Are you new to Delta 8? Maybe you’re new to hemp products, in general. Either way, if you’re here you’re probably wondering "How much Delta 8 should I take?". That's a great question, everyone starts somewhere, here you will learn just how different everyone’s serving sizes and tolerance level may be.
This is important to consider because not all dosing methods will give the same effects. It is important to understand that in order to get the desired effects from Delta 8, your Delta 8 dosage should fall within the standard dose, otherwise you may risk experiencing adverse effects or even undesirable effects such as negative impact on your cognitive abilities and potential for anxiety or paranoia.
If you follow this guide, which covers the basic guidelines on hemp derived products dosing frequency you will learn how much THC is a good fit for you.
After learning how your body reacts, most users can easily determine their ideal dose that works best for them without too intense effects.
What is Delta 8?
The question of "What is Delta 8?" comes up quite often and you may have wondered this yourself. Delta 8 is very similar to Delta 9 THC, which is the primary compound found in both hemp plants and cannabis plants. Both produce psychoactive effects. Typically, when people talk about THC, they are referring to Delta 9, one of the most popular forms of THC and the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana.
One of the biggest differences in Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC is that Delta 8 has a lower psychoactive potency making it mildly intoxicating when compared to Delta 9 THC. When compared to full spectrum CBD or other CBD products, Delta 8 is a middle ground, falling between CBD oil and Delta 9 THC.
Many report experiencing all the health benefits of CBD without any of the potential side effects that can come with delta 9 THC.
IS DELTA 8 THC DOSAGE THE SAME AS CBD DOSAGE?
Some might assume that the dosage of THC and the dosage of CBD are the same. This may be the case when you are looking at milligrams, but a huge key factor is that CBD does not have psychoactive effects and in fact is considered non-psychoactive meaning it can combat and tame some of the psychoactive effects that Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC cause.
With that being said, when assessing how much delta 8 you should take, we don't recommend basing it off of a CBD dosage. In this Delta 8 dosage guide we will help you be able to find your optimal Delta 9 THC dosage.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I TAKE TOO MUCH DELTA 8 THC?
You would be surprised but this does happen. You took a gummy and, since gummies take longer to kick in and you weren't feeling it, you decided to take another. Now you feel way too high, don't worry we have a few tips for you!
Stay hydrated, you may feel dehydrated or experience dry mouth. Try drinking a sports drink or coconut water, something that has a lot of electrolytes in it. Sleep it off, Delta 8 is a good sleep aid, so if you feel like you had way too much Delta 8 try to take a power nap.
Eat, a lot of people report getting the 'munchies' when using Delta 8 THC, so feed into the craving and eat. A healthy meal with protein, carbohydrates, and fats is ideal. Lastly, take a shower and relax, a shower can calm your nerves if the high is causing you to become anxious and paranoid. Turn on some calming music, take a shower, and relax.
Ideally, most people tend to avoid getting too high. Continue reading to find out how much your Delta 8 THC dosage is. Remember, taking a single dose may not be enough, you may have to do some experimenting through trial and error first.
DELTA 8 THC DOSAGE: UNDERSTANDING POTENCY
Different companies use different strengths and concentrations in their products. For example, some sell Delta 8 in strengths of 25mg per gummy, while others may offer 12.5 mg per gummy. The same pattern applies to tinctures, vapes, and other forms of Delta 8 THC.
If you want to figure out how many milligrams of Delta 8 is in a single serving look at the products packaging. Reputable companies will provide their serving recommendations on the product’s label so that someone brand new to Delta 8 THC can easily estimate how much Delta 8 they need to achieve their expected results and then know their ideal dosage for future use.
Some would say that Delta 8 is around half as potent as Delta 9 THC. There have been cases of people who have taken too much Delta 8, and it hit them too hard, making them not in full control of themselves. The best way to find your personal tolerance is to start with a low dose and gradually increase until you feel satisfied with the effects. This same rule applies for any form of Delta 8 THC and any other cannabinoids.
DELTA 8 THC DOSAGE CHART
Here is a handy chart that can assist you with quickly determining an ideal single dose of Delta 8 THC regardless of if you are a brand-new user of if you are a seasoned medical marijuana connoisseur and the method that you are using to consume your Delta 8.
Too low of a Delta 8 THC dosage will produce mildly intoxicating effects, when slightly higher doses can result in much stronger effects. Go slow and listen to your body before increasing your Delta 8 dosage.
HOW LONG DOES DELTA 8 THC TAKE TO KICK IN?
The length that it will take Delta 8 to kick in will based on the delivery method that you chose to take and the Delta 8 THC dosage. You also want to know your tolerance level to better understand the length of how long delta 8 effects will last in your system.
Because Delta 8 THC Tinctures, are considered sublingual oil tinctures, they are absorbed directly into the mouth's mucous membranes. Delta 8 THC tincture effects usually take less than 20-30 minutes to kick in. Effects from tinctures usually last between 4 to 5 hours, these effects typically peak between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
When using Delta 8 vape cartridges or disposable vapes, you can expect to feel the effects kick in within a few minutes, although it can be anywhere between 5-10 minutes. These effects may last up to 5 hours, and they most commonly peak between 30 minutes to 2 hours. In general, vaping Delta 8 THC tends to be the most short-lived delivery method since it is only absorbed through the respiratory system.
