You should always ask yourself if your body is ready to start anything new, let alone a new strain of cannabis. Delta 8 is a form of cannabis that is purportedly weaker than alternatives and thus better suited to those at the start of their journey.
Nonetheless, there are some things that you should take into account beforehand. This post will cover some tips that you can use to make your delta 8 experience even better and enable you to enjoy all of the benefits with little to no downside.
What Is Delta 8 THC?
The psychoactive compound in marijuana is THC, responsible for many of the side effects associated with cannabis consumption. One of the problems with THC is that it can cause paranoia and anxiety in some people.
The dosage and frequency of THC use should be increased gradually, so it is recommended to start with small doses. Most of the adverse effects that some experience is found in the more potent delta 9 strains, which is why delta 8 products can be helpful for those starting out. Delta 8 extracts tend to contain lower amounts of THC while still providing a high. Moreover, the delta 9 variants are still (unfortunately) considered illegal in many states.
In fact, delta 8 items are legal throughout the USA, apart from some states which impose restrictions locally. Those states include:
- Rhode Island
What Can You Do To Prepare For Delta 8 Consumption?
Although delta 8 is in some ways a “milder” version of the more common delta 9 variant, it can still pack a punch, especially to those who have never taken anything before in their lives. Make no mistake, you will have a great time, but it is still worth understanding more about how you can consume it, what to expect and how to prepare for your first trip.
Think About How You Will Consume It
Like regular THC, there are many ways to consume delta 8, including the usual and arguably most common method of inhalation.
Inhalation Via Smoke
You can consume delta 8 just as you might any other form of cannabis, i.e., by making a joint and smoking it. Smoking provides a rapid onset and short to medium length experience, with it taping off after a while (unless you keep smoking). This is arguably the most common method of consumption, but some people avoid it because they don’t enjoy the experience of inhaling smoke into their lungs.
Inhalation Via Vape
VAping is perhaps the second most common technique to consume delta 8 (or any variation for that matter). It involves heating some delta8-infused oil and inhaling the vapor. This is preferred over smoking as it creates less irritation and is less conspicuous than smoking.
Edibles are the best choice for those who don’t want to draw attention to themselves but want to have fun. The most popular edible is usually gummies, but edibles come in all shapes and sizes and are anything you can eat and can be infused with THC.
Oil provides you with the most flexibility in terms of consumption, as you can add it to almost anything or simply drop it directly into your mouth. If you get delta 8 THC in oil form, you should be extremely careful with the dosage. Nonetheless, some people add it to coffee, smoothies, and even baked goods.
Be Aware Of How Much You Should Take
As with anything in life, moderation is the key to success. When it comes to delta 8 THC, you have more leeway regarding the amount, but you should still be aware of how much you use. If you purchase from a reputable company, the packaging should contain information about dosage and how to take it. However, if you decide to smoke it directly, you might simply have to experiment to see what amount works best for you.
Have People Who You Can Trust Around You
Although having a bad experience with any form of THC isn’t as terrifying as a bad acid trip, it can still mess some people up. Therefore, it is prudent to create a safe space before you begin with friends you trust and who can comfort you if you end up in a bad space. However, you shouldn’t let this put you off, as most people have a great time.
Keep An Open Mind
Following on slightly from the previous point, you should keep an open mind and prepare yourself that you might not enjoy it. This is perfectly OK as everyone is different; however, how you handle yourself can make the difference.
If you are open and understand that all things come to an end, you can remain calm throughout. Conversely, when you have fun, a positive attitude will allow you to ride out that experience for longer and have more fun.
There are a few things that you can do to prepare yourself for a brilliant delta 8 experience, not least of which is choosing the right product for your circumstances. Most reputable vendors will have a range of options for you to choose from and should provide lots of advice on what is best for you.