Even if you spend hours scouring CBD forums every day, it’s impossible to stay on top of all the latest hemp trends. For instance, while we’re still digesting info related to delta 8, yet another THC relative has emerged: delta 10 THC!
While this cannabinoid is still relatively obscure, it has begun making the rounds on hemp social media. According to those “in the know,” delta 10 has many promising attributes, especially if you love lighting hemp early ieffecn the day. People into alternative hemp cannabinoids have to check out all delta 10 THC has to offer.
On a molecular level, delta 10 THC is strikingly similar to other THC cannabinoids. Heck, it may be difficult for the untrained eye to note the difference between delta 10 and CBD. That’s because both CBD and THC share one “mother cannabinoid:” CBG.
However, just because delta 10 is similar to many other cannabinoids doesn’t mean it’s identical. The core distinction between delta 10 and other THC molecules has to do with its double-bond. Unsurprisingly, delta 10 THC has a double-bond on its tenth carbon chain. By contrast, delta 9 has this bond on its ninth chain, and delta 8 on its eighth.
As for how delta 10 THC was first discovered, there are still many rumors floating around cyberspace. Arguably, the most famous story surrounding delta 10’s discovery has to do with CA-based Fusion Farms. Allegedly, cultivators working for this company first noticed delta 10 in a batch of marijuana exposed to fire retardant. However, a few older studies suggest scientists were aware of delta 10 in the late 20th century.
Like delta 8, delta 10 THC is incredibly scarce in most cannabis strains. Hence, most of today’s delta 10 THC products are made by altering the structure of CBD isolate. While cultivators may discover how to grow delta 10 strains in the future, it’s unlikely this will occur for at least a few years.
At this point, we have zero scientific evidence examining delta 10’s effects on humans. However, anecdotal reports suggest delta 10 THC leans towards the sativa side of the spectrum. While delta 8 is often associated with deep relaxation, delta 10 seems to produce “enlivening” effects like euphoria and a head-rush buzz.
It’s important to note that delta 10 THC has psychoactive properties. Most scientists believe delta 10 interacts directly with the ECS, just like delta 9 or delta 8. However, people who use delta 10 THC often claim it’s nowhere near as intense as delta 9.
Again, we can’t say anything definitive about delta 10 THC’s effects. All that we “know” is that most customers who try delta 10 report energizing effects.
Often, when people see the acronym “THC” they immediately think “illegal.” However, if you read the 2018 US Farm Bill, you’ll notice that the federal government specifically banned delta 9 THC. Alternative cannabinoids like delta 8 or delta 10 are technically legal, provided they meet the rules laid out in this bill.
Most significantly, companies must use hemp plants or hemp cannabinoids to produce delta 10 THC. Also, delta 10 products should never have above 0.3 percent delta 9 THC.
To abide by these stringent requirements, most delta 10 manufacturers use hemp-derived CBD. Not only is this cannabinoid legal, it’s abundant and easy to manipulate.
If you’ve got questions about a company’s delta 10 products, be sure to scan their latest third-party lab results. These tests should confirm your extracts, edibles, or topicals meet the federal guidelines for delta 9 THC content. You should also research local bans on delta 8 or delta 10 THC, especially if you live somewhere with restrictive cannabis policies.
Chemically speaking, there’s minimal difference between delta 8 and delta 10 THC. Both of these cannabinoids are psychoactive, and both make up ≤ 1 percent of total cannabinoids in most cannabis strains.
While these cannabinoids have more similarities than differences, customers often claim they offer unique experiences. Indeed, many users say delta 8 has “indica chill” effects, while delta 10 feels like a stimulating sativa. There are even a few tokers who have begun mixing delta 8 with delta 10 to produce a more “balanced” experience.
The truth is that everyone absorbs cannabinoids at different rates. How delta 10 affects you will probably differ from a friend or family member. When experimenting with cannabinoids like delta 8 or delta 10, it’s best to start with the lowest possible dose and track how it affects you.
Compared with CBD or delta 8, the delta 10 market is limited. However, as more people become aware of delta 10’s unique attributes, it’s likely to expand just like delta 8 THC. Therefore, it’s safe to assume customers will soon find delta 10 in everything from edibles and vape carts to tinctures and concentrates.
Companies like IHF have already begun experimenting with fortified delta 10 hemp flowers. Since delta 10 has to be created in a lab setting, there’s no way to grow strains that naturally express this cannabinoid. However, it’s possible to spray delta 10 distillate over CBD-rich nugs—just like IHF already does with our fortified delta 8 flowers.
Fans of delta 10 THC should keep their eyes peeled for new product releases. As long as knowledge of delta 10 grows, it’s likely people will see a ton of new products hitting hemp stores.
If anecdotal reports could be trusted, delta 10 isn’t an excellent bedtime cannabinoid. Since delta 10 is often associated with stimulating effects, it’s far better to take early in the day.
However, please don’t take delta 10 on a workday or before driving your car. Although delta 10 may be stimulating, it has psychoactive properties. Therefore, it may impede your coordination, concentration, or productivity. Please reserve delta 10 THC for days when you could relax at home for hours.
Today’s drug tests aren’t all that sophisticated. Chances are, if you have something that looks close enough to THC in your bloodstream, it will register as positive. Unfortunately, since delta 10 and delta 8 look like delta 9, they can tarnish your drug screening.
If you know there’s a big drug test scheduled at your office, you should lay off THC-related cannabinoids and full-spectrum hemp products for at least one week. The only hemp-related products that are “safe” to take include broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.
Due to its novelty, delta 10 THC is best-suited for adventurous hemp fans who want something more potent than CBD. Since there’s so little science on delta 10’s effects, consumers should feel comfortable experiencing the “unknown.” Ideal customers should also prepare themselves for head-rush, sativa-like effects.
If you’re more interested in relaxing, body-heavy effects, then we encourage you to check out IHF’s delta 8 THC portfolio.
As of today, delta 10 THC is difficult to find in brick-and-mortar stores. However, as word spreads of delta 10’s abilities, it should soon become easier to find in reputable vape shops and CBD wellness stores. Delta 10 THC products are also trickling into hemp-focused websites like IHF.
If you’re interested in this novel cannabinoid, please be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the latest IHF releases. You could also subscribe to IHF’s newsletter for in-the-know info on our hot product launches.