Many people enjoy the reliable lift they get from smoking cannabis flower, and Delta-8-THC flower is proving to be a worthy alternative with its smooth, uplifting effects. Of course, smoking too much cannabis flower can lead to a “green out,” an unfortunate experience of nausea, dizziness, and general unease that in some cases, also includes paranoia and anxiety.
The question is, can Delta-8 do the same thing? How much Delta-8-THC can you smoke safely before the experience takes a turn for the worst?
It really depends on a number of factors, like how potent the flower is and your unique tolerance to THC. Either way, everyone has a limit and a dosing sweet spot. Here's how to find yours:
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Instead of asking how much Delta-8-THC you can smoke before experiencing adverse effects, a better question is how much delta-8 should you smoke for an optimal experience?In other words, finding the maximum dose shouldn't be the goal, rather you should focus on finding the right dose for maximum enjoyment.
Of course, you should still understand how to identify the symptoms of overconsumption (we'll discuss this more below), but first you need to understand how to find your best dose. Here are the factors that impact how much Delta-8-THC flower you can smoke:
Just like traditional cannabis flower, the potency of Delta-8 flower varies from product to product, but for different reasons.
Delta-8-THC is usually found in low concentrations in natural hemp flower, so Delta-8-THC flower is usually made by spraying Delta-8 distillate onto hemp flower. That means that the potency of Delta-8 flower doesn't just consistently vary by strain, rather it varies by brand and manufacturer, and sometimes it may even vary by batch.
When buying Delta-8-THC flower, it's important to check the third party test results so that you have a general idea of the potency of your product. The potency of your flower has everything to do with how much you can smoke, so this is crucial information.
Your level of experience with THC doesn't exactly impact the amount of Delta-8 you need to smoke to find your dosing sweet spot but it does have one significant impact. Having experience with THC means that you can more easily identify the effects, and are probably more likely to know when enough is enough.
If you aren't very experienced with Delta-8, and especially if you have no experience with THC in general, you should probably just start with very small doses until you get an idea of what to expect. There's always time to experiment with dosages later, and the risk of over consumption is much lower when you have an idea of how Delta-8 will affect you.
Plus, your experience level with THC directly impacts your THC tolerance, which does play an important role in determining how much Delta-8-THC you should smoke for an optimal experience.
It may go without saying, but those with a higher THC tolerance will need to smoke more Delta-8 in order to experience the same level of effects that most new users can experience with very small doses. It's important to note that although Delta-8 and Delta-9 are two totally different cannabinoids and they each have a different style of psychoactive effects, they are believed to result in cross-tolerance.
In other words if you have any tolerance to Delta-9-THC, you also have a tolerance to Delta-8-THC. After all, both cannabinoids interact with the same endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. If you're a regular THC user, you may find that you need to consume more Delta-8 to find your dosing sweet spot, but you should still ease your way up to high doses to better prevent side effects.
It's another obvious point, but it still needs to be made. The amount of Delta-8-THC you need to smoke directly depends on the experience you seek. If you're looking for a gentle lift, you'll probably be able to use smaller doses to get there. If you enjoy heavier effects, you may find that you need to smoke a little bit more.
You should also consider the strain of Delta-8-THC flower you choose since different strains will have slightly different effects, and some can be more uplifting and energizing while others are more mellow and relaxing. For instance, the indica strain Bubba Kush can send you on a smooth, relaxing ride while the sativa strain Sour Diesel can give you an invigorating creativity boost.
Once you have an idea of what impacts Delta-8-THC dosing and what kind of experience you're looking for, you're ready to start your journey with Delta-8-THC flower. Finding out how much Delta-8-THC flower you should smoke is a simple process that just requires a little bit of experimenting and self reflection, but there are a few tips to keep in mind to help the process go smoothly:
This is potentially the most critical step in finding a comfortable Delta 8 dose, especially if you are new to THC’s effects. Make sure that you try Delta-8 for the first time in a comfortable, low stress environment. Avoid any circumstances that may make you uncomfortable.
For most people, this means trying Delta-8 at home, maybe with a good friend, in a mellow environment. Make sure that you try Delta-8 for the first time on a day where you don't have any pressing responsibilities, and definitely make sure you don't plan to drive since driving under the influence is dangerous and illegal, even with legal cannabinoids.
One of the most significant advantages to smoking Delta-8 flower compared to other dosing methods is that the effects come on quickly. That makes it easier to experiment with different dosages.
You can start with a very small dose, like one or two puffs from a Delta-8 pre-roll. After 15 to 20 minutes, you should be able to accurately judge the effects in order to decide if you should take another dose. This dose stacking method is an effective way to figure out how much Delta-8 THC you can smoke, so long as you keep up with how much you're consuming.
