A First-Timer’s Guide to Delta 8 THC

If you have questions about trying Delta 8 THC for the first time, you’re not the only one. We’re here to dispel myths and to educate both experienced cannabis users and new consumers who are starting up with Delta 8 and want to get the facts. The cannabis plant is incredibly complex with a wide range of effects and potential benefits, so let’s get started with the basics.

What’s Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC, also referred to as D8, Δ8 THC, and Delta 8, is a rare cannabis compound found in the hemp plant. Delta 8 THC is slightly psychoactive but is reported to be less intoxicating than Delta 9 THC. There are a few key differences between Delta 8 and traditional THC, namely that while Delta 8 is known to deliver a similar high, psychoactive feeling, the negative feelings of paranoia or anxiety may not be present or as pronounced as they are when consuming Delta 9 THC.

What are some Potential Benefits of Delta 8 THC?

Based on the limited research to date as cannabis is still under federal prohibition, Delta 8 products may be worth considering for those who are seeking relaxation from an organic product that is more potent than CBD but less potent than marijuana. D8 may also benefit individuals who are seeking the effects of Delta 9 THC but don’t want the intense high or stoned feeling that comes with it. In either case, it’s highly recommended that you consult a physician before using Delta 8, especially if you have medical conditions or take prescription medications.

How much D8 should a first-timer take?

As is the case with any cannabis-infused product, there is no “one size fits all” dosage or a catch-all amount to take for optimal results. The effects of Delta 8 and other cannabinoids such as CBD are highly individualized as everyone’s endocannabinoid system, the complex network that processes cannabis. You can expect to experience differing effects depending on how much you take and what form of product you consume. Through a process of self-titration (i.e. adjusting your own dosage) you can run some experimentation to find your sweet spot amount that produces the effects you desire.

The most important thing to remember when starting out with Delta 8 is to start low on dosage. This means starting with just one puff if you’re vaping, taking a half of a gummy or chocolate, or just a couple drops of tincture. By starting low and slowly increasing over time, you’ll be able to find the optimal amount that works best for you.


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