What is Delta 10 THC? A Growing Cannabinoid

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Delta-10 THC is a cannabinoid that is growing immensely within the hemp market, and with good reason. Delta 10 THC has its own chemical structure, different from that of Delta-8 THC, making the effects of Delta 10 unique in their own way. While Delta 10 has a psychoactive effect, Delta-8 and Delta-10 are considered the “Indica”, and “Sativa” of hemp extract products.

Delta-10 THC Molecule

THC products in general have seen a boom in their markets, both in the Delta-9 THC market, and within the hemp industry as well. Many companies are doing good work in reference to these minor cannabinoids, and those that are derived from hemp are seeing increased interest, and sales across all of the minor cannabinoids. 


It Was Discovered On Accident?


Oddly enough, the history behind Delta 10, and the story of its discovery is really quite interesting. Due to the bush fires that were ravaging the state of California in 2020, and the fire retardant that was dropped on the trees, and bushes happened to affect cannabis farms, such as Fusion Farms. 

California Wild Fires

Fusion Farms was looking to create a batch of cannabis concentrates when they noticed strange crystallization on the cannabis plant. They tested it for CBC and CBL, both minor cannabinoids in their own right, but their ultra high performance liquid chromatography tests that were used came back odd. The lab tests showed that the crystals behaved more in the way that a THC metabolite would, and with that, Delta-10 THC products hit the market and have not looked back.


Delta 10 THC is considered a controlled substance, as is Delta 8 when it is derived from the cannabis plant. However, many within the hemp industry have found ways to derive the minor cannabinoids from CBD isolate, making these products, so long as they fall under the 0.3% Delta 9 limit, legal.


What are the Effects of Delta 10?


While Delta 10 is an isomer of Delta 9 THC, just as Delta 8 is. However, this is not to say that Delta 10 is not akin to having differences from Delta 8, or 9. While research is limited on this minor cannabinoid, anecdotal evidence has shown that Delta 10 has its own unique “high”.


Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


Delta 10 has been shown to be even less psychoactive than Delta 8, as many can attribute Delta 8’s “Indica-like” effects to the differences in  intoxication levels felt between the two cannabinoids. The effects of Delta 10 THC have been described by many users as a sativa in comparison to Delta 8 being a couch lock high, Delta 10 has been shown to stimulate creativity, energy, and motivation.


This is not to say that Delta 10 is not intoxicating, and a Delta 10 THC product will more than likely make someone fail a drug test, similar to Delta 8 in that way. These are the little brothers and sisters of Delta 9, so of course, they can contribute to a positive drug test. 


However, due to the growing number of states legalizing cannabis, many employers are not even testing for THC anymore. Which will most definitely have a positive impact within the working world, there is no reason to limit someone’s ability to have a job due to cannabis or hemp use.


Want to read more about states legalizing cannabis? Read our blog on Connecticut’s recent legalization here.


WARNING: Delta-10 THC can cause intoxication, and as such, anyone under the influence of Delta 10 THC should refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery.


What is the Future of Delta 10?


Delta 10 THC is a cannabinoid with a tremendous amount of potential, within a number of markets as well. It has potential on the recreational market, similar to that of Delta 8, as many companies are blending Delta 8 and Delta 10 into cartridges. This is interesting, as the mix of cannabinoids has been shown to create a pleasant effect known as the entourage effect.


The entourage effect is one that cannabis and hemp users alike are looking to chase, as many positive effects can happen within the endocannabinoid system of the brain, when many different cannabinoids are introduced to it at once. This is why many will look to use CBD, and CBG in conjunction with thier Delta 8  products to create the most full spectrum high as possible.

entourage effect

Want to read more about the positive impacts of the entourage effect? Leafly published a great article on this in 2020, you can read that here.


Delta-10 THC seems to have a similar market as Delta 8, however the consumers of each product are looking for different things within their hemp products. 


Delta 8, at least in my own personal experience, is more similar to Delta 9, by itself, but it comes even closer to the true Delta 9 high with the added effects of Delta 10 THC. Delta 10 most definitely has earned its place within the hemp market, and it is here to stay.


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