If this is your first time trying Delta 8 edibles, you’re probably wondering: How much Delta 8 should I take? We get this question a lot from our new and experienced THC users alike.
In this article, we’ll talk about how to dose Delta-8 edibles correctly for you.
Delta 8 THC (Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of the many cannabinoids to gain notoriety in recent years. With more states legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, THC and CBD companies alike have been able to expand their product line to include this compound in their pre-existing products, along with creating new items for their consumers to enjoy.
If you’re new to Delta 8, you’ve probably found yourself wondering, “How much should I take?” This is not only a common question asked by new users, but many veteran THC users as well.
The short answer is: There is no right or wrong amount to take. However, because everyone is different with varying degrees of tolerance, we’ve provided a comprehensive guide for how to best dose Delta 8 for yourself, different methods of consumption, and what to expect when taking Delta 8.
What exactly is Delta 8?
Delta 8 is a naturally-occuring cannabinoid found in hemp plants. This specific cannabinoid shares a similar chemical structure to its counterpart, Delta 9 THC, which is the main cannabinoid found in marijuana plants. Because of this, Delta 8 provides a similar euphoric, “high” feeling like that of Delta 9. Learn more about Delta 8 in our blog post here!
Is Delta 8 dosage the same as THC dosage?
Because Delta 8 contains psychoactive properties similar to those of Delta 9 THC (what most people think of when they hear the term “marijuana”), the dosage can be close to the same as that of Delta 9. While many people consider Delta 8 to be not as potent as Delta 9, if you’re not familiar with consuming Delta 8 and the effect it will have on you, its best to start with a lesser amount – say, half the suggested dosage or half of what you’d normally consume – to see how you feel. If the results aren’t what you’re expecting and you feel you need more, take the other half of the dosage and reassess.
Tips for Understanding Your Personal Delta 8 Dosage
Dialing in your ideal Delta 8 dosage will largely depend on the overall potency of the product – which includes how much Delta 8 per milligram is included. Companies that sell these products typically offer a number of choices and different methods of consumption, including oil tinctures, gummies, and vapes. Depending on the product, there may be variations in volume and strength, which is where your research starts!
Companies that sell Delta 8 products will offer a suggested serving on the product’s label so consumers can get an idea of how much of the product they should take to achieve the desired effects. In addition, these products will list how many milligrams of Delta 8 are found within a single serving. Solid products such as gummies, lozenges, and capsules will have the listed amount per serving already included in each piece. Liquid products such as oil tinctures and vape cartridges will provide the amount in milligrams per milliliter; this gives users more granular control over how much Delta 8 they want to consume.
For example: Our Moonwlkr Delta 8 Black Raspberry Gummies contain 25mg of Delta 8 in each piece, with 25 pieces (servings) per bottle – giving you a total of 625mg of Delta 8 per bottle. In our Moonwlkr Delta 8 Orange Crèmesicle Tincture, a full mL dropper contains 33mg of Delta 8, with 30 mL servings per bottle – giving you a total of 1000mg of Delta 8 in each bottle. The suggested serving size for a gummy is one piece but for the tincture, it’s suggested to start with half a dropper to understand your individual tolerance.
Another factor to consider is where companies source and process their raw materials. While these companies are legally obligated to follow all laws around Delta 8 THC production and sales, they’re not always regulated for quality and efficacy. Reading reviews from consumers about the products and their potency and quality is an easy place to start. It’s also best to look for companies that manufacture and sell their own products, as they have total control over the product from start to finish. And finally, companies that use third-party ISO-certified labs for the testing of their products will offer unbiased data on the potency of their products.
A simple rule of thumb can help keep things easy when you’re starting out: If you don’t know, start slow!
Delta 8 Dosage Charts
To break this down further, we’ve provided a few helpful Delta 8 dosage charts to reference for understanding different serving sizes and their overall potency. These charts apply to all variations of Delta 8 including oil tincture, gummies, vape cartridges, and other products.
Delta 8 Dosage Chart by Tolerance Level
|DELTA 8 TIER 1 = LOW TOLERANCE||5mg – 15mg per serving|
|DELTA 8 TIER 2 = MEDIUM TOLERANCE||15mg – 45mg per serving|
|DELTA 8 TIER 3 = HIGH TOLERANCE||45mg – 150mg+ per serving|
While many consumers anecdotally claim that Delta 8 is not as strong as Delta 9, it’s still best to start with a small amount, even half a serving size, to see how the effects will impact you, scaling up or down as desired. Some factors to consider are your overall intentions with Delta 8, your general tolerance, and your body mass.
Overall Intention: Every person has their own reason(s) for using Delta 8 products. If your goal is to encourage relaxation or help with pain relief, a smaller dose of Delta 8 would be ideal. If your goal is to have a very euphoric, “heady” experience, a higher dosage would be more appropriate.
Tolerance: If you’ve used Delta 9 products and are aware of your tolerance to that cannabinoid, it’s very likely that your tolerance to Delta 8 will be akin to that. Some people have a naturally higher tolerance to certain cannabinoids than others, but most people agree that if you have a high tolerance to Delta 9, you’ll have a higher tolerance to Delta 8.
