What Is Delta-10 THC and Should You Use It?

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Table of contents

  1. What Is Delta-10 THC? 
  2. Delta-10 THC vs. Delta-8 THC: Similarities and Differences
  3. How Delta-10 THC Affects the Body
  4. Health Benefits and Uses
  5. Side Effects and Risks
  6. How to Use
  7. Alternatives
  8. The Bottom Line: Should You Use Delta-10 THC?
  9. Frequently Asked Questions

With advances in cannabis research moving faster than ever, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with the various compounds offered by the plant. We all know delta-9 THC, and the recently isolated delta-8 THC has risen in popularity in the last couple of years, a compound similar to the THC we know and love but for less potent.

Delta-10 THC is another such cannabinoid found in trace amounts in cannabis. It can get you high like regular delta-9 THC, but it is far less potent than its counterpart and not yet regulated by federal oversight. So is it safe for consumption?

This article explores what the research says about delta-10 THC, its potential benefits and risks, and how it compares to other THC cannabinoids.

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What Is Delta-10 THC? 

Delta-10 THC is an isomer of the cannabinoid THC, which means it has the same chemical formula, but the atoms are arranged differently, leading to different effects. Unlike delta-9 THC, however, delta-10 THC appears in such low traces that it’s impossible to consume significant amounts from the cannabis plant itself. 

Most delta-10 products are crafted via lab extraction or synthetically manufactured, refined extensively, and formulated into vape cartridges and gummies. When it occurs naturally in cannabis, delta-10 THC, like cannabinol (CBN), is thought to be a product of the degradation of delta-9 THC rather than a cannabinoid produced by the plant itself. 

Delta-10 THC vs. Delta-8 THC: Similarities and Differences

Delta-8 THC is separated by just a few bonds between atoms from its fellow delta-10 THC, and offers a similar, if less potent, level of therapeutic effectiveness. Both are minor cannabinoids in cannabis in much scarcer quantities than the most popular delta-9 THC.

Anecdotally, delta-10 THC is less potent than the other compound and produces a more energetic and less sedating experience than the euphoric delta-8 THC. Many users also prefer delta-10 THC as it results in less anxiety and paranoia than other types of THC. 

How Delta-10 THC Affects the Body

Little research has been conducted on how delta-10 THC interacts with the body so far. The compound likely engages with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the same pathway as other THC isomers, binding to CB1 receptors in the brain and central nervous system and some CB2 receptors in the body.

Health Benefits and Uses

We lack the same amount of research supporting the health benefits of other cannabinoids for delta-10 THC, but early anecdotal evidence is promising.

Stress Relief

Delta-10 THC reportedly produces an uplifting and relaxing effect free from intense euphoria and paranoia that other THC compounds can have. It’s milder and may be more beneficial for mitigating stress, lifting low moods, and boosting energy than its delta-8 THC counterpart.

Anti-anxiety 

Delta-10 THC produces relaxation and doesn’t feature the same anxiety or paranoia as its delta-9 THC counterpart, making it a good choice for soothing anxiety without being sedating.  

Side Effects and Risks

Delta-10 THC can still produce euphoric effects, though it’s far less sedating or powerful than regular delta-9 THC. However, more research is needed on these compounds, and everybody’s unique ECS and chemistry produce different results with use.

It’s essential to consume only high-quality, accredited lab-tested delta-10 THC products. Some unscrupulous companies out there will happily sell you low-quality or low-potency delta-10 THC products, and since the FDA does not regulate the compound, due diligence is needed.

It’s important to remember that, as with delta-8 THC products, delta-10 THC products are synthesized from CBD rather than from cannabis naturally. While this is not a definite cause of harm or concern, it is wise to be careful when using synthetic or semi-synthetic versions of cannabinoids, at least until more research comes out and its potential adverse effects are fully understood.

How to Use

With responsibility and caution, delta-10 THC is used the same way any other cannabis or CBD products are used. Standard ingestion methods include:

      • Vaping
      • Smoking
      • Edibles
    • Topicals
    • Tinctures

You should select an ingestion method that aligns with your health goals. If you’re new to cannabis consumption, it may be best to start with a topical delta-10 THC product rather than fast-acting and more potent vaping. Speak to your Leafwell physician to determine the best methods for consuming delta-10 THC for you.

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Dosing Guidelines

Proper dosing of any cannabis or cannabinoid depends on several important factors, including your experience level and health goals. While you should always work with your doctor to determine specific dosage levels, these guidelines can help guide your delta-10 THC consumption:

    • Beginners: Start at a low dose of five (5) milligrams or less, not exceeding 15 milligrams
    • Intermediate: Up to 20 milligrams
    • Advanced: Up to 40 milligrams

Ingesting methods also determine your experience and should be factored into dosing levels. A good rule of thumb is to start with an even lower dose with edibles and experiment with higher doses with topicals.

Alternatives

If you don’t want to try delta-10 THC, its most apparent alternatives are other hemp-derived compounds. The most common is CBD, which offers a variety of medicinal products such as:

    • CBD tinctures
    • CBD oil
    • CBD edibles
    • CBD gummies
    • CBD topicals
    • CBD capsules

Delta-8 THC is a slightly more potent option derived from hemp if delta-10 THC is not quite powerful enough for your needs. Keep in mind the federal government does not regulate hemp-derived cannabinoids such as CBD and delta-10 THC, and it’s essential to determine each compound’s legality in your state.

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The Bottom Line: Should You Use Delta-10 THC?

If you’re wary of more potent compounds like delta-9 THC, delta-10 THC may be a milder and more preferred compound that delivers many of the same benefits found in cannabis. However, we would always tell people to keep wary of using products that aren’t tested for safety & efficacy by the FDA and may use harmful chemicals to derive delta-10 THC from CBD. Speak with your doctor to understand how your health history and other factors influence your decision to use delta-10 THC.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Delta-10 THC safe?

The pure cannabinoid delta-10 THC is generally considered safe and less psychoactive than its other THC counterparts. However, it’s essential to know where your delta-10 product comes from. Only purchase products from an accredited company with published lab results to ensure your product is free from unwanted chemicals or fillers.

Is Delta-10 THC legal?

Technically, delta-10 THC is legal in all 50 states because it is primarily derived from hemp, which the 2018 Farm Bill legalized. This means that delta-10 THC products can technically be sold in and shipped to most states in the US. 

However, some states have taken it upon themselves to make delta-10 illegal, so it’s essential to know the individual laws in your state. Some producers won’t ship to your state if the rules are unclear.

Will Delta-10 THC get you high?

Yes, delta-10 THC will get you high, though not to the same extent as delta-9 THC and the milder delta-8 THC. Anecdotally, delta-10 THC produces a more energizing, focused experience without the paranoia or anxiety traditionally experienced with Sativa-like cannabis strains/cultivars.