How Long Does a Delta-8 High Last?

How Long Does A THC High Last?

If you’re new to delta-8 THC and its effects, you may have questions about onset, dosage and product variety. But, one of the most common questions among new users is how long does the delta-8 high actually last? Well, that depends on a lot of different factors. Your preferred delivery method (vapes, edibles, etc.), your metabolism and brand quality are all major factors that determine the duration of your delta-8 buzz. 

What Does a Delta-8 High Feel Like?

Before we dive into how long a delta-8 high tends to last, it’s important to understand what the effects actually feel like. If you have experience with traditional marijuana and its effects, then delta-8 won’t be a totally new experience for you. But, remember that delta-8 is about 50 percent milder than regular delta-9 THC. 

Most users report a euphoric buzz with full-body relaxation and sedation. A delta-8 high may also cause drowsiness and increased appetite. Too much delta-8 THC can have a similar effect to taking too much marijuana; paranoia, anxiety and dizziness are all common side effects. Finding your ideal delta-8 dosage is crucial to avoid any negative experiences. For a detailed dosing guide, check out our Delta-8 Dosing Guide for Beginners. 

Delta-8 High Duration and On-Set. THC Duration and On-Set.
How Cannabis is consumed directly impacts the strength of the effects, how long it takes effects to become noticeable (onset), and how long the effects will last (duration).

Comparing Different Delivery Methods

The duration of your delta-8 high mostly depends on which delivery method you take. The chart below compares the typical duration of each delta-8 delivery method. 

Delivery MethodOnsetDuration
Vaping or SmokingImmediate-10 minutes1-2 hours
Sublingual Tincture20-40 minutes2-4 hours
Edibles1-2 hours4-6 hours
TopicalsImmediate-10 minutes2-4 hours

Vaping or Smoking

Vaping or smoking delta-8 provides the most immediate onset of effects. When delta-8 is inhaled, it hits your bloodstream and brain almost immediately. However, the buzz wears off faster. For most users, effects last one to two hours. But, depending on how many puffs you take and how strong the product is, your buzz may last longer. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that some hemp-derived cannabinoids may have a longer onset delay (THC-O and HHC-O to name a couple). If you’re new to inhaling delta-8 and other cannabinoids, start with a few puffs and wait 10-20 minutes before taking more. 

Sublingual Tinctures

Tinctures are a great way to ingest delta-8 without inhaling anything. They also don’t take quite as long to kick in. If the oil is taken under the tongue, effects usually start after 20-40 minutes. Because the extract is absorbed through your mouth and not digested, onset doesn’t take as long. 


Edibles take the longest to kick in, but their effects last longer. Most users report that edible highs are more intense than vaping or tincture highs. Why are edibles so much stronger? Unlike inhalation, delta-8 edibles travel to your stomach and live before hitting the bloodstream. Your liver converts THC to another compound called 11-Hydroxy THC, which produces a much stronger high. 

Other factors can drastically affect your edible high. The amount of food in your stomach, hydration levels, metabolism and diet can all affect how an edible will feel for you. For best results, take your delta-8 edible after eating something and drink plenty of water. 

There may be user reports that suggest the type of edible may also affect the duration of your buzz. For example, gummies and other small edibles may not take as long to kick in as something larger like a brownie or cookie. But, this is still fairly subjective. 

Delta-8 Nanotechnology 

How would you like to take an edible or tincture that kicks in almost immediately? That’s where nanotechnology comes in. In short, nanotechnology in cannabis refers to THC being converted into smaller, water soluble molecules that hit your bloodstream much faster, usually within 15-20 minutes. Nano-emulsified products are rapidly growing in popularity, especially for users who prefer not to vape or smoke. 

Does a Delta-8 High Last as Long as Delta-9?

Since research for delta-8 is still in early stages, it’s hard to say with certainty how it compares to a delta-9 high. However, most users report similar duration times between the two cannabinoids. There are also many factors, as everyone processes cannabis in their body differently. 

How Long Does Delta-8 Stay in Your System?

While still in early research stages, the general consensus is that delta-8 mirrors delta-9 THC for how long it sticks in your system. However, there hasn’t been a full independent study for how long delta-8 stays in your system specifically.

As for delta-9 THC, it usually remains in your saliva for up to 48 hours after inhalation or ingestion. It can stay in your blood for up to 36 hours. However, THC can stick around much longer depending on your frequency of use. For daily, high frequency users, THC can stay in your system for weeks or even months. 

What’s the Best Way to Try Delta-8?

There are many different ways to introduce delta-8 into your body. Overall, it comes down to your personal preference and purpose for using it. If you want to better control your buzz, vaping or smoking is the easiest way to introduce delta-8 gradually. But, edibles and tincture are much better for your lungs. 

If you want to try delta-8, it’s crucial to do your research and source your products from a legitimate brand or dispensary. Dispensaries often have a wide selection of products and knowledgeable hemp tenders to answer all your questions. In many states, delta-8 products can be purchased in vape shops and gas stations, but the quality of their products may be questionable. 
If you have more questions about delta-8 THC or you’re ready to give it a try, visit us at Delta Force Delivery today.

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