All About Delta-10 THC: A Guide to the Newest Cannabinoid

Delta-9 THC is the most well-known — and well-loved — cannabinoid within the cannabis community, having been used by people for centuries. More recently, those who enjoy both hemp and cannabis have discovered Delta-8 THC, a derivative of Delta-9 that offers users a completely legal psychotropic high — the first of its kind in the plant’s history. But recently, another type of cannabinoid has made its way into the lexicon. It’s something that has captured the imagination of both users and the research community.

This latest cannabinoid is called Delta-10 THC.

Delta-10 THC is a newly discovered, mysterious compound that was, ironically enough, discovered by accident, as are the best things in life. As many different researchers describe it, Delta-10 is an isomer, and it’s one that has a rare chemical structure. What that means is it’s unique in its design and well worth studying.

Like its brethren Delta’s 8 and 9, Delta-10 does cause a psychotropic high. However, unlike the other, more popular “buzzworthy” cannabinoids, Delta-10’s high is much less potent. It’s been said to be a subtle high, but one that is still very much enjoyable to users. The truth is, there’s no too much information available on the effects of Delta-10, owing to the fact that it’s such a new cannabinoid.

There are four significant cannabinoids out of almost 100 found in hemp and cannabis plants, and Delta-10 doesn’t crack the top 10. The most popular compounds include THC, CBD, cannabinol, and Delta-8. Delta-10 is a very minor cannabinoid, but researchers are learning more about it every day.

The product has made its way into the consumer market in some places, though it is yet to be available in the myriad of products in which something like CBD or THC can be purchased. So users would have difficulty finding edibles, oils, creams, and more. That’s not to say they won’t be available at some point, but the market for Delta-10 is so young that consumers haven’t asked for these products to be made available.

Still, Delta-10 is an interesting character and well worth learning more about. Let’s look at the newest entry into the psychotropic library and see what it is all about.

The Mysterious Beginnings of Delta-10 THC

Delta-10 THC has an exciting and, some say, bizarre history. As mentioned earlier, the compound to being purely by accident when one company based in California was looking to produce various types of Delta-9 based concentrates and oils. Since the West Coast is home to many natural disasters such as California wildfires, cannabis crops are often put in precarious positions.

As the story goes, this one cannabis company purchased some cannabis biomass that had accidentally been contaminated with a type of fire retardant.

So what does that have to do with Delta-10? The biomass was processed, and in turn, formed some strange crystals which looked unlike anything seen before in the cannabis community. Researchers did some tests, at first thinking they had some CBC on their hands. But that turned out to be untrue. The truth is everyone was stumped as to what had formed.

It turns out that this cannabis company had made a groundbreaking discovery. Because of the fire retardant, a new cannabinoid was formed — Delta-10 THC. Today, companies produce the compound in cleaner and greener ways, using food-grade additives as a catalyst instead of fire retardant. But the result is still the same—a new cannabinoid with a psychotropic high.

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Delta-10 THC has an exciting and, some say, bizarre history. As mentioned earlier, the compound to being purely by accident when one company based in California was looking to produce various types of Delta-9 based concentrates and oils.

An Overview of Delta-10

Like Delta-8 and Delta-9, Delta-10 can be produced from both hemp and cannabis plants. And while it’s not extremely popular on the consumer market as of yet, there are plenty of companies out there that are producing this product, as well as a few who will white label it for any enterprising companies as well. In fact, Delta-10 distillate is one of the most popular forms of this compound now available on the market.

That being said, the possibilities for Delta-10 are limitless. Like most other cannabinoids, it can be extracted into:

  • Delta-10 Gummies
  • Delta10 Vapes
  • Delta-10 Oils
  • Delta-10 Capsules
  • Delta-10 Syringes
  • and more!

Like Delta-8, Delta-10 is legal under the right circumstances. It falls into a gray area of the law, but only if you don’t understand said law. Here’s a primer:

  • Wherever cannabis is legal, Delta-10 THC from cannabis is legal.
  • At the federal level, Delta-10 THC from cannabis is illegal.
  • When extracted from hemp, Delta-10 THC with less than 0.3 percent THC is legal.

