As one of the most consumer-friendly derivatives of cannabis, delta 8 has been in high demand for the last few years. Its therapeutic properties have proven to cause a positive impact on users across the states, especially because it causes little to no side effects.
Delta 8 comes in a variety of shapes and forms such as tinctures, edibles, gummies, vapes, cartridges, infused flowers, and more. With so many ways of consumption and little knowledge about potency and dosage, the question that new and existing users may have is how much delta 8 should they take?
Well, there is no universal answer to this question because every person may react differently to delta 8. There are various factors that come into play such as metabolism, body chemistry, and medications, to name a few, that may enhance or reduce the intensity of delta 8 effects on the body.
Keep reading to know more about how your body may react to different doses of delta 8 and the things you should consider before consuming the substance.
Understanding The Difference Between Potency And Dosage
Before we get to the point, we’d like to differentiate potency and dosage, how some companies have their preferred concentration method and how one should measure the products that aren’t already divided.
Potency refers to the milligrams of delta 8 in a delta 8 product while dosage is the intake of your choice. For example, oils and tinctures come in milliliters and can have certain milligrams per milliliter, in one instance, 1200mg of delta 8 in a 30ml tincture bottle. So, 1ml would have as much as 40mg of delta 8, which is a moderate enough dose even for seasoned consumers.
However, when it comes to another delta 8 product such as edibles, the strength is divided accordingly. For example, delta 8 gummies are available in a variety of volumes, but for the sake of explanation, let’s go with a 250mg pack, where one gummy would be 20-25 mg depending on what the brand’s preferred strength of gummies is.
So, some products don’t require measuring your dosage before consumption as they already come sorted and divided for you. Different companies have different concentrations for their delta 8 products, so one must be wary of consuming without caution or proper prescription.
Since that’s out of the way, let’s get to our main topic of discussion.
So, How Much Delta 8 Should You Take?
Let’s try to understand how the matter of dosage can be subjective. First, the common rule is that there are three different levels of delta 8 consumption:
- Mild tolerance of 5-15mg per dose
- Moderate tolerance of 15-40mg per dose
- High tolerance of 40-100mg+ dose per serving.
These tolerance levels are basically scales of precautions for consumers to help them navigate the proper doses. Mild tolerance is for beginners and occasional consumers of delta 8, moderate tolerance is for regular users, whereas high tolerance dose is for seasoned users (which by the way is still not a completely safe way of consumption as it still is unsafe amount by common standards.)
Secondly, your body, metabolism, age, and weight also play a huge part in reacting with delta 8. For instance, for a person whose weight is 100lbs (50kg), the approximate range of delta 8 doses would be 5mg-15mg, where 5mg is the mild tolerance while 15mg is high tolerance, with 10mg being moderate.
While this is general information collected to help delta 8 users carefully select their doses, it by no means is a universal rule. It is suggested to try and test different delta 8 doses and see how your body reacts to its consumption. Trying out the mild tier of tolerance level is the best way if you’re a first-time user of delta 8.
With that said, each brand of delta 8 has its concentration marked on the product’s packaging, which becomes for consumers to measure their doses.
How Long Does It Take For Delta 8 To Kick In?
It’s crucial to understand that delta 8 takes its time to kick in based on the source of consumption. Smoking or vaping delta 8 would take 10-20 minutes to kick in, whereas ingesting delta 8 edibles can take a while, as much as one or two hours.
If you choose to consume delta 8 orally, you need to be patient and wait for the substance to kick in. In case if you don’t follow this precaution, you might end up taking an extra dose of delta 8. Hence, if you’re taking edibles and capsules, it is recommended to wait for at least an hour or two for the effects to kick in.
What’s The Best Time To Have Delta 8?
This entirely depends on your preference. If you’re noticing that your activity has caused an increase in your attentiveness and sociability by consuming delta 8 in the morning, this may be the best time for you to consume delta 8. But if you realize that taking delta 8 early in the day interferes with your routine and work, you can consume it after your work hours, or better yet, before sleeping.
All things considered, you can only be certain by trying out the doses and considering what best suits you since there is no set time to consume delta 8 which has proven to be beneficial for everyone.
Is It Safe To Consume Delta 8 Every Day?
Another precaution to take is that while we’re prone to addiction, delta 8 doses should be kept in check if we’re wary of our delta 8 consumption. While mild and moderate doses are considered to be on the safer side of things, higher doses can be tough to deal with if your system builds a tolerance for them.
Keeping your doses in check and having a specific time of delta 8 consumption would be a healthy and safe habit to form. It is always a good idea to take the said precautions before consuming a substance that has the potential to cause unwanted effects on your body.
If you feel your body developing a tolerance for low and moderate levels and craves higher doses of delta 8, you may need to lower your intake of the substance to avoid addiction.
Now that we’ve established that the topic itself is highly subjective, there is no definite answer to the question. And as discussed in the article, there are some precautions that you should take before experimenting with the doses on your own.
Make sure your doses are accurate and you’re patient with the time it takes for delta 8 to produce its effects on your body.
Consider trying out the doses at different times of the day so you can be certain about how delta 8 affects your routine. With that said, always consult with your health practitioner before starting on delta 8.