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Cannabis research is moving at a rapid pace and so is development of new cannabinoid products. Today, there are a host of different compounds derived from the hemp plant that offer different versions of the psychoactive and physiological effects you associate with cannabis.

Delta 9 THC is the one you likely think of when you think of cannabis. It is the most potently psychoactive cannabinoid in THC. Delta 10 THC is another cannabinoid and a relatively new one. Broadly speaking, it offers a mellower version of the effects of Delta 9 and enjoys more legal access across the U.S. because Delta 10 is federally legal while Delta 9 is not.

Read on to understand more about Delta 10, its benefits, how it compares to other cannabis products, and its legal status nationwide.

What Exactly Is Delta 10?

If you’ve used cannabis products, you’re likely familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It’s a cannabinoid — chemical compound — in the cannabis plant. It’s the main psychoactive compound in the plant and responsible for the “high” it creates.

However over the last few decades, scientists have discovered that there are many forms of THC, known as THC isomers. Simply put, isomers are compounds with the same chemical formula, but arranged differently. These new arrangements give them new pharmacological properties which, in turn, lead to different effects for the user.

The most popular one is Delta 9 THC which is sometimes used interchangeably with THC, since it transmits the full effects of that cannabinoid. Delta 10 is another such isomer, derived from hemp. As with all cannabinoid derivatives, it’s a naturally occurring compound found in trace amounts in the hemp plant.

It was discovered by accident by a lab in California trying to extract THC distillate. The residue used in that process left unidentified crystals that were thought to be other cannabinoids like CBC or CBL. After a lot of research, they were correctly categorized as Delta 10.

Today, Delta 10 is created by converting Delta 9 THC into Delta 10, or by adding certain chemicals during the cultivation process to get more of one isomer. At Zaza THC, all our products are tested for safety and impurities and manufactured in a GMP-certified facility. We take care as we make them so that you can use them carefree and enjoy the happy buzz they provide. 

Effects and Benefits of Delta 10

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Delta 10 is a cannabis compound and interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, binding to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and elsewhere. However, it has a weaker affinity for binding to these receptors than some other compounds and offers less potent effects.

Since it’s a form of THC it does result in a high, but a milder one than you would get with Delta 9. It’s thought to be more of a head buzz than a full body experience. Some people prefer Delta 10 because it is a product that offers less psychoactive effects like anxiety and paranoia as compared to products with a high THC concentration.

Many consider a Delta 10 high to be closer to one achieved with a sativa strain rather than an indica strain. Sativa strains are often used during the daytime owing to their uplifting, energizing, and creativity-inducing effects as opposed to indica strains which tend to provide more sedating effects.

Delta 10 is believed to offer benefits like stress relief, lifting low moods, soothing anxiety, and boosting energy. They find Delta 10 is better suited to this since it doesn’t create excessive euphoria as is possible with Delta 9.

Delta 10 is a cannabis product and can be used like one in a variety of ways, including oil cartridges, disposable vapes, topicals, tinctures, and edible gummies. Typically, smoking or vaping cannabis gets you a faster and more short-lived high than eating it, so find a usage method that suits your needs.

Difference Between Delta 10, Delta 9, and Delta 8

Researchers are discovering new cannabis compounds all the time and it’s easy to get confused between all of them.

Delta 9, derived from full-strength cannabis, offers the full range of psychoactive effects you expect from THC compounds.

Delta 8 and Delta 10, on the other hand, are derived from hemp. By law, Cannabis sativa plants that contain 0.3% THC or less are classified as hemp. By definition, both Delta 8 and Delta 10 offer you a milder high than you would get with Delta 9. They’re also synthesized in a lab by converting Delta 9 rather than taken from the plant directly. 

Delta 10 is the newest among these three compounds, while Delta 8 was discovered a while ago. Both are quite similar on a chemical level, but the latter offers a more sedating and euphoric experience than energetic and cerebral effects than Delta 10. Broadly speaking, Delta 10 is less potent than both Delta 8 and Delta 9.

It’s worth noting that research is still ongoing on all of these products and given everybody tends to react to cannabis differently, it’s important to read up on possible effects before using one or the other.

Is Delta 10 Legal?

The short answer is it depends. Delta 10, unlike Delta 9, is derived from hemp. And thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp-derived products, including cannabinoids, isomers, and derivatives are federally legal, provided they have less than 0.3% THC.

This is a benefit of Delta 10 in that it has wider access across the country. However, as with Delta 8, some states have decided to outlaw Delta 10 within their territory. As a result, most Delta 10 producers, including Zaza THC, are unable to ship to states where the laws are unclear. 

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