My best friend and I went to a party. We both were offered and did a drug called Delta 8 (or D8) after googling it and seeing it is legal. We both freaked out, got sick, and had horrible reactions/hallucinations! What did we take?

Thanks for your question. Good for you for researching it. Unfortunately, many legal substances can be harmful or have negative health effects on the body, such as:

What is Delta-8? 

Delta-8 is a form of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the part of the marijuana plant that makes people feel high. It is typically thought of as being less potent (i.e., having less strong effects). However many Delta-8 products have a much higher concentration of THC than typical marijuana products, which leads to much more effects.

What are some of the effects of Delta-8? 

After taking Delta-8, some people report having:

  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling confused
  • Loss of consciousness

It sounds like you and your friend had some of these effects.

Is Delta-8 approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? 

No. Delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for use.

Did you know? FDA’s 5 things to know about Delta-8 THC.

Was it even Delta-8 or was it something else? 

It sounds like you and your friend had side effects of Delta-8. However, you are right to be skeptical. Many substances can have some of the same effects.

Ultimately, you never know exactly what someone is offering you, so the safest options are to:

  • Say “No, thanks.”
  • Get out of the situation.

Check out our health guide on safety at parties for more tips.