New to Trying Delta 8 (Delta-8 THC)? 3 Ways to Ensure a Great First Experience

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Learn more about delta 8 for beginners, delta-8 THC dosing, and Delta 8 vaping, edibles and tinctures. 

With delta 8 THC growing in popularity more and more each day, curiosity in new and seasoned cannabis users is at an all time high. At Modern Apotheca, we here a lot of great questions from users trying delta-8 for the first time: “How much do I take?”, “Should I vape or try an edible?”, “how does delta-8 compare to the real stuff?”. 

The short answer is, it depends! Just like any other cannabis product, everyone processes and responds to delta-8 a little differently. But, there are some basic guidelines to follow to help make your first delta-8 experience a positive one. 

Go Low and Slow: Delta-8 THC may intoxicating.

A common issue we see from new users is taking too much delta-8 at once. Whether you take too much of an edible or take one too many hits off your vape pen, too much delta-8 can create a negative experience for some users. Heightened anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and feelings of overwhelm are all common side effects. Users tend to report the same side effects from too much delta-9 THC (the real stuff) too. 

To avoid these potential negative side effects, start slow and listen to your body. If you’re smoking flower or using a vape, take a couple of puffs and wait 5-10 minutes. Check in with your body and make sure you feel okay before inhaling more. When using tincture or edibles, the golden rule is to always start with half of what you think you need. Wait at least an hour before taking more. We’ve also found that having food in your system produces the best results. 

Product Variety: Delta 8 effects vary by product type.

The best way to see if delta-8 THC is right for you is to try a variety of products. Vaping and smoking delta-8 provides a much different experience than taking an edible or using tincture. For a more mild experience, we recommend starting with a vape pen or cartridge. Inhaling delta-8 provides an instant onset of effects and allows for more control in your experience. 

For a more potent experience, edibles and tincture are the way to go. Luckily, there are tons of different edibles and tinctures to try. Whether you like gummies, chocolates, baked goods or beverages, we encourage you to try a little bit of everything to fully understand how delta-8 works for you. 

High Quality Products: Not all Delta 8 products are the same.

Another beginner mistake we see from new users is sourcing lower quality delta-8 products. These are typically sold at vape shops or even gas stations. While the prices might be cheaper, the quality is usually questionable. Due to the lack of regulation for delta-8 products, there is a wide spectrum of quality. If you want to try delta-8 THC, we recommend sourcing your products from a reputable dispensary or brand. 

At Modern Apotheca, we ensure every brand we work with provides 3rd party lab testing and only uses high quality distillate. We can also answer any and all questions you have about delta-8, dosing, specific products and more. 

If you’re ready to try delta 8 THC and have any questions or concerns, stop by our Raleigh store for an in-person consultation. You can also order online for free same-day delivery, in-store pickup, or curbside pickup.

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