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Explore the Benefits of the Latest Trendy Cannabinoid, Delta-10 THC

July 23, 2021 03:00 pm ET
Explore the Benefits of the Latest Trendy Cannabinoid, Delta-10 THC

For those who may not know, the number of cannabinoids we know about are few in comparison to the compounds on the cannabis plant. Fortunately, research is bringing us one step closer to closing that gap. Another cannabis compound has been discovered and it’s called delta-10 THC. ACS Laboratory reported on this “cutting edge” compound and explained that delta-10 THC is “so elusive, laboratories often misidentify the compound for CBC (cannabichromene)  or CBL (cannabicyclol)”.

What Is Delta-10 THC?

Simply put, delta-10 THC is one of the hundreds of types of cannabinoids that can be found on the plant. As a comparison, ACS Laboratory explains that delta-9 THC is the compound which “makes you high, euphoric, and perhaps a tad bit paranoid”, while delta-8 THC is the “molecular neighbor that you can synthesize from legal hemp for a mildly psychoactive effect”.

It appears that this compound would interact with the cannabinoid in a similar manner to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its varieties would. However, ACS Laboratory notes that there is very little research available on how the compound interacts with the body. The hypothesis is that, like delta-9, this newly discovered compound would likely bind with the CB1 receptors, which are located in the brain and nervous system- thus the similar interaction.

Can It Get You High? Will It Show Up on a Drug Test? 

In case you were wondering, delta-10 can get you high but according to David Reckles from Private Label Hemp Lab, it is not exactly like delta-8 or delta-9. In order to explain, ACS Laboratory refers to the fact that Delta-9 has a higher psychotropic potency, while delta-8 has a lower psychotropic potency. They explain that delta-10 would be on a similar psychotropic potency as delta-8. When a compound with high psychotropic potency is consumed, one can expect intense effects on thought, memory, coordination, etc, while one can expect the likes of appetite stimulation and relaxation from products with lower psychotropic potency.

Consider for Daytime Tokes

While delta-8 and delta-10 would be of similar low potency, there is a significant difference between the two. Reckles explains that delta-8 reflects the effects associated with the Indica classification (calm, sleepy, relax, etc), while delta-10 reflects the effects associated with the Sativa classification (uplifted, happy, energetic).  This means that the low potency and uplifting combination may make it ideal for daytime use.

Reckles states that he thinks “Delta-10 is going to be insanely popular because it offers euphoria and increased focus, without the paranoia and anxiety some users report from Delta-9”. Who wouldn’t want that? But do be aware that Delta-10 THC can appear on a urine drug analysis if one is being tested for cannabis because a urinalysis likely won’t be able to distinguish it from Delta-9 in the results. ACS Laboratory explains that “long story short, better to be safe on this one”.

According to ACS Laboratory and Reckles, you should care about both delta-10 and delta-8 because both will have the “power to turn the CBD market on its head”. This is apparently due to the fact that most people are driven toward a vice to help “take the edge off” and CBD only delivers its therapeutic properties. Taking the edge off does not refer to getting high, but rather to noticeably becoming more relaxed. Reckles goes on to state that “now that Delta-8 and Delta-10 are available, people are starting to realize these compounds are on a whole other level” and that “why would they want to go back to CBD?”.

Is Delta-10 THC Legal? 

Delta-10 compound is currently in a gray area since it can be derived from both marijuana and perfectly legal hemp. ACS Laboratory explains that the DEA states “all synthetically-derived tetrahydrocannabinol remain schedule 1 controlled substance” but the issue here is that they have not “defined what constitutes’ ‘synthetically derived’”.

It is great news to hear of a compound that could be equally beneficial with less adverse side effects as delta-9, however, cannabis consumers will be sad to know that “you won’t find naturally occurring high delta-10 THC strains on the market today”. But stay tuned because companies such as Nerps Brand are moving to produce the compounds for consumers.

ACS Laboratory warns consumers of making sure that the products they are consuming are safe. “Delta-10 products aren’t like smokable hemp, which includes dried flower only. If delta-10 products aren’t made with the proper knowledge, supervision, and testing, companies could be creating a nightmare scenario for people who could inhale highly toxic pollutants”. In order to avoid this, be sure to look for products that have been tested by a third party and that have certificates of analysis.

If delta-10 THC is of a lower potency, which has similar benefits to delta-9, then perhaps the future of cannabis as a conventional treatment lies in the cultivation of this compound. Why? Because the adverse side effects of cannabis seem to be linked to high potency. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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