Delta-11-THC (delta-11-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a little known cannabinoid with big effects. In fact, it’s thought to be roughly three times more potent than traditional Delta-9-THC, a fact that often brings consumers to a very important question: How much Delta-11-THC should I take?
To answer this question effectively, you need to consider a few very impactful factors, like how potent Delta-11 really is, the impact of different dosing styles on your overall dosage, and the THC formula (which may contain a variety of THC additives in addition to Delta-11).
In this article, we'll explore each of these topics to help you determine how much Delta-11-THC you should take. Here’s what you should consider:
Table of Contents
Delta-11 is More Potent Than Delta-9-THC
Delta-11 Dosage Guide
Understanding Labels: Delta-11 Source, Dosage, and Potency
How Long Does Delta-11 Take to Kick In?
Get the Most Out of Delta-11
Very little is known about Delta-11-THC because we lack scientific data, but Delta-11 is thought to be one of the most potent hemp-derived cannabinoids on the market, weighing in at nearly three times the potency of traditional THC products.
Delta-11 is assumed to metabolize similarly to Delta-9 and Delta-10 considering that these molecules are the same aside from the placement of their double bonds (at the 9th, 10th, and 11th carbon chain position).
However, anecdotal reports put it on par with THC-O, another hemp-derived THC that is three times more potent than Delta-9. In addition to this increased potency, anecdotal evidence also suggests that delta-11 induces a more intense euphoria than other hemp THC products.
For now, we are lacking evidence to help us understand how Delta-11 produces such potent effects. The only current scholarly mentions of Delta-11 include a 1974 paper concerning the social impact of cannabis use and a 1990 study evaluating how Delta-11-THC was metabolized by various animal subjects, where they found that different animals metabolized this cannabinoid differently and called for careful selection of test subjects for future human research.
Without more evidence, it’s hard to say exactly how much more potent D-11 is compared to traditional THC, so we can’t really quantify the effects in a mathematical way. But it’s important to know that the effects are more potent than most other hemp-THC products, which brings us to a few important points:
Often when people try Delta-9-THC for the first time, they take doses between 5-10 mg.. Delta-9 has very potent effects and just a few milligrams is more than enough to incite a potency psychoactive experience for those with no THC tolerance.
You may find that the suggested starting doses for Delta-11 are even lower, but it’s because the “potency” of Delta-11’s effects is higher, so don’t worry much with trying to compute the dosage based on standard THC products. Delta-11 products often contain a blend of hemp-THC, which means you need to understand how to read the label to understand the true potency of each blend. We’ll discuss this more below.
Most THC molecules produce cross-tolerance effects, meaning that if you have a high tolerance to Delta-9-THC, you may also have some tolerance to Delta-11.
Because D11 is so potent, your normal tolerance levels may not be super impactful, but it's something to keep in mind when experimenting with Delta-11 dosages. Still, we don’t recommend that you just jump straight to large doses until you know how Delta-11 may affect you.
Different types of Delta-11 products may have different effects. Some accounts suggest that edibles produce more potent effects than inhaled products, so you may consider taking a smaller dose of edibles. Most importantly, the dosage method plays a big role in how long the effects of Delta-11 will last and how quickly they take effect. We’ll discuss this more below.
Now that you know the potency and dosing factors that may affect your Delta-11 dosing experience, lets jump to the point:
If you’re just starting out with Delta-11, you may want to consider a beginner dose. Keep in mind that Delta-11 is stronger than traditional THC products, so even if you consider yourself to be proficient with THC dosing, you may want to consider your Delta-11 dosage carefully. Taking too much THC is the primary cause of negative side effects.
Many low potency THC products start at around 10 mg of hemp THC. For Delta-11, that may be equivalent to a 30 milligram Delta-9-THC dose, which is a pretty large dose for beginners.
A beginner’s dose of Delta-11 may be as low as 5 milligrams. This dosage may still produce a potent high for consumers with no THC tolerance. A higher potency Delta-11 dose may contain around 10-15 milligrams of Delta-11, which is a potent dose for users who have a decent THC tolerance.
Remember–it is better to take too little than to take too much. You can always increase your dosage later, but it can be difficult to quickly come down from a THC high after consuming too much.
The trick to hitting your Delta-11 sweet spot, however, lies in the product that you choose. Let’s discuss:
The Delta-11-THC dosing method you choose can affect the onset, duration, and intensity of the effects you experience. It also affects how Delta-11 is measured and how easily you can adjust your dose each time. Let's take a closer look at the dosing options available for Delta-11 products:
Vapes and other inhalable products are a brilliant option for new THC consumers because they take effect very quickly, usually in a matter of minutes. This gives you a unique opportunity to “stack” doses, or take one small hit at a time and wait a few minutes to feel its effects. If needed, simply stack on another small dose until you reach the desired effects.
