25 mg of THC could be a bit much for some users. We recommend microdosing THC so you can get all the benefits without any undesirable effects.
Delta 9 can cause impairment at higher doses (for most people, 25mg will impair them). Dosing THC is not a one-size fits all deal, and can vary from person to person. Let’s explore how you can use Delta 9 for its health effects without taking too much.
What is Delta 9 THC?
Delta 9 THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is the compound most often associated with the “high” or euphoric feeling people experience with THC use.
At higher doses, Delta 9 can alter one’s perception, mood, and consciousness. Delta 9 THC interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a cell-signaling system in the body that regulates various physiological processes like mood, memory, pain sensation, sleep, stress, and immune function.
Within the ECS are neurotransmitters that carry messages to cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the brain, central nervous system, and peripheral tissues. Once the neurotransmitters bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, the receptors activate to trigger a response throughout the body. Delta 9 THC interacts with the ECS like the neurotransmitters do, binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors to activate them.
There are many ways to consume Delta 9 THC, each offering different onset times and durations of effects. The most commonly uses THC products are:
Smoking THC: smoked marijuana and vape carts enter the bloodstream quickly, so you'll have the effects in just a few minutes. The effects of smoking typically last around one to three hours. If you smoke or vape cannabis products to feel the effects of THC, be aware that smoking cannabis exposes you to carcinogens and other toxins due to inhalation of the product.
THC tinctures: some cannabis users will choose to use THC sublingually. Much like smoking, tinctures offer a quick onset because they do not have to go through a digestive process before entering the bloodstream. The effects will typically last around one to three hours, as well.
THC drinks: similar to a tincture, THC liquid extracts are gaining popularity because many can be mixed into beverages. Try our THC drinks. They liven up any beverage or mocktail.
THC edibles: cannabis edibles like a THC gummy or a chocolate bar will generally take about 30 minutes to two hours to kick in. The duration of the edible experience generally lasts between six to eight hours depending on the edible dose. Using gummies offers a more effective THC dosage guide. When you buy Delta 9 edibles, the packaging should tell you the THC content you’re getting per serving.
25 mg of Delta 9 THC is a relatively high dose, potentially leading to intense psychoactivity. Start with lower doses than 25 mg of THC to avoid side effects such as impaired cognitive abilities and motor skills, dry mouth, increased heart rate, red eyes, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
Understanding how to properly dose Delta 9 THC is the key to a safe and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re an experienced user or are new to using THC, the effects of Delta 9 can vary from person to person depending on:
tolerance to THC
frequency of use
method of consumption
Tolerance to THC refers to the body’s reduced sensitivity to the effects of the compound. This occurs due to prolonged or frequent use of THC. As tolerance develops, the same amount of THC may produce weaker effects than it did initially.
This is why experienced users may take a tolerance break, decreasing their frequency of use. Tolerance can impair a person’s ability to gauge how much they need, increasing the risk of overconsumption. An overconsumption of cannabis could lead to cannabis use disorder, which is the continued use of cannabis despite it negatively impacting your psychological and physical health.
Genetics can affect how THC interacts with the body’s ECS. THC could be more sensitive to some rather than others depending on the body’s health, pre-existing conditions, and the way the ECS functions for that body. For example, those who have more CB1 receptors may find themselves more sensitive to THC than those who might have fewer CB1 receptors. Differences in metabolism can also influence how much Delta 9 THC is cleared from the body, and how fast it leaves the system.
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How Much Delta 9 Should You Take?
Delta 9 THC is a dose-dependent substance. This means that taking too much could lead to adverse effects. We recommend you start low by microdosing THC. Microdosing is the best option because it allows you to experience the potential therapeutic benefits of THC while minimizing its psychoactive effects.
Microdosing is the practice of taking ultra low doses of THC. The exact dose that works best may vary depending on the person, but starting with a minimal amount will let you slowly introduce Delta 9 into your system to see how you react. You can always gradually increase your dose if necessary. (Read more about the benefits of microdosing THC.)
The length of time Delta 9 THC stays in your system depends on:
how often you use THC
the dose you take
your body’s metabolism
In general, THC can be detected in bodily fluids for a few hours to several days after use. If you’re a chronic user, it may be detectable for weeks to months. THC is stored in fat cells, contributing to its longer presence in the body. For upcoming drug tests, it’s best to remain THC-free for at least 30 days if you’re a frequent user. Delta 9 could cause a positive drug test.