Body Mass: In general, people who have a larger body mass will require a larger amount of Delta 8 to feel its effects compared to the amount needed for someone smaller in size.
This next chart is a guide you can use that’s based on body weight and the ideal amount of Delta 8 per serving to consume for mild or strong effects. As a reminder, everyone is different and has varying tolerance levels!
Delta 8 Dosage Chart by Weight
|WEIGHT||MILD EFFECTS||STRONG EFFECTS|
|100 lbs||5mg||15mg – 20mg|
|120 lbs||6mg – 8mg||25mg – 27mg|
|140 lbs||9mg – 10mg||28mg – 32mg|
|160 lbs||10mg – 12mg||33mg – 36mg|
|180 lbs||12mg – 13mg||37mg – 40mg|
|200 lbs||13mg – 14mg||40mg – 45mg|
|220 lbs||14mg – 15mg||45mg – 50mg|
|240 lbs||15mg – 16mg||51mg – 54mg|
|260 lbs||17mg – 18mg||55mg – 60mg|
The way that you consume Delta 8 is also important to consider as different types of products have differing timing around when the effects settle in. Vaping 15mg of Delta 8 is unequal to eating a gummy containing the same amount, purely due to how our bodies absorb it and how quickly (or slowly) the results kick in for each. We’ll break this down further by method of consumption below!
What is the Delta 8 Dosage for Vapes
Vapes are a hot commodity offering an easy and discreet way to consume Delta 8. Whether it’s a disposable pen, e-liquid, or full blown vape cartridge, the dosage is the same. In general, the average single dose when using a vape product is one to three inhalations. While the amount of vapor you’re able to inhale is subjective, some simple math can help outline how much Delta 8 is in each puff (serving) you take. Our Moonwlkr Delta 8 Vape Carts are 1mL each, with 800mg of Delta 8 per vape cart. On average, there are 100 puffs/servings in a 1mL cart. If we take the total amount of Delta 8 in the product (800mg) and divide it by the number of milligrams per bottle (1mL = 1000mg) we’re left with 0.8. This means that on average, a standard puff will yield around 0.8mg of Delta 8. If you take a much deeper and longer draw from the vape cart, this will result in a larger serving amount of Delta 8, anywhere from ~1mg-6mg.
Vaping Delta 8 typically causes users to feel the effects within five to 15 minutes. It’s recommended to start with a small amount of short puffs (even just one if you prefer) to see how you feel before further tokes are taken!
We’ve got a complete guide to delta 8 vape cart dosages here.
What is the Delta 8 Dosage for Gummies
Companies that sell Delta 8 Gummies typically offer anywhere from 10mg to 40mg per piece. Our Moonwlkr Delta 8 Gummies pack 25mg of Delta 8 into each gummy, which we find to be a nice middle of the ground amount for most users. Many customers prefer this method not only because it’s a fun excuse for a sweet treat, but it also offers consistency and an exact amount of Delta 8 that has been pre-measured. Edibles such as gummies typically have an onset of effects starting after one to two+ hours. Newcomers to Delta 8 Gummies often try half a piece to start so they can see how they feel before trying a full piece. In general, when it comes to gummies, it’s best to wait at least two hours before taking another half or full gummy.
What is the Delta 8 Dosage for Tincture
Delta 8 Tinctures are a simple and discreet way that many users prefer to enjoy their Delta 8. This method also offers the most control around dosage. Tinctures are usually taken under the tongue and are absorbed straight into the bloodstream by mucous membranes. (This means it bypasses your digestive process.) A standard serving of Delta 8 in tincture form is anywhere from 20mg to 40mg. Our Moonwlkr Delta 8 Tinctures are 30mL bottles that contain 1000mg of Delta 8 per bottle. A full 1mL dropper contains 33mg of Delta 8. It’s recommended to start with half a dropper, or even a quarter of a dropper, to see how the tincture impacts you. Like Delta 8 gummies, tinctures usually take one to two hours before users feel the effects.
What is the Delta 8 Dosage for Capsules
Similar to gummies, Delta 8 Capsules provide a pre-measured amount per piece, offering precision and peace of mind. These types of capsules most commonly have 25mg of Delta 8 per piece, with effects setting in after one to two+ hours.
Tips for Adjusting Your Delta 8 Dosage
You may find that after trying a certain method of Delta 8, you want to adjust your dosage to enhance the effects or “feel it” a bit more. Here are some pointers:
1. Start with a small amount and add another half dose after two hours
Giving your original dose enough time to fully kick in is the best way to gauge if you want to add to it further. Alternatively, this is also a good way to see if you’d prefer a half dose the next time!
2. Eat before you take any Delta 8
Research has suggested that taking cannabinoids such as Delta 8 with food can help increase the amount that is absorbed into your body. It’s also noted that taking it with food will provide a slow and consistent rollout of effects.
