Edible forms of cannabis have become more popular than ever as enthusiasts look for new ways to enjoy their favorite plant. If you’re new to the edible marijuana landscape, it’s easy to overdo it when you’re trying to find the perfect dose to help you relax, fall asleep or experience chronic pain relief. In this guide, we’ll help you make sense of dosing for CBD, Delta 8, Delta 9 and Delta 10 edibles.
CBD is a popular cannabis option for people who want relief from conditions such as anxiety or chronic pain but without the intoxication that comes from THC.
The recommended starting dose for new CBD users is about 25 milligrams. For example, if you have a bag of 10 milligrams CBD gummies, start by eating 2.5 and see how you feel.
People dealing with chronic pain and other severe health conditions may need much larger doses for relief.
Dosing for Delta 8
Delta 8, a form of THC, is another compound present in the cannabis plant. Unlike CBD, Delta 8 provides mildly intoxicating effects such as slight euphoria and altered senses. Scientists estimate that it produces about 70% of the impact of Delta 9 THC, the chemical commonly associated with the “high” that comes from cannabis.
Most people describe the feeling produced by Delta 8 as a “body high” that creates deep relaxation and relief from physical pain. Taking too much Delta 8 can cause minor side effects like confusion and dizziness, so start slow. If you have limited cannabis experience and low tolerance, aim for a first serving of 5 to 15 milligrams. If you use cannabis once in a while and have an average tolerance level, 15 to 45 milligrams is an appropriate dose. Daily, high-tolerance users may take from 45 to 150 milligrams per serving without unwanted side effects.
Delta 9 Dosing Advice
Delta 9 is the most well-known psychoactive compound in cannabis, often called simply THC. Because it has significantly stronger effects than CBD and Delta 8, consider taking a microdose for your first time. About 1 to 2.5 milligrams can relieve pain and anxiety without dramatically affecting your cognition.
For a mild high, try a low dose of about 2.5 to 5 milligrams. This amount can relieve anxiety, nausea and pain, and you may feel slightly intoxicated. Some people find a low dose of Delta 9 helps with sleep.
Most people feel a substantial high after consuming a moderate dose of Delta 9, or about 10 to 15 milligrams. This amount can also help you manage chronic pain and insomnia.
For severe pain, chronic illness or prolonged insomnia, you may need a high dose of 20 to 30 milligrams of Delta 9. This amount significantly impairs perception and coordination, so it’s important to know what to expect before you ingest.
An acute dose of Delta 9 is 50 to 100 mg. It’s an effective way to treat intense chronic pain, side effects associated with cancer treatment and progressive illnesses such as multiple sclerosis.
Dosing Notes for Delta 10
Delta 10 is another type of cannabinoid, but it’s more similar to Delta 8 than Delta 9 in the level of high that it produces. However, it’s difficult to manufacture Delta 10 so it’s not as widespread as its chemical counterparts. You might see it mixed with Delta 8 in some formulas, for example.
While Delta 8 has an indica-like “couch lock” effect that makes users feel sleepy and relaxed, Delta 10 acts more like a sativa. Many fans of this type of edible report that it makes them feel creative, talkative and energized. If you find pure Delta 10 products, you can follow the same dosage advice as for Delta 8. Start with about 25 milligrams and increase as needed.
General Dosing Considerations
Start slow when trying a new type of edible. You can increase the dose as needed until you reach the desired effect. Wait at least 45 to 60 minutes before you have another edible to give the initial dose time to take effect.
Many factors influence the effects of these substances. Your ideal dosage will vary based on your metabolism, your body weight, your tolerance level and the specific type of edible and formula.
Stick to products that come from licensed dispensaries. These items have clear labels indicating the amounts of CBD, Delta 8, Delta 9 and Delta 10.
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