality edibles can contain harmful chemicals and pesticides that can be dangerous to your health. Always do your research to ensure you’re purchasing a safe and healthy edible product.

Look for third-party lab reports and transparent retailers. If a retailer does not have lab results, do not buy their products. Rigorous lab testing will break down the potency of a product and tell you the exact amount of Delta 9, CBD, or other cannabinoids it contains.

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nama CBD offers delicious flavors, organic hemp, and only the highest quality ingredients. Our Delta 9 THC edibles are derived from American hemp sourced from small farms in Colorado and New Jersey. Keeping it 100% organic and knowing exactly where our products come from is important to us.

All our products—including our sleep gummies—are tested in third-party labs for purity and safety. Because they are compliant with the federal law about cannabis, our edibles with Delta 9 are legal in the US.

Delta 9 Gummies FAQ

The potency of Delta 9 THC gummies varies based on the product and dosage. Delta 9 THC gummies can last for several hours.

Factors that can influence the potency of Delta 9 gummies are:

  1. THC concentration
  2. Dosage 
  3. The amount of THC habitually or recently consumed by an individual
  4. Quality of the cannabis product
  5. The individual’s tolerance level

The effects of Delta 9 THC vary from person to person, and what feels strong to one person may not have the same effect on another.

For some people, 10 mg of Delta 9 THC gummy may be a suitable dose that produces mild to moderate effects, such as a feeling of relaxation and euphoria. However, for others, 10 mg may be too strong.

We recommend you start with a low dose of 2.5–5 mg of Delta 9 and gradually increase the dosage until you find a dose that works for you. 

Our Bliss Delta 9 gummies contain 5 mg of THC combined with 5 mg of CBD for balance and the most blissful euphoria. The delicious flavor of honeydew melon helps elevate these yummy munchies to a whole new level.

Delta 9 THC gummies can produce a wide range of effects on the body and mind. The specific effects can vary depending on the individual, the dosage, and other factors. However, some common experiences reported by people who use Delta 9 THC include:

  • A feeling of euphoria or happiness
  • Relaxation or stress relief
  • Altered perception of time and space
  • Increased appetite (“delta munchies”)
  • Intensified sensory experiences, such as taste, sound, or color
  • Drowsiness or sedation
  • Heightened creativity or introspection

Delta 9 THC effects can last for several hours, so consume cannabis wisely.

Some people may experience sedative effects after ingesting Delta 9 THC, resulting in sleepiness. As a psychoactive cannabinoid from the hemp extract, Delta 9 can produce mild side effects such as altered perception, increased appetite, decreased anxiety, and sedation. 

One study found that doses between 5 and 15 mg of THC combined with CBD increased sleepiness and mood changes. The study looked into the effects of cannabis extracts on nocturnal sleep, early-morning performance, memory, and sleepiness in eight healthy volunteers. 

With the lower dose combination, reaction time was faster on the digit recall task, and with the higher dose combination, subjects reported increased sleepiness and changes in mood. Fifteen milligrams THC would appear to be sedative, while 15 mg CBD appears to have alerting properties as it increased awake activity during sleep and counteracted the residual sedative activity of 15 mg THC. (Nicholson, et. al.)

Before consuming Delta 9 THC or other cannabis products, seek your doctor’s advice, especially if you are on prescription medications. It's also a good idea to look over the product's certificate of analysis to make sure the cannabis product you want to consume is tested for quality and purity. 

A joint, on average, contains 0.5 to 1 gram of cannabis with a Delta 9 THC concentration of 10% to 25%. This means that, depending on the potency, a joint might contain anywhere from 50 to 250 milligrams of Delta 9 THC. 

The amount of Delta 9 THC in a joint can vary based on the following factors:

  • The quality of the cannabis strain
  • The strength of the cannabis strain
  • The size of the joint
  • The rolling technique

That’s a whole lot of THC, if you ask us. We prefer safer, healthier, and more dependable ways of reaping the benefits of THC. How about a delicious gummy?

