Delta-10-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 10 THC) has been attracting a lot of interest. No surprise there, it is a comparatively new cannabinoid, and there is still a lot to learn about it; plus, the cannabis world is constantly changing, with riveting developments happening frequently.
So, it wouldn't be surprising that even for a seasoned cannabis enthusiast, sifting through all of the information out there can be overwhelming—which is why we have provided a detailed guide and explanation of Delta 10 THC.
So What Exactly Is Delta 10 THC?
Accidentally discovered by researchers, Delta 10 THC is a form of THC and a minor cannabinoid found among the hundreds of cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis plants.
Although it is naturally occurring, it is found in very minute quantities; so much so that it is more likely to be manufactured and synthesized in a lab from CBD through a safe process involving acids and filtration.
Furthermore, like the closely-related Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC, its chemical properties determine its effects on a user.
Delta 8, Delta 9, And Delta 10 THC: Chemical Properties And Differences
Every carbon atom in a THC molecule is assigned a number—this number explains to chemists where the functional groups (double bonds) are located along the carbon linkage.
Ultimately, the position of that double bond, formed at specific points, gives the molecule its name.
Therefore, if the double bond is between carbon 8 and 9, it is called Delta 8 THC. When it is between carbons 9 and 10, the molecule is Delta 9 THC, and when it is between carbons 10 and 11; yes, you guessed right, it is called Delta 10 THC.
This minimal but significant molecular difference also explains why, when used, they each bind differently to CB1 receptors, giving different levels of high.
How Was Delta 10 THC Discovered?
The earliest information regarding Delta 10 THC is from 1984 by an Israeli scientist, Raphael Mechoulam, who was researching Delta 8 THC.
But Delta 10 THC had to be synthesized using hazardous chemicals back then, so no one thought it could ever be a useful and commercially viable substance until its accidental rediscovery in 2020 by a research company.
Fusion Farms, the research company based in California, had just bought some outdoor-grown cannabis to manufacture their products.
Prior to their purchase of the cannabis biomass, a wildfire had happened in California, contaminating the cannabis with fire retardants.
Unknown to them that their purchase was contaminated, they continued with the extraction process. Shortly after, the scientists noticed the formation of crystals that did not have the structure of any cannabinoid crystal they knew.
After some more research, they established that it was a THC variant that only formed because of the reaction with fire retardants. The fire retardants had acted as catalysts, thus facilitating the isomerization process of the naturally occurring Delta 9 THC into Delta 10 THC.
Subsequent analyses were made, and just like that, Delta 10 THC was (re)discovered.
With more information available to scientists, Delta 10 THC is manufactured with greener methods and safe practices today.
Will Delta 10 THC Make You High? What Does It Feel Like?
The simple answer to this million-dollar question? Yes.
You see, because Delta 10 is a form of THC, it possesses psychoactive effects and will get you high. A less intense high than Delta 9 and Delta 8, but high, nonetheless.
Studies prove that, like other cannabinoids, Delta 10 binds to the body's CB1 and CB2 receptors (its interaction with CB1 receptors accounts for its euphoric properties). Although, it does so with a weaker affinity, hence, its relatively low potency.
Many users have described the effects of Delta 10 as a Sativa high rather than an Indica high, typically with less paranoia and anxiety. Usually, Sativa strains provide effects that tend to be more uplifting and cerebral, making them better suited for daytime use—especially compared to Delta 8 gummies which provide more of the tranquilizing and calmative effects associated with Indica strains.
Think of the high you will get from Delta 10 products as half of the Delta 9 Sativa, without the associated paranoia and anxiety. Of course, the actual effect depends on your current tolerance to THC. So, you should start slowly and increase your dosage until you find your perfect high.
Is Delta 10 THC Legal?
As of this writing, as long as Delta 10 THC and its products are manufactured from hemp-derived CBD, it is considered legal.
This answer may remind folks not new to the cannabis world of the legal status of Delta 8 products since it has the same conditions as Delta 10 products with respect to legalities.
Both THCs are considered federally legal because of the Hemp Farming of 2018, which made hemp (defined as cannabis with 0.3% or less Delta 9 THC and all its derivatives) legal throughout the United States.
That said, the power still resides with a state to decide which hemp-based products can be purchased within that state.
Some states have restricted the sale and use of Delta 8 products and may do the same with Delta 10 because of its similarity at the molecular level with Delta 9 and its consideration by some as the sibling of Delta 9 THC, which would then make it illegal under the Federal Analog Act of 1986.
To be safe, you should comply with your state's laws and desist from driving or operating heavy machinery after using Delta 10.
Is Delta 10 THC Safe?
From a medical point of view, pure Delta 10 is safe to consume.
However, most of the Delta 10 compound found in products is made synthetically, so the quality of products could be affected by manufacturing methods. Therefore it's crucial to find a supplier that provides third-party lab-tested results that verify the purity of their product against pesticides, heavy metals, and residual solvents, among other corrupting materials.
Will Delta 10 THC Show Up On A Drug Test?
Yes, it will.
Most testing facilities cannot distinguish between various THC isomers yet, so Delta 10 will show up on a drug test as regular THC, despite not being the type of THC many drug tests look for.
Delta 10 THC will typically remain in your system (and possibly reflect in your drug test) for roughly 2-24 days, depending on how frequently you use it and your body's metabolism. If you are unsure, get a home drug test kit to test yourself before the actual test.
Where Can I buy Delta 10 THC?
There are several online and physical stores where you can buy Delta 10 THC products, depending on what products you want and what buying format you prefer.
ZAR, for example, has a host of products available online and in our walk-in stores all over the country. All you need to do (if you choose to buy offline) is to search for the store closest to you.
What is most important, however, is that you deal with a reputable supplier. You must also ensure that there are positive customer reviews and experiences for ANY product you choose to buy, as no two products are the same.
As a rule of thumb, ensure you follow these 3 practices when buying Delta 10 THC products online:
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