Delta 8 THC, one of the best, most productive parts of the cannabis plant, makes a fantastic addition to many hemp-derived products on the market right now due to its potency, wide range of positive effects, and variety of options that include gummies, flowers, and concentrates. If you’re stuck with questions like how many Delta 8 THC gummies you should take, how your tolerance level changes if you consume D9 THC products while taking D8 THC, and how much Delta 8 THC is too much, then GRH Kratom is the place to go. In this blog, we’ll go over how Delta 9 tolerance impacts the effects of Delta 8 and how much Delta 8 THC you should take. Read on to learn more about this interesting cannabis component!
The Differences between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC – A Short Guide
We’ve talked about the differences between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC. But going over the basics again is a good way to remember the key differences between these two components:
- Delta 8 THC is legal on a federal level, while Delta 9 THC remains illegal;
- Delta 8 THC is less potent and found in much lower quantities in the cannabis plant;
- Delta 9 THC causes a long-lasting high. D8 THC won’t cause that strong of a high unless it’s taken in very large quantities;
- Delta 8 THC mostly binds with CB2 receptors (digestive tract & immune system), while Delta 9 THC binds with CB1 receptors (brain);
- The effects these two compounds produce are different. Delta 9 THC is known to cause anxiety and paranoia in some individuals, Delta 8 THC is unlikely to produce such effects.
If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between these two compounds, we have an article over at Austin Chronicle that explains this subject fully!
Dosing – How Much Delta 8 THC Is Too Much?
First things first: edibles such as gummies take longer to kick in than vape cartridges. This means in order to feel the effects of Delta 8 THC gummies, you need to wait 30-45 minutes. It certainly might take longer than that for some people. It’s important that you don’t take another gummy if you don’t feel anything for the first hour or so. Taking too much Delta 8 THC and exceeding your tolerance levels might produce some unwanted side effects.
How Many Delta 8 THC Gummies?
Now that we’ve put that aside, it’s much easier to talk about the correct dosage! As Delta 8 THC gummies grow in popularity, many users wonder the perfect dosage, and how much is too much. What’s important to understand is that everyone’s different. The dose that some people find just right might be too low or too high for others. Nevertheless, there are a few factors to consider when determining Delta 8 dosage. Those are age, weight, and previous experience with Delta 9 THC.
Although Delta 8 is not as potent as Delta 9, first-time users might feel like one full gummy is too much. If this is the case, then sticking with ½ a gummy might feel a bit better. You can start to slowly increase your dose until you find what works best for you.
Those who are familiar with Delta 8 or Delta 9 may benefit from 20-30mg of Delta 8 THC per day. This translates to about 1-1 1/2 gummies per day, which is a decent number. This number is just a generalization and it may not work for everyone.
It is possible that you develop a much higher tolerance level than others. If this happens, Delta 8 THC might not have very strong effects for you.
As with any new substance, it’s best to start slow & work up from there to avoid any adverse effects!
Delta 9 THC and How It Impacts Delta 8 THC Tolerance Levels
The impact of Delta 9 THC on your Delta 8 THC tolerance is a subject that is yet to be covered fully since scientific research is still limited. However, even though it’s anecdotal, cross-tolerance between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC can definitely occur in some people. This seems especially true if they have a long history of consuming Delta 9 THC.
Since Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC come from the same plant, have almost the same chemical structure (apart from the difference in the placement of the double bond), and have similar effects, it makes sense that cross-tolerance would occur. Both compounds interact with our CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are a part of a larger system called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The fact that they interact with the same system means that the more you take either of these components, the more tolerance you will build up. That means that you’ll need to increase your dosage to feel the effects.
If you’ve developed a high tolerance for Delta 9 THC products, chances are you’ll need to take large doses of D8 too. The dose of 20-30mg per day might not produce the desired effects.
If or when this happens, it might be a good idea to stop using both compounds for a while until your tolerance “drops”. Then, you’d probably be able to consume the average dose again.
Similarly, If you’re using both compounds at the same time, we’d recommend not using too much of each. That way, you don’t produce any side effects.
What Does Delta-8 THC Feel Like?
Typically, people report that Delta-8 THC provides very similar effects to Delta-9 THC. However, Delta 8 tends to be a bit weaker in the ‘high’ it provides. Many times, with edibles, the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC is negligible. That’s because effects take longer to kick in, and aren’t quite as immediate as other forms of taking THC (like vapes, for instance).
The effects you’re most likely to notice after taking Delta-8 THC products are a light, heady ‘high’ feeling, potentially mild euphoria or improved mood, and general relaxation. Depending on the method of ingestion, effects may kick in after 15-20 minutes (vaping) or 30min-1hr (edibles).
Taking Delta 8 THC gummies should be an experience that is unique to you. That means that you should always listen to your body and understand its signals. Though we’d love to be able to give an exact dosage, we are not medical professionals and cannot give medical advice – but we hope the points made in the paragraphs above make the subject a lot clearer and more understandable!