Starting a brand-new delta 8 THC regimen can be quite exciting, but it can also be a bit intimidating. Today’s delta 8 market offers this main cannabinoid in so many different types of delivery methods and formulas that choosing the right one for your needs can be hard. Couple that with the fact that unlike CBD, delta 8 is psychoactive, and beginners can understandably feel nervous about choosing from the wide array of options available today. Easily, the most important thing for a beginner to pay attention to is the milligram strength of a particular delta 8 product. That’s because the milligram strength tells us how many milligrams of pure delta 8 THC are in the formula, compared to other ingredients.
Delta-8 products come in all kinds of concentrations, and the milligram strength therefore lets us know how potent each dosage amount will be. So, if you are a beginner, what’s the ideal milligram strength of delta 8 THC to start out with then? Well, unfortunately there is no fast and easy answer because of all of the different factors that are at play.
Factors That Determine the Ideal Starting Strength
Choosing the right milligram strength as a first-timer does not have to be a daunting and confusing process if you simply consider a small number of factors before making your decision.
Factor #1: Your Tolerance
All of us have a unique sensitivity level to the effects of delta 8 THC. And, while delta 8 is not a toxic substance, it’s still important to make sure that you don’t take more than your body will actually feel comfortable with. But, also not take so little that you don’t feel the effects due to a naturally higher-than-average tolerance.
Of course, you can’t possibly know what your delta 8 tolerance level will be without trying it, right? Well, technically, yes. But, there are some clues that can help you. If you already take CBD, consider the milligram strength that you must take to feel the desired effects. Our tolerance to cannabinoids seems to be pretty uniform, as they all depend on the unique sensitivity of our endocannabinoid systems which are responsible for using and processing these compounds. In short, the higher your tolerance to cannabidiol, the higher your tolerance will likely be to delta 8 THC.
Factor #2: Delivery Method
Different milligram strengths of delta 8 products affect us differently depending on how the compound absorbs into the body. For instance, delta 8 THC vaping products absorb very quickly and powerfully through the lungs, and thus fewer milligrams are needed to feel the desired effects. Ingesting delta 8 in the form of an edible is less bioavailable, which is why a higher strength is commonly recommended. We’ll get more into this later.
Factor #3: Dosage
For instance, taking 4 drops of a 1000mg delta 8 tincture formula is quite different from taking a full milliliter. Therefore, consider the dosage amount you wish to take so that it’s compatible with the recommended milligram strength.
Factor #4: Comfort Level
It’s okay to be hesitant about starting out with a standard dose of delta 8 THC in the beginning, if you are worried about how it may affect you. Therefore, you can go with a lower dose than recommended to just get a feel for how the cannabinoid works in your body, without committing to a fuller delta 8 experience.
Factor #5: Any Future Responsibilities
This could be whether or not you need to drive, go to work, complete a project, or even socialize in the next few hours. Delta 8 THC, being psychoactive, may potentially interfere with these activities. So, you should absolutely never drive while delta 8 is active in your system. Therefore, the milligram strength should reflect how potently you want the delta 8 to feel based on what you need to do for the remainder of the day or evening.
Typical Standard Milligram Strengths Per Dose, According to Delta 8 THC Product Type
Like we said, different delivery methods affect how potently and quickly the delta 8 activates in the body. This is why those said unique delivery methods come with various standard milligram strengths as far as their dosing guidelines are concerned.
Most delta 8 capsules contain between 10 to 25 milligrams per piece. This is considered the standard range for delta 8 in this form. In fact, 10 milligrams are likely better for beginners because it’s on the milder end of things.
Like capsules, edibles usually offer 10 to 25 milligrams per piece. The reason why is because it’s absorbed through the same manner, which is the gut process.
Vapes are more potent, and so fewer milligrams are considered a standard dose. With delta 8 THC vapes, 1 to 3 puffs are one dose. It is hard to count out the milligrams per puff like you can per gummy or capsule. However, there is a formula you can use to get a general idea. Divide the number of milligrams in your vaping product by the number of milliliters. Then, divide that number by 100, since each milliliter of e-liquid comes out to about 100 puffs. This tells you how many milligrams are in each puff of vapor. Usually, 10 to 15 milligrams are considered a standard amount.
Different from other products because it does not have a milligram strength. It’s not diluted in anything, being pure, raw hemp flower infused with delta 8 THC. Some companies though disclose how much delta 8 they add to their flower, which is helpful. The same rule applies as it does for vaping, with 1 to 3 puffs being considered the proper amount.
Highly potent delta 8 THC concentrates, and 1 or 2 puffs is considered a standard amount. Like flower, they do not come according to the milligram strength. Now, because of how strong they are, it is not recommended that beginners use dabs.
Easy to dose out thanks to their dropper attachments that measure a full milliliter of liquid (considered a standard amount). A standard milligram strength per dose is 33 milligrams, which in a 30ml bottle equals 1000mg total.
Delta 8 THC Truly Does Come in All Kinds of Potency Levels
Overall, if you’re totally new to this cannabinoid, starting with the standard milligram strength is the best way to ease yourself into the experience of using it. If you are particularly cautious, take half a dose to consume only half of the recommended milligrams to get a gentle feel for the compound’s effects. As time goes on, you may build up a tolerance that allows you to enjoy higher strengths moving forward.