Delta-9 THC is the cannabinoid we all know and love – it’s the main compound in cannabis strains that gets people high, and has been for thousands of years. You may have heard of Delta-8, which has been gaining popularity in the last year or so, a cannabinoid similar to Delta-9 but less potent.
To further confuse things, a cannabinoid called Delta-10 is becoming increasingly popular. It’s really hard to keep up with the weed trends.
So let’s see what the big deal about Delta-10, whether it can get you high, how it compares to other cannabinoids, and how to get it.
What is Delta-10?
Delta-10 is a cannabinoid found in traces in the cannabis plant. Like regular THC – Delta-9 – it can get you high, but it’s less potent than Delta-9. This makes it similar to Delta-8, another cannabinoid that is less potent than regular THC.
According to Roger Brown, President and CEO of ACS Laboratory, a laboratory that tests hemp-derived products from 48 states, “Delta-8 was very popular and really caught on, and now Delta-10 has caught on, and so do we see it in a significant number of products that are tested. “
Delta-10 is commonly processed from hemp-derived CBD, as is Delta-8. Since hemp is legal across the United States (more on this below), Delta-10 is legal in all 50 states. As with Delta-8, however, certain states have banned Delta-10 on their own initiative.
The cannabinoid is usually available in vape carts, gummy bears, or other edibles and can be shipped to certain states.
What is the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-10?
To make both versions of THC, CBD oil is first extracted from legally grown hemp. The resulting oil is processed into either Delta-10 THC or Delta-8 THC. Different chemicals and reactions are used to create the different deltas.
Delta-10 THC is not easy to make. It needs to be refined extensively so you usually don’t see it in abundance. “If you see a product out there that says 99% Delta-10, I don’t believe it,” said Brown. Because it is so difficult to make, many products combine Delta-10 with Delta-8.
Is Delta-10 Safe To Consume?
Delta-10 is safe to consume, however, Brown stressed the importance of consuming only Delta products that have been laboratory tested in an accredited laboratory to ensure that they have been stripped of all chemicals as chemicals are used in the extraction process become pollutants and are safe for consumption.
Legitimate Delta-10 products, such as those tested by ACS Laboratory and other licensed laboratories, have a QR code that shows consumers proof of test certification.
What are the effects of Delta-10?
Delta-10 can get you high, even though it’s much less potent than regular Delta-9 THC. It is anecdotally reported that Delta-10 has energizing effects, while Delta-8 has a more sedative effect. Delta-10 is often compared to strains like Sour Diesel, Pineapple Express, or Super Lemon Haze, while Delta-8 is compared to strains like OG Kush, Wedding Cake, and Purple Punch.
“To put it in perspective,” Brown said, “Delta-8 is more like an indica and Delta-10 is more like a sativa. They have two very different vibes. For example, people who want to use a sleep aid have used Delta-8, [whereas] delta-10 gives you more creativity or perspective. “
It is important to note that these effects are not based on any scientific study; more research is needed on these connections. In addition, each person has a unique body chemistry and compounds affect people differently.
Meet THC-O, a hemp-derived compound that is three times stronger than THC
Is Delta-10 Legal?
Currently, Delta-10 products are federally legal as they are made from hemp, which was legalized in the United States when Congress passed the Agriculture Act in 2018. This is what makes Delta-10 so attractive – consumers who live in states where cannabis is illegal can buy Delta-10 because it is technically made from hemp rather than cannabis. (Hemp is legally defined as a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% delta-9-THC.) Although delta-10 is less potent than normal delta-9-THC, humans can still legally get high from it.
As with Delta-8, however, some states have taken it upon themselves to ban Delta-10. Additionally, some Delta-10 manufacturers do not ship to certain states if the laws of that state are unclear.
This leaves the legal landscape for cannabinoids messy. THC (Delta-9) is legal for recreational use in some states and medically legal in others. Delta-10 and Delta-8 are illegal in certain states, but some of those states have legal recreational or medicinal weed.
Be sure to check out a specific manufacturer’s website to see where they ship to, but by and large, if you live in these states, you are can not get delta-10:
Whether Delta-10 or Delta-8 will be banned in more states is still open, but if that happens, producers could move on to another new cannabinoid to bypass the law – maybe THC-O, maybe something else.
“If delta-8 is banned in states, they’ll be looking for the closest delta,” Brown said. “They’ll just try to find a way.”
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Pat Goggins is an editor at Leafly, specializing in growing cannabis after working for a commercial breeder in Oregon for two years. Unless you’re correcting typos, you can likely find it on a boat or in the mountains.
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