Delta-10 THC: is it the future of cannabis?


Sure, you’ve heard of other cannabinoids and compounds that are rapidly gaining popularity these days. But what about Delta-10 THC?

The main focus isn’t just on THC and CBD anymore folks. There is so much more to the world of cannabis than these two main compounds. But today we’re going to talk about Delta-10 THC and why we think it could be the future of cannabis.

What is Delta-10 THC?

Delta-10 THC is the molecular sibling of Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. However, it is not a naturally occurring compound in cannabis. Unlike its other siblings, it appears in such small quantities that deliberately extracting it from hemp or cannabis strains would take a lot of time and effort. In many cases, Delta-10 can be so elusive that it is not uncommon for scientists and laboratories to still mistake it for other compounds when checking it using high-performance liquid chromatography, which is the standard for compound testing, explains Extraction Magazine .

How was Delta-10 THC discovered?

Delta-10 THC was actually accidentally discovered by a cannabis company in California called Fusion Farms. They bought cannabis for making concentrates outdoors. There was a rush of forest fires in California, however, and without their knowing it at the time, they bought cannabis biomass that was already contaminated with fire retardant.

They extracted the biomass and distilled the extract. After that, they found some strange crystals in the distillate. This finding surprised them because the crystals did not look like something they had encountered before. They ran an analysis that said the crystals were CBC, even though the analysis didn’t exactly match. So they asked a licensed testing lab for help comparing data against all known cannabinoids and still didn’t find a match. They couldn’t draw a conclusion for the next few months.

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Apparently Delta-10 THC was formed due to the presence of a fire retardant. But you don’t have to worry about consuming these toxins. Today, laboratories can already produce Delta-10 using clean and environmentally friendly techniques. For example, some even use food additives to make Delta-10 THC from Delta-9 THC.

How does Delta-10 THC affect the body?

Since Delta-10 THC is a specific form of THC that is responsible for the high levels of cannabis, you can assume that consuming this variant of THC will lead to a psychoactive high. However, one animal study found that the delta-10 high is not as strong as the delta-9 THC. There is currently very limited data on how this affects the body.

We know that so far

David Reckles of the private label Hemp Lab told ACS Laboratory that Delta-10 can get you high, but not the same high you can expect from Delta-8 or Delta-9. Of these Delta connections, Delta-9 has the greatest impact on how we perceive, think, coordinate, and even remember pleasure, but Delta-8 is less effective because users report mild appetite stimulation as well as relaxation.

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Delta-10 is similar to Delta-8 in the sense that it is very mild, although the effects of the two are very different. “I would compare Delta-10 to a sativa in terms of its effects, while Delta 8 is more of an indica,” says David. He says his clients use Delta-8 to help with sleep problems, while Delta-10 promotes creativity, energy, and alertness. “Delta-10 is uplifting and perfect for daytime use,” he adds.

“I think Delta-10 is going to be insanely popular because it provides euphoria and increased focus without the paranoia and anxiety that some Delta-9 users report.”

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Will Delta-10 THC show up in a drug test?

The answer is yes it will because it still cannot be distinguished from other delta cannabinoids in drug tests. So if you are trying to stay clean for an upcoming product, it is best that you stay away from Delta 10 products until you know I am.

In addition, very little is known about how Delta 10 THC works with the endocannabinoid system. However, the theory is that it would interact similarly to Delta 8 and Delta 9, which would mean that it can bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The presence of Delta 10 THC can also promote the entourage effect when consumed with other compounds such as cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.

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If you are suffering from any type of health condition, it is always best to consult your health care professional first before using Delta 10 THC cannabis products. Only use it if you are over 21 years old and remember that it should not be used if you have high blood pressure.

Is Delta-10 THC Legal?

Just like with cannabis, there are some gray areas, but as long as cannabis is legal in an area, Delta 10 THC made from cannabis is legal. However, at the federal level, it’s still illegal to be derived from cannabis. However, if Delta 10 THC is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC, it is legal.

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Since Delta 10 THC is currently found in very small amounts, researchers are continuing to work on figuring out how it can be extracted in larger amounts.

How can I take Delta-10 THC?

Delta 10 THC is most commonly consumed as a distillate, but as its use becomes more widespread, we can assume that there will be many other forms of consumption later. We can expect more Delta 10 THC in the form of vapes, sublingual oils, and foods soon.

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Beth Edmonds