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Delta 10 THC: What Is It and What Can It Do?

Dave Kriegel
January 30, 2024

What is delta 10 THC?

Over the last few decades, cannabis researchers have discovered many forms of THC, known as THC isomers. The most well-known THC found in cannabis is technically called delta 9 THC. Today, there are various isomers like delta 8 THC and now delta 10 THC, or Δ10-THC. To put it simply, isomers are compounds that share an identical chemical formula but are arranged differently. This new structure usually comes with new pharmacological properties.

As we learned with delta 8 THC, this slight difference in chemical structure could translate into an entirely new experience for the user. The novelty has gotten cannabis users excited about trying these “new versions” of THC like delta 8 and delta 10. Just like a new weed strain, it offers an alternative to the same old high, and it comes with its own unique effects and benefits.

Delta 10 THC was actually discovered by accident. It was found by Fusion Farms in California when extracting THC distillate from a batch of cannabis that was contaminated with fire retardant. It formed these mysterious crystals that were originally misidentified as the cannabinoids CBC and CBL, and then properly identified as delta 10 THC, after months of research. Today, delta 10 is made using a conversion process similar to the one used for producing delta 8 concentrate. This is also the secret behind its clear appearance.

Does delta 10 THC get you high?

Yes. Since delta 10 is a form of THC, it has the potential to get you high. A delta 10 high is said to be less intense than delta 9 and delta 8. It’s also said to be more of a head buzz than a full body high. Delta 10 THC tends to have a weaker affinity for binding to the CB1 receptors, resulting in milder effects. According to some users, the effects of delta 10 are more akin to a sativa high versus an indica one, typically with less paranoia and anxiety.

Sativa strains provide effects that tend to be more uplifting and cerebral, making them better suited for daytime application. Especially compared to delta 8 gummies which tend to provide more of the sedative and couch-locking effects associated with indica strains.

Keep in mind that delta 10 THC could still potentially cause you to fail a drug test. Most testing facilities are not yet able to distinguish between various THC isomers. That means it could come up as positive for delta 9 THC. If you know you will be subjected to any kind of drug testing, you should avoid using delta 10 THC products altogether.

Cheef Botanicals Delta 10 Gummy Cubes

Cheef Botanicals Delta 10 Gummy Cubes

Kick off your delta 10 THC journey with a burst of sweetness. Formulated for a gentle rush of euphoria, these delta 10 gummies by Cheef Botanicals will set you on the road to a clear-headed high. Derived from simple, plant-based ingredients like cane sugar, apple pectin, and MCT oil. Cruelty-free and lab-tested.

Where to get delta 10 THC products

The availability of delta 10 products is pretty limited at the moment. We expect this to change sometime within the next year. Currently, there are a few companies like Botany Farms and Delta Effex offering delta 10 THC oil carts, disposables and raw delta 10 distillate. The delta 10 market will likely resemble the present delta 8 THC market. This may include delta 10 tinctures, gummies and other edibles, capsules, concentrates and oil. And of course, delta-10 THC flower isn’t outside of the realm of possibility in the upcoming future. Stick with brands that you trust, preferably ones that provide comprehensive certificates of analysis for all of their products.

Here is a summary of the delta 10 THC products that are currently available:

  • Oil cartridges
  • Disposable vapes
  • Raw distillate

And these are some potential delta 10 products we can expect to see in the future:

  • Edibles
  • Capsules
  • Tinctures
  • Flower
  • Beverages

Congress legalized hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill, and included all hemp compounds and derivatives, as long as they contain less than 0.3 percent delta 9 THC. In May 2022, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that delta 8 THC met the Farm Bill definition of a legal hemp product. The ruling apparently applies to other hemp-derived cannabinoids too, including delta 10 THC, although some attorneys warn that other federal courts may come to different conclusions.

However, the circuit court decision only applies to federal law. Individual states still have the ability to ban or restrict sales and possession of delta 10 and other hemp-derived cannabinoids. Delta 8 THC—which was the first hemp-derived cannabinoid to gain popularity—has already been banned in many states, or restricted to state-regulated cannabis dispensaries. The same could happen with delta 10 and related substances like HHC and THCP.

Hyper Delta 10 Disposable

Hyper Delta 10 Disposable

Stimulate your creativity with Hyper’s D10 disposable vape. Each pen is loaded with two grams of high-quality weed oil, including 1360 mg of delta 8 and 250 mg of delta 10 THC. Delta 10 is a mild, intoxicating cannabinoid, perfect for a smooth and subtle ride. Boosted with energizing sativa terpenes.

Benefits of delta 10 THC

Scientists have known about delta-10-THC for quite some time now. However, there really hasn’t been much lab research focused on this particular cannabinoid for a variety of reasons. Since it occurs in such negligible amounts naturally, it wasn’t even on the radar for most cannabis researchers until recently. There is a lot more work that needs to be done regarding the effects of delta 10 THC consumption, here are some reasons you might want to try it.

  • Available online for purchase in most states
  • Produced from plants containing less than 0.3% delta 9 THC
  • Provides more of a psychoactive experience than CBD
  • Offers a new experience to cannabis users from the traditional delta 9 high, especially when combined with other various cannabinoids and terpene profiles
  • Invigorating sativa-like effects are desirable for daytime consumption
  • Lab tested products are screened for contaminants, pesticides, residual solvents, vitamin e acetate etc. making them a safer option over THC cartridges sold on the streets.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dave has always had a passion for helping people quit smoking. As a former smoker himself, he knew how hard it could be. As soon as he learned about vaping, he instantly became obsessed with it and helped many people stop smoking. Vaping360 has given Dave a platform to do this on a much larger scale, by educating the public about the wonders of vaping. When Dave is not writing he is either listening to music, performing it, or cruising around on his Penny board.
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Mary Wallace
Mary Wallace
9 months ago

I bought a delta 10 thc distillate prerolled joint, “White Runtz” today, 4-27-2023. It has a expiration date of 4-25-22 and I am wonderingif it has been expired for over a year, is it any good? Also I was reading about the Delta 10 and it said it had been exposed to a “Fire Retardent”, surely it isnt safe, so I am concerned about smoking it plus it being out of date for over a year. What do you advise?

Jim McDonald
Jim McDonald
9 months ago
Reply to  Mary Wallace

What you have here is hemp flower with a coating of delta 10 distillate. It won’t be dangerous to smoke (other than the usual risks of smoking anything), but any year-old cannabis flower is likely to be very dry and harsh to inhale (thus the “expiration” date, which is just a guideline for freshness).

1 year ago

Delta 10 THC is stronger than delta 8 but weaker than delta 9. Thc-o is a triple binder that makes things stronger but offers no individual high. Thc-p is the strongest. HHC is just hydrogenated THC, it burns weird, tastes odd, and offers a subpar high.
D8/d10/thco could be compatible to half a peak high from delta 9.
Thc-p is a newer one that can come out stronger. Look at the utoya entourage 150mg thcp vape. With thco, or hhco and it gives you a intense super potent affect.

4 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan

If it comes from a reputable company they use an acid to convert cbd to either D8 or D10. Both chemicals are present in Cannabis but in very small quantities.They are actually part of THC degrade. When trichomes go amber that’s the first stage of the THC degrading.This makes the high heavier than milky trichomes. The presence of the other two deltas albeit very minor is that lil extra. I make that statement our of theory. I know the high is heavier with amber trichomes. My theory is that its presence of all the deltas are why the amber is… Read more »