A lot of us out there are starting to become aware of what Delta-8 THC is, as it’s more widely available on the market than it ever has been. But, naturally, some of us may still be a bit hesitant about actually taking it, because of the fear of taking too much and ending up with an unpleasant experience.
There are some important questions to answer, such as what happens when you take too high of a dose of Delta 8 THC? As well as some information and tips for Delta 8 THC benefits, Delta 8 side effects, and the best Delta 8 dosing for different product types.
Is it Dangerous to Take a High Dose of Delta 8 THC?
First, let’s clarify one thing about delta 8 THC, and at least high quality Delta 8 products. Like other cannabinoids in the hemp plant, delta 8 is not classified as a toxic compound to humans. What this means it that technically speaking, taking a high dose of delta 8 does not put a person at risk of toxicity. Delta-8 has only been available on the market for less than 2 years, but as of now, we have yet to hear of a single major adverse effect to taking it that caused some sort of life-threatening response in the body.
What Happens if You Take “Too Much” Delta 8 THC?
- General uneasiness
- Temporary lowered blood pressure which can bring on a faster heart rate
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Very sleepy
These are some of the effects that can happen when you take too much Delta-8 THC. For some, taking too much is their regular dosage. However, for people with low or almost no tolerance. Not taking enough could be fairly bad, especially since it is such as shock to the body. A few times, people get anxious because the effects are much more potent than they thought. Then they call for an ambulance due to being scared and just overly high. This means a trip to the Emergency Room until the effects wear off.
Now, delta 8 THC as a compound isn’t toxic. This doesn’t mean that taking high doses won’t cause some unwanted side effects. Everyone is unique, with some people being able to tolerate extremely high doses perfectly fine. After all, if that were not the case, our delta 8 Wax Dabs for instance would not be as popular as they are now.
Still, each person’s tolerance is unique, and this means that some are more sensitive to the effects of delta 8 than others. Naturally, beginners are most at risk of developing unwanted effects as a result of taking high doses, as they have virtually no tolerance to the cannabinoid. Delta 8 is known for being mildly intoxicating but taking high doses will inevitably render more psychoactive effects.
Tips For Taking Too Much Delta 8 THC
Well, besides simply reading the product’s label, there are in fact, other methods that can be used when it comes to controlling your delta 8 usage properly.
Tip #1: Take Delta-8 Psychoactive Properties Seriously
First off, you should be completely aware of the intoxicating effects of delta 8 before taking it. If you’re taking delta 8 THC for the first time as a regular CBD user, you must know that CBD and delta 8 feel differently in the body, and therefore, their effects per dosage are not comparable. Don’t decide that since you take, say, 50 milligrams of CBD gummies, that your body can easily tolerate 50 milligrams of delta 8 gummies as well.
Tip #2: Use A Short-Lived Delta 8 Delivery Method
We recommend that as a first-timer, you go with a short-lived delivery method, as in, one that has effects that do not last for an exceptionally long period of time. Even though short-lived delivery methods such as Delta 8 THC vapes are a bit more potent in terms of how the delta 8 feels, the fact that the effects wear off after about an hour can be helpful in case you do end up taking more than you had meant to.
After all, if you ended up too high from delta 8, you wouldn’t want it to be from a Delta-8 gummy that can last for up to 8 hours in terms of intoxication. For some, gummies are the best because they last the longest. For others, their effects may be too powerful and lasting that long can be annoying or an overall bad experience.
Tip #3: Pay Attention to the Delta8 Milligram Strength You Buy
Just like CBD, delta 8 comes in a lot of different milligram strengths and delta-8 dosages. Overall, as a beginner, you should choose the lowest milligram strength that is available with a particular product. The lower the strength, the lower the concentration of delta 8 in each dose, and as a newbie, you probably only have a tolerance for this lower amount.
Tip #4: Take Delta 8 THC with CBD
One way to possibly balance out the more potent effects of delta 8 is to pair it with good ol’ cannabidiol (CBD). Yes, CBD products that have no THC and delta 8 products can work in a complementary manner, with the former helping to offset the stronger properties of the latter. Many people find that a balance between the two cannabinoids makes the entire experience smoother and less mind-altering. We recommend starting with a 2:1 ratio of CBD to delta 8, in whichever delivery method you prefer.
