How Long Does It Take To Feel Effects of Delta-8 Hemp THC?

If you’re starting your Delta-8 hemp THC journey, welcome to your hub of knowledge on everything D8. One of our most frequently asked questions is how long effects of Delta-8 hemp take to hit, and how it’s different from the effects of the more common delta-9 THC. Although there is little research on this, the onset time of delta-8 hemp is similar to different methods of delta-9, but may take a little bit more time to kick in.

Here are some general guidelines on how long the effects of Delta-8 hemp THC take to kick in and how long they will last. Keep in mind that taking Delta-8 hemp with any of these methods on an empty stomach will speed up the onset of effects and could possibly increase the intensity.


Generally, you’ll feel the effects from delta-8 hemp edible in 1 to 1 ½ hour with full effects at around 2 hours. Of course, onset time can vary depending on how much food is in the stomach and the metabolism of the user.

With edibles, effects will last much longer than vaping or smoking. Expect to feel ultra relaxed for as long as 4-12 hours.


When taken sublingually (under the tongue to be absorbed through the mouth), effects will start to take place after 45 minutes to 1 hour with full effects in 1 ½.

Be sure to hold the tincture or melt under your tongue for 30-45 seconds before swallowing.

The effects could last up to 5 hours when delta-8 hemp is taken orally or sublingually. However, it could be only 1 hour or even longer than 5 hours.


Vaping a delta-8 hemp THC cartridge will hit you with the feels more quickly than taken it orally. Expect effects to begin 5 to 10 minutes after a hit with full effects in 15 to 30 minutes. The “high” will last about 1-2 hours with vaping. This makes vaping perfect for daytime use as it’s a more temporary way to relax and won’t put you out of commission for the rest of the day and night.

Every body is different. So, start small and give the effects plenty of time to kick in. If you’re not feeling anything yet after the generalized onset times, give it even longer before taking more. Wait until the next day to take more so you know for sure the effects just didn’t take longer to kick in with you. Don’t take more only to realize the edibles took 3 hours to work and now you’re freaking out. If you do think you took too much, just try to relax, breathe deeply and stay hydrated.

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