When it comes to learning about the specific effects of a compound, especially a new cannabinoid, most people want cold, hard, science. Concrete facts they can point to. However, due to decades of illogical overregulation, that isn’t always possible in the cannabis world. Take Delta 10 THC, a brand new, synthetic cannabinoid that is already hitting the market, despite how little we know about it. In this case, the only information we have to work with is anecdotal evidence… so in other words, what do the people have to say about Delta 10 THC and how it impacts their minds and bodies?
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What Is Delta 10 THC?
Like many cannabis trends before it, Delta 10 THC started in the Golden State: California. In this case, however, the discovery was purely accidental. It all began when Adelanto-based company Fusion Farms bought some outdoor flower to manufacture concentrates. Because of the wildfire-prone climate in California, the biomass they purchased had been sprayed with fire retardant, but this was unbeknownst to Fusion Farms as they were under the impression the flower they purchased was clean.
Being unaware of the contamination, they continued with the extraction as planned but a different chemical reaction happened this time and some unusual crystals began to form after the distillation process. These crystals had a completely different structure than previously observed cannabinoid crystals. After conducting some laboratory tests, it was determined that these crystals were most similar to CBC (cannabichromene), but still not an exact match.
For several months, they continued testing this compound against all the existing cannabinoids and no match was found. Eventually, they learned that it was yet another variation of tetrahydrocannabinol, formed because of plant exposure to those fire retardants – dubbed Delta 10 THC. So basically, Delta Ten is a synthetic cannabinoid, formed by converting D9 or other cannabinoids using some type of chemical catalyst. In this case, it was fire retardant, but obviously that’s not something people want in their cannabis products, so companies are looking at various – greener – methods of creating Delta 10 THC.
In chemistry, “Delta” refers to the double bond in a compound’s molecular structure. Delta compounds have more electrons and interact with the body in different ways than single bond cannabinoids do. The variation between the Delta THC analogues comes down to where the double bond is located on their chain of carbon atoms. Delta 8 has this bond on the 8th carbon chain, D9 on the 9th chain, and D10 THC has the double bond on the 10th carbon chain. Although it seems miniscule, it makes a substantial difference.
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Like many of us, my go-to site for public opinions is Reddit. In this case, it was actually the ONLY site that I was able to find anything at all. For the most part, I was just finding a lot of questions; everyone wondering who had tried it and how it feels. A few different sites have reported that it feels similar to Delta 8 THC, but milder. I honestly couldn’t say because I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet (although that will change in about a week, so stay tuned for product reviews).
On Reddit user gave a very detailed description of their experiences with D10 . “So, I recently had the privilege of receiving some distillate that was supposedly high in D10 THC. This cannabinoid is very novel. I can report that the effects are pretty desirable, on its own it seems that it acts in a similar way to D8 compared to D9, with milder effects, but the effects themselves are totally different.”
He continued: “So far I’ve gotten some strong Sativa like feelings off of it, and it seems to be strong, because this material isn’t even THAT high in D10a, and it’s still yielding these results. In combination with other cannabinoids, I’ve noticed that it seems to amplify the effects greatly. I took a hit of D10a immediately followed by a d9 dab, and I felt a noticeable difference in how fast and strong it hit me. I’m not sure what’s going on there. I still need to test oral consumption (I’ll be making gel caps soon).”
Other people – and this situation seems to ring truer – are experiencing shipping and customer service issues and are still waiting to try it for themselves. Take this reddit user who stated: “They ran into supply issues and had to refund my order, they said once they have complaint samples I’ll be getting one for free to try. It’s been a couple of months but I know how this stuff goes, I’m still holding out that they’ll ship me some. I’ve been in recent contact with them.”
Why It Matters
As delta-9 THC is illegal, D10 gives a bit of a loophole to acquire the medical benefits of THC, but legally, and without as much of the jitteriness, paranoia, or overall anxiety that is often experienced with marijuana. This is great news for those who want the therapeutic benefits without as much of a high, as well as for those who are sensitive to THC, and prefer a formulation that gives them the benefits of the psychoactive effects without the negatives of anxiety.
As of now, products are difficult to find because not a lot of companies are manufacturing D10. Because of this, not a lot of people are very familiar with D10 which makes communicating through these online forums that much more important. Through our newsletter, you can purchase vape carts that utilize a blend of Delta 8 and CBN, enriched with Delta 10 distillate. Lab tests put them at roughly 16% D8, 7% CBN, and 57% Delta 10. Subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for more information on products and access to exclusive deals.