3. If the above tips aren’t hitting the spot, try a different type of Delta 8 product
If certain products like Delta 8 Gummies, for example, don’t seem to be having the impact you’re looking for – even after increasing your dosage – try another method of consumption such as a vape cart or tincture! Vaping Delta 8 initiates the onset of effects quicker than edibles, and the dosage can be easily increased significantly if desired.
How Long Does Delta 8 Last After I Take It?
Most commonly, people report feeling the high from Delta 8 products anywhere from three to 10 hours. The exact amount of time you’ll feel the effects of Delta 8 will vary person to person depending on their biological factors and how quickly their body metabolizes it. The method of consumption and the amount consumed are other major factors for this. It’s common for people who vape Delta 8 to feel the effects quickly, with these lasting anywhere from three to five hours. Edibles such as gummies typically kick in anywhere from one to two hours, the effects lasting up to eight hours. Tinctures are typically absorbed quickly by the body with effects setting in around one to two hours and lasting up to five hours on average. We can’t state it enough: everyone is uniquely different with how their body metabolizes Delta 8!
How Long Should I Wait Before Consuming An Additional Delta 8 Edible?
The length of time for effects to become apparent, while fairly common across the type of product you’re consuming, can also vary from person to person. Many users report feeling the effects after just 30 minutes, most commonly for vape carts and tinctures. For others, it can take up to 90 minutes or longer, typically for gummies and capsules. For that reason, we recommend waiting at least two hours before increasing your dose. Additionally, you can try half of the serving size to see if that is enough to achieve your desired results!
Is it Possible to Take Too Much Delta 8?
While it is possible to go overboard and take more Delta 8 than you should have, there has never been a fatality due to Delta 8. Typically, if you’ve taken too much Delta 8, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Increased anxiety, confusion, or worry
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Trouble concentrating
- Sensation of being stuck in a trance or daze
The good news is that these symptoms are temporary and will dissipate over time. Most effects from Delta 8 wear off after a few hours, but if you’ve taken too much, it may take some additional time for these to no longer be noticeable.
Head over to our article to learn about fun things you can do while taking Delta 8!
What Should I Do if I Feel Too High After Consuming Delta 8?
If you’ve taken too much Delta 8, the first thing to remember is that you’ll be okay. Read that again: You’ll be okay! It’s only temporary and it will stop sooner than you think. Until then, here are some things to help you navigate around feeling too high:
1. Stay calm and try to rest
This may sound easier said than done, but laying down and letting your body relax can help “quiet” your mind down. Remind yourself that this is a temporary feeling that will pass and won’t last forever. Being kind to yourself can be soothing and help maintain a level of calm.
2. Distract yourself with something comforting
Queue up one of your favorite movies or TV shows, throw in your favorite video game, or put on your favorite album to get lost in. Simple distractions with some of your go-to feel-good music selections, shows, or games can be a helpful way to keep your mind off feeling too high.
3. Keep drinking water (but avoid caffeine and alcohol)
Staying hydrated with plenty of H2O is not only good for your body in general but helps your body process the Delta 8 in your system faster. Avoid alcohol and caffeine though, these have been noted as increasing the sensation of feeling high!
4. Chew on peppercorns – seriously!
Peppercorns contain terpenes that have been noted to help tame anxiety when feeling too high. While it may sound silly, it’s actually backed up by science.
5. Take a walk (safely!)
Moving your body around can help regulate your blood pressure and keep your mind off feeling too high. Walking around outside in fresh air can help calm you down and also distract you from your current feeling!
6. Talk to a friend
Friendship can go a long way, especially when you need to talk through how you’re feeling. Talking to someone you trust can be a good way to help calm you down when you’re feeling too high and struggling to calm yourself down.
7. Try some CBD
Many users, along with a study done, have shown that taking CBD can help offset some of the negative effects of Delta 8. While both of these are cannabinoids extracted from the same plant, CBD has no intoxicating effects and can help reduce the “high” feeling by blocking cannabinoid receptors found in the brain.
How users dose Delta-8 edibles:
Some users take 2 or more at a time while others prefer to cut them in half or quarter. Here are some examples and use cases from verified Delta-8 customers:
“I love these so much. Could eat them all day. Nice relaxing high. Hubby bites off of a tiny corner and is so baked. Funny to watch. Definitely recommend.”
See, it even varies between significant others!
Richard told us…
“I love MoonWlkr gummies. They’ve become a regular daily part of my health regime. Taking one every morning helps me to start my day with better focus. I deal with a lot of stomach issues and these Delta 8 gummies help me with nausea and even something trickier such as vertigo. I hope to continue using them for years. Thanks MoonWlkr!!!”
We had another review stating…
“Pleasantly surprised by these, we love them, they’re a bit too strong for us so we bite them in half and they’re perfect.”
Everyone has their own experience and tolerance level. You’ll need to try it for yourself to understand what your own dosage is. That’s why we recommend starting small.
“Very good, and I started out with just one, and now I sometimes take 3 only if I’m home for the night. I’ve got disabled knees and these help get rid of my pain.”
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