Delta 8 THC Edibles can take a little longer to kick in than when vaping Delta 8, they can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours to fully kick in, with their effects almost always lasting longer. Often times Delta 8 THC edible effects can last all the way up to 5 hours after consuming.
As you can see from above, the same amount of one consumption method may be considered a strong dose whereas that same dose may be a small dose with another method. This is why it is crucial that you try each method slowly when first trying in order to accurately assess your THC tolerance and know your Delta 8 dosage for that consumption method.
DELTA 8 THC DOSING GUIDE
There are a few factors that will determines one's tolerance and should be looked at before jumping into taking Delta 8 THC or any other hemp derived cannabinoid products.
Have you used Delta 8 THC or any other THC products before? It is safe to assume that your tolerance level will be very low if you have not used Delta 8 THC or any other hemp products before. If you are very experienced chances, are you would only end up with a light buzz when taking the standard dosage.
Another consideration for even experienced users is that if you have recently taken a tolerance break, your tolerance level may be much lower than you are used to. Keep this in mind, and you may be better off to start off with the standard Delta 8 THC dosage.
Body composition also plays a big role in the affects you will have- this includes your body weight, height, body fat mass, and muscle mass.
Don't forget or overlook the potency levels of the product you use and the delivery method of your choice. Lower potency products will yield mild effects, where a higher potency product will require you to take a much smaller dose, sometimes even about half, for the same effect.
Keeping the factors above in mind, here is a general guideline to help you determine a good starting point and come up with the right dose for you.
Beginners (for new users with low tolerance): 5–15 mg per serving
Intermediate (occasional users with medium tolerance): 15–45 mg per serving
Advanced (experienced users with a high tolerance): 45–150 mg per serving
1. DELTA 8 THC VAPE DOSAGE
Everyday Delta carries two types of Delta 8 THC vapes: Disposable vape pens and vape cartridges. Dosing is the same regardless of the form you choose. Every product will have their suggested use on the package. We recommended using these manufacturer suggestions as a baseline when determining the average single dose for you.
A typically Delta 8 dosage for a vape is one to three puffs, with one being the correct dosage for new users and three puffs being a strong dose for seasoned users. Factors like the depth of your inhalation, dosing frequency, and how much vapor you can draw into your lungs at once will affect the strength of your high.
We recommend starting out with low doses by inhaling for 3 seconds, after that you can expect Delta 8 THC to kick in within 5-15 minutes. From there, you can decide if you want to take another hit, or higher dose, for stronger effects or wait a while. Regular Delta 8 THC users with a higher THC tolerance may take up to 8 hits for a stronger effect.
2. DELTA 8 THC HEMP FLOWER DOSAGE
Delta 8 THC flower dosage will vary based on your prior experience. Some may notice they might need slightly higher doses when smoking Delta 8. If you are new to Delta 8 flower, our recommended dose is 1 puff, that will be a good dose for many new users of if you have a low tolerance.
Delta 8 flower can be a little harder to dose since delta 8 may not be distributed throughout the bud evenly. So, start with a low dose wait 20-30 minutes to let it kick in and then assess how you feel.
If you are more experienced with Delta 8 THC then you may be able to handle more than the regular dose, a stronger dose would consist of 2-3 puffs, resulting in more intense effects.
3. DELTA 8 THC GUMMIES DOSAGE
Typically, one dose is 1 gummy, but we suggest starting off by taking ½ of a gummy and waiting 30-45 minutes for it to kick in. Remember you can always take more Delta 8 if you have a high tolerance, but you cannot undo what you have already taken.
Keep in mind that a strong dose in the form of an edible will not only take longer to kick in but will also stay in your digestive tract much longer. In the event that you overdid it, here are a few tips and tricks on how to get unhigh.
4. DELTA 8 THC CAPSULES DOSAGE
Most products will come with a recommended dose, Delta 8 THC capsules are an oral ingestion method and are easy to dose out in lower doses because they have the recommended dose on the bottle and the milligrams in each serving. Every manufacture will vary on serving sizes, but most will suggest one capsule per serving.
If you have not used Delta 8 THC capsules before we recommend starting with one dose and working your way up only after waiting a few hours for the product to be processed through your digestive system to determine if you need a stronger dose.
If you know you have a medium tolerance, you could choose to start off with higher doses. Just remember that taking too much above the regular dose may present unwanted side effects.
5. DELTA 8 THC TINCTURE DOSAGE
Delta 8 tinctures are absorbed through the tiny blood vessels found under the tongue. A standard serving is anywhere between 20–40 milligrams. To calculate this, you would need to divide the amount of delta 8 per bottle by the number of milliliters, you will then know how much Delta 8 is in a single serving for that particular product.
Once again, we suggest starting out with less initially, until you've accessed your tolerance. Depending on how you use your tincture will dictate how long it will take to kick in, but most will five near instant effects.
If you ingested it directly from the dropper you can expect it to kick in faster, around 10-15 minutes. If you consume it any other way, it may take up to an hour to kick in. For example, when mixed in foods or drinks.
While this can all be a bit challenging to determine at first depending on body composition, prior experience, and other factors, understanding the different consumption methods will make it easier to determine the standard dose for you.
Everyday Delta offers a variety of different methods for you to choose from so that, if you're new to Delta 8 or HHC, you can pick the right method according to your desired effects. Finding the right Delta 8 dosage and knowing how much Delta 8 THC to use can ensure you have a positive experience.
Always start small and work your way up, with any Delta 8 or HHC products, no matter the consumption method or brand you choose.