"Hey Eighty Six, I just got a hold of your Delta-8 gummies. How much Delta-8 do I need to feel a light buzz?"
"Hey Eighty Six, how many pulls of Boo Berry should I take to feel a little twisted?"
These are questions we receive on our socials EVERY DAY — and we're totally about it! If you're new to Delta-8, it can be hard to find the right Delta-8 dosage that works for you. And we get that it can be confusing. You can always look at our product packaging for general dosing instructions, but sometimes, the general dosing instructions are too broad. What may work for most may not work for all. So this is what today's blog is all about — how would you go about taking one of our Delta-8 products and determining the perfect dose that fits your needs?
What Is Delta-8?
If you're unfamiliar with Delta-8, we have an entire section devoted to filling you in here. As a quick summary, Delta-8 is an analogue of Delta-9 THC, but the dosage for Delta-8 differs due to its effects — the minor cannabinoid delivers a less potent psychoactive high than its traditional counterpart. This lack of potency delivers a buzz without the attached anxiety and paranoia, but it also means that finding your sweet spot can take a little bit of practice.
3 Things to Consider in Determining Dosage
The strength, or concentration, will be what determines the amount of Delta-8 in any given product. Measured in milligrams, you'll see this labeled on the front and back of each product. The overall strength, however, is often different from the dosage, which is the amount of Delta-8 THC in each serving.
Our Delta-8 vape cartridges, for example, have a capacity of 1ml, while our Delta-8 gummies contain 30mg of Delta-8 THC per piece, meaning they have a much lower Delta-8 dosage. There are benefits to using each, so it all comes down to which type of product you prefer. Let's look at what other factors come into play for your ideal Delta-8 dosage.
A user's weight can play a role in how much Delta-8 they'd need in one serving. It stands to reason that the heavier you are, the more Delta-8 you would need to get the effects you’re looking for. Someone that weighs close to 100 pounds would theoretically need significantly less Delta-8 than someone who weighs over 200 pounds, right?
However, everyone is different and other factors come into play — so don't just rely on body weight to decide on the right Delta-8 dosage. Some people may be heavier but have lower sensitivities to cannabis in general. Therefore, despite one's physical size, the potency of a Delta-8 product may hit differently.
This is where tolerance comes into play. Your sensitivity to cannabinoids always plays a role in your ideal dosage. Over time, Delta-8 users do find themselves developing a tolerance to the cannabinoid, and they may find the need to increase either their serving size or the overall concentration of their preferred Delta-8 product. Someone with a Delta-8 tolerance may require a higher dosage of Delta-8, while first-time users may not even need the full recommended dose to feel its effects.
If you've reached a certain tolerance level, it might be time to go on a tolerance break. Lucky for you, we’ve got a guide to help with that, too.
Finding the Best Delta-8 Dosage
Please keep in mind: every piece of advice we provide is subjective, as there is no universal perfect dosage of Delta-8. This is merely one of many suggestions for you to take. It is our goal to provide some insight into Delta-8's effects on different weight levels. We also seek to help you understand how much Delta-8 it takes to potentially reach the effects you're looking for.
For adults less than 130 pounds, a recommended serving size for first-time users (or those looking for mild effects) is about 15mg or less — or half a gummy, to start. If you’re using one of our cartridges or disposable vape pens, you might take a puff or two and set it down to wait for the effects to kick in.
Once you start to build a tolerance (or if you’re after more moderate effects for your first-time experience), how much Delta-8 you need will vary. An entire gummy may be sufficient, or you could just puff more often on your chosen cartridge or disposable.
For more intense effects, you could take more than one gummy (or a higher Delta-8 dosage). They may take a bit less time than usual to kick in, and they'll certainly be stronger. This, however, doesn't account for those with higher tolerances.
In fact, the best combination may very well be a gummy or two along with occasional puffs from your vape cartridge. This will help you find your personal sweet spot when it comes to dosing Delta-8.
Keep in mind, though, that these numbers are all subjective. Ultimately, your ideal dose is unique to you and your body. For certain Delta-8 users, even the stronger doses we mentioned for your body weight may produce mild effects.
Wrapping It Up
The most important thing to remember when deciding on the best Delta-8 dosage for your needs is that increasing your dosage is a process. You’ll need to start at a small dose and work your way up so that you don't increase your tolerance faster than necessary. Likewise, you may experience mild side effects if you take a serving size of Delta-8 that is too large for your needs. While these side effects shouldn’t be anything to worry about, they are still avoidable if you get the correct dosage the first time.
The type of Delta-8 product you use is also important to consider, as you may not always be utilizing Delta-8 THC alone. Each of our products is associated with different effects, dosing methods, and concentrations, so keep in mind that you may want to play around with different Delta-8 products before you decide on your perfect dose.