What Is Delta 10 THC? Things You Need to Know

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October 22, 2021 | Blog

If you’re connected to the cannabis scene on any level — and obviously you are — you’re aware of what seems like a flood of new cannabinoids hitting the market.

Delta 8 snuck onto the scene and settled nicely, almost like it was preparing society for the rest of them.

Now, other cannabinoids have barged through the door without any kind of introduction, and while we’re sure we’ll like delta 8’s friends, it’s nice to know a little about them before we get too comfortable.

Here’s Delta 10 THC: what it is, if it’s even legal, its effects, and why this fad won’t die any time soon.

What Is Delta 10 THC?

Illustration of Delta 8 THC Chemical Structure

We’ll start by explaining its structure. That way, you’ll have a better understanding of what really matters — its effects.

Delta 10 is similar to delta 8 because they’re both isomers of delta 9 THC (usually just called “THC”). You probably know the rundown on the carbon chains by now, but just in case you missed it:

Delta 9 has its double bond on the 9th carbon chain; delta 8’s is on the 8th carbon chain, and — you guessed it — delta 10’s is on the 10th. This just shows how similar they are.

All three interact with our endocannabinoid system, just in varying degrees.

Learn more: Differences of Delta 9 and Delta 10

Delta 10 & the Endocannabinoid System

THC, delta 8, and delta 10 all bind to (influence) CB1 and CB2 receptors. Not sure what those are? Check out our piece on the endocannabinoid system — it’s a good read.

These receptors basically cause other reactions in our bodies. Because these receptors maintain balance in almost every system (cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, central nervous, and so on), these interactions are very influential.

THC binds tightly with CB1, the one that’s mostly in our central nervous system. This is why THC causes a “high.” Delta 10 and delta 8 bind to it, too, but to a lesser degree.

How Will Delta 10 Make Me Feel?

Delta 10 Oil on the Dropper Bottle and Glass Bowl

Maybe it’s not all about you and how you feel.

Actually, it is, at least in this case, but don’t quote us on that.

It’s easy to think of THC, delta 8, and delta 10 in levels of potency. That’s not quite accurate — but it’s close. You’ll still get a star if you think that.

THC, because of its strong affinity to CB1, is the most psychoactive. Delta 8 comes next at almost half as potent as THC. Delta 10 is slightly less potent than delta 8.

But there’s more.

THC can mess with you mentally and physically; too much can make you anxious, paranoid, and pretty much unable to move, except for when you put chips into your mouth. Delta 8 and delta 10 won’t cause this (it’s possible, but it would take a lot of effort). They’ll make you hungry, but you won’t get that same intense high. Their psychoactive effects leave you more clear-headed and functional.

That’s where the similarities end. The difference between delta 8 and delta 10 is that Delta 10 is cerebral, uplifting, and energizing, more like Sativa strains. Delta 8 is more indica-esque and tends to be relaxing, calming, and mellow.

They’re both good at settling your nerves, but if you have the stuff to do, use delta 10. If you want to relax or sleep, go for delta 8.

Side Effects of Delta 10 THC

The safety profile and side effects of delta 10 are about the same as with delta 8. Both delta 10 and delta 8 seem to be safe, but this is primarily based on the efficacy and safety of marijuana.

Hypothetically, if THC is relatively safe, then delta 10 and delta 8 should be safe by default since they’re similar yet less potent.

Common side effects of delta 10:

  • Dry mouth
  • Red eyes
  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness

Is Delta 10 Legal?

Yes, delta 10 is legal — unless it comes from marijuana or your state says otherwise. Although, it could come from marijuana and still be legal if you live in a cool state that allows things like that.

The 2018 Farm Bill says that hemp and its derivatives are legal if their THC content is under 0.3%. Though delta 8 THC is federally legal, some states have already banned it (even states with legalized marijuana), and it’s possible delta 10 could follow suit.

So far, delta 10 is illegal in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah

Pay attention to your local laws because they can change rapidly; however, federally, it’s legal.

Where Does Delta 10 Come From?

Delta 10 is produced the same way on how delta 8 is made. First, the manufacturer extracts CBD from hemp (this is crucial since it’s only legal if it comes from hemp). Delta 10 is in even smaller amounts than delta 8, making it impossible to extract enough without a special isomerization process.

