No matter what's happening with the weather, politics or the status of your horoscope, the urge to get a little silly — or just a little more relaxed — stays the same. Unfortunately, the ability to get weed online is limited, depending on where you live. Thanks to a federal loophole, however, you can purchase delta-8 products, which provides users with a similar body and head high as Delta-9 THC (the federally illegal stuff) online. The magic of the Internet, amirite?
Regardless of where you find your delta-8 goodies, Riley Kirk, Ph.D., aka @cannabichem on Instagram and TikTok, says to purchase from brands that are open about their lab testing practices to prevent your feel-good gummies from containing something nefariously and dangerously icky. Look for phrases like “lab testing” and “COA” — which stands for certificate of analysis — when sleuthing. If you don’t see anything on the page, reach out to the company and ask for lab results before purchasing. If they give you a hard time, provide you with a very outdated COA or send you lab results for a different product, you have reason to be wary.
“See how transparent brands are with their lab testing, which usually will be provided on a QR code on the actual product you're using, or a lot of websites will have links to talk about their transparency with their lab testing,” Kirk suggests. “I think if you're not providing any of that, I would be a bit skeptical.”
All products listed have lab testing results listed on the manufacturer’s website, meaning you can consume with peace of mind.
These 20 to 25 milligram gluten-free, vegan delta-8 gummies are packed with all natural ingredients like organic tapioca syrup, organic flavor extracts and fruit pectin. The gummies contain a 3-to-1 CBD to delta-8 ratio, which creates the perfect medicinal mixture for an uplifting sense of calm without any paranoia or anxiety. Flavors include green apple, sweet watermelon and sweet orange. These taste like candy, so don’t give into the temptation to eat more than one (which is plenty).
Level’s swallowable tablet includes 25 milligrams of delta-8, which takes effect in 30 to 90 minutes and lasts three to six hours. You can split the tab in half for a lower dosage, or purchase the company’s delta-8 Soothe tablingual — which dissolves under the tongue — that contains only 5 milligrams of delta-8, takes effect in 5 to 20 minutes and lasts for up to two hours. And, with undetectable and portable packaging, you can feel at ease bringing them to a group function.
An alternative to alcohol and alcohol-based seltzers, Loki features 20 milligrams of delta-8, and is gluten-free, contains zero sugars and carbs, and is only five calories. The lemon-lime flavor is a universal, refreshing crowd pleaser. Aesthetically, the black can with holographic lettering is *chef’s kiss*.
Have you ever wondered, “What if La Croix, but weed, but I can order it legally online?” Enter D8 Seltzer, which contains 20 milligrams of delta-8. Much like how bubbly booze gets you drunker faster, this seltzer packs an immediate punch. Flavors include mango, lime and berry (coming soon). With no sugar and fat, and just five calories, you can drink it for the same reason you switched from beer to White Claw.
Seltzer not really your game? Get a swig of Giddy’s non-alcoholic, ready-to-drink cocktails, which come in flavors like Ganja Ginger Mule, Mary Jane Mojito and Pomegranate Pineapple Pot Punch (try saying that five times fast). Each bottle contains 25 milligrams of delta-8, and you can enjoy it over ice, straight or added to your favorite hot or cold beverage. If none of the listed flavors tickle your fancy, the company also sells beverage additives that allows you to add 25 milligrams of delta-8 to any drink. Pinkies up!
These aren’t your mom’s cereal treats. These delta-8 edibles by 3chi — one of the best delta-8 brands on the market — pack 50 milligrams of delta-8 in each treat, and come in krispy rice, chocolate and fruity cereal flavors. These edibles don’t have a hempy aftertaste, since the company uses a different oil in the treats compared to its vapes. If cereal treats aren’t your favorite snack, the company also sells delta-8 cookies and brownies.
According to its website, D8.co’s gummies are for those who like the finer things in life without the cost. Each gummy is dosed at 25 milligrams and defies geometry with its perfect square shape. Try the incredibly popular Caviar x Kush variety: a black watermelon flavored gummy that combines the smoothness of the Caviar cannabis strain and the earthiness of the Kush strain.
These vegan gummies come in six flavors, including melatonin grape and blue razz — an undisputed god-tier flavor (fight me if you think otherwise). Each gummy contains 25 milligrams of delta-8. The party pack — featuring cherry, watermelon, blue razz, mango and orange — is great for those who are indecisive, and the sample pack is great for a fun surprise.
These gummies are a bit costly, but for good reason: the hemp the company sources is harvested in the U.S. using the best farming practices, since “clean soil means clean hemp,” per the website. The gummies come in blue raspberry, watermelon and peach flavors, and feature 20 milligrams of delta-8 per gummy. Best of all, you can purchase the gummies on a subscription basis, so you won’t have to wait for a new jar once you hit empty.