It's only worth experimenting with your Delta-8 dosage if you keep track of how much you consume so you can replicate the experience later. As with any Delta-8 flower product, make sure you know the potency of the flower you're smoking and have a rough idea of the weight of the product. For instance, a 1 gram pre-roll filled with flower that has a potency of 10% Delta-8-THC contains roughly 100 grams of Delta-8. If you smoke a quarter of that joint and feel good, your approximate dose is 25 mg of Delta-8.
There are many different strains of Delta-8 flower and each of them has unique effects. It’d be impossible for us to break down the difference between every single strain on the market, and our efforts would be futile since everyone's experience will differ slightly.
Still, Delta-8-THC strains, like all cannabis strains, can be categorized in one of three ways:
While it would be difficult to try literally every strain available, we do recommend that you at least try an Indica strain and a sativa strain. If you want a more "middle ground experience" after you experience both styles of flower, grab a hybrid to see if it hits the spot.
One of the only downsides to smoking Delta-8-THC flower is that it's pretty difficult to know exactly how much Delta-8 you're consuming. While you may be able to gauge your best dose in terms of how much flower you consume, you won't know the actual amount of the dosage in terms of milligrams.
When you're just starting out with Delta-8, you may want to experiment with more precise dosing methods, like Delta-8-THC edibles. These doses are pre-measured so that you know exactly how much Delta-8 you're consuming, and you can easily start with doses as low as 10 mg.
It's important to know, however, that Delta-8-THC Edibles are known to produce a stronger effect because of the way they're metabolized in the gut. That said, you can always slice at 10 mg Delta-8 gummy in half if you want to start with an even smaller dose.
We discussed how over consumption of Delta-9-THC can lead to an unpleasant green out. Delta-8-THC is thought to have similar risks, albeit to a lesser degree. Because Delta-8's psychoactive effects are milder, it's going to take way more Delta-8 flower to give you the spins.
Plus, some research suggests that Delta-8 is much less likely to lead to anxiety and paranoia, one of the most common complaints from those who accidentally overconsume Delta-9. One study in particular found Delta-8-THC to be a more useful antiemetic for pediatric cancer patients because it could be given in higher doses without the same side effects.
We need more research to understand why, but some people believe it's because Delta-8-THC also interacts with the portion of the endocannabinoid system known to interact with CBD, a cannabinoid that is known to potentially ease anxiety.
While you’re on your delta-8 dosing journey, you need to understand the signs of Delta-8 overconsumption so that you know what to watch out for. In most cases, the side effects of taking too much Delta-8 include feeling nauseous, dizzy, or generally uncomfortable. Some people experience mild to moderate headaches when they take too much Delta-8.
You may also feel tired or fatigued, especially when using too much of one of the more relaxing strains of Delta-8, like an indica strain. In general, any feeling of discomfort may signal that you’ve exceeded your dosing threshold. It’s important to stop there, and don’t make the mistake of thinking that more Delta-8 will somehow make you feel better. The less you over consume, the milder your side effects will be.
If you do happen to smoke too much Delta-8, there are a few things to keep in mind. There’s not much you can do to make the high go by quicker, but you can make yourself more comfortable while you wait for it to pass.
Some people report that taking a warm shower helps them come down from a too-heavy Delta-8 experience. Others say sleeping it off is the best way to go. In reality, do whatever makes you comfortable and takes your mind off of things for the time being. Also make sure that you stay hydrated since dehydration can cause a slew of uncomfortable side effects, too.
Keep in mind that Delta-8’s effects are only temporary, and the effects of inhaled forms of Delta-8 are shorter-lived than the effects from other dosing forms. Your uncomfortable side effects won’t last forever, so there’s no need to panic. In fact, staying calm is the best thing you can do, since anxiety can actually manifest physical discomforts that otherwise don’t exist.
The good news is that effects from smoked forms of Delta-8 usually last between 1-3 hours, and the effects usually peak around the 1 hour mark. In other words, the uncomfortable part of the experience should be really short-lived. Going forward, make sure to adjust your Delta-8 dosage to fit within your limits.
Everyone's Delta-8 dosing threshold is different, and the amount of Delta-8-THC you need to smoke for an optimal experience depends on your THC tolerance, body weight, the potency of the flower you choose, and an array of other unique factors.
New users may find that one or two puffs is enough for a pleasant lift, while those that smoke THC more regularly may be able to face an entire bowl on their own. The most important thing is that you go slow and listen to your mind and body. Since the effects of inhaled Delta-8 will kick in in a matter of minutes, you can always stack one dose at a time until you find the lift you desire.Of course, a pleasant experience depends on having high quality Delta-8- THC flower since the risk of adverse reaction increases significantly when using low quality products. That means but you need to find Delta-8-THC flower made from high quality, US grown hemp that is third party lab tested to assure quality and potency. You can find a variety of clean, potent Delta-8-THC flower in our Elev8 Collection, including popular strains like Gorilla Glue or Pineapple Express.
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