How Much Delta 8 Should I Take? A Guide to Using Delta 8 THC

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As Delta 8 THC becomes more well known in the hemp market, cannabis users are wondering how much Delta 8 THC they should take. If you’re considering taking Delta 8, we’ve got the dosage guide that answers all your questions.

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC (Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive cannabinoid naturally produced by the cannabis plant. It is most often derived from the hemp flower and is found in low doses in cannabis. Unlike its cousin cannabinoid, Delta 9 THC, it most likely won’t get you high—depending on the amount of Delta 8 you consume.

Delta 8 THC and the Endocannabinoid System

Delta 8 THC interacts with the body by binding to the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system. These receptors (CB1 and CB2) are part of a cell-signaling network with neurotransmitters that work together to regulate important functionality of the body.

The endocannabinoid system is known to help the body with:

  • Learning and memory
  • Mood and emotions
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Overall immunity

When Delta 8 binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, users can experience a mild euphoria and relief from things like pain, insomnia, anxiety, and more.

Benefits of Delta 8 THC

Delta 8 THC has many health benefits. According to Forbes Health, Delta 8 offers analgesic and neuroprotective properties to help people with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions. It can also help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, improve sleep, subside nausea, and boost your mood.

Side Effects of Delta 8 THC

Delta 8-THC is a safe substance that is well-tolerated by users. Even when taken in high doses that may lead to the euphoric high associated with THC, Delta 8 poses no threat to one’s health.

How Much Delta 8 Should You Take?

While Delta 8 THC does have some psychoactive properties, recommended doses will not get you high . Those with low tolerance to Delta 9 prefer taking Delta 8 because of its milder effects. There are many factors to consider when deciding your dosage size.

Effects of Delta 8 can vary depending on:

  • THC tolerance
    • Pre-existing health conditions
  • Consumption methods
  • Quality of Delta 8 THC products
  • Bodyweight and lifestyle

All of these things will help determine your desired Delta 8 dosage and ensure you feel its effects optimally. The key is to start low and go slow as you adjust the mg of Delta 8 you take overtime.

Delta 8 THC Dosage: Basic Guidelines

Delta 8 is most often measured in milligrams. When choosing the right Delta 8 THC dosage, you need to know the amount of milligrams that are in the product to help determine how to get your desired effects.

If you’re measuring liquid products, like Delta 8 vapes or tinctures, dosages will be determined based on how many milligrams are in a (millimeter) mL bottle or vape cartridge. Be sure to check your Delta 8 THC product’s serving size to maintain a standard dose.

Depending on your tolerance level and experience with cannabis, a standard Delta 8 THC dosage chart could look like this:

  • New users: start low with approximately 5-15 mg per serving as a starting point if you’re a beginner who may have a low tolerance to Delta 8 or other THC products.
  • Moderate users: if you know you have a medium tolerance to doses of Delta 8, consider using 15-45 mg per serving.  
  • High tolerance users: for experienced users, doses of Delta 8 can be anywhere between 45mg to 150mg per serving depending on your dosing frequency and tolerance levels.

How Long Does it Take for Delta 8 to Kick in?

Determining how long it takes for Delta 8 effects to kick in depends on how you’re consuming it.

Delta 8 THC Vape and Tinctures

Tinctures of Delta 8 and other cannabis oils can be taken in droplets under the tongue or added to your beverage for a THC drink. When absorbed under the tongue this way, THC hits the bloodstream rather quickly. Effects can be felt in as little as 10-20 minutes and last for approximately 2-4 hours.

Delta 8 THC Edibles

Cannabis edibles like Delta 8 THC gummies take a longer time to kick in because of the digestion process they go through before reaching the bloodstream. Users can begin feeling the effects anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours. The effects generally last anywhere between 6-8 hours, though this can vary depending on the person.

Delta 8 THC Capsules

Like edibles, Delta 8 in a capsule form can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to kick in. Many users consume softgels to help promote better rest, like nama’s full spectrum sleep drops. Effects of Delta 8 last around 6-8 hours.  

Can You Take Too Much Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC is a well-tolerated, mildly psychoactive cannabinoid that is low-risk. However, taking too high of mg of Delta 8 could lead to dizziness, an increase of anxiety, or paranoia. While uncommon, starting with low Delta 8 doses will help you avoid experiencing any adverse effects.

Is Dosing Delta 8 the Same as Dosing CBD?

Dosing CBD is similar to dosing Delta 8 in that you want to take note of how many milligrams of CBD are in the product. When choosing a CBD product, dosing CBD will depend on whether it’s a CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, or full-spectrum CBD product. A product that is CBD isolate means it does not have any other plant material from cannabis present besides CBD.

Spectrum CBD products mean that there are other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids mixed into the blend. The difference between full-spectrum vs broad-spectrum CBD is that broad-spectrum contains all compounds of cannabis except for THC. Full-spectrum CBD will contain THC along with CBD and other terpenes and flavonoids.

Both nama’s full-spectrum CBD gummies and broad-spectrum CBD gummies are made with 100% hemp-derived THC along with clean, vegan ingredients. All of nama’s THC gummies are developed in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill according to lab reports.

Is Delta 8 Legal?

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, Delta 8 is federally legal as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. However, some states do have their own restrictions on this law. So, be sure to check the Delta 8 THC legality in your state before purchasing.

What is the Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9?  

The main difference between Delta 8 vs Delta 9 is that Delta 9 THC is much more potent than Delta 8. Delta 9 is the cannabinoid in the plant that is most associated with the psychoactive effects of cannabis. So, unless you’re choosing to microdose THC, Delta 9 could get you high. Nama’s Delta 9 THC gummies offer you THC in low doses. You can still take in the effects of Delta 9 without the high feeling.

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What is HHC Flower?  

HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) is a minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that is being compared to Delta 8, but with less psychoactive effects. It is extracted by a process of hydrogenation of THC. Many cannabis companies will sell HHC flower, which is essential hemp flower sprayed with HHC oil after hydrogenation. You can also buy HHC oil or as vape cartridges, too.

Delta 8 FAQ

What happens if you take too much Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC is a well-tolerated substance with no major health risks. However, users with a low tolerance to Delta 8 who take more than a single dose at a time, could experience adverse effects. Strong doses could lead to confusion, dizziness, or an increase of anxiety.

Can 500mg of Delta 8 get you high?

Yes! Anything over 150+ mg of Delta 8 THC is considered a high dose, which means it could get you high. However, the high from Delta 8 is much milder than Delta 9.

How many mg of Delta 8 is a lot?

150+ mg of Delta 8 THC is considered a high dose. Since Delta 8 only has mild psychoactive effects, taking more than your desired amount does not pose an immediate health risk.

Is Delta 8 THC safe?

Yes. Delta 8 THC is safe to take in standard doses. As long as the product has no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight, it is also considered federally legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill.

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