Delta-10 THC is one of the recently discovered isomers of THC. Compared to Delta-9 THC, it has a slightly altered chemical structure, although it still produces some psychoactive effects. THC is a class of cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp plants with psychoactive properties.
Like other Delta THC isomers, Delta-10 interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) through the cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. Delta-10 THC binds to CB1 receptors in the brain and nervous system. The CB1 receptor functions primarily in the central nervous system, while the CB2 receptor functions mainly in the immune system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a vital function in keeping the homeostasis (self-regulating process) survival of the human body.
Due to its limited availability in hemp plants, Delta-10 is usually synthesized from CBD. Consumers can find Delta-10 products such as vapes, gummies, tinctures, and capsules at their local stores. With research still lacking on Delta-10 THC, not much is known about its medicinal values and side effects.
Delta-10 THC is legal in Florida. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized all hemp extracts, cannabinoids, and derivatives containing less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC in the United States. At the state level, Florida passed SB 1020, which also legalized all hemp-derived extracts, isomers, and cannabinoids. Hence, Floridians can purchase and use Delta-10 THC products (containing no more than 0.3% THC) without restrictions on product type, concentration, possession amount, or delivery method. However, marijuana-derived Delta-10 products are illegal in Florida because recreational marijuana is illegal in the state. Cannabis establishments selling Delta-10 products online are permitted to ship orders into Florida.
Delta-10 and Delta-8 THC are isomers of Delta-9 THC. Being isomers, Delta-10 and Delta-8 are molecularly similar with only a minor difference in structure. This slight difference in molecular structures accounts for their varying impacts on users. According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta-8 possesses antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and appetite-stimulating properties. Delta-8, like Delta-10, is naturally derived from hemp plants, but Delta-10 occurs in much lower quantities in hemp plants than Delta-8.
According to anecdotal evidence, Delta-10 THC is less potent than Delta-8 THC and delivers a more energizing and less sedating effect. Additionally, many users choose Delta-10 THC because it produces less anxiety and paranoia than other kinds of THC. Delta-8 THC is more potent than Delta-10 because it has a higher binding affinity to the CB1 receptors in the body than Delta-10.
According to reports, Delta-10 THC offers an uplifting and calming effect devoid of the intense euphoria and paranoia associated with other THC compounds. Delta-8 THC is more effective for reducing stress and improving mood. Since research on Delta-10 THC is limited, not much is known about its side effects. However, Delta-8 may produce side effects such as dryness of the eyes and mouth, drowsiness, fatigue, anxiety, and coordination problems.
Delta-10 and Delta-9 THC are also THC isomers. They both occur in cannabis; however, Delta-9 is more readily available in marijuana plants, while Delta-10 is typically sourced from hemp plants. These two compounds have several characteristics in common and some notable differences that make them unique. The most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis is Delta-9 THC. It is psychotropic and regulated federally and in most states in the United States. It offers calming effects at low dosages and is invigorating at higher doses. Common adverse effects of Delta-9 THC include dizziness, anxiety, and paranoia.
Delta-10 THC is much less abundant in cannabis than Delta-9 THC and is difficult to extract. Delta-10 THC products are legal at the federal level (if derived from hemp) and are readily accessible in the United States. Persons residing in states that prohibit Delta-9 THC and those who use cannabis products to aid work or study usually prefer Delta-10 over Delta-9 THC. Individuals who want to avoid cannabinoids that may induce sleep or lethargy also opt for Delta-10 over Delta-9.
Delta-9 products drastically affect users' mental states, making them subjectively more creative and relaxed but to the detriment of alertness and clarity. Although some individuals are able to use Delta-9 while working, many claim that it impairs their ability to focus. This is where Delta-10 THC shines. It has much of the same effects as Delta-9 but less of an influence on headspace. Hence, persons who need to work and do not want the perception-altering effects of Delta-9 THC prefer Delta-10.
Even though Delta-10's psychoactive effects typically wear off after a few hours, its metabolites stay much longer in the body. THC drug tests do not differentiate between the different THC isomers but detect the presence of THC metabolites. These metabolites may remain in your body for anywhere between a few hours to 90 days after using a THC product. While some drug tests have short detection windows, such as saliva and blood tests, hair follicle tests can detect THC levels for up to three months after use.
Still, several factors may affect how long THC metabolites stay in your body. These factors include:
Delta-10 THC products may be purchased from hemp shops, gas stations, vape stores, and CBD stores across Florida. The state allows cannabis businesses within Florida to manufacture and sell Delta-10 THC products to residents. Although the state specifies no age limit, some shops may have policies to only sell to adults. All forms of Delta-10 products are available to buyers as long as they do not contain more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC.
Alternatively, persons looking to purchase Delta-10 THC products may also buy from online vendors. Typically, online vendors have a greater variety of products in stock. Buyers can also compare products from several brands without having to drive around for the right ones.