Delta 10 requires extensive refining, making it rarer and more expensive than delta 8.

Because these processes use chemicals, it’s vital you buy from a reputable dealer.

Is Delta 10 Synthetic?

No, delta 10 is not synthetic. Even though we can’t extract enough without a bit of magic (or chemistry, as we now call it), it’s still a completely natural cannabinoid that appears in the plant without human intervention.

We just speed up the process, so there’s enough to share.

You can thank us later.

The Therapeutic Side of Delta 10 THC

Hemp Oil and Hemp Bud

We covered the fun stuff, but here’s why delta 10 and the others won’t go away any time soon and why we don’t want them to.

Delta 10 isn’t all fun and games — it has a serious side too. You know those friends that show up (empty-handed) to every party but are never around when there’s work to be done? That’s not delta 10. Cannabinoids like to have a good time, but they don’t take their work gloves off.

While you’re hanging out, they’re working hard behind the scenes.

Of course, studies are limited. We barely know enough about THC and CBD, let alone these other guys. But, the laws are changing, making it easier for the necessary research to finally take place.

You can look for yourself, but there isn’t much on delta 10 specifically. We’re stuck looking at the research on cannabinoids in general (usually THC, since they’re alike).

It’s like the trailer to an exciting movie — we don’t know the ending, but we want to.

Now that we’ve clarified that, the following list shows the main areas of interest for cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system.

Remember, this is what researchers are looking into, and nothing is proven. This is only where delta 10, other cannabinoids, and the ECS are possible avenues for future treatments. Also, this list is far from exhaustive. It could be pages long, but we’ll spare you. You can take our word for it (or don’t, and look into it yourself if you’re into that kind of thing).

1. Pain

This one comes as no surprise since chronic pain is one of the reasons people are prescribed medical marijuana.

However, not everyone likes the high. Or maybe they like it but need to actually do things like work or take care of kids (which is still work, but you know what we mean).

Delta 10 could be a good replacement for marijuana for pain, though it might not offer the same degree of relief. Still, it’s a good thing if people have options besides opioids and marijuana.

2. Mood

Again, no surprise. Of course, delta 10 and the others alter your mood. Sometimes for the worst, like when delta 9 makes you question the pizza delivery guy’s motives and why the neighbor’s dog is staring at you, or when you’re suddenly irritated by everyone else’s constant giggling.

Usually, it’s a good thing, though — especially when it comes to delta 10. As previously mentioned, it’s unlikely you’ll get crazy paranoid or overthink everything you said ten years ago. Instead, you’re more likely to feel pretty good about life, maybe even encouraged and motivated. You deserve that.

Research shows the effects might go deeper than that, though. It’s a possibility — studies show a link between abnormalities in the ECS and psychiatric and mood disorders; cannabinoids like delta 10 show potential for treating these. Imagine using delta 10 as a supplemental treatment. Maybe it’ll be a thing.

3. Balance

That sounds so vague and generic, but it really is that broad.

Any interaction with the ECS, no matter how slight, influences a host of other things. One theory is Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CED), the idea that a lack of endocannabinoids (or a decrease in their function) is a source of many health problems, including psychosomatic ones.

Psychosomatic disorders seem to have no underlying cause, like migraines, fibromyalgia, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Professionals struggle to understand what causes these issues, as they just seem to be there for no apparent reason.

CED could very well be that source, and finding the source is the best way to find treatment.

Delta 10 and other cannabinoids might help replace or boost endocannabinoids (cannabinoids made by the ECS), thereby helping relieve these conditions.

Even beyond CED, delta 10 could help with overall health, such as reducing inflammation and protecting the brain from premature degeneration.

We’re a long way off from knowing for sure exactly what cannabinoids can do and how to apply them medicinally, but we see the potential is there.

Conclusion: Is Delta 10 Worth Trying?

Delta 10 is definitely worth adding to your shopping list. It can nicely complement your daytime routine by providing a little motivation and a skip in your step. Plus, who knows what other benefits lurk beneath the surface.

As always, don’t buy it from just anywhere. You’re worth more than that. Buy the best and stay safe. And make sure it’s legal where you live.

Other than that, delta 10 gives you very little to worry about. You might even prefer it over THC.

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