It should be noted that Delta-10 is found in extremely small quantities in the hemp plant. However, researchers are looking into new ways to extract this compound and find more of it every day.

What We Know About Delta-10

What we know about Delta-10 isn’t much at this stage, but we’re learning more every day. In fact, when it was first discovered, most researchers didn’t even know what it was. “Prior to this NMR data, a lot of people had been seeing this mystery compound show up as a minor component on their distillate COAs, but they thought it was CBC,” one researcher was quoted as saying. But once they did discover what it was, the excitement in the cannabis community grew. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Delta-10 requires some type of catalyst for extraction
  • Delta-10 is psychotropic
  • However, Delta-10 is much more subtle than Delta-9
  • Delta-10 can be extracted in its natural state but would require lots of plant material

About Delta-10’s Psychotropic High

Like many other cannabinoids, Delta-10 can be extracted from both cannabis and hemp, putting it on the same level as CBD, THC, and Delta-8. However, while we’re just learning about the benefits of this compound, right now, most people are trying it out for its buzz. Delta-10’s buzz or psychotropic high is similar to that of THC. However, as many user stories show, it is much less potent. It falls even lower on the scale than Delta-8.

Still, it’s very similar, but not the same as Delta-9 THC.

Because of the high, there are a few things users should know before consuming this product:

  • You should always speak with your doctor first
  • Never use it if you have any diagnosed or undiagnosed health conditions or think you might be pregnant.
  • Delta-10 is only for users above the age of 21 years
  • Delta-10 THC may affect users with high blood pressure and, therefore, should be avoided if you suffer from this condition.

That being said, like all cannabinoids, Delta-10 is a safe and effective product with no known side effects and no documented history of adverse effects in anyone.

Delta-10 and the Endocannabinoid System

Not much is known about how Delta-10 interacts with the endocannabinoid system, but right now, the working theory is that it does so in s similar fashion to Deltas 8 and 9. Like those two other compounds, Delta-10 offers users a psychotropic high, though one that is much more subtle and much less potent.

Like its cousins, Delta-10 binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors. However, researchers are, at this time, unaware if it does so in the exact same way. User reports, at least the few that are available on the internet, show that Delta-8 offers a smooth high with less anxiety than THC.

As with any other cannabinoid, major or minor, Delta-10 can help to promote the entourage effect when combined with other compounds, including terpenes and flavonoids. Delta-10 is said by some to give off a full-body high, one that leaves users feeling calm and relaxed.

Comparing Delta-10 to Other Cannabinoids

Because scientists still don’t know too much about Delta-10, it can be challenging to compare it to other cannabinoids. However, some useful information is available based on the little research out there, along with some user accounts, which help to put together a fuller picture of this new and very much novel cannabinoid. In some instances, it’s easy to differentiate between Delta-10 and other cannabinoids, and in others, the comparisons are a bit more complicated.

How Delta-10 Compares to THC

Delta-10 and Delta-9 THC are probably the two most similar cannabinoids, as each one is primarily known for its psychotropic high. However, Delta-9, or simply THC, is known by users for its strong buzz, while Delta-10 is much more subtle and less potent. While there have been few reports of side effects with Delta-109, there have been many with THC, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Red Eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coordination problems
  • Memory loss
  • Slower reaction times

Delta-9 THC also has a long history of being used in medical situations. Many states have approved the use of THC as a medical product, some for targeted uses and others as a blanket product. On the other hand, Delta-10 has, as of yet, no known medical uses.

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Delta-9 THC also has a long history of being used in medical situations. Many states have approved the use of THC as a medical product, some for targeted uses and others as a blanket product. On the other hand, Delta-10 has, as of yet, no known medical uses.

How Delta-10 Compares to CBG

Cannabigerol or CBG is a relatively new cannabinoid, just like Delta-10. And just like Delta-10, it’s a minor cannabinoid that’s gaining in popularity. Most users have found that CBG is best used as a whole flower product.

CBG is known to work with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Unlike Delta-10 (or any of the Deltas), it doesn’t cause a psychotropic high. Cannabigerol is a parent compound of CBD as well and is one of the more popular cannabinoids to come from the hemp plant.