Delta 9 THC is a substance sought out by recreational users because it can boost creativity, enhance relaxation, and promote the exploration of an altered state of consciousness. But as the most widely studied form of THC, Delta 9 is also known for various health benefits and medicinal properties. Let’s explore the effects of Delta 9 THC.
Delta 9 THC for Pain and Inflammatory Relief
Delta 9 THC has shown promise for providing relief for various types of pain, including neuropathic and inflammatory pain. THC has an affinity for the CB1 receptors in the brain and central nervous system that regulate pain responses. When THC activates these receptors, it can modulate pain perception and dampen pain signals in the nervous system. (Read more about using Delta 9 gummies for pain.)
Based on animal studies, Delta 9 THC has anti-inflammatory effects due to its interactions with CB2 receptors. These receptors are abundant on immune cells that are involved with inflammatory responses. When THC binds to CB2 receptors, it reduces the release of pro-inflammatory molecules that cause inflammation.
Research shows that THC influences the production and release of cytokines, which are signaling proteins involved in immune responses. By reducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, THC can reduce the overall inflammatory response. However, this study notes that the effects of cannabis on anti-inflammatory cytokines are produced in combination with other cannabinoids.
THC, CBD, CBN, and other cannabinoids have a natural synergy. This is known as the entourage effect, a scientific hypothesis that discusses how taking multiple cannabinoids together enhances their benefits for longer, more well-rounded results. The entourage effect is not quite something you can feel, but refers to the internal synergy thought to create more benefit than taking cannabinoids separately.
THC has antiemetic properties, meaning it can help reduce nausea and vomiting. This makes it potentially beneficial for patients undergoing chemotherapy or those who have gastrointestinal disorders. Research shows that when THC binds to the CB1 receptors, it can reduce the sensitivity of vomiting reflexes and inhibit the transmission of signals that can lead to nausea and vomiting.
Delta 9 THC for Boosting Appetite
Delta 9 can also boost one’s appetite. Appetite stimulation is important for those who experience weight loss due to certain medical conditions like cancer, HIV, anorexia, and COPD. A study published on the effects of dose-controlled cannabis for anorexia syndrome noted that some patients who used just 5 mg of cannabis a day reported a 10% weight increase without any significant side effects.
Delta 9 THC for Neuroprotection
Delta 9 has been studied for its potential neuroprotective properties, helping to protect and support nerve cell health in the brain and nervous system. It can potentially help protect neurons from damage and promote their survival and well-being. The antioxidant properties of Delta 9 can help neutralize harmful molecules that can damage brain cells.
Delta 9 THC can promote neurogenesis, the process of generating new nerve cells in the brain. This is important for brain plasticity, learning, and memory. THC can potentially stimulate neurogenesis particularly in the hippocampus, helping to counteract the loss of neurons seen in certain neurodegenerative conditions. This can potentially reverse brain aging and promote the creation of neurons.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control movement. It occurs when certain nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine start to die. Dopamine helps coordinate muscle movements in the body. Those with Parkinson’s experience tremors and slowness of movement. Delta 9 has the ability to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress that might help protect dopamine-producing neurons.
Research suggests that THC’s neuroprotective properties can potentially improve conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the impact of harmful proteins on neurons. This slows the progression of dementia and prevents more buildup of abnormal proteins that cause neuronal damage and cell death.
Reports show that cannabinoids have demonstrated their ability to protect neurons from glutamate-induced death. This means Delta 9 is helpful for those with glaucoma, an eye condition that occurs when there is increased pressure inside the eye that causes optic nerve damage.
A study that administered cannabis to 38 patients reported that 71% of participants showed an improvement in their sleep without adverse effects. Delta 9 THC may increase the total duration of sleep, leading to longer periods of interrupted rest. Taking too much cannabis could cause a rapid heartbeat and increase alertness due to anxiety, so microdosing THC for sleep is recommended.
The CB1 receptors in the ECS modulate mood and emotional responses. When THC activates these receptors, it helps release certain neurotransmitters, like serotonin, that induce relaxation and offer a calming effect. Serotonin helps by stabilizing one’s mood, assisting in healthy emotional processing, and reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms.
There are some factors that influence the effects of THC on emotional responses like stress and anxiety, including tolerance level and the amount of THC you consume. THC’s impact on stress and anxiety is dose-dependent. Lower doses offer anxiolytic effects, but higher doses exacerbate anxiety or cause feelings of paranoia.
