Delta 10 vs. CBD: Overview, Key Similarities & Differences


Delta 10 vs. CBD: Overview, Key Similarities & Differences

Delta 10 is the newest craze within the cannabis industry, closely following the narratives surrounding the effects of Delta 8 and CBD. More and more people are considering trying out cannabis products since they don’t need to experience the paranoia, anxiety, hallucinations, and all the adverse effects associated with getting high from the Delta 9 compound. This article will explore the key similarities and differences between the two cannabinoids that radicalized the cannabis industry.

What is Delta 10?

Delta 10 is an isomer of Delta 8 and 9, appearing in very minimal amounts. This makes the extraction process challenging, which is why there are still relatively few products containing this variant, considering it hasn’t been studied enough to get a full picture of the range of its positive and negative effects.

What is cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical found in the Sativa plant and is arguably the most positively marketed cannabis product within the industry. Its best-selling quality is that it doesn’t produce a psychotropic effect, meaning it doesn’t get you “high” in the traditional sense. CBD is most recognized for its purported medicinal effects, which is why there are a lot of claims and studies about how it can alleviate medical conditions such as anxiety and seizure disorders.

Key similarities

Delta 10 and CBD are two completely different compounds extracted from the hemp plant, though they share several qualities. Both cannabinoids are isomers of one another, meaning they possess the same molecules. Below are the fundamental similarities between the two.

Wide range of consumption methods

CBD is famous for having all kinds of consumption methods, which is also true for Delta 10. Most cannabinoids have limitless possibilities in terms of marketable forms of the compound, and Delta 8 and Delta 10 are now also approaching CBD’s range of products. These include:

  • Gummies
  • Vapes
  • Oils
  • Raw distillates
  • Tinctures 
  • Syringes
  • Capsules

Analgesic properties

CBD has been widely studied for its medicinal benefits. Though most of the known properties associated with Delta 10 are recreational, some studies are also looking into purported health-related benefits. CBD is known to have analgesic properties that bind to receptors in the brain that communicate painful sensations.

Delta 8 and 9 have also shown analgesic properties, similar to Delta 10. Because it’s an isomer of the same compound, researchers say that it’s safe to assume that Delta 10 can also have the same effect. 

Harmful side effects

Like all cannabinoids, CBD and Delta 10 have recommended dosages that should not be exceeded. The psychoactive Delta 10 has a set dosage, and this may vary if you’re a beginner or someone with a higher body tolerance. Overconsumption of either CBD and Delta 10 can result in harmful side effects, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth

Key differences

While both cannabinoids possess the same molecules, they are arranged differently, making significant differences in their natural properties. Below is a breakdown of the key differences between the two compounds.

Psychoactive effects

Delta 10 was reported by users to lean more towards the Sativa strain because of its similar effects with Delta 9. Its effects include a general feeling of alertness, euphoria, increased focus, and creativity. Compared to Delta 9, however, these effects are more moderate and don’t verge on the possibility of experiencing irritability, paranoia, and anxiety.

CBD, however, is not psychoactive. CBD and Delta 8 have more similar effects. Both are used to relax after a long day, wash away the stress, clear the mind, and improve sleep quality. While Delta 10 produces a high feeling because it binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain, CBD’s extremely low THC levels are too weak to do the same and therefore don’t produce the same high effect.

Medical research

As mentioned above, Delta 10 appears in trace amounts compared to CBD, which is a dominant compound in hemp and thus much easier to extract. Because of this, an extensive study on Delta 10 is an arduous process. 

On the other hand, CBD has been widely researched primarily because of necessity, considering its reputation within the medical field. CBD claims to treat conditions such as insomnia, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Though not enough studies exist to proclaim this as a fact, the existing ones have generally been positive. In fact, a significant step forward was taken in 2018 when the FDA approved the first prescription medicine containing CBD for epilepsy.

A legal gray area

Unlike CBD, which passes the 0.3% THC content threshold in the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp extraction requirement, Delta 10 toes the line on whether it should be a legally approved product at the federal level. While it’s technically derived from hemp, which is federally legal, it’s derived from an extracted compound, which may qualify as synthetic or a controlled substance. Its psychoactive properties also surpass the 0.3% threshold, which CBD does not.

Both Delta 8 and Delta 10 have a complicated legality status. This doesn’t even cover state laws that ban any THC products. Currently, Delta 10 is illegal in 11 out of 50 states.

Takeaway

Both Delta 10 and CBD are derived from the same plant and have similar properties, though they’re treated differently by the cannabis market. This is entirely because Delta 10 is relatively new, while CBD has existed for several years. While research is ongoing for both cannabinoids, CBD is undoubtedly safer to take because of the sheer gap in the knowledge between the two.

However, both cannabinoids come with their own positive and negative effects. They also have their unique properties and their own appropriate times of the day to use them. The critical difference lies in this: Delta 10 is psychoactive and is best used during the day, while CBD is not and is better used as a sleeping aid. Both should be consumed in low dosages to avoid similar adverse side effects.

Overall, it comes down to what the consumer intends to use either cannabinoid for. The underlying message is to do proper research on the effects of both compounds, look into user reviews of the THC product, and make sure that the product was created with the appropriate measuring and handling methods.

Evan Weston

Evan Weston is a contributor to Reefer Posts, a growing community for exploring the developing market of Cannabis and CBD-related products. He spends a lot of time researching the development of health-related products that utilize Cannabis and CBD oils. He also keeps tabs on the developing legal environment regarding medical, recreational cannabis use, and production.

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