When talking about delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8 THC), we can go on and on about its exciting effects, offering a soothing high that can really help you feel grounded and at ease when you need it the most. But, you’re not gonna get very far with those effects if you are not taking the right amount of delta-8 THC. It is important to be conscious of how much you take so that you can enjoy the full extent of that which this cannabinoid is famously capable of.
Delta-8 products often come in milligram strength options – this is particularly the case with gummies and tinctures, for example. But, each product type/delivery method has its own absorption rate into the body, which’s why we need to adjust the number of milligrams being taken based on that said product type that’s getting consumed. This might sound complicated, but we’re about to make it really simple for you to know how much to take of each product type to achieve the best results possible.
What the Milligram Strength Means and Why It Even Matters
When discussing a delta-8 product’s milligram strength, we’re referring to the number of milligrams we take per serving, which is different from the dosage amount. How many milligrams we take determines how potent the dosage is, and you’re just not going to get a true delta-8 experience if the milligram amount is too low.
- Edibles are easy to dose by milligram strength, since each piece contains the same amount of delta-8 THC – for instance, 50mg per gummy.
- Vapes are a little trickier since there’s a number of total milligrams in, say, a vape cartridge, but how big your puffs of vapor are, determine the actual number of milligrams you’re taking in per vape session.
To make things easier for the user, most companies provide dosing directions on their label. This way, the user can take enough delta-8 to get the desired results, but not take so much that they’re uncomfortably intoxicated. Most people recommend that newbies start with a low milligram amount and build their way up, since their low tolerance may not be prepared for the stronger intoxicating effects of delta-8 THC quite yet.
Navigating the World of Milligram Strengths Depending on Product Type
Selecting the right milligram strength for you depends on a few things, including how potent you actually want your delta-8 experience to be, and your body weight. But, overall, most people can just follow the directions on the label and know that generally speaking, they’re taking a good amount for their needs.
Another thing to consider is the “delivery method”. The delivery method of a delta-8 THC product refers to the way in which the cannabinoid(s) is/are “delivered” into the body. This can be through the lungs, like when we smoke flower or vape, through ingestion, when we take a gummy, or through the sublingual tissue, when we use a tincture. The delivery method tells us not only where the cannabinoid absorbs into the bloodstream, but how much of it absorbs. For instance, inhaling delta-8 offers the highest absorption rate, which is why the effects tend to feel potent and take effect quickly. Ingesting the cannabinoid has the lowest absorption rate, hence why the effects may feel a bit milder and take far longer to kick in.
This also mean that vaping 50 milligrams of delta-8 THC will feel a lot more potent than eating a 50mg gummy. So, what we do is adjust the amount that we consume in terms of milligram amount, to make up for this. This way, we’re always taking the right amount of delta-8 THC for a thoroughly enjoyable high, no matter how it’s being absorbed into the system.
Milligram Strength According to Delivery Method
Now that you have a better understanding in terms of how the same milligram strength can actually feel different between product types, let’s offer a general dosing guidelines per product type, keeping in mind what we now know about delivery methods and absorption rates.
#1: Vapes (Disposables and Cartridges)
All vaping products absorb in the same manner, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a cartridge or a disposable device – the general dosing guidelines are the same. A standard cartridge, no matter the type, usually contains a full gram of vape oil. This comes out to about 1000 milligrams of pure hemp in each cartridge. There are about 100 puffs in a milliliter, which comes out to about 10mg per puff, give or take depending on how you inhale. Most people find that just 1 or 2 puffs of delta-8 THC offers plenty of satisfaction, since the absorption rate is so high that the effects are very potent, and fast-acting.
Flower involves inhaling delta-8, just like vapes. But, flower is different because flower doesn’t have any sort of measured amount that we can portion out, such as a 1ml cartridge, which gives us an idea of how many milligrams we’re consuming per puff. So instead, we just consider the same dosing guidelines as we do with vapes. 1-2 puffs offers a nice, mild high for many, although you can go with a higher amount if you so choose.
Edibles absorb at a slower rate than inhalable products. Besides that, with edibles, we don’t fully absorb the product since a good amount of it goes straight to metabolization. That’s the primary reasons why, too, edibles usually come in the highest milligram strength options. This ensures that we are increasing the amount that gets fully absorbed into the system. Most delta-8 edibles contain between 25mg-50mg per piece.
We figure out the number of milligrams in a delta-8 tincture by dividing the number of milliliters in the bottle by the number of milligrams. For example, a 1000mg delta-8 THC tincture in a 30ml bottle contains about 33mg per serving. And, 20-33mg is the standard amount for a tincture, which makes sense since the absorption rate of a tincture is about right in the middle between edibles and inhalable products.
The Main Takeaway
Basically, whenever you try out a new type of delta-8 product, best to consider readjusting how much you take based on how the product absorbs into the body. This way, you’ll always know you’re absorbing enough pure delta-8 THC to get the effects that you’re looking for.At Gas, we carry a variety of delta-8 product types/delivery methods in unique milligram strengths that can meet your daily needs.