Delta 8 for the First Time

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
March 10, 2021
delta 8 cannabis bud
delta 8 cannabis bud

By now, most CBD enthusiasts have noticed the emerging delta-8 trends that are hitting the market, with clear signs that it is not going anywhere as it offers effects quite unique from those of other cannabinoids that we are more familiar with, cannabidiol included. Delta-8 is a mildly psychoactive compound, and it is federally legal, is derived from the hemp plant, and not containing any delta-9 THC

Now, delta-8 has a lot to offer, and its properties may be particularly useful to the human body thanks to the way in which cannabinoids work with the endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis. But, because its effects are quite different from CBD, it is important to know what to do during your delta 8 first time.

We will walk you through some of the basics of delta-8 for first-time users.

What are the Best Delivery Methods for Trying Delta 8 for First-Time Users?

These are the most common methods for internal or external use.


Vaping is the most popular method of all, and it involves inhaling delta-8 into your lungs using a vaping device. There are different vaping systems to choose from:

  • Disposable Devices. Come preassembled without requiring any maintenance.
  • Pre-Filled Cartridges. Most popular as it comes in a wide array of strains and strengths and is compatible with any regular vaping pens.
  • Bottled Delta-8 E-Liquid. Poured manually into a standard and compatible vaping device that has a refillable tank or cartridge. 

Vaping works the fastest due to the high absorbency rate of the lungs, and it provides quite potent effects. You will likely feel the delta-8 peaks within minutes and wear off after 30 to 60 minutes. For first-timers, one to three puffs are good for a delta 8 first-time dose.


Edibles are food items infused with the delta-8 extract. The most popular type of edible is gummy candy, which you can find easily on the delta-8 market. Gummies and all edibles are unique in that they take up to 2 hours to become effective but last for several hours in the body. They also tend to offer more widespread yet subtle effects throughout. 

Edibles come in many flavors and milligram strengths, and beginners should go for lower strength and stick to the recommended dose that is on the bottle’s label. Most find that one dose of edibles is enough for daily use. Also, it would be helpful to check if it is ok, to use delta 8 thc for people with high blood pressure.


They consist of delta-8 extract that’s been diluted in some type of carrier oil. The formula comes in a dropper bottle, and a full dropper counts as a single dose, typically containing 1 milliliter of liquid. Like the other delivery methods listed above, tinctures come in many strengths as well as flavors. Some delta-8 tinctures contain additional hemp compounds like CBD, CBN, and terpenes.

Taking a tincture is quite simple.

  • Fill the dropper with the product.
  • Pour it under your tongue.
  • Then, hold it there for a minute before swallowing. 

The tincture should take effect anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes and stay active throughout the body for up to 3 or 4 hours.


Delta-8 topicals are not as widely available as the other delivery methods just yet, but we expect them to become very popular in the future as delta-8 is being shown to offer transdermal effects just like CBD when it comes to it anti-inflammatory activity. Topicals are unlikely to produce a psychoactive response as the cannabinoid stays put in the area of application, quickly binding to cannabinoid receptors in the localized area throughout the skin, muscle, and joint tissue.

Topicals tend to work within minutes and may remain active for up to several hours at a time. You can be more lenient with your dosing as the effects don’t really impact your state of mind.


Finally, we have delta-8 capsules, which are capsules that contain delta-8 extracts. They are easy to take as they are simply swallowed down, just like any type of tablet that you take daily. They can have various strengths of delta-8 and work in a similar manner to edibles, taking 60 to 120 minutes to reach peak levels in the body but staying active for several hours at a time.

Delta 8 Comes in Many Delivery Methods 

However, starting a new delta-8 routine does not have to be intimidating, even if you are completely unfamiliar with the effects of THC in general. The key is choosing the delivery method that suits your preferences, so be sure to explore the various formulas that are available to find one that suits your specific goals. From there, simply start slowly and get a feel for how it affects you. Then, build on your routine until you find that sweet spot.

How does Delta 8 Make Users Feel?

Know what to expect with delta-8 in order to monitor your experience and decide if it agrees with you. Delta-8 is psychoactive, but in a milder manner than delta-9. You may feel a little bit sleepy, but you will also likely notice effects on your mood and a relaxing sensation throughout your body. You may also experience dry mouth and dry eyes. If you have any unusual symptoms, you should contact a medical professional. A tip for taking delta-8 for first-time users is to start slow and track your responses.

Use Authentic Delta 8 Products

First, you need to make sure that delta-8 is legal before you try it. While the cannabinoid is federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, a few states have outlawed it entirely. We never condone breaking the law, so you must be sure that you are allowed to use it in the state in which you live. 

Also, it must be noted that, as of now, it is believed that delta-8 could register as standard THC on a typical urine test that is issued by employers. This means that if you are regularly tested for your job, taking delta-8 could register a positive that could lead to consequences at work.

Before starting a routine for wellness purposes, it is always important to talk to your doctor. Make sure they are aware of the medications that you are taking, as it is possible that some medications may interact with delta-8 THC.

The key to taking delta-8 for the first time is starting slow. This means that we do not recommend stocking up on tons of delta-8 THC products until you are comfortable with how it feels in the body and used to incorporating it into your daily routine.

It is absolutely crucial that you find a good company to buy your delta-8 from. Look for a company that has a good reputation throughout the hemp industry and offers third-party lab reports on their website that verify the legitimacy and purity of the delta-8 that they use in their formulas. Low-quality delta-8 does exist, and at best, it is not potent enough to produce desirable results. At worst, it could contain ingredients that are harmful. 

How Much Delta 8 to Take the First Time?

Delta-8 products come in a wide range of milligram strengths. Because delta-8 is a psychoactive compound, unlike CBD, the strength also determines how “high” you will feel after taking it. 

So, how much delta 8 to take the first time? Keep this in mind when choosing the strength, especially if you are someone who is sensitive to the effects of THC overall. Starting out with too high of strength could mean that even a low dose could make you feel groggy in a way that is not desirable. The large majority of delta-8 users report that their THC tolerance increases with time.

Taking Your Dose at the Right Time

If you are taking delta-8 for a specific purpose, such as calming down in the middle of a stressful workday or using it for sleep, make sure that you time your dose accordingly. Again, timing your dose with delta-8 is similar to that with CBD, as it is all about the delivery method that you have selected, which determines how long it will take for the effects to peak.

Testing the Waters

Because of delta 8’s psychoactive nature, you may want to “test the waters” by going with half of the standard recommended dose on the packaging. This allows you to get an idea of what delta-8 THC feels like in the body before committing to a full dose.

Waiting it Out

After taking your very first dose of delta-8, you may be eager to see just how effective it is by taking more shortly after. We do recommend that you wait things out and allow the first dosage to peak before deciding whether or not you want more. For instance, the recommended dosage for a vape cartridge is one to three puffs. Rather than going back for more puffs after a couple of minutes, wait a good half hour until the delta-8 has peaked to consider taking more.