THC is a compound of the cannabis plant. Many people associate THC with the psychoactive effects of cannabis and that is absolutely true. What many do not know is that THC isn’t the only cannabinoid present in cannabis plants. I am personally amazed that there are more than 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
If you have been using Delta 8 and Delta 9 and may not know anything about Delta 10 THC, you will be interested to find out more about this compound. Delta 10 is an isomer of Delta 9 THC. An important thing to note about THC is that scientifically, Delta 9 can isomerize into Delta 8 and Delta 10 respectively.
Delta 10 THC has made very big strides into the market lately and has had a significant impact. To find out more about the three THC variants, Delta 10, Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC, their differences and action on the human brain, keep reading.
What is THC?
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a component of cannabis that is primarily responsible for psychoactive effects that come with the use of hemp. THC can principally be consumed through vaping, smoking, tinctures, edibles and many more methods. This compound acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a high.
Whenever you consume cannabis and derive that feeling of getting high, THC is the compound responsible for that feeling. It does this by attaching itself to the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, causing an imbalance in the neurons.
Chemical Structures of Delta 8, 9, and 10
The chemical structures of Delta 8, 9 and 10 differ with regard to the structural arrangement of the carbon atoms. Delta 8 for instance has a double bond on the eighth carbon. Delta 9 THC has a double bond on the ninth carbon and Delta10 THC follows with a double bond on the tenth carbon.
You may find these differences very subtle but the location of the chemical bonds on the carbon chain is what makes the difference. This revelation was startling to me. I came to understand that the location of the carbon bond is what determines the interaction of the THC molecules with endocannabinoid receptors in the brain.
Primary Differences Between Delta 8, 9, and Delta 10
The main difference between Delta 8, 9 and 10 THC as you have already noticed is with their chemical and molecular structure on a primary level. There are other differences that relate to the effects derived from their use, legal issues, matters that relate to the applicable dosages and many other factors.
When it comes to molecular stability, Delta 8 THC is far more stable than Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 dissipates quickly and oxidizes much faster when exposed to air. This isn’t the case with Delta 8 and Delta 10. Delta 9 has a high affinity for CB1 receptors and this accounts for its higher psychotropic effects when compared to Delta 8 and Delta 10.
Here are some of the differences between the three THC compounds as relates to the aforementioned factors:
If you are not new to the use of THC, you will probably know by now that Delta 9 THC is the most potent strain of the three. The acceptable Delta 9 levels allowed under law is 0.3% but it generally can go higher than that. Delta 8 is less potent than Delta 9 and may cause euphoria, happiness and even relieve pain and inflammation.
Research has brought to light the effects of Delta 10 THC. The compound tends towards a sativa uplift with feelings of mild euphoria and relaxation. Delta 10 is the least potent compound of the three strains.
There are certain states that have prohibited the use of marijuana even when the THC compounds have been derived from federally legal hemp with THC levels below 0.3% according to the 2018 Farm Bill. When the Farm Bill was signed into law in 2018, it effectively legalized the extraction of hemp-derived CBD with no exception.
This is the reason why you will find THC products legalized in more than 39 states in the US. The FDA is open to research on THC products and is keen to engage the scientific community in the discovery of medicinal use of THC. Until then, the FDA’s position on THC remains fixed.
Of the three compounds, Delta 10 THC is not readily available. This is because being a relatively new entrant, it is gaining market traction against competing strains like Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC. New advancements in its extraction process however has led to increased production capacity by manufacturers and you may see more of it in shelves.
The products may be purchased from online vendors and shops. These shops include head shops, dispensaries, convenience stores and even gas stations.Online purchases are advantageous because there is a wide variety of products to select from and the prices are very attractive.
I would implore people who are new to the use of THC should start from very low doses and progress upwards depending on the desired effects. Before you embark on any regime that may potentially affect your health, consult your primary healthcare provider to know if there will be any ramifications from using THC products.
The typical dosage range for beginners is between 1mg to 10mg for beginners. Tinctures come with doses indicated on them. Intermediate users may progress between 11mg to 20mg for edibles. Doses depend on the weight of individuals and their health conditions. It isn’t advisable for those with adverse health conditions to take THC.
Delta 9 THC being the most potent one may require measured doses and this may be different from that of Delta 8 and Delta 10. Most manufacturers offer guidance when it comes to dosages and there shouldn’t be any trouble settling on an acceptable dose one you have made an assessment of what you goal of using THC products.
Methods of Ingestion
The methods of ingestion of Delta 8, 9 and 10 THC are all similar. The strains might be different in terms of their chemical structure but their expression in terms of ingestion are the same. The methods of ingestion include vaping, smoking, tinctures, edibles, flowers and many more.
How THC Works on the Brain
THC impacts dopamine levels in the brain and acts on both CB1 and CB2 receptors by binding on them. This act of binding on cannabinoid receptors actually interrupts communication between neurotransmitters in the brain. This interruption on neurotransmitter release is what accounts for the effects of THC.
The action of THC on the brain is an open field of study and scientists have not quite exhausted it. There remains much to be discovered and its effects on the central nervous system is an area of focus for many researchers.
The FDA Position on THC
The FDA has an interesting position on THC products. Firstly it excludes THC from its dietary supplement definition based on available scientific evidence. What this means is that if THC is an active ingredient in an FT&C approved drug, the product automatically becomes eliminated from what is known as a dietary supplement.
I personally find the stance on FDA interesting in light of the 2018 Farm Bill. While the farm Bill has impacted the production of hemp on a massive scale and led to new definitions and affected legislation concerning hemp, the FDA still holds its position firmly with regard to regulation of cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds.
Where to Get Delta 10 THC Products
You can purchase Delta 10 THC products online. There are products ranging from carts to tinctures that contain Delta 10 distillates already infused with terpenes to produce an entourage effect. Online purchases are easy and can be made from the convenience and comfort of your home or office.
Delta 10 THC brands are few in the market and this therefore means that they may be unavailable in dispensaries and shops near you. I suggest that you source your products from online vendors after establishing their credibility. Be sure to check whether your local laws may allow you to purchase the products.