You’re never going to try anything more delicious than our pink lemonade Euphoria gummies. With only 10 mg of THC, these chewy bites can deliver a mild, euphoric, and enjoyable cannabis experience without any adverse effects. 

Cannabis vaping is not considered a particularly safe method of consumption. Vapes work rather fast: you can feel the effects of CBD almost immediately. You can consume CBD via a vape pen, vape oil, or vape carts, and you’ll get faster results than with a gummy.

However, inhaling CBD is far from the healthiest way to consume it. Vape carts can be difficult to dose, and you never know the exact amount of CBD you’re getting. Plus, their effects are way too short compared to CBD gummies. Vaping CBD can harm our lungs more than vaping nicotine, according to a study published by Thorax

Inhalation of CBD aerosol resulted in greater inflammatory changes, more severe lung damage and higher oxidative stress compared with nicotine. CBD aerosol also showed higher toxicity to human cells compared with nicotine.

There are many other safer ways to get your dose of cannabidiol other than vaping.

  • CBD oils
  • CBD tinctures
  • CBD capsules
  • CBD drinks

Try our vegan CBD gummies. They offer a safe and controlled method of consumption for not only CBD but other cannabinoids, as well. You never have to worry about overconsuming with these badass vegan, hemp-derived edibles.

Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a minor cannabinoid occurring in small quantities in the cannabis plant. Commercial HHC is chemically made from hemp-derived CBD.

HHC is considered THC’s close relative, as both compounds produce similar effects. Users describe the HHC “high” as being something between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC, but it is a less potent and less psychoactive compound than Delta 9. They report many similar effects to Delta-9 THC: paranoia, sedation, dry mouth, red eyes, increased anxiety, and the munchies.

The most popular ways to consume it are: 

  • HHC vape carts
  • HHC gummies
  • HHC bundles

HHC gummies are federally legal since they are derived from hemp and don’t contain THC.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin, or THCV, is a compound from the cannabis plant. It offers a unique array of effects and benefits that are a bit different from those of other cannabinoids like Delta-9 THC and CBD.

THCV has a similar molecular structure and psychoactive effects to THC. THCV gummies are great if you're diabetic. A 2020 study revealed the potential therapeutic benefits of THCV in treating obesity and diabetes. 

In rodent studies, THCV decreases appetite, increases satiety, and up-regulates energy metabolism, making it a clinically useful remedy for weight loss and management of obesity and type 2 diabetic patients… Also, the effect of THCV on dyslipidemia and glycemic control in type 2 diabetics showed reduced fasting plasma glucose concentration when compared to a placebo group.

It seems that this minor cannabinoid has therapeutic benefits for our nervous system as well. Many users take THCV gummies as a way to treat anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, and epilepsy. According to the compound summary on the National Library of Medicine:

…THCV has also been reported to activate 5HT1A receptors to produce an antipsychotic effect that has therapeutic potential for ameliorating some of the negative, cognitive and positive symptoms of schizophrenia. Furthermore, THCV interacts with different transient receptor potential (TRP) channels including TRPV2, which may contribute to the analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids and Cannabis extracts. It has also shown antiepileptiform and anticonvulsant properties, that suggest possible therapeutic application in the treatment of pathophysiologic hyperexcitability states such as untreatable epilepsy. 

THCP gummies may or may not contain Delta-9 THC, depending on the manufacturer. Delta 9 THC and THCP are not the same molecule, so it is possible to make THCP gummies that do not contain Delta-9.

Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) is a structural analog of Delta-9 THC. The two cannabinoids’ chemical structures are similar but their characteristics are slightly different. Some users say that THCP is more potent than Delta 9 because it binds more strongly to the body’s cannabinoid receptors. However, THCP research is still in its early stages, and more research is required to fully understand its effects on the body.

Depending on the manufacturer's formulation, some THCP gummies may contain a combination of THCP and Delta- 9 THC or other cannabinoids.

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