Article – Reality Sandwich: The Ultimate Guide To Delta 9 THC

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Cannabis legalization continues to gain traction in the United States, but it’s not fully legal because of the compound Delta-9-THC. Delta-9-THC is a mind-altering compound. Many states have legalized medical cannabis. And some states have included legal adult-use cannabis (more on specific states below). Adult-use refers to allowing any person over the age of 21 to use cannabis.

While cannabis is not legalized nationwide yet, some specific compounds in the cannabis plant are legal nationwide, such as cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabidiol (CBD) is legal nationwide because it provides health benefits and does not alter the mind.


Delta-9-THC produces psychoactive effects and is the compound in the cannabis plant that is associated with the “high” produced from consuming cannabis. It gives feelings of happiness, euphoria, sedation and symptom relief. Delta-9-THC is psychotropic meaning that it affects the consumer’s perception, behavior and mental activity. When one consumes Delta-9-THC they become intoxicated, or their physical and mental control is inhibited.

Delta-9 in the Body

The human brain produces neurotransmitters so that neurons and neural circuits can communicate with each other. The neurotransmitters deliver messages to different neurons by attaching themselves to receptors. One type of receptor that the body makes is called an endocannabinoid receptor. When bodies experience stress, fear, pain or other sensations, they release endocannabinoids. Then, the endocannabinoids attach to the receptors to relieve these negative sensations. The endocannabinoids, endocannabinoid receptors, and the circuits on which they travel, make up the endocannabinoid system within the body.

The human body produces its own cannabinoids to keep the body operating efficiently. So with the wrong dose of Delta-9-THC, it can overwhelm the body’s endocannabinoid system and prevent the body’s natural chemicals from doing their job correctly.


Similar to CBD, Delta-9-THC comes in various forms to meet specific needs and preferences. Delta-9-THC can be consumed through inhalation, oral consumption, as a topical, sublingual or tincture. Depending on why someone chooses to consume Delta-9-THC may dictate the route they choose to use the substance.


Many consumers prefer to use the method of inhalation because it’s the fastest route of consumption. When inhaled, Delta-9-THC enters the body through the lungs and is passed quickly into the bloodstream. The consumer can feel the effects almost instantaneously. Many medical cannabis consumers prefer the method of inhalation because of the fast relief. Relief occurs within minutes, peaking around an hour, and starts to wear off between two and three hours.

Cannabis can be inhaled by smoking or vaporizing. Smoking cannabis is the burning of the flowers and inhaling the active cannabinoids that are released. Vaporizing is when the plant is heated to a temperature and the active ingredients are released. Vaporizing reduces the burning feeling of smoking and has been shown to be better for the lungs.

Oral Consumption

Delta-9-THC can be consumed orally via edibles, tinctures, capsules or oils. The onset of the effects can take about 30 minutes to an hour, and the effects can last up to six hours. Oral consumption is preferred for consumers who are looking for more long-term relief.


Topicals can come in the form of salves, lotions, oils, bath salts and patches. They’re applied to the skin and the cannabinoids penetrate the skin. This method of consumption is best for pain (i.e. arthritis) and inflammation. Topicals are not psychoactive. Topical application does not allow a lot of cannabinoids to reach the brain.

The relief from a topical application from salves, lotions, oils and bath salts happens quickly. Research shows the onset can happen within minutes and effects last for one to two hours. However, patches work a bit differently. Patches typically have an onset of about two hours and can last up to two days depending on the release nature of the product.

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The Ultimate Guide to Delta-9-THC

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