Still, to this day, we don’t know much about it. LIke Delta-10, we’re learning more about CBG every day.

What About CBN and Delta-10?

CBN is another cannabinoid that’s new to the scene and thus has little information available. Known as cannabinol, it comes from both hemp and cannabis and doesn’t cause a psychotropic high, making it more similar to CBD than THC. However, it does have psychotropic effects (there’s a difference), which is why it is responsible for sedative effects, at least according to some research. We do know that more research is needed into CBN.

Well, What About Delta-8 and Delta-10?

The truth is, Delta-8 and Delta-10 are quite similar. Both compounds are minor ones that cause subtle psychotropic highs. They are both relatively new, and we’re still learning a lot about each.

For example, Delta-10 and Delta-8:

  • Both cause a psychotropic high
  • Are both hemp-derived
  • Are both legal (when derived from hemp)
  • Both enhance the entourage effect
  • Both require more research

Delta-8 has taken over the cannabis community “by storm” as of late, become a ubiquitous product found in oils, edibles, vapes, and more. Delta-10 is still relatively new and making its way onto the consumer market.

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Delta-8 has taken over the cannabis community “by storm” as of late, become a ubiquitous product found in oils, edibles, vapes, and more. Delta-10 is still relatively new and making its way onto the consumer market.

The Difference Between Delta-10 and CBD

We noted in our guide to CBD that “No two cannabinoids work together better synergistically than [Delta-8 and CBD], hence the reason products like Chill Plus Delta Force Squares and others contain both CBD and Delta-8, because they balance each other out. Delta-8 cause an amazing psychotropic high, however, CBD will make it more subtle and manageable.”

The same can be said about CBD and Delta-10, as CBD is known to balance out any cannabinoid that causes a buzz.

Some other differences between CBD and Delta-10 include:

  • Delta-10 causes a psychotropic high, CBD does not
  • Delta-10 and CBD are both hemp-derived
  • Both compounds are legal
  • Both compounds enhance the entourage effect
  • Delta-10 is a minor cannabinoid; CBD is not
  • Researchers are still learning more about both

CBD is used by consumers for its host of benefits, while most people are still learning about the benefits of Delta-10 right now. Whether or not it has as many benefits as CBD will take years to learn.

So How Much Delta-10 Should I Take*?

Although Delta-10 is relatively new, we can still guide you on how much to take based on cannabinoids. The amount of Delta-10 you take depends a lot on your body size and whether or not you are looking for a high dosage or a low dosage. If you’re not used to being high, you should be aware that going slow is essential as well. Always go slow and work your way up is an important motto to follow when using Delta-10 (or any psychotropic cannabinoid).

The following chart can help you determine how much Delta-10 you should take:

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*General guidance for Delta-10 dosages based on a person’s body weight and health conditions. Always consult your physician before taking Delta-8.

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Although Delta-10 is relatively new, we can still guide you on how much to take based on cannabinoids.

How to Take Delta-10

Although Delta-10 is mostly available as a distillate these days, it is fully expected that, as it grows in popularity, it will be available in other forms as well. The following is a guess about other forms that Delta-10 may soon be available in on the consumer market and doesn’t necessarily reflect actual products:

  • Vape (Inhale) – Vaping or inhaling Delta-10 will have the quickest onset time but will also last the least amount of time.
  • Sublingual (via Oil) – Delta-10 Oil can be used in a few different ways. You can mix it with a food or drink or place it under your tongue sublingually. If doing the latter, leave it there for 20 minutes before swallowing.
  • Distillate – If using a distillate product, you should swallow immediately.
  • Eating CBD (Edibles) – Delta-8 edibles such a gummies will take the longest amount of time to reach their peak due to having to make their way through your digestive system. However, they will last the longest amount of time — roughly 8 hours.

Learning More About Delta-10

Right now, Delta-10 is one of the youngest but fastest-growing cannabinoids on the market today. As researchers begin to learn more about his cannabinoid, you can expect to see it more on the consumer market. Until then, keep reading up on it, and keep an eye out for it!

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