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  • by Nicola Boulton September 05, 2022 5 min read

    What Is Delta-10 THC? What's The Difference Between D9 and D8?

    Most people are familiar with THC and its effects on the human body. However, unbeknown to many, there is another less-talked THC variant, delta 10 THC. Read the article below to learn more about delta 10 and how it differs from delta 8 and 9.

    The cannabidiol market has gained popularity since the processing and manufacturing of CBD gained traction. Different brands of cannabidiol products have ventured into isolating several strains, such as delta 10 and delta 10 THC, derivatives of THC. Most people know delta 9 THC because its use has been around since classic times. Some people are well versed with delta 8, which is akin to delta 9 but less potent. 

    Defining Delta 10 THC

    There is increased research on cannabis, which has led to the birth of some strains like THC and CBD. The most common THC on Delta 10 is sourced from the Cannabis plant, although it is not abundant in the plant, its chemical composition is enough to get you high to the same extent as delta 8. delta 10 is processed from CBD sourced from the hemp plant. Individuals who want to try out delta 10 THC should breathe easy because the plant is legal in most states around the globe. The cannabinoid delta 10 is normally available in edibles, vape carts, and gummies. In the United States, delta 10 THC can also be shipped to other states as long as it is under their federal laws.

    According to Hardy et al. (2020), the chemical composition of delta 10 may result in psychoactive effects akin to THC intake. Although marred with inconclusive research, delta 10 has been claimed to boost energy levels in the body, while delta 8 is said to have an anesthetizing effect. Delta 10 products are non-toxic, meaning that the masses can consume them. However, consumers should ensure that the products they consume are lab tested to ensure they are free from pollutants and harmful elements. It is essential to note that certified delta 10 products contain a QR code that proves the products have undergone certification.

    According to Woelfl et al. (2020), in terms of psychoactive effects, delta 10 can get you high but not to the level of a delta 8 or delta 9 product. Also, the high experience from a delta 10 product is centered in the head rather than a full-body effect. It is because delta 10 does not tightly bind to CB1 receptors, thus resulting in fewer effects in the body. It is vital to note that a high intake of delta 10 THC products can lead to a positive result in a drug test. Many testing amenities lack the technology to distinguish between different THC strains, meaning that one may test positive for another THC isomer even though they have never used it.

    Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 10

    Note that delta 10 and delta 8 network with the endocannabinoid system no differently than delta 9. The only difference is that delta 10 and delta 8 do not have the same effect on the cannabinoid receptors compared to delta 9, thus resulting in a series of frail side effects that do not last long in the system.

    • Delta 8 and Delta 10 are sourced from THC, meaning they have the same chemical structure as delta 9 THC. Below are some differences between delta 8 and delta 10 THC.
    • Delta 10 and delta 10 have the same chemical structure as delta 9. The only difference is in their molecular components.
    • Delta 10 and delta 8 have different effects on the body because they are not the same cannabinoid.
    • The carbon rings of delta 8 and delta 10 are structured differently. The 8th carbon ring of delta 8 has two bonds, while that of delta 10 has a single bond on the 10th carbon ring. The molecular structure difference makes delta THC strains have different potent levels.
    • Delta 8 and delta 10 do not produce substantial effects on the body when administered in mild doses. However, the same is not true for delta 8 because it can cause fear, anxiety, and paranoia if ingested in high doses.
    • Delta 8 may affect appetite and inflammation, which can only be administered under a prescription.
    • Organic delta 10 and delta 8 are legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. However, they may be classified under artificial controlled substances if sourced from delta 9 or CBD.

    Difference between Delta 9 and Delta 10

    According to Morgan et al. (2018), delta 10 and delta 9 are known as isomers, molecules with a similar number of atoms but a different lineup of atoms. Delta 9 THC is the most inebriating THC strain of all three. It is also the easiest to refine and is available as edibles, a flower, and an extract, which aligns with federal and state laws. Note that delta 9 in the body depends on the level of terpenes and cannabinoids it encompasses. Blest-Hopley et al. (2021) suggested that delta 9 has the sturdiest effect on movement, pleasure, and thinking.

    Different people have different experiences with delta 9 THC. While others end up with the psychoactive high, others experience intense paranoia, hunger, and anxiety. Such intense cannabis effects can cause lead persons to a state of derailed focus that may be a cause of concern, especially for people who work or are in school. Such instances may require individuals to measure the amount of cannabis they choose to intake to avoid negative outcomes with the drug.


    Delta 9, Delta 8, and Delta 10 THC have many similar characteristics but are under different classifications due to their chemical composition. The chemical composition of delta 10 may result in psychoactive effects akin to THC intake Cannabis tops the list of the plant with the highest concentration of THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. THC causes psychoactive effects, classifying it under schedule 1 drugs, akin to heroin, cocaine, and the like. Delta 10, on the other hand, is claimed to be less effective compared to delta 9 and delta 8 due to its weak affinity bonds. Delta 8 contains psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties and is sourced from CBD and delta 9 THC. Consuming delta 8 THC causes a higher level of effects compared to an intake of delta 9 THC. Learn more about Introducing 7 New Cannabinoid Formulations: Delta-10, HHC, THC-O, THCV, and More


    Blest-Hopley, G., Colizzi, M., Prata, D., Giampietro, V., Brammer, M., Mcguire, P., & Bhattacharyya, S. (2021). Epigenetic Mediation Of AKT1 Rs1130233's Effect On Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol-Induced Medial Temporal Function During Fear Processing. Brain Sciences, 11(9), 1240.

    Hardy, J., Haywood, A., Gogna, G., Martin, J., Yates, P., Greer, R., & Good, P. (2020). Oral Medicinal Cannabinoids To Relieve Symptom Burden In The Palliative Care Of Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Clinical Trial Of Efficacy And Safety Of 1: 1 Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) And Cannabidiol (CBD). Trials, 21(1), 1-8.

    Morgan, C. J., Freeman, T. P., Hindocha, C., Schafer, G., Gardner, C., & Curran, H. V. (2018). Individual And Combined Effects Of Acute Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol And Cannabidiol On Psychotomimetic Symptoms And Memory Function. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1), 1-10.

    Woelfl, T., Rohleder, C., Mueller, J. K., Lange, B., Reuter, A., Schmidt, A. M., ... & Leweke, F. M. (2020). Effects Of Cannabidiol And Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol On Emotion, Cognition, And Attention: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Experimental Trial In Healthy Volunteers. Frontiers In Psychiatry, 11, 576877.

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