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April 6, 2023

How Much Delta 9 Should I Take?

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By Valerie Orta on April 6, 2023

Should you take one or two Delta 9 gummies? Or half? Here's a guide on delta-9 servings to help you dial in on the right amount of delta 9.

Key takeaways:

  • There's no one delta 9 serving that works for everyone.
  • How much delta 9 you should take depends on personal factors, including your tolerance.
  • For the best experience, start with a smaller serving (2.5mg–5mg) and work up as needed over time.
  • Most find 10mg the ideal potency, but you may want more if you've built a higher tolerance.

When it comes to enjoying the benefits of delta 9, the most crucial step is selecting a reliable, high-quality product. Just behind that is taking the right amount.

You're not alone if you're trying to determine how much delta 9 is right for you. This type of THC has been a mainstay for many years, and many fans swear by its relaxing and elevating benefits.

For most, delta 9 is one of the most potent cannabinoids available. But even adults who are new to it can dial in on the proper serving. Here's what to know about how much to take to get the effects you're looking for, especially if you're new to this compound.

What is Delta 9?

There are more than 100 cannabinoids in the hemp plant, and delta 9 is among the most well-known and sought-after. If you've heard the term "THC," you've heard of delta 9.

Delta 9 THC is one of the most abundant naturally occurring compounds found in both varieties of the cannabis plant. It's best known for its uplifting properties but is also thought to have many other wellness properties that can benefit mood, stress relief, and more.

Delta 9 interacts with your body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS comprises cannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes. Delta 9 is a partial agonist to CB1 cannabinoid receptors found in the CNS, producing those recognizable uplifting effects.

If you've experienced delta 9 already, you know. It produces other benefits, including mood enhancement, healthy appetite, and sleep support. In addition, depending on how much THC you take, it has noticeable relaxing and calming effects.

Cannabinoids like delta 9 have received a lot of press lately, and for a good reason. While humans have benefitted from the hemp plant from the beginning of civilization, only recently have we started to understand these compounds and their benefits.

Further reading: Learn how much THC is in delta 9 and how long delta 9 stays in your system.

Delta 9 Gummies with 5 mg

How Much Delta 9 Should You Take to Get the Uplifting Results?

Thanks to hemp-derived delta-9 THC, you now have easier legal access to delta-9 products. While various types of products are available, the most common are delta 9 gummies.

With each product, the secret to getting the best results and effects is knowing how much delta 9 you should take. Unfortunately, like with other cannabinoids, the dosing with delta 9 is not straightforward. But we've got you covered!

It would help to remember that several factors will influence your experience with delta 9 and impact how much delta 9 you should take for a good time. The golden rule of thumb is to start with a small serving of 2-5mg your first couple of times to see how your body responds and then gradually increase your intake until you feel the effects are right.

How Different Delta 9 Servings Will Affect You

Most people take between 5mg-30mg of delta 9 per session. Of course, the amount you take depends on various factors we will look at later on, but among them is your previous experience with delta 9. Therefore, the effects you feel will vary greatly depending on the amount of delta-9 you take.


Nearly all delta 9 products fall within this potency range. They offer 5-10mg of delta 9 THC per serving, mainly in gummies or other delta 9 edibles. You may want to begin with half a gummy if you're starting. At below 10mg, the uplifting effects will still be noticeable for beginners, but the 10mg range is where most regular users experience their ideal results.


If you're more experienced, you may want to go higher. At 20mg, you're likely to experience powerfully uplifting effects. Remember that with gummies and other edibles, effects can take up to 60 minutes to kick in. And with 20mgs of delta 9, you can expect the impact to last 3-5 hours.

50mg or higher

Newbies beware. Anything above 25mg is considered a very high serving and should only be taken by experienced delta 9 consumers. A 50mg serving is ideal for people who know what to expect and have built enough tolerance for delta 9. At 50mgs, you will feel very intense uplifting effects.

High potency Delta 9 Gummies

Factors Affecting How Much Delta 9 THC You Should Take

Several factors influence how much delta 9 you should take. Some are within your control, such as the potency of your chosen product. Others aren't. Regardless, you should consider them closely to ensure you take the right amount to prevent undesirable effects or surprises.

Your THC tolerance

All THC compounds are somewhat similar to each other. If you regularly take any THC, whether delta 9, delta 8, or delta 10, your body is more equipped to handle your THC intake because you've built up some tolerance. This will influence how you respond to delta 9.

If you've used other THC forms, you'll have an easier time getting used to delta 9 than those without. Before taking delta 9, consider your experience with all THC compounds to determine where to start.

Delivery method

While other cannabinoids come in many forms, that's not the case with delta 9. Nearly every legal delta 9 product available is an edible of some sort. This will influence how much you should take, how long it takes to feel the effects, and how long they will last.

Effects from edible methods take longer to kick in and are the longest lasting. They build up gradually over time and hit their peak at roughly the 90-minute mark. If you were to vape or smoke delta 9, the effects would take hold faster and dissipate more quickly.

That means taking 25mg of delta-9 gummies, for example, can hit you more strongly. But it also varies person-to-person, and everyone can have their own experience.

Comfort level

Some people are cautious about trying new products and cannabinoids, while others are more adventurous and want to try everything they encounter.

The best approach in both situations is to start below the standard serving. It allows you to observe the effects without worrying about the intensity. You can go as low as you want and slowly build up where you feel comfortable.

Presence of other cannabinoids

Some delta 9 products combine delta 9 with other potent cannabinoids to enhance their effects. Koi Dragon Blend Gummies, for example, blend delta 9 THC with delta 8 THC, HHC, and THC-P to deliver highly potent results for very experienced users. When purchasing delta 9 products, look to see all that's in the product.

What if You Take Too Much?

You can take comfort in knowing there's no evidence that it's possible to overdose on delta-9 THC. That said, you can set yourself up for a very uncomfortable experience.

If you overindulge in delta-9, you will likely experience undesirable side effects. For example, you may notice dry mouth and eyes and feel drowsy, anxious, or paranoid. This is also why it's essential to stay patient and wait at least 60 minutes to allow for the effects of delta-9 to kick in before taking more.

If you take too much delta-9, stay calm and know that the feelings are temporary and should last only a few hours. Drink water and try to divert your attention to an activity or something you enjoy.

Set Yourself Up for a Good Time

Delta 9 THC can deliver a delightful sense of relaxation. But you can go overboard and have an uncomfortable experience.

With delta 9 THC, no one amount works for everybody. So start small and work up to find your optimal delta 9 serving.

For more information about delta-9, visit the Koi blog or contact the Koi customer service team; we’ll be happy to help you out!

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