Delta-10-THC: The New THC Isomer

Written by Petar Petrov

Cannabinoids are becoming like technology products – just as you’ve caught wind of the latest thing, it’s not the latest anymore. A new novel cannabinoid has been discovered and captured everyone’s imagination.

Delta-10-THC might steal some of the spotlight from detla-8-THC. The two are even more similar than delta-8-THC and THC.


Similarities Between Delta-10-THC and Delta-8-THC


Both delta-8-THC and delta-10-THC are milder (but different) versions of THC.


THC Isomers

Like delta-8-THC, delta-10-THC has the same chemical makeup as THC (delta-9-THC), but its characteristic chemical double bond falls on the 10th carbon chain, as opposed to the 8th or 9th.


Legal Status

Both isomers currently exist in a legal gray zone or perhaps even loophole.

Since both appear naturally in trace amounts, they are produced predominantly through synthesis from CBD. In other words, they are derived from hemp. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, this should be all well and good. But under the DEA’s Interim Final Rule from August 20, 2020, “all synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain schedule I controlled substances.”

This rule, which is the most straightforward out of the whole document, basically renders delta-10-THC and delta-8-THC illegal, but this hasn’t really halted the latter’s surge