For example, if you plan to take .5 milliliters of a delta 8 tincture, consider taking it with a full milliliter of a CBD tincture in the same strength. However, make sure the CBD tincture is made from Isolate and not Full Spectrum. Because full spectrum has THC in it, which can make the effects even worse. Only CBD isolate or Broad Spectrum CBD may work to reduce the effects.
It is not sample tested and studied as much as we would like, however based off of user experience and bulk use this might be the case. As well, CBD can't hurt to try and can't increase the effects of Delta 8 THC.
Tip #5: Take Only One Delta 8 THC Dose Per Day
We know that a lot of first-time delta 8 users are eager to try out all different kinds of delta 8 THC products, and we cannot blame them. Gummies, capsules, vapes, flower, and tinctures are all enticing in their own way. However, if you’re new to delta-8, you should stick with just one product each day, and just one dose. The reason is self-explanatory: the more doses of delta8 you take, the stronger those effects will be.
Tip #6: Use Smaller Delta-8 Dose if You’re a Beginner
Every delta 8 product has a suggested dosage amount printed on the packaging. This is based on the standard amount for the general delta-8 user. While many beginners can tolerate this amount, if you are extra nervous about how delta 8 THC will affect you, split that dose in half.
- If a tincture calls for a full dropper of oil, fill it only halfway.
- If it’s a gummy, eat only half that gummy and see how it makes you feel.
#7: Wait a While After the First Dose
Sometimes, we take a dose of delta 8 and don’t feel the effects right away, so we take a little more. Then, all of those effects hit us at once, and we realize that we are paying for our lack of patience. Different products can have different onset times – for example, edibles can take up to 2 hours to really take effect.
Simply better to be safe than sorry, so simply wait for that first dose to take effect, and if it never really takes off, try again the next day with a slightly higher amount.
Tip #8: Don’t Drink After Consuming Delta 8 THC
One thing you should keep in mind is that consuming alcohol after taking an active dose of delta 8 can cause you to feel unpleasantly intoxicated. It is not necessarily dangerous to combine these two substances. On the flip side, being intoxicated by each one at once can make for an uncomfortable feeling of your mind being too altered.
Least Potent Delta 8 Product To Highest Potency
- Delta 8 THC Vape Cartridges (Least) - 1 Hour Effects
- Delta 8 THC Edibles (Lollipops etc) - 1-2 Hour Effects
- Delta 8 THC Softgel Capsules - 2/3 Hour Effects
- Delta 8 THC Tinctures - 2-4 Hour Effects
- Delta 8 THC Gummies (Most) - 4-6 Hour Effects
This is the Delta 8 product potency guide based on strength, average hours effects last for, and how powerful the effects hit your body. Delta 8 vape cartridges are at the bottom, with a fast reaction time, and quick wear-off time. Delta 8 capsules are similar to gummies, however the effects seem to last a little bit shorter due to a cleaner consistent dose. Delta 8 tinctures can be all the way at the bottom or top depending on concentration and strength.
A 300mg Delta-8 tincture would be at the bottom, while a 5000mg Delta 8 THC tincture would be at the top of this list with 183mg of Delta 8 per dropper. And a moderately high 2-4 hour potency time with a heavy rush and slow fade over time. Delta 8 THC Gummies are by far the hardest hitting, because a small gummy can give over 100mg of Delta 8 depending on the dosage amount. Most Delta-8 gummies are 25mg each, however they break down and metabolize similar to regular THC. Therefore feeling like 25mg of regular THC, which is extremely strong!
“Too Much” Delta 8 Can Be Good Or Bad
Delta 8 THC is an incredibly useful compound that can do a lot more than just get us high. But, if we want to actually enjoy taking it, we need to be aware of how much we take in order to not end up feeling so intoxicated that we regret buying it in the first place. Obviously, if you do have some sort of adverse reaction to delta 8 that is concerning, you should seek medical attention immediately.