DELTA-# What difference does it make?
A lot of people are becoming interested in THC alternative solutions like Delta-8 and Delta-10. There are a lot of reasons why this is happening, but for the most part, companies who produce cannabis extracts are incentivized to provide consumers with readily available and affordable products that are going to imitate the effects of federally illegal THC.
Google searches for “Delta-8” alone rose by more than 700% from 2020 to 2021. This was just for the term, which became a buzz word overlapping many industries such as smoke and tobacco shops, private clubs, and convenience stores. Before, people who like cannabis had to keep track of just two components of the cannabis plant: THC and CBD. With the assistance of further independent studies and federally funded research, there are a lot more cannabinoids to keep track of today. Surprisingly, there are even more undiscovered cannabinoids to learn about as THC grows its family tree.
Delta-9-THC is thought to be the original, but Delta-10-THC and Delta-8-THC products are now available on the market, too. What are all these new types of THC, and how do they work? How do they compare to each other, and what do we know? Here’s the most up-to-date information we have.
What are the THC’s different types?
Both Delta-10 and Delta-8 are a form of Delta-9-THC. Isomers are compounds that have similar – but not the same – structures. From a structural point of view, isomers can be very similar, but they can also exhibit very different experiences.
The natural amount of Delta-9 in hemp is very low, so chemicals are needed to convert other cannabinoids in hemp, like CBD, into Delta-9 and its counterparts -8 and -10. This method is referred to as a synthetic conversion, and many have expressed concern regarding this process because some manufacturers allow the use of potentially harmful household chemicals in order to synthesize a satisfactory amount of these cannabinoids. Even when they are properly derived, and manufacturing processes are stringently monitored, we are learning that unnatural amounts of these cannabinoids can sometimes lead to adverse effects.
Alternatives to THC currently available
Products, laws, and science in the cannabis industry have changed a lot in the last few years, but THC alternative options are a very new thing. Delta-8 and Delta-10 are both found in hemp and marijuana plants, but they are only found in very small amounts. Because these compounds are naturally occurring, they are not found in most (or most likely all) products at this point. It is now possible to make Delta-9-THC isomers from hemp-derived CBD, like THC-O, Delta-8, and Delta-10, which are all different kinds of Delta-9, from hemp CBD.
If the Delta-10 and Delta-8 products aren’t properly purified after being made, they can have dangerous contaminants and other unknown byproducts which might or might not show up on 3rd lab tests. As semi-synthetic compounds, these products can be dangerous if they aren’t properly cleaned. When buying these products, people have to ask a specific question, look at certificates of analysis (COAs) from different labs to check for cannabinoid content and safety, and buy from well-known companies that make them.
There is a gray area when it comes to the legal aspects of these compounds as well. Numerous states have banned Delta-810 and Delta-8 when they are made from hemp CBD, but the DEA has recently said that they are legal. Check the law in your state before you buy Delta-8 or Delta-10. On a federal level, although ambiguous, these cannabinoids are generally considered to still be part of the schedule one classification of THC. It would not be recommended to travel with these types of products, especially on a plane.
Delta-8 to Delta-10: Which one is better?
So, how are Delta-10 and Delta-8 different? There is still a lack of scientific evidence to instruct us, but a pigeon study backs up the idea that Delta-8 and Delta-10 are less entrancing than Delta-9 in terms of overall efficacy.
In one consumer survey, people said Delta-8 had a fairly mild high in comparison to Delta-9, with fewer side effects like anxiety and paranoia. People who have researched Delta-8 say that it makes them feel lighter, as if floating. In one study, Delta-8 was also found to help people who had nausea and vomiting. Another study on cats believes Delta-8 might be able to help cats relax, while another study on mice thinks it can help with pain and inflammation when applied topically.
People who have used Delta-10 say it has a more positive effect than Delta-8, but it’s even harder to find out about because the feedback is mostly subjective. Some people in a Reddit thread indicated that Delta-10 has more of an effect on their brain, somewhat like a sativa strain, but Delta-8 has an indica feel that promotes restful sleep and relaxation. People say Delta-10 is milder than Delta-8, but their stories aren’t always the same.
The adage “start low and go slow” is a good rule to follow when taking Delta-10 or Delta-8 for the first time. Start with a small dose and start giving yourself a lot of time prior to taking more. The effects of edibles can take up to two hours to kick in, and unfortunately most are not standardized so the only way to know is to test a particular product before arranging the dose closer to what you would usually take.
You can still get high on Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC, even though they generate a gentler high than Delta-9 THC. Consume in moderation. The internet can be a fantastic resource for finding reviews on particular products and dosage rates, but everyone’s body (and tolerance) reacts differently to these cannabinoids.
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