Are you new to Delta 8 THC? 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 correct dosage can be and learn how to determine the optimal Delta 8 dosage for you. Let's first start off with a quick overview of what Delta 8 is and then dive headfirst into understanding what goes into finding the best Delta 8 dosage and dosing methods for you.
What is Delta 8 THC?
Structurally Delta 8 is very similar to Delta 9 THC, which is the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. Found in trace amounts, Delta 8 THC interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the body to impact the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) just like Delta 9 does.
Cannabis consumers describe Delta 8 as producing a milder and less intense high than Delta 9. While Delta 8 occurs naturally in very small amounts in some strains of cannabis, it can also be extracted and isolated from hemp-derived CBD oil to create concentrated forms for use in various products from oral administration to inhalable products.
Due to its unique chemical structure and effects, Delta 8 has begun to be a go-to option for those who are looking for an alternative to Delta 9, or who prefer a milder experience than regular weed.
Understanding Delta 8 Potency
Different companies use different strengths and concentrations for the recommended dose of their products. For example, some top Delta 8 brands offer Delta 8 THC in an average single dose of 25mg per gummy, while others may offer a low dose of 12.5 mg per gummy. The same thing applies to tinctures, vapes, and other forms of D8.
If you want to figure out the number of milligrams of Delta 8 that is in one dose look at the product's packaging. Reputable companies will provide their serving recommendations on the product’s label so that new users can easily estimate how much Delta 8 they need to achieve their desired effects and expected results without running the risk of adverse effects from taking too much Delta 8 THC.
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, experiencing overly intense effects, making them not in full control of themselves.
The best way to find the right delta 8 dosage is to try lower doses, then gradually increase to slightly higher doses until you feel satisfied with the effects. This baby-step approach when you are first trying Delta 8 THC can help you avoid overdoing it and getting unwanted effects.
Things to Consider
The consumption method used is an important factor because it determines the product’s bioavailability and the duration and onset of effects.
The reason why we are covering each consumption method is simple; each of these affects your body in a slightly different way. For example, edibles take more time to absorb, while vaping tends to hit you only after a few minutes. It is important to understand that you should not use a CBD dosage as a gauge when trying to determine your Delta 8 dosage.
Body Composition: Everyone is Different
Humans have skeletal, muscular, and other bodily systems. One particular system in the body mentioned earlier that you may not be as familiar with is our endocannabinoid system also called the ECS.
The ECS is made up of a large network of chemical receptors and signals that are packed throughout our brains and bodies. The receptors in the brain are called CB1 receptors, while the receptors which control bodily functions are called CB2 receptors. The main function of our ECS is to regulate everything from hunger, and temperature, to alertness. Every person’s ECS responds differently to how much THC is taken which is why it is good to start off with low doses.
Everyone's body makeup is different, that's why there is no established dosage amount that’s perfect for everyone. Cannabis products can interact with everyone’s body very differently, there’s no set amount that will always be right.
With that in mind, we want to cover this Delta 8 THC dosage guide with caution. We cannot guarantee our recommendations will be perfect for you. Our goal is to help you find your ideal serving size using our suggested strategies.
Only after time, consistency, and experimentation are you likely to find your perfect Delta 8 dosage. Just keep in mind, what works for your friend, partner, or anyone else may be different than what is right for you.
Personal Factors to Consider
Being as not every one of us is the same, there are a handful of different factors that play a role in how each one of us reacts to and ultimately should dose cannabis products for the most beneficial effects. Not all of these factors are physical but are psychological.
Those with a greater body weight may need a higher amount of Delta 8 than smaller users.
Delta 8 THC tolerance
An individual's tolerance to Delta 8 can increase relatively fast, so you may need to keep that in mind. Some people have a naturally higher tolerance to certain substances. If you have a moderate to high tolerance to Delta 9 THC, the chances are that your tolerance to Delta 8 will reflect that, and you will need more Delta 8 THC to experience the same effects.
What is your purpose for using Delta 8 THC? Are you looking for a little encouragement to relax and unwind or do you want to have an unusual Delta 8 experience? Determining your unique goals for using Delta 8, whether it be for therapeutic or recreational purposes, will help you determine your Delta 8 dosage and consumption method.
What Dosage of Delta 8 THC Should I Start With?
Keeping the factors above in mind, here is a general guideline to help you determine a good starting point with Delta 8.
- 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
Delta 8 Vape Dosage
Everyday Delta carries multiple types of vapes: Disposable vape pens and vape cartridges. Dosing is the same regardless of the format for vaping. Every product will have its suggested use on the package. We recommended using these manufacturer suggestions as a baseline when determining how much Delta 8 THC to use.
An average standard dose of vaporized Delta 8 is one to three puffs, with one being the best starting point for new users and three being an average for experienced users. Factors like the depth of your inhalation and how much vapor you can draw into your lungs at once will affect the strength of your high.
Keep in mind that this Delta 8 THC delivery method tends to produce near-instant effects for most people. Those with a low tolerance level should take it slow and keep in mind their tolerance level when vaping Delta 8.
We recommend starting out with a low dose, inhaling for 3 seconds first, after that you can expect it to kick in within 5-15 minutes. From there, you can decide if you want to take another hit for stronger effects or wait a while. Experienced users may take up to 8 hits for a stronger effect.
Recommended Delta 8 Vape Dosage
Delta 8 Gummies Dosage
Many users find that their experience is unique when choosing Delta 8 THC edibles over other methods of consumption. This is in part how these hemp compounds make their way through the digestive system and is then absorbed.
Some may start feeling a light buzz within 15 minutes or so but generally, it will take much longer with full effects expected to kick in around the 1-hour mark. As a result, you can expect for the effects of Delta 8 edibles to last significantly longer than other methods.
Edibles, like Delta Munchies' delicious Delta 8 THC Peach Rings come with standard dosing. All of the Delta 8 edible products we carry will list their specific dosage on the packaging as well as on our website. 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, but you cannot undo what has been done.
In the event that you took too much Delta 8, here are a few tips and tricks on how to get unhigh.
Recommended Delta 8 Edibles Dosage
Delta 8 THC Tincture Dosage
Delta 8 tinctures are absorbed through the mouth's mucous membranes, which are tiny blood vessels found under the tongue. This method bypasses the respiratory and digestive systems altogether and produces effects within 10-20 minutes of ingestion.
A standard serving is anywhere between 20–40 milligrams which typically comes in pre-measured doses. To calculate this, you would need to divide the amount of Delta 8 THC 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. If you ingest 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.
Recommended Delta 8 Tincture Dosage
Final Thoughts, Delta 8 Dosage
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 right amount for you. Everyday Delta offers a variety of different methods for you to choose from so that, if you're new to Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, or HHC, you can pick the right method according to your needs.
Always start small and work your way up, with any Delta 8 THC products, no matter the consumption method or brand you choose.