Have You Heard of Delta 10?
by Mrunal Paygude
Delta-8 THC is the new cannabis craze, but there’s another hemp-derived THC on the horizon: Delta-10.
When we talk about typical THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, we’re talking about delta-9. People are rushing to delta-8 for its gentler high and much different legal status: Since it can be derived from hemp, it has the same federal legal status as CBD and can ship to many states that haven’t legalized cannabis for recreational use yet.
While delta-10 isn’t quite as popular as delta-8 yet, it’s gaining popularity for its more cerebral, sativa-like head high that’s still gentler than what you get from recreational cannabis, without too many rushing thoughts or paranoia. By contrast, many people describe the delta-8 high as partway between THC and CBD, with relaxing body effects and a less-potent head high.
Chemically, delta-8 and delta-10 operate on the same basic concept. While they’re derived from hemp in different ways, they’re both cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis. With these different versions of THC, it’s just a matter of where the bonds are in the chemical structure. Standard THC has a bond on the ninth carbon chain of its molecule—hence, delta-9—and having a bond on the eighth or 10th instead makes enough of a difference to alter the way it interacts with our body, but not enough to make its effects totally unfamiliar.
Depending on what you look for in cannabis, you might prefer one or another. But luckily, you don’t actually have to choose.