Delta 8

How to Determine the Right Delta-8 Dosage

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Did you recently purchase some Delta-8 THC gummies? What about a disposable Delta-8 vape?

Any time you buy cannabis products, it’s important to know how to use them safely and correctly. By doing so, you can make sure your experience is a safe, enjoyable, and all-around pleasant one.

If you’re new to a substance like Delta-8, you may wonder how much you should take. What’s the right amount to help you feel a little buzzed? What if you want to melt into an all-over high?

There isn’t a universal answer that works for everyone. Instead, the ideal Delta 8 dosage for you will depend on a few different factors. Today, we’re sharing what to look for and how to achieve the high you want.

What Is Delta-8?

Before we dive into the ways to consume Delta 8, let’s take a step back. What exactly is this substance in the first place and what makes it such an effective cannabis product?

If you’re completely unfamiliar with Delta-8, we suggest checking this recent blog post. In this article, we break down the different forms of THC, including how Delta-8 compares with other cannabis products, including Delta-9 and Delta-10.

In short, Delta-8 is a psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Its full, technical name is Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol. While it’s one of the more popular cannabinoids found in cannabis, it isn’t the only one. In fact, scientists have discovered more than 100 cannabinoids in all, and each one offers unique effects.

Though Delta-8 occurs naturally in cannabis, it’s only available in small quantities. As a result, manufacturers are required to mass-produce it in a lab, usually deriving the substance from hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD.

While Delta-8 is technically an analogue of Delta-9 THC, it is considered to be a minor cannabinoid. This means that it does not deliver as powerful or potent effects as the ones you may experience on Delta-9. As such, the dosing suggestions for Delta-8 and Delta-9 are not one and the same.

Finding Your Ideal Delta-8 Dosage

Many people prefer the milder effects of Delta-8 to those of Delta-9. While you can enjoy more psychoactive properties with the latter, Delta-9 users know that the more powerful form of THC can also bring on some pretty uncomfortable side effects, including paranoia.

Conversely, when you vape Delta-8 or take Delta-8 gummies, you don’t have to worry about those effects. You can enjoy the high without worrying about how you might feel a few minutes later.

However, due to the milder effects that it offers, it can be a little more challenging to find your perfect Delta-8 dosage level. Before you start shopping and experimenting with various levels, it’s smart to do a little background research, first.

There are three main factors that will determine how much Delta-8 you can safely take. These include:

  • The strength (or concentration) of the product
  • Your individual tolerance
  • Your body size

It might sound simple enough to compare these elements, but the process can be trickier than you think. Let’s break each one down a little more.

Product Strength or Concentration

First, take a look at the overall strength or concentration of the Delta-8 product you’re eyeing. Put simply, this is the total amount of Delta-8 available within the product. The concentration is usually measured and listed in milligrams, and it should be easy to find on the front and back of the product packaging.

While this is an important fact to know, it is not always the same as the product dosage.

Rather, the dosage refers to the amount of Delta-8 THC in one serving. It’s important to understand the dosage you’re getting, as this is the amount you’ll be consuming in a single sitting. Let’s take a look at a real-life example for clarity.

Say that you purchased our Blue Dream 2 Gram Delta 8 THC Disposable Vape. This product, along with all of our Delta 8 THC vape cartridges, contains 200mg of hemp-derived Delta 8 THC oil, as well as strain-specific terpenes.

Each time you take a puff, you’re getting a fraction of that total amount. The average 2-ml disposable vape pen will contain about 200 puffs, though some can have more or less.

You cannot use the vape and expect to have the same experience as you would with one Delta-8 gummy. While gummies also contain Delta-8, they do not have the same amount per dosage. Often, gummies contain a lower dosage than vape carts, so you’d have to take more to achieve the same effect.

This post breaks down the differences between Delta-8 vapes and gummies in more thorough terms. While there are benefits to each type of cannabis product, you may have to adjust your dosage to find the balance you prefer.

Your Individual Tolerance

It’s also a good idea to consider your tolerance to cannabis products before you begin taking Delta-8. If you’ve never smoked weed or tried any type of cannabis in the past, then your tolerance level will be low at first.

Instead of diving right into a high dose to see what it feels like, we recommend starting with a super-low dose. You can always work your way up to a larger dose once you feel comfortable and you know how your body will react. However, it can take a while to come down from an uncomfortable high if you took too much at the beginning.

If you use Delta-8 frequently, then you might find that you’ve built up a tolerance to it over time. This means it will take more of the substance for you to feel the high you want.

