Delta 8 hump Gummies are consumable gummies that contain Delta 8 THC as the main active ingredient. Other names for them include D8 Gummies, Delta 8 THC Gummies, and simply D8 Gummies. The term “wellness products” typically refers to Delta 8 gummies.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, often known as delta-8 THC, is a cannabinoid that is present in hemp and marijuana plants and is increasingly gaining recognition in the cannabis industry. Marijuana and cannabis plants contain cannabinoids, which are organic substances. In contrast to its closely related counterpart delta-9 THC, which is the most well-known type of tetrahydrocannabinol, delta-8 is regarded to be moderately psychoactive.
There are a lot of gummy candies out there to choose from. We’ve written about some of them here, but Delta-8 Gummies has been on our radar for a while now. A quick Google search or a visit to the website reveals that they’re not just another one of those gummy treats. They’re actually a health supplement.
The company’s tagline is “A healthy, effective way to increase your energy.” That sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it? Well, there’s nothing wrong with being serious about your health and getting some extra help if you need it (although we do have some reservations about some of their claims). But let’s start by talking about how these things work.
What is Delta-8?
Delta-8 is a proprietary blend of ingredients found in nature that purportedly enhance mental focus and energy levels. The product comes in several different forms, including capsules, tablets, liquids and gummies.
They all contain the same ingredients, though. And according to the company’s marketing materials, they all contain the following eight components:
AlphaGlycine – Helps improve brain function and cognition;
L-Carnitine Lactate – Improves cognitive performance;
L-Tyrosine – Provides support for memory, learning and concentration;
Pyridoxamine HCL – Boosts neurotransmitter activity;
Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) – Supports normal sleep patterns;
Niacinamide – Promotes alertness and helps reduce stress;
5HTP – Helps manage stress;
Folic acid – Helps maintain optimal mood and prevent depression.
Sounds like a pretty comprehensive list of ingredients, doesn’t it? There are plenty of other supplements out there that claim to have similar combinations of ingredients, so we decided to see how well they stacked up against Delta-8.
How does it stack up?
We took each of the eight ingredients listed above and ran an independent test using published research. For example, we looked at the evidence for alpha glycyrrhizic acid (alphaGly), which is a component of both Delta-8 and many other popular supplements. AlphaGly is supposed to improve cognitive performance and boost brain function.
Here’s what we learned:
AlphaGly has shown no benefits when used alone. However, it can help improve memory in people who already suffer from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
However, when combined with other ingredients, alphaGly may be beneficial. According to a study published this year in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, supplementation with alphaGly along with acetyl-l-carnitine (ALC) can improve working memory.
It’s important to keep in mind that the study was small (only 16 participants) and involved only male participants. So the results don’t necessarily translate into women or anyone else.
The researchers also note that the dose of alphaGly used in the study was much higher than the typical dosage recommended for supplementation. In fact, the doses used in the study were so high that it’s possible that any positive effects observed could be because the participants were taking the pills instead of the supplement.
So while the study suggests that alphaGly may be useful in combination with other ingredients, it didn’t show that it was helpful when taken alone. And the dosages used in the study were far too high compared to what most people would ever take.
In short, the study suggested that alphaGly might be worth considering, but more research is needed before we can say anything definitive.
Similarly, the studies on gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) weren’t very conclusive. On its own, GABA showed no benefits. It did appear to improve mood in patients with major depressive disorder, however. When taken with niacinamide and 5-hydroxytryptophan, GABA helped reduce anxiety.
But again, the dosage levels used in the study were much higher than typically recommended.
Overall, it seems that these ingredients haven’t been studied enough to say definitively whether they’re helpful or not.
So is delta-8 better than other gummy vitamins?
Let’s compare it to two other popular brands of gummy vitamins: CitrusX and ProHealth. Both of those brands promise to provide a variety of nutrients based on their proprietary blends of ingredients.
Both brands contain the same number of ingredients as Delta-8 (eight) and use similar amounts per serving (two gummies). But it turns out that it’s hard to tell if either brand is really superior to Delta-8.
For example, Delta-8 contains L-tyrosine, which is claimed to improve cognitive performance. CitrusX contains L-tyrosine and L-phenylalanine, which are also claimed to improve cognitive performance. ProHealth contains tyrosine and niacinamide, which also supposedly improve cognitive performance.
That said, all three brands contain the same amount of each ingredient (2 mg per serving). In theory, that means that any differences between them should be minimal.
And in practice, none of the brands seemed to have any particular advantage over the others. CitrusX gummies had slightly lower sugar content than the others, but overall their sweetness level was close enough that everyone will be able to enjoy them.
ProHealth contained a little less niacinamide than the other two brands, but the difference wasn’t huge enough to suggest that ProHealth is inferior to the other two. And CitrusX contained fewer calories than the other two as well.
So what about the taste? Do they all taste the same?
Well, yes and no.
Each brand tasted slightly different, but they all tasted quite good. Each flavor tasted distinctly different from the others, but they all tasted pleasant. If you prefer sweet gummies you’ll probably find that CitrusX tastes sweeter than Delta-8, but ProHealth is likely to be preferred by people who don’t like overly sweet gummies.
Overall, I’d recommend trying all three brands to get a sense of how they all taste, but be sure to pick your favorites!
Which gummy vitamin is right for me?
If you want to try a product like Delta-8, then it makes sense to buy it from a reputable retailer and avoid any shady products sold online. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a great option available in the United States.
You do have a few options in Canada. You can buy Delta-8 from Health Foods Plus online, but you’ll pay more for shipping than you would in the US. Alternatively, you can go directly to the manufacturer in the UK. Their website sells Delta-8 for £5.99 ($7.35) for a pack of 30 gummies. That’s a little steep, but it’s still cheaper than you’d pay in the US.
If you live outside the UK, you’ll have to wait until the product becomes available in the US. The manufacturer says that it isn’t expecting to sell the product in the U.S. anytime soon because the FDA hasn’t approved it yet.
I’m definitely going to check it out when it does become available. Until then, I’ll stick with my current favorite gummy vitamin: CitrusX. It’s tasty and affordable and it provides a nice balance of nutrients.