What is delta 10 THC?
Over the last few decades, cannabis researchers have discovered many forms of THC, known as THC isomers. The most well-known THC found in cannabis is technically called delta 9 THC. Today, there are various isomers like delta 8 THC and now delta 10 THC, or Δ10-THC. To put it simply, isomers are compounds that share an identical chemical formula but are arranged differently. This new structure usually comes with new pharmacological properties.
As we learned with delta 8 THC, this slight difference in chemical structure could translate into an entirely new experience for the user. The novelty has gotten cannabis users excited about trying these “new versions” of THC like delta 8 and delta 10. Just like a new weed strain, it offers an alternative to the same old high, and it comes with its own unique effects and benefits.
Delta 10 THC was actually discovered by accident. It was found by Fusion Farms in California when extracting THC distillate from a batch of cannabis that was contaminated with fire retardant. It formed these mysterious crystals that were originally misidentified as the cannabinoids CBC and CBL, and then properly identified as delta 10 THC, after months of research. Today, delta 10 is made using a conversion process similar to the one used for producing delta 8 concentrate. This is also the secret behind its clear appearance.
Does delta 10 THC get you high?
Yes. Since delta 10 is a form of THC, it has the potential to get you high. A delta 10 high is said to be less intense than delta 9 and delta 8. It’s also said to be more of a head buzz than a full body high. Delta 10 THC tends to have a weaker affinity for binding to the CB1 receptors, resulting in milder effects. According to some users, the effects of delta 10 are more akin to a sativa high versus an indica one, typically with less paranoia and anxiety.
Sativa strains provide effects that tend to be more uplifting and cerebral, making them better suited for daytime application. Especially compared to delta 8 gummies which tend to provide more of the sedative and couch-locking effects associated with indica strains.
Keep in mind that delta 10 THC could still potentially cause you to fail a drug test. Most testing facilities are not yet able to distinguish between various THC isomers. That means it could come up as positive for delta 9 THC. If you know you will be subjected to any kind of drug testing, you should avoid using delta 10 THC products altogether.
Where to get delta 10 THC products
The availability of delta 10 products is pretty limited at the moment. We expect this to change sometime within the next year. Currently, there are a few companies like Botany Farms and Delta Effex offering delta 10 THC oil carts, disposables and raw delta 10 distillate. The delta 10 market will likely resemble the present delta 8 THC market. This may include delta 10 tinctures, gummies and other edibles, capsules, concentrates and oil. And of course, delta-10 THC flower isn’t outside of the realm of possibility in the upcoming future. Stick with brands that you trust, preferably ones that provide comprehensive certificates of analysis for all of their products.
Here is a summary of the delta 10 THC products that are currently available:
- Oil cartridges
- Disposable vapes
- Raw distillate
And these are some potential delta 10 products we can expect to see in the future:
Is delta 10 THC legal?
Delta 10 THC is in something of a legal grey area right now. Technically it’s considered legal if it is derived from hemp. That means it must come from a cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% (delta 9) THC. But it’s not that simple. According to the DEA, “All synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain Schedule I controlled substances.”
There is a lot of contention as to whether delta 10 THC is a synthetic cannabinoid or not, based on the DEA’s ambiguous language. This could also potentially apply to delta 8 and other THC isomers. With that said, you might want to get your hands on some delta 10 THC while you can!
Benefits of delta 10 THC
Scientists have known about delta-10-THC for quite some time now. However, there really hasn’t been much lab research focused on this particular cannabinoid for a variety of reasons. Since it occurs in such negligible amounts naturally, it wasn’t even on the radar for most cannabis researchers until recently. There is a lot more work that needs to be done regarding the effects of delta 10 THC consumption, here are some reasons you might want to try it.
- Available online for purchase in most states
- Produced from plants containing less than 0.3% delta 9 THC
- Provides more of a psychoactive experience than CBD
- Offers a new experience to cannabis users from the traditional delta 9 high, especially when combined with other various cannabinoids and terpene profiles
- Invigorating sativa-like effects are desirable for daytime consumption
- Lab tested products are screened for contaminants, pesticides, residual solvents, vitamin e acetate etc. making them a safer option over THC cartridges sold on the streets.