The body can quickly build up tolerance to Delta 8 THC. After about 3 to 4 weeks of consistent use, your dosage may need to increase by nearly double to experience the same effects. This could lead to an addiction. Luckily, tolerance to Delta 8 can be reversed, as fast as it develops. It is recommended that you take periodic breaks to decrease the chances of developing an addiction. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about addiction to Delta 8 THC.
What is Delta 8 THC?
With similar properties to Delta 9 THC (the analog responsible for the “high” of marijuana), Delta 8 has a more relaxing focus. Delta 8 provides users with a feeling of calmness and relaxation, as opposed to anxiousness and paranoia.
What Causes Addiction?
Addiction is complicated. People can be addicted to substances like cocaine or heroin, or activities like sex or gambling. Most often, these addictions are trying to solve a “problem” for the user. Most often from feelings of inadequacy, depression, or pain. No matter the substance or activity, you can become addicted to it if it releases you from an uncomfortable reality or gives you temporary feelings of adequacy. This feeling of release can become addictive, but over time, your body will adapt and resist effects. Thus, requiring larger doses to get the same effect.
Is Delta 8 THC Addictive?
If abused, yes, Delta 8 THC can become addictive. It gives users a chance to temporarily escape reality and its calming effects can help you focus on things in their life that make them feel stressed, anxious, or depressed. It is best to remember why you are using Delta 8 THC. Because, if you are using it to escape reality, and start relying on it to provide relief multiple times a day, there’s a good chance you can become addicted. Because addiction often stems from deeply rooted and complex personal issues, it is best to focus on what is causing these issues rather than relying on a substance to solve it for you.
How Fast Does Tolerance Form and Can it Cause Withdrawal?
For Delta 8 THC, tolerance can form rather quickly. After about 2 weeks of daily use, you may notice that you need to take about 25-50% higher doses to feel the same effects. As opposed to alcohol or other substance withdrawals, the symptoms of Delta 8 withdrawal are mild in comparison. They can usually include feelings of lethargy, headaches, or nausea and can last about 3-4 days.
What are the Signs of Addiction, and Can it be Prevented?
Some warning signs of Delta 8 THC addiction include:
- Using delta 8 THC daily or multiple times per day
- Continued use despite persistent negative side effects (such as coughing, lethargy, or nausea)
- Spending all available resources on delta 8 THC
- Closing off from friends and family
- Negating daily responsibilities like cleaning, cooking, or work
The number one way to prevent addiction is to ask yourself why you’re using it. If using it now and then to relax, you probably won’t become addicted. But, if the thought of not using even though it is having a negative impact on your health and relationships, you may be headed towards addiction. It is recommended you take “tolerance breaks” also known as “T-Breaks”, scheduled breaks about every 2-3 weeks, that will help the body reverse any tolerance formed to the substance.