What is Delta-10 THC & Where to Buy It
Published on 11/8/21
That's right - there's another new cannabinoid on the block. Delta-10 THC may not have a big market share yet, but over the last few years we've seen several other new cannabinoids make big waves, so we wouldn't be surprised if it picks up soon. Needless to say, Delta-10 THC is worth looking at a little closer.
What are Cannabinoids
There are over 400 compounds within cannabis, and cannabinoids account for over 100 of those compounds. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds within the Cannabis Sativa plant, the most common of which are CBD and THC (cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, respectively). Other increasingly popular cannabinoids are CBG, CBN, and CBC (Cannabigerol, cannabinol, and cannabichromene, respectively). Many of these cannabinoids have been discovered for decades, but we're only just now learning more about what differentiates them from one another. Additionally, each of these cannabinoids have varietals. The most recent cannabinoid to gain rapid popularity on the market is Delta-8 THC, which differs slightly from Delta-9 THC, which is the cannabinoid that is assumed when discussing "THC."
What is Delta-10 THC?
Delta-10 THC is another variant cannabinoid that belongs to the tetrahydrocannabinol family. It is psychoactive, like the more common Delta-9 THC, but it is only present in trace amounts and is thought to provide a much less intense high. Delta-10 THC is also found in both hemp and marijuana plants, just as the other types of THC. However, because of its trace amounts, it is in the same federal category as CBD and is technically legal in every state. We do not know much about the Delta-10 cannabinoid, yet. It is fairly new to the scene and even the more prominent cannabinoids are lacking in actual science about their effects. What we can say is that, if Delta-8 is any indicator, Delta-10 THC may soon be the hot cannabinoid on the market. But, what is the difference between Delta-10 and the other types of THC?
Delta-10 vs Delta-8 vs Delta-9
The true difference between these chemical compounds is their chemical structure. Delta-10 has a bond on the tenth carbon chain while Delta-9 has the bond on its ninth and Delta-8 on its eight, hence their names. However, for our purposes, there are two defining characteristics that separate these three THC cannabinoids: the type of high and legality. Delta-9 THC is the primary type of THC you find in recreational marijuana. It offers very potent psychoactive effects and it is federally illegal (although it is medically legal in 36 states and recreationally legal for adult use in 18 states). Delta-8 THC is much rarer than Delta-9. It is psychoactive but is much less intense and generally offers a gentler, softer, more clear-headed high. It is also, because of a technicality through the 2018 Farm Bill, legal so long as it's extracted from a hemp plant (Delta-8 THC extracted from a marijuana plant is illegal). Delta-8 and Delta-10 are much more similar in many ways. Delta-10 is not nearly as intense as Delta-9, providing a cerebral head high more indicative of a sativa strain. It is also, based on that same Farm Bill technicality, legal if extracted from hemp.
What to Look for When Buying Delta-10 THC
If you're deciding which variant of THC you should try next, it really comes down to what is legal in your state and what your preferred high is. Delta-8 and Delta-10 are both, technically, federally legal, while you'll need to live in a state where marijuana is legalized to try Delta-9 THC. You might even find products that are a combination of Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC, which is supposed to provide a very low-key, enjoyable high. However, if you're looking to purchase Delta-10 THC, in any capacity, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Like Delta-8 THC, there is not a lot known about Delta-10. Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's regulated, either. When you buy Delta-10 THC, the most important thing you can do is to research the brand. Look for trusted CBD brands that have a history of quality products and customer satisfaction. Because it's not regulated, buying from an unknown company could land you with a product that isn't properly labeled or is incorrectly extracted (both of which could pose a serious threat to your health). You should also look for products that have been third-party approved, meaning an independent, unbiased company has tested the product and given a stamp of approval. Whether you're buying Delta-10 gummies, concentrates, or oils, knowing the product is third-party verified is one of the best ways you can confirm a product's legitimacy (especially when it isn't a regulated product).
Have you had the chance to give Delta-10 THC a try? Let us know what your experience was like, where you bought it, and if you think it's going to become the next big thing in cannabis. Comment below!