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Delta 8 Dose Guide for Different Effects

Are you curious about which Delta 8 dose will get you the most desirable effects? Like other euphoric cannabinoids (such as HHC), D8 also has drastically different effects based on the dosage. 

Everyone is unique, and we all have different preferences and tolerance to cannabinoids. Ultimately, your perfect Delta 8 dose depends on what you want to achieve, and in this blog post, we’ll teach you which dosage is the sweet spot based on your goals.

Delta 8 Effects Overview

Let’s start with Delta 8 effects you can expect when consuming it. The main reason most people consume D8 products is because they can produce the following effects:

  • Euphoria
  • Pain Relief
  • Relaxation

Take into consideration the fact that D8 comes in different forms, and the effect's duration will depend on which form you prefer. When taking D8 edibles, you could experience the effects for approximately 10 hours, while inhalation effects can range from 1-4 hours. If you prefer tinctures, you can feel the effects immediately, but they definitely don’t last as long as edibles. To learn more about how gummies differ from other dosing options, check out our blog post.

The form also influences when the Delta 8 effects will kick in. Edibles take longer to feel the effects, while inhalation or tinctures will get you the desired effects in a shorter time frame. 

Which Delta 8 Dose to Use for Different Outcomes?

There is no “one size fits all” chart when it comes to Delta 8 dose. The preferred dosage will be different for everyone based on body weight, age, sex, and general tolerance. A 10 mg dose is considered good for beginners and users who have minor sleeping or pain management problems, while a 40 mg dose can be suitable for those who have built up a higher tolerance or have severe sleep or pain management issues.

If this is your first time using Delta 8 and you’re unsure how much you need, we recommend starting low and slow and working your way up until you’re satisfied with the results. No dose is too small to test out!

Delta 8 Dose for Pain Relief

Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or recovering from an injury, Delta 8 can make pain sensations less acute. How? 

Our nervous system has pain receptors that are connected to our nerves. They register pain and send signals to the brain to let us know an injury has occurred. Cannabinoid receptors are responsible for regulating the sensitivity of said receptors, so when Delta 8 binds to them, it can serve as a pain relief. D8 can also offer some anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain, swelling, and other symptoms associated with inflammation.

Remember, the perfect delta 8 dose for pain relief depends on the severity of your pain, so we always recommend taking the lowest dose that promotes pain relief in your individual case. 

You can start with a low dose daily to get used to the effects Delta 8 has on your body and slowly increase until you reach your much-needed relief. And as we mentioned above, taking Delta 8 edibles has the longest-lasting effect compared to other methods of consumption, and because of that, it could be great for pain management. 

Delta 8 Dose for Sleep

Do you have trouble getting a good night's sleep? The main culprits for poor sleep are stress and racing thoughts. If you’re unable to shut these off when your head hits the pillow, Delta 8 might just be what you’re looking for. 

Delta 8 binds to CB1 receptors which deal directly with the brain and nervous system. It activates neurotransmitters that promote regular sleep patterns and can even help increase how efficiently your body synthesizes melatonin and dopamine, calming anxious thoughts and lowering the prevalence of nightmares. 

At higher doses, Delta 8 can provide deep relaxation for the mind and body, but regardless of your experience, it’s best to start with a low dose which can make you feel calm, signaling your body that it’s time for sleep.  

Starting with a small delta 8 dose for sleep can help you figure out exactly how much you need, and you can increase the intake gradually until you find that sweet spot. 

Microdose Delta 8

If you have a hard time focusing, are quick to lose interest, and easily feel tired and overwhelmed, we might just have a solution for you. Microdosing is a practice of consuming a very small amount of Delta 8 daily to achieve desired benefits. The amount you take can vary based on your preferences and tolerance, but microdosing delta 8 could have many positive effects on your daily life. The point of microdosing is to feel the positive effects, without feeling high. If you feel euphoria, you have taken too much. Microdosing is also the best option for those that experience anxiety along with euphoria. Since you don’t actually get high you reap all the benefits of delta 8, without the cloudy head or panicked feeling.

If you microdose delta 8, it can help you feel more focused, increase your productivity and boost creativity. You can also experience higher energy levels and an increase in good mood. 

Microdosing can also help if you have paralysis by analysis. It takes the edge off just enough so you can still have a clear head (you aren't high), but the anxiety melts away, allowing your brain to actually make decisions and execute tasks.

Depending on your tolerance, you can microdose delta 8 once or twice a day, with two days off each week to avoid building up a tolerance. If you don’t feel the effects as much after some time, consider taking a break to let your body reset, so you can continue to enjoy the wonderful benefits of microdosing delta 8

Delta 8 Dosing Summary

Low Doses (typically <10 mg, or an amount that does not provide any euphoric effects)

  • No euphoria-induced anxiety
  • Mood balancing
  • No brain fog
  • Calms
  • Good for daytime (please use caution when operating a vehicle or machinery)
  • Tinctures are best for this route, because dosing is extremely customizable.

Higher Doses (typically ~20 mg or more, or a dose where euphoric effects are felt)

  • Good addition to a pain management routine
  • Perfect for ensuring a good night’s sleep
  • Intense full-body relaxation
  • Can create cloudy thoughts from the euphoric effects (you are high)
  • Not recommended for daytime (especially if you are operating a vehicle or machinery)
  • If you are prone to euphoria-induced anxiety, the higher the dose, the higher the risk.
  • Gummies are perfect for this use case!

Ready to continue your CBD education? Learn more about the differences between edibles and tinctures here!

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