Again, practice caution here and try not to overdo it. Even the most experienced cannabis users can accidentally overdose if they think they’re immune to the cannabinoid’s side effects. If you are ready to try a higher dosage, you have two options:

  • Increase your serving size
  • Use a product with a higher overall Delta-8 concentration

Some people find that taking a break from cannabis is a good way to reset their tolerance back to a more comfortable level. If you find yourself inching your dosage higher and higher, you could be nearing the limits that are considered safe. Instead of adding even more to your daily routine, eliminate your intake for a while and see how you feel when you return.

Your Body Size

It’s easy to assume that someone with a larger stature or body size would naturally need to take more Delta-8 to get high. While this is often the case, this factor isn’t quite as simple as that.

Yes, someone who weighs 300 pounds will typically require a larger serving of Delta-8 than someone who only weighs 100 pounds. Yet, resist the urge to measure your dosage based on body size alone.

There are other physical elements to consider, and all of them will affect how much cannabis you need to take. For example, some people find that they’re simply more sensitive to the Delta-8 cannabinoid. Those people don’t need much Delta-8 at all to feel the high take hold, regardless of their physical size.

How to Find the Perfect Delta 8 Dosage

Before we share how to calculate your best Delta 8 dosage, we need to make a quick disclaimer. Though we’ve based our advice on research and proven guidelines, it’s still subjective. There is no universal, regulated dosing guide created for Delta-8 at this time.

That said, there are recommendations we can share based on our experience. All of these recommendations take into account the user’s body size, tolerance level, and product concentration as listed above.

Start Conservative and Work Your Way Up

If you’re an adult who weighs less than 130 pounds and is using Delta-8 for the first time, an appropriate serving size would be around 15mg or less. As most Delta-8 gummies contain around 30mg each, this would mean taking about half a gummy to start.

If you prefer to vape Delta-8, try taking one or two puffs at first. As mentioned, our disposable vapes contain a total of 200mg in all. After you take the hits, set the vape down and wait for the effects to kick in.

Note that this dosage is mild, both for the gummies and the vape. As you use cannabis products more frequently, you may discover that you’ve started to build up a tolerance to the substance. Or, if you’re a more experienced user you may simply prefer a more powerful high.

When this is the case, you’ll need to slowly increase your dosage of Delta-8. For instance, you might find that you’re ready to work your way up to one full gummy. Or, you can puff a little more frequently on your chosen vape cartridge or disposable.

If you weigh more or your tolerance is super-high and you’re ready for more intense effects, you can take more than one gummy. Or, seek out a higher Delta-8 dosage. Doing so will help you feel the effects more quickly, as higher doses take a shorter amount of time to kick in.

How Long Does It Take to Take Effect?

Many users feel the need to increase their dosage prematurely because they don’t feel the effects of Delta-8 immediately. To this, we say: Give it time.

How quickly it hits you will depend on your physical size and tolerance level. Additionally, the type of cannabis product you use can make a difference.

In general, a vape cartridge will usually kick in the fastest, delivering effects in as little as 10 to 20 minutes. Some users even feel their vape effects in as few as five minutes. This is because when you vape, the substance can get to work quickly.

Edibles (including gummies), on the other hand, will take longer because they have to pass through your digestive system and get metabolized by your liver before they enter your bloodstream. Even then, there are factors that will affect how soon they’ll take effect, including how much you’ve eaten that day or the night before.

Always give yourself at least 30 minutes before making the decision to add more Delta-8. In some cases, it may take up to an hour or more. Be patient and conservative with this step, allowing your body to adjust first.

What If I Take Too Much?

Did you overshoot your ideal, safe dosage level? If you take too much Delta-8, it can lead to some uncomfortable side effects. You may start to feel dizzy or even a little disoriented.

At higher doses, Delta-8 can also have sedative effects, though most people find it provides enjoyable, mild stimulation in lower doses. If you take too much, that sedation can make you feel drowsy or groggy. Other symptoms you may experience include:

  • Vomiting
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased worry

While Delta-8 doesn’t usually cause people to experience the paranoia that Delta-9 THC can bring, you can feel an uptick in nervousness or anxiety if you take too much of it.

For most people, a small amount of Delta-8 is all that’s needed for them to achieve the kind of experience they want. At excessive levels, you may find that the cerebral (mind) and body high is too intense. A powerful head high can put you in a trance-like state, while a body high can leave you feeling like you’ve melted into the couch, leaving you dazed.

Find Your Ideal Delta 8 Dosage

Cannabis is a singular experience. Your preferred products and ideal dosage might not match your neighbor’s, and that’s OK!

Once you find your perfect Delta 8 dosage, you’ll be ready to try all different kinds of products and varieties. If you want to feel the effects quickly and conveniently, why not start with one of our disposable vapes?

You can shop our full collection of vapes online, as well as other Delta-8 products. We’ve also shared all of our lab reports, detailing how we test each product for quality and purity. Reach out to us with questions, and happy shopping!