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Understanding Delta 8 Dosages and Their Milligram Strengths

More people are discovering that delta-8 is the hemp cannabinoid that has been missing from their daily routines.  This fast-growing submarket is exploding presently, offering a wide array of unique products infused with this minorly occurring cannabinoid.  The reason for its success largely has to do with developments within the hemp industry, which have made it easier to isolate and extract delta8 from the hemp plant material to concentrate it in a way that allows us to enjoy formulas providing the full potential of its properties.

Many people are just now discovering the way in which delta8 affects the body. Thus, it’s quite different from CBD and other cannabinoids that we are used to.  Therefore, it’s natural that people are wondering if they can take their delta-8 just like they do regular CBD.  To answer that, let’s discuss the ways in which one should develop their dosages and milligram strengths when starting this routine.

Note: When discussing delta 8 in this piece, we’re referring to delta8-specific products. Meaning, ones that are made with a concentrated delta 8 extract.  We are not referring to any full or broad spectrum hemp product containing the naturally occurring 0.1% delta-8 found in the plant’s flowers.

Is Dosing Out Delta 8 Different from Dosing Out CBD?

So, can’t you just take the same amount of delta 8 that you would CBD?  Well, sure, you can.  But you should know that the effects of delta 8 are quite different from those of CBD.  Delta 8 is mildly intoxicating, meaning that it provides mind-altering effects, although they are certainly more subtle than those provided by delta 9.  Still, delta 8 can be soothing in a way that one must consider before starting a routine.  The more delta 8 you take, the stronger these psychoactive effects will be.  Therefore, one must be careful when deciding how much to take per dose.

We should mention that there is no reason to worry about taking a fairly high amount of delta 8, as it has not been shown to produce dangerous or toxic effects.  But some people are sensitive to THC and may find themselves feeling groggy or generally out of it if they choose too high a strength or dosage level.

Difference Between Dosage and Milligram Strength

Let’s quickly discuss the difference between dosage and milligram strength.  Dosage is how much of the formula you take, and milligram strength is how many milligrams are in each dose.  Therefore, when crafting a delta 8 routine, one must take both of these factors into account to take in the proper amount for their needs.

Dosages and Milligram Strengths Per Delivery Method

So, how does one determine the right dosage and strength for their regimen?  Well, it depends.  First of all, everyone’s body is different, and some are more sensitive to delta 8 than others, as we said earlier.  Secondly, it’s believed that the more you weigh, the more delta 8 you will need to truly feel its full effects.  Also, the amount that should be taken largely depends on the goals of the user.

However, there are amounts that are generally considered to be average, that someone new to delta 8 can feel safe starting out with.  This number is going to change depending on the delivery strength chosen.  It’s due to each delivery method allowing the cannabinoid to absorb into the body in its own unique way. How that said cannabinoid absorbs, largely determines how strongly the effects are felt and how long they last. 

Vape Oils

These products are manually poured into a cartridge or vape tank.  It’s hard to give exact dosage measurements when talking about vaping or smoking. Why? Because a lot of it depends on how deeply you inhale and how long your inhales last.  But generally, 1 to 3 puffs is counted as a standard dose.  As for the milligram strength, 1 to 5 milligrams per vaping session is likely adequate for beginners.

To determine the specific number of milligrams per puff, divide the number of milligrams in the full bottle by the number of milliliters.  Then, divide this by 100, as each milliliter contains 100 puffs.

Flower

Delta 8 flower is the raw hemp flower infused with delta 8 extract.  The same principle applies here in terms of the difficulty of determining a dosage considering how differently we all inhale.  But, one to three puffs is again likely to be sufficient.  When it comes to the milligram strength, start with just a couple of milligrams in the beginning. This is to get used to the unique effects of delta 8.  There are too many variables to provide a specific calculation for how many hits to take.

Vape Carts

Vape carts are pre-filled cartridges containing delta8 vape oil.  You’ll again need to start out with 1 to 3 puffs depending on your unique THC tolerance. Also, use the same formula used for vape oils to determine how many milligrams are in a puff.

Edibles

10 to 40 milligrams is considered a standard oral dose of delta 8, and based on your own tolerance to THC you can decide which end of the spectrum you’d like to start out with.  To determine how many milligrams are in a dose, divide the number of milligrams in the complete formula by the number of individual pieces there are in the package.

Capsules

The same thing applies for capsules, meaning that 10 to 40mg per day is a great starting point.  Again, you can simply divide the number of milligrams in the bottle by the number of capsules there are.

Topicals

Delta8 topicals come in various milligram strengths, and doses aren’t usually stated on the instructions. That’s because it’s more about covering the affected area of the body with enough of the product to soak in completely, allowing the delta8 to reach cannabinoid receptors in the skin and muscles.  These topicals will likely not give you psychoactive effects as they don’t cross the blood brain barrier, so you can use them more liberally.

Tinctures

Delta-8 tinctures typically range from 30 to 60mg per dose, with a single dose being measured in the dropper.  Simply divide the number of milligrams in the tincture bottle by the number of milliliters to determine how many milligrams are in each dropper’s worth.

Adjusting if Needed

Know that you can start out with these amounts and adjust them as need be.  Everyone has their own sensitivity to delta8, as well as their own goals.  If the above suggestions don’t give you the experience you want, feel free to explore different strengths and dosage amounts.

Final Thoughts

In order to experience delta 8 in a way that’s ideal for your needs and body, you must choose the milligram strength and dosage levels carefully when starting your routine.  Using some simple calculations, you can make sure that you are taking in the proper amount per dose for someone who is new to delta8.

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