However, there is a downside to this. Measuring the dosage of Delta-11-THC oil in vaporizers is not an exact science since it's difficult to know exactly how much oil you're inhaling with each puff. That means that while you may learn how many Delta-11 vape drags you need to take to reach your perfect level of lift, you won’t be able to easily translate that dosage to edibles or other dosing styles.
Dosing hemp flower is pretty much identical to the way that you measure a Delta-11 vaporizer dose. If you’re unsure how much Delta-11 to take, start with one or two puffs at a time until you feel the boost you’re after.
Delta-11-THC edibles usually come in pre-measured doses, so there's no need to measure your dose each time. You can find candies and chews that are individually packaged or gummies that come in a multi-count bottle, with each gummy representing a single dose. Our collection of hemp THC edibles includes a range of potencies to suit different needs.
While it's possible to adjust the dosage by breaking or cutting edibles, it may be easier to purchase edibles at the potency you need or to try a different dosing method, such as a Delta-11 tincture.
Delta-10=1-THC tinctures come in liquid form and are usually packaged in glass bottles with dropper lids. Each dropper holds 1 mL of Delta-10-THC oil when full. Check the label to determine the potency of the tincture.
Tinctures are a convenient dosing method since you can adjust your dosage in small increments as long as you understand the potency and how to measure it accurately.
For example, our Elev8 Tincture contains 1,000 mg of hemp Delta-8-THC in 30 mL of oil per bottle. That means a 1 mL dose contains 33 mg of Delta-10-THC, or you can measure a ½ mL serving for a 16.5 mg dose of Delta-8. To get even more precise dosages, one drop is approximately 0.05 mL, so there are 20 drops in a 1 mL serving. At 33 mg per mL, that means there is approximately 1.65 mg of Delta-8-THC in each drop of our Elev8 tincture.
You can apply this same logic to any Delta-11 tincture to reap the benefits of precise and accurate doses.
It’s important to understand that you can read the label on hemp products in order to ensure they come from a legal source and that you are able to measure the dosage appropriately. Here’s what you should consider:
When buying Delta-11, look for a product that is made from U.S. grown industrial hemp. This is the best way to ensure that it is made according to federal legal guidelines. Check out your local hemp laws to ensure that Delta-11 that is made from hemp is also legal in your state.
In order to determine how much Delta-11-THC is in your product (and each dose), you first need to determine whether the labeled potency refers specifically to Delta-11 content or total hemp extract content.
Some products may contain other cannabinoids and terpenes and the labeled potency may refer to the total amount of hemp extract. If the hemp extract is only made up of, say, 60% Delta-11 and then contains other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, then the product might actually be much less potent than the label implies.
However, this also depends on the combination used. If the hemp extract is a THC blend, which means it may contain Delta-8, THC-O, HHC, or other hemp-derived cannabinoids, you may be in for an even more potent ride. Look for products that display the exact potency of all cannabinoids on the label, and always reach out to a company for dosing guidance when using a new THC product.
To ensure that you know exactly how much Delta-11-THC is in your product, look for third-party lab results. These test results should reveal the actual potency of Delta-11-THC that was found in the batch sample and will closely relate to the actual amount of Delta-11 in each product in that batch.
The onset time for feeling the effects of Delta-11-THC can vary depending on the type of product used.
Delta-11 vaporizers and flower tend to produce near-instant effects, with the peak effects of each dose being felt after about ten minutes.
On the other hand, Delta-11 edibles take longer to take effect since they need to pass through the digestive tract before they can be metabolized by the liver. It can take an hour or more for the effects to kick in, and they usually reach their peak around two hours after dosing.
For sublingual dosing, Delta-11 tinctures take effect relatively quickly, typically within 30 minutes. This is because they are designed to be dropped under the tongue, allowing the Delta-10 to be absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth and bypassing the digestive system.
Similarly, sublingual Delta-11 edibles that dissolve in the mouth, such as candies, caramels, and chews, follow the same path as sublingual tinctures. Because these types of edibles are meant to be slowly dissolved in the mouth, they can be absorbed by the mucous membranes and take effect relatively quickly.
In conclusion, the amount of Delta-11-THC you should take depends on several factors, including your body weight, metabolism, tolerance, and the form of delta-11-THC you're consuming. It's important to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you achieve the desired effects.
Remember that everyone's body is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Start low and slow for the best effects. With the right dose and product, delta-11-THC can be an enjoyable way to experience the effects of hemp THC products.
For new users who want to experiment with how much hemp THC they should take, we recommend trying a hemp THC tincture. Our Elev8 Tincture can be measured in small increments to give you ultimate control over your THC dose so you can ease your way into a pleasant experience. Or, check out the rest of our farm bill compliant Hemp THC Collection.
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