More and more people are discovering the benefits of Delta 8 THC. However, with anything new there are also questions about Delta 8. One of the most common questions is what the right dosages of Delta 8 THC are.
The reason for Delta 8’s success largely has to do with developments within the hemp industry, which have made it easier to isolate and extract Delta 8 from the hemp plant material to concentrate it in a way that allows you to enjoy formulas providing the full potential of its properties.
Since Delta 8 is so new many are just discovering the benefits and affects of this cannabinoid. That’s why we wanted to put together this article to help you understand what Delta 8 is and how to properly dose Delta 8. It is natural for many to wonder if you can take Delta 8 in the same way and quantities that you do CBD. Let’s discuss the ways in which one should develop their dosages and milligram strengths when starting this routine.
What Is Delta 8?
According to The National Cancer Institute, Delta 8 THC is defined as “an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” They also stated that “this agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9 THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”
In layman’s terms Delta 8 is a form of THC. THC is the substance commonly associated with marijuana that gives you the euphoric sensation. However, when you normally think about the euphoric sensation from marijuana people are typically thinking about Delta 9 THC. While Delta 8 is a form of THC it is slightly different than Delta 9. Many people will describe it as a more clear-headed experience than Delta 9. It has also been reported to not have some of the side effects that many associate with Delta 9 THC like paranoia or anxiety.
Onset of Delta 8 THC Dosage
Delta 8 THC’s effects vary depending on the method of consumption but typically are delayed slightly more than Delta 9 THC’s effects. Purity and the presence of other compounds seem to play a role as well.
Our observations have shown that a pure Delta 8 THC vape can be felt immediately or within a few minutes, whereas a Delta 8 THC oil with a presence of 20% or more CBD can delay the noticed onset of effects by as much as 20 minutes.
When eating Delta 8 THC, a user may not see peak effects for anywhere between 1-4 hours, which is a little different than Delta 9 THC which may peak anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours.
Is Delta 8 Dosing Different Than CBD Dosing?
We get this question quite frequently, and the answer is it can be. You could take the same dose as you do with your CBD, but to be clear the effects of Delta 8 and CBD are quite different. Delta 8 can have a mildly intoxicating feel, its effects are much more subtle than the euphoric feeling of Delta 9. The more Delta 8 you take, the stronger these psychoactive effects will be. Therefore, one must be careful when deciding how much to take per dose.
It is important for us to talk briefly about the difference between dosage and milligram strength because this can be confusing to many. Dosage is how much of the Delta 8 you take, and milligram strength is how many milligrams are in each dose. So, if you were to take 1 milliliter of a 300mg Delta 8 oil it would roughly be the equivalent of taking a half of a milliliter of a 600mg Delta 8 oil in the same product. So, it is always important to keep in mind the dose and the milligram strength when you are taking any product.
Dosages And Milligram Strength Per Delivery Method
So, the question is how you determine the right Delta 8 dosages for you. Well in all honesty there are several factors at play. Some people are more sensitive to THC than others. If you tend to be more sensitive to Delta 9 THC in marijuana than it is likely you could also be more sensitive to Delta 8. This means you may need less than others. Body weight is another factor that seems to play a role. As a rule of thumb, it is believed that body weight can play a factor in Delta 8 dosage. So, the more body the more Delta 8 may be needed to have the same effects. And finally, the consumption method of Delta 8 can affect how quickly you feel its affects. Let’s look at several different consumption methods below to understand what we are talking about.
Vape cartridges or vape carts as they are often referred are prefilled cartridges with Delta 8 vape oil already in them. Generally, it will take between 1 to 3 puffs of the vape cartridge to feel the desired effects. The difference in number of puffs can be because of several things including the milligram strength of the product and your Delta 8 tolerance. Vaping Delta 8 is a fast delivery method as it is released nearly instantly through the lungs and into the body. While this method provides nearly instantaneous relief it can be out of the body in a faster manner than other forms to take Delta 8. When you vape a product it normally only stays in your system for 2 to 3 hours which may or may not be ideal for some experiencing chronic pain.
Delta 8 tinctures or oils typically can range from 30 to 60mg per dose, with a single dose being measured in a one milliliter dropper. To understand your dose, simply divide the number of milligrams in the tincture bottle by the number of milliliters of liquid in the bottle to determine how many milligrams are in each dropper’s worth. Many droppers will also have markings at the quarter milliliter points to help create a more accurate dosage. If you take Delta 8 in an oil form it is important to remember to hold it under your tongue for 30 to 90 seconds. It is also important to note that you will not feel an instant effect from taking it this way. Some products could take up to 2 hours for the full effects of Delta 8 to begin. However, in this delivery method you may feel the effects for 8 hours or more. This can be helpful for chronic pain management.
Another way to take Delta 8 is in an edible form. Edibles are often gummies that can range in strength. However, a standard dose often will be between 10 to 40 milligrams of Delta 8. This dose is based on your own tolerance to THC so you can decide which end of the spectrum you would like to start with. To determine how many milligrams are in a dose, divide the number of milligrams in the complete container by the number of individual pieces there are in the package. So, if the package says it is 200 milligrams of Delta 8 and there are 10 gummies in the pack, then each gummy is 10 milligrams. Consuming Delta 8 in an edible form takes the longest for the Delta 8 to have its full effect. It can take your body several hours to process an edible. However, once it is processed you may feel the effects for up to 12 hours. Keep the longer upload time in mind when consuming Delta 8 in an edible form.
Delta 8 Dosage Takeaways
As you can see Delta 8 can be adjusted as necessary depending upon your needs. It can also be consumed in different ways to meet your specific desires for relief. If the above suggestions don’t give you the experience you want, feel free to explore different strengths and dosage amounts.
To experience Delta 8 in a way that’s ideal for your needs and body, you must choose the milligram strength and dosage levels carefully when starting your routine. Using some simple calculations, you can make sure that you are taking in the proper amount per dose for someone who is new to Delta 8.