Delta-8 THC for Beginners – A Guide to Dosage for Different Delta-8 Products
Right on the heels of the initial wave of excitement for CBD products comes a second wave of hemp-derived products that has the industry buzzing. We’re talking about the newest cannabinoid offering: Delta 8 THC. Many CBD and hemp enthusiasts are flocking to retailer’s shelves to experience this new product. So if you are one of those who are trying Delta 8 THC for the first time, here is a guide for beginners with our recommendations for dosage for different Delta 8 products.
Delta 8 THC Overview
First, a quick overview so that you fully understand what Delta 8 THC is and what it does. Delta 8 THC is molecularly similar to the Delta 9 THC cannabinoid, which is the cannabinoid found in abundance in marijuana and famously known for causing the feeling of being high in the user. While Delta 8 THC does cause a euphoric effect, it is far less than that caused by Delta 9 THC. In addition, users of Delta 8 THC have reported that they have a much clearer head and experience more of an overall feeling of wellness throughout their body with less of the “head high” they’ve experienced from Delta 9 THC.
If you are already a CBD enthusiast, you should note that Delta 8 THC has a more profound effect than CBD, so the recommended dosage for the different Delta 8 products will be less than with CBD.
Everyone Is Different
One other important thing to cover before suggesting beginning dosage amounts is how every person is different, and everyone has different biology. Therefore, what works for one person may not work for the next. Here are a few factors to consider when looking for a reasonable dosage to begin with.
- Weight and Body Chemistry – Your weight and body chemistry have a lot to do with how Delta 8 THC will affect you. A person with a smaller mass or sensitive body chemistry will have a more profound effect on the same dosage as a larger person.
- The Strength of the Delta 8 THC Product – There is a wide variance between the strengths offered with Delta 8 THC products. A couple of drops of one product could be significantly more potent than a couple of drops of another.
- Tolerance to Intoxicants – If you are already a marijuana user, you will have a higher tolerance for Delta 8 THC and may require a higher dose before feeling its effects.
Again, every person’s physical makeup is different, so the exact dosage that is right for each person will vary. This is why, with every type of Delta 8 THC product, we suggest starting with smaller doses, then working your way up to the dose that is right for you.
Suggested Beginning Dose for Different Delta 8 THC Products
The way you ingest or smoke a Delta 8 THC product has a lot to do with how quickly that product will affect you, how long the benefits will last, and how you should go about determining the dosage. This is why we have separated the information based on each type of product.
Tinctures are a combination of Delta 8 THC and a carrier oil like MCT oil, a fractionated coconut oil. The carrier oil serves to preserve the cannabinoid within the oil and, since phytocannabinoids are oil-soluble, the carrier oil also helps with absorption. Bottles of tinctures come with a convenient dropper so that it is easy to adjust your dosage.
Drops of the tincture are placed under the tongue and held there for one to two minutes. From there, the tincture is swallowed. This method of delivery allows the user to feel the effects fairly quickly. From there, as the digestive tract processes the remaining tincture, more long-lasting results are experienced.
We suggest starting with 5 to 15 milligrams of Delta 8 THC for your first dose of tincture. Before taking this dose, you will need to perform a few calculations to determine the number of Delta 8 THC milligrams per milliliter of oil. Let’s use PharmaCBD’s Delta 8 Tincture in the 820 mg Bubble Gum Flavor as an example. If you divide the 820 milligrams by the 30 milliliters contained in each bottle, you will find that the bottle contains approximately 27 mg of Delta 8 THC per one milliliter. You will use this ratio as you measure your dose.
Once you take your first dose, you should start feeling the effects between 30 and 90 minutes. If after 90 minutes you are not experiencing your desired results, take another 5 milligrams. Repeat this pattern until you achieve the benefits you are looking for.
Edibles like our Hemp Derived Delta 8 THC Hempy Worms are a delightful way to get your dosage of Delta 8 THC. Because these edibles have to be processed through your digestive tract, you won’t feel the effects for between one to two hours. However, the results will last for hours.
We suggest starting by enjoying one-third of your Delta 8 THC edible. If after two hours you haven’t felt the desired effects, try another third. Repeat this process until you achieve your desired results.
Our Hemp-Derived Delta 8 Capsules provide a potent 30 milligrams of Delta 8 THC in each capsule. This dosage should be sufficient for most people to experience their desired results. Be aware that you may not feel the full effects of your dosage for as long as two hours or more because of the gel coating on these capsules. We advise that you wait for at least three to four hours before taking another capsule if the first dose doesn’t result in the desired experience.
Smoking and Dabbing
If you prefer inhaling your Delta 8 THC by using products like our D8 Blackberry Haze Premium Flower or Hemp-Derived Delta 8 Dabs, simply light up your joint or heat your rig and enjoy. Take a few puffs and hold the smoke or vape in your lungs. You should start feeling the effects almost immediately. However, you may not experience the full benefits until 5 or 10 minutes later. If you are just beginning, take a few puffs and then wait about 5 minutes. If you haven’t reached your desired results, try taking a few more puffs.