In a 2019 study entitled “Dose-related effects of Delta-9-THC on emotional responses to acute psychosocial stress” researchers found that a low dose of 7.5 mg of THC reduced negative emotions caused by stressors, while 12.5 mg increased their negative mood. The study also discusses that lower doses of THC reduced brain activity in regions associated with fear and anxiety. (Read more about the best strains for anxiety and focus.)
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What’s the Difference Between Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is known as Delta 9’s milder cousin. Delta 8 is a minor cannabinoid found in cannabis that is half as potent as Delta 9. It is generally found in smaller amounts in cannabis, offering less intense psychoactivity.
The major difference between Delta 8 vs. Delta 9 is their chemical structure. Delta 9 has a double bond on the 9th carbon atom of its molecular chain. Delta 8 has a double bond on the 8th carbon atom of its molecular chain. Like Delta 9, Delta 8 also binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS to offer effects to the body. Delta 8 can produce effects such as improved sleep, pain and inflammatory relief, and relaxation.
Be sure to microdose Delta 8 when you’re first starting out to see how your body reacts to the substance.
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Is Delta 9 THC the same as CBD?
Delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are two distinct cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. They have different effects on the body based on their interactions with the ECS. CBD does not bind to the ECS like THC does. Instead, it indirectly impacts the CB1 and CB2 receptors, acting as an antagonist to trigger their activation. Another difference between CBD vs. THC is that CBD has a different molecular structure with no double bonds on its carbon chain.
CBD will not produce a high, even in higher doses, because it is a non-psychoactive compound. This cannabinoid does have some similar benefits to THC, including anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety. Research has shown CBD to be an anticonvulsant, demonstrating efficacy in certain forms of epilepsy.
Remember the entourage effect we discussed? Well, CBD and THC are cannabinoids that work well together. According to research, CBD can mitigate some of the psychoactive effects of THC, making it a more tolerable substance. Using CBD products with THC may contribute to a wider range of potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antioxidant effects.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived Delta 9 THC is considered legal on the federal level. This bill created a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana that took hemp-derived THC off the list of controlled substances. Hemp is considered any cannabis plant that has no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight and can be grown and distributed in the U.S. Marijuana is considered a cannabis plant that has more than 0.3% THC by dry weight and is still a federally illegal controlled substance.
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The psychoactive effects of Delta 9 vary depending on the dose, your tolerance, your method of consumption, and the type of cannabis you’re using. The higher dose of THC and the lower your tolerance, the more potent the effects are likely to be.
At low to moderate doses, THC may offer mild euphoria and increased sensory perception. Effects can become more pronounced as the dose increases, altering your perception more intensely and causing impairment. Start with a low dose to see how your body interacts with THC.
How strong are Delta 9 THC gummies?
The strength of Delta 9 THC gummies depends on the product and potency of THC per gummy. THC gummies are available in a wide range of potencies, from low-dose gummies containing 5 mg or less of THC per edible to high-dose gummies containing 50 mg or more of THC per piece.
All of our Delta 9 edibles are made from 100% organic hemp and microdoses of THC to ensure you get all the benefits of the substance without feeling stoned.
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How long does a Delta 9 gummy high last?
You can expect to feel the effects of a Delta 9 gummy for approximately 6-8 hours. The peak of the high usually occurs around 2-4 hours after consumption, but this can vary depending on the person’s tolerance and the dose of THC. The onset of effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to be felt after taking a gummy, so be patient. Don’t take more gummies if you don’t experience the effects right away.
Is Delta 9 addictive?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, using marijuana can cause dependence when the brain adapts to large amounts of the substance. That’s why microdosing THC is the best option. When you take 10 mg or less of THC, you still achieve all the benefits of the substance while avoiding overconsumption.
Can Delta 9 relieve stress?
Understanding Delta 9’s effects on stress will ensure you don’t experience adverse effects. The effects of Delta 9 THC on emotional responses is dose dependent. Studies have shown that low amounts of THC are beneficial for acute psychosocial stress but higher doses were not helpful.
When assessing Delta 9’s effects on emotional responses to acute psychosocial stress, high doses increased negative mood responses. Taking low doses offered relief to acute psychosocial stress.
By microdosing cannabis and THC products, you can ease your mind of stressors without triggering anxiety or paranoia from taking too much.
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