Delta-11-THC Not Working: Here's What's Wrong

by Kat Austin June 15, 2023 7 min read

Delta-11-THC Not Working: Here's What's Wrong - Vida Optima™

If you recently spun your first round with Delta-11-THC, hemp's notoriously potent THC extract, and didn't get the effects you expected, there may be a good reason why. Either you didn’t feel the effects at all or they were milder than you thought they'd be–so what’s the deal?

Delta-11 is much more potent than many other hemp-derived THC products, so you definitely should feel somethingafter taking a dose. If you don't, there may be something wrong with your dosage or product quality. But don't worry! Here’s how to troubleshoot your experience:

Key Takeaways

  • Delta-11 may not work well for reasons related to dosage, product quality, and tolerance.
  • Delta-11 products can expire or go bad when stored improperly, so they may not work.
  • To ensure a good experience, make sure you have a good product and understand how to dose Delta-11 correctly.

Delta-11-THC Not Working: 5 Reasons Why

If Delta-11 didn't work for you and you want to know why, here are some of the most likely reasons:

A Delta-11 tincture with a dropper filled with Delta-11 oil to demonstrate one single dose of Delta-11-THC

Your THC Tolerance is Too High

Delta-11 contributes to cross tolerance with other THC products, like Delta-8, Delta-9, and even THC-O. That means that a tolerance to THC, in general, is a tolerance to Delta-11. So, if you use Delta-8, Delta-9, or another THC product regularly, you may not experience potent effects from small or moderate doses of Delta-11.

Keep in mind that Delta-11 is more potent than other THC products, so you don't necessarily need to amp up your dosage a lot to experience effects. If you were already testing Delta-11 with a small dose, try increasing it by 5 milligrams next time to see how you feel.

Taking a THC tolerance break is a good way to lower your tolerance so that Delta-11 will work more effectively for you in the future.

Your Delta-11 Dosage is Too Low

Another reason Delta-11-THC may not have worked for you is because you took the wrong dosage. Many people are hesitant when dosing Delta-11 because of its highly potent psychoactive effects. And understandably so–Delta-11 is thought to be roughly three times more potent than standard THC products.

Still, if you fiercely under-dosed, you may feel nothing after taking Delta-11. If you decide to increase your dosage, you might not need to double your dose, but you still may want to increase it by small quantities. Try increasing your dosage in 5 mg increments each time you dose until you reach the desired effects.

When you're increasing your dosage, though, make sure that you give an adequate amount of time for Delta-11-THC to kick in. Here are some tips:

  • If you're using Delta-11 edibles, it's better to increase your dosage in an entirely different session because the effects of edibles can take over 2 hours to kick in.
  • If you're using an inhaled product or a sublingual product, you may be able to stack doses. For inhaled products wait 15 minutes after the last puff to take another dose.
  • Sublingual products also take effect quickly, usually in about 30 minutes. For sublingual products, we recommend waiting about 45 minutes to an hour after your dose to see how you feel.

Read "How Long Will Delta-11 Take to Kick in?” to learn more.

Your Product is Poor Quality

Poor quality products don’t produce positive and potent effects. There are many reasons why a product could be bad. In some cases, it’s just poorly made, meaning it may not provide a hearty dose of Delta-11.

Many Delta-11 products are made with other potent THC extracts, like THC-O, HHC, or others. Because of this, they may display a “total cannabinoid content” which can be a very misleading way to measure dosage. If possible, look for a product that specifically identifies the potency of each cannabinoid used. If blends are all you can find, familiarize yourself with each cannabinoid in the formula in order to better understand what to expect.

It's important that you understand how to choose a high-quality Delta-11-THC product in order to ensure a good Delta-11 experience. In general, this means choosing Delta-11 products that are made from high-quality, US grown hemp and that are tested both for quality and potency.

The company should also provide some type of third party lab test results so that you know what you buy is what you'll get. To learn more about how to choose a good product, you may want to read our Delta-10-THC User Guide.

Your Product is Expired

Even if you did a good job sourcing your Delta-11 product, it may not provide the effects you expected if it expired. Delta-11 and other hemp products should come with an expiration date.

Even though products may still be okay past their expiration date, the THC content will eventually start to degrade. If your Delta-11 effects were less than stellar, check the expiration date of your product, which should be on the label. If not, reach out to the company with the product name and batch number and they should be able to tell you when it expires. That may help you find the root cause of your issue.

Your Product is Degraded

Even if the product is in date, it could still be degraded. That's because Delta-11-THC can degrade when exposed to the elements for too long, even if it’s not past the printed expiration date.

If Delta-11-THC is stored improperly, especially for a lengthy amount of time, it can begin to lose its potency. In general, you should keep Delta-11-THC at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. You should also store it in an airtight bottle. To learn more about this, you may want to read “Storing Delta-11-THC.”

You Took Too Much CBD

There's one commonly overlooked reason that Delta-11-THC may not have worked for you: you took it with too much CBD.

Of course, CBD and THC can work together to produce some pretty amazing therapeutic benefits, so if you were after pain relief or improved sleep, this may not be your culprit.

Still, research suggests that CBD can moderate the effects of THC. Typically, it depends on how the doses line up. Timing is everything.

If Delta-11 and CBD are taken at the same time, the reduction in psychoactivity is minimal. But, it also depends on the way that the two compounds are taken. If CBD is taken first, or the CBD method used absorbs faster than the Delta-11 dose, CBD could potentially inhibit psychoactive effects entirely.

More specifically, CBD can block THC from binding with certain neuroreceptors, which means it can inhibit its psychoactive effects. If CBD has an opportunity to bind with these neuroreceptors first, it will effectively inhibit Delta-11's effects.

Delta-10-THC is Interacting With Your Medicine

This is a rare interaction, but it is still a very important consideration to make. THC, including hemp-derived THC products, can interact with some prescription drugs because it uses the same metabolic pathways as many medications.

That means that Delta-11-THC can simply not work if your other medications deplete the enzymes needed to break down Delta-11. This could explain why Delta-11-THC didn't work, especially if you took the dose shortly after taking multiple medications, and especially if you took Delta-11 in an edible form.

However, this is important for much more concerning reasons—the reverse can also be true. If you take THC before or at the same time as other medications, Delta-11 can prevent other medications from working. It can also cause those medications to build up in the body, which in some cases can be dangerous.

Of course, you may still be able to take Delta-11-THC if you use prescription medications, but you should talk to your doctor about how to space out the doses to avoid interactions. This same interaction applies to all THC products, so you can read “Delta-8 Drug Interactions” to learn more.

A woman holding a yellow Delta-11-THC vaporizer

Steps to Make Delta-11 Work for You

If Delta-11 didn’t take you on the ride you’d imagined, you can always give it another go. Try out these tips and tricks to help improve your Delta-11 experience:

Decide Why You’re Taking Delta-11 (And Keep It In Mind)

The best key to a good trip is that you make sure you understand what effects you’re after. Seeking psychoactive effects is different from using Delta-11 therapeutically. You can achieve therapeutic benefits without experiencing psychoactivity, so understanding your motivation for taking Delta-11-THC will help you better measure the results.

If you're using Delta-11-THC for a therapeutic purpose, pay attention to how you feel before dosing. You may even mark your symptoms on a scale, like rating pain from 1-10 so that you can easily identify if Delta-11 is working for your intended purpose.

If you simply want to use Delta-11 recreationally, you may consider the different effects ofdifferent products. For instance, edibles often have more potent effects than other doses, while inhaled doses take effect almost instantly and are easy to stack until you reach your desired potency.

Consider Your Dosage

Everyone has a dosing sweet spot. Taking too little can prevent Delta-11 from working, and taking too much can cause the effects to be too intense, especially for new consumers . Use the “low and slow” dosing method if you’re unsure where to start. Start with a small dose and increase it in small increments every time you dose to monitor the effects.

Choose the Right Product

Different products can produce different effects. For instance, edibles are thought to produce effects that are slightly stronger than the effects of other dosing methods.

Sublingual products, like a tincture or sublingual edible, will take effect quickly and may be more bioavailable, which means more of the Delta-11 is actually absorbed into the bloodstream.

Inhaled products, like flower or vaporizers, provide effects that are nearly instant so they are a great option for users who want to ease their way in with small doses.

Where to Find Delta-11-THC Products?

Delta-11-THC derived from hemp is federally legal, which means you can buy it in stores and online from a variety of retailers. Of course, not all Delta-11-THC is made equal.

If you're looking for premium quality hemp-derived THC products in a variety of potencies and flavors, our Elev8 Collection has what you need. All Vida Optima products are 100% Farm Bill compliant and third-party tested for quality assurance.

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