All the Deltas
In this article we’re going to discuss the different THC variations currently on the market. You’ve probably already heard of Delta-9 THC which is the regular THC everyone mentions when it comes to COAs and legal limits. Recently though, there has been a Delta-8 boom in the market and now we have Delta-10, which is very new to the game but slowly picking up speed.
Let’s delve further.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is similar to Delta-9 THC with analgesic, appetite-stimulating, and neuroprotective properties. It is less potent than Delta-9, which is the main form of THC we get from hemp. There are only a few atomic bonds that separate Delta-8 from Delta-9 THC. Naturally, it exists in very tiny percentages.
When it comes to effects, Delta-8 veers more towards the CBD side of the spectrum. Although derived from hemp plants like CBD, it binds with the CB1 receptors in the brain. This gives consumers some of the Delta-9 THC experience. The main point is that these effects don’t also come with the stronger full psychoactive experience of Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 is psychoactive, but more mild and clear-headed. It is thought to have roughly half the potency of Delta-9. Delta-8 is that it is a much more stable molecule and does not oxidize and degrade like Delta-9 which means a much longer shelf life at the same potency.
Effects of Delta-8 THC
Users have reported many of the same effects as THC even though the compound is much less potent. On the flip side, the associated negative side effects may be similar to those of Delta-9 THC for some people, which include dry mouth, red eyes, getting the munchies, and short-term memory loss.
Many states have started to impose bans on Delta-8 products likening it to Delta-9, so be sure to check your state’s regulations, as this does NOT constitute legal advice.
What is Delta-9 THC?
THC, also called tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound in hemp that gives the feeling of being high. THC's chemical make-up is actually very similar to CBD, yet surprisingly, CBD combats the effects of THC.
Effects of Delta-9 THC
THC affects things like thinking, memory, pleasure, movements, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). For these reasons, it is advised to not operate heavy machinery or drive whilst under the influence.
Delta-8 vs. Delta-9 THC: What’s the difference?
Delta-8, like Delta-9 (regular THC), binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system, which causes the high. Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 are chemically similar in that they have a double bond in their structures. This double bond is thought to be responsible for the intoxicating effects.
The two THCs are, however, chemically different in the placement of the double bond. Delta-8 binds to the ECS in a slightly different way because of the location of the double bond which is thought to be the reason it is less potent.
What is Delta-10 THC?
There’s a new cannabinoid on the block, yup, it's another Delta, meet Delta-10. A major difference of Delta-10 THC is that it naturally occurs in such tiny amounts that it can’t be extracted by normal means.
Delta-10 THC was actually discovered by accident by a Californian company who, in the process of converting biomass to concentrates, found unfamiliar crystal structures present, when tested, which turned out to be fire retardant chemicals that had created a new form of THC. The batch itself was obviously thrown out but they were able to replicate the results using far cleaner and safer ingredients, including food-grade additives.
Delta-10 is derived from hemp and considered legal in most states as well (however, as always, this is not legal advice, so be sure to check your local regulations).
Effects of Delta-10 THC
Users of Delta-10 have said that it gives a milder, yet still effective, energy and mood boost that makes it perfect for daytime use. It provides the familiar creativity and focus of Delta-9 THC, but in a more subtle way without the spaciness or paranoia that can also occur. More research needs to be done on the potential negative effects of Delta-10 but as with Delta-8 and 9, it is advised to not operate heavy machinery or drive while using.
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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.