Knowing the Differences Between Delta THCs

When it comes to cannabinoids, THC is far and away the most familiar. It’s the psychoactive compound in marijuana that’s known for creating feelings of euphoria and calmness—and it’s what gives you the propensity to snack like a fiend and stay glued to the couch. But not all THC compounds are the same. More and more, it’s important for cannabis users to understand the difference between Delta 8, 9 and 10 THC.

If you’re new to cannabis products and need a quick science catch-up, here’s your guide to explaining Delta 8, Delta 9 and Delta 10 THC.

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 THC is a compound created during the biosynthesis of THC. It has one less covalent bond than naturally occurring THC. Unlike Delta 9 THC, which is the most common form of THC in cannabis plants, Delta 8 compounds are less potent, which makes them great for beginners and occasional dabblers. Delta 8 is legal at the federal level and in most states.

Like many other cannabinoids discovered within the plant, Delta 8 creates a psychoactive effect when consumed. Delta 8 is also associated with analgesic effects, which means it can suppress pain. The chief draw of this version of the cannabinoid is that there’s less of a paranoia effect associated with it, making it more suitable for those who suffer from anxiety while using psychoactive compounds.

What is Delta 9 THC?

Delta 9 THC is the most common form of THC in cannabis. It’s the purest version of the compound and will give you an intense high, and it carries both therapeutic benefits and psychoactive effects. Delta 9 may increase heart rate slightly when used medicinally, but will leave you feeling relaxed.

Delta 9 THC is also known for creating a “stoned” effect, which means it’ll leave you feeling physically sedated. When used in small doses, this compound can be a great way to relieve stress and relax the muscles. It also has both pain management properties and the capability of increasing appetite—hence “the munchies.”

What is Delta 10 THC?

Delta 10 THC is not naturally occurring in cannabis plants. It’s created during the process of converting Delta 9 THC into tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). This process involves removing a carboxyl ring, which leaves behind the Delta 10 THC compound.

When it comes to psychoactive effects, Delta 10 is not as strong as other forms of THC. Though it does carry pain relief properties, CBD may actually be a better option for those looking for an analgesic effect without intense sedation. It’s also used to avoid inducing feelings of paranoia sometimes associated with THC.

How are Delta 8, 9 and 10 different for you?

Delta 8, 9 and 10 all have varying effects on the body. For example, Delta 10 THC is not as potent as Delta 9 THC, but can be useful for those looking to avoid feelings of sedation and paranoia that come with using the psychoactive compound. Delta 8 may carry anti-nausea effects and pain relief properties. However, it’s unlikely to give you a feeling of intoxication or a “high”—which can be a plus for those looking to avoid these effects.

Delta 8, 9 and 10 THC have their own therapeutic and psychoactive effects, so it’s worth doing a little research to decide how each compound can benefit you. Questions? Emporium Tobacco & Gifts is here to help!