What is Delta 10 THC?


What is Delta 10 THC?

If you’ve been following the recent Delta 8 cannabis craze, get ready to welcome the newest player in the game: Delta 10. 

Cannabis research and industry have been saturated by well-known THC isomers, such as Delta 9 and Delta 8. Recently, Delta 10 has been making its rounds through several laboratories since it was discovered by accident by a cannabis company, Fusion Farms, in California, United States. 

A batch was accidentally contaminated with fire retardant carried by strong winds from passing aerial firefighters. The contaminated biomass started showing unusual crystal formations that soon became known as Delta 10 THC, a minor cannabinoid existing in trace amounts in hemp and cannabis. After months of research, it was introduced to the industry as a new cannabinoid with its own unique effects. 

How is Delta 10 produced?

An important thing to note with Delta 10 was that while it was discovered because a batch was contaminated with fire retardant, experiments that recreated the situation did not yield the same effects. 

Further studies showed that Delta 10 was an isomer of Delta 9 because they can convert the compound to bring about Delta 10 or use an extraction process. However, this puts a deadlock on more laboratory studies on Delta 10 because converting or extracting it from Delta 9 yields minimal amounts.

How different is Delta 10 from Delta 8 and 9?

Delta 10 varies slightly from Delta 8 and 9 because of some atomic bonds. Delta 9 is a major cannabinoid and is the most common compound found in cannabis, with its extraction process being straightforward. According to numerous studies, the compound produces intense psychotropic effects. The positive effects of getting high (energy boost, creative stimulation, feelings of euphoria) are as strong as the negative effects: impaired motor skills, increased anxiety and paranoia, hallucinations, and mental fogginess.

Delta 8, in comparison, gained immense popularity because it produced gentler effects, allowing users to have a more mellow experience. Users say that it leaves you feeling immensely relaxed, clears away your stress, and stimulates your appetite. These effects make it easier to take at night because it helps them relax after work.

Delta 10, according to anecdotal evidence, resembles the Sativa strain, which Delta 9 belongs to. Its users report feeling these effects after it reaches its peak:

  • Increased focus
  • Alertness
  • Euphoric
  • Creative
  • Energetic

However, it’s getting a lot of buzz because it supposedly produces the positive effects of Delta 9 but removes the undesired effects by mellowing them out. While its effects are less intense than Delta 9, Delta 10 can still produce the euphoric effect, though it was observed to create a buzz felt more in the head than throughout the body. Its milder effects are attributed to having a weaker capacity to bind to CB1 receptors. 

Users reported that it has low psychotropic effects, making it easier to enjoy the Sativa effects without worrying about having a bad experience. Thus, this makes the Delta 10 an ideal alternative, especially if you want to kickstart your day with an energy boost.

Will Delta 10 show up in a drug test?

Drug tests will detect anything less than 0.3% Delta 9. Because Delta 10 is highly similar in structure to Delta 9, the variant is likely to appear in urinalysis. While drug tests can’t detect different THC isomers, they will break these traces of THC into metabolites, and Delta 10 will be broken down into similar sets of metabolites as Delta 9.

If you’re worried about any THC compound showing up in your drug test, ensure that you don’t consume any THC product days before the test. It can take up to a year to eliminate all the metabolites from your body, so depending on the buildup and your intake frequency, a simple Delta 8 or Delta 10 gummy will show up in the test.

What are the current Delta 10 products?

Because it’s still being studied to get a complete profile of its effects and pharmacological properties, Delta 10 products are limited, with only a few brands marketing them. It’s also still in the legal gray area because it’s technically derived from hemp, though its nature of discovery might put it under synthetic THC. Extraction is also challenging and wasteful because it appears in such small amounts that they either go unnoticed or misidentified. 

Though it’s relatively new, products have already been formulated with the new substance, rigorously lab-tested for quality and safety. Currently, Delta 10 products being sold are similar to products containing Delta 8:

  • Raw distillates
  • Oil cartridges
  • Tinctures
  • Disposable vapes
  • Edibles

Before buying any Delta 10 THC products, make sure that these products come with a Certification of Analysis (COA). COAs add credibility to the manufacturers and distributors, providing reliable information and assuring the consumer that these products were created with precise testing and proper knowledge and were not made with any toxic pollutants. 

How important is the new Delta 10 THC?

We’ve all seen the craze for Delta 8. Many consumers have only started sampling THC products when they found out that they can avoid all the negative effects associated with getting high. The effects of Indica strains have helped a lot of people address sleep problems and control their anxiety and panic. Delta 10, being the perfect variant for day use, opens up a whole new kind of demand.

The cannabis industry is anticipating the surge for Delta 10 products even while being studied by several laboratories. Consumers want something more out of the rumored effects of CBD, and not everyone can play the medical cannabis card to get CBD. Delta 10’s cutting-edge effects are easy to market.

Currently, Delta 10 is still in the legal and clinical gray zones. Not enough studies have explored its full range of effects and potential side effects, while its nature as a synthetically derived compound is yet to be clarified by vague implications within the 2018 Farm Bill. However, some companies have gone ahead, operating on the lack of clear definitions, and produced safe and compliant Delta 10 products.

Takeaway

The ongoing studies on CBD and Delta 8, and the recent discovery of Delta 10, prove that cannabis research still has a long way to go, despite the saturation of the cannabis industry. Delta 10 has opened up new possibilities for positive effects, attracting an even bigger pool of potential consumers. However, since it’s relatively new, consumers thinking about getting the products made with Delta 10 are advised to do their research on the companies that produce them. They also need to make sure that the producers can present the proper documents to assure their consumers that their products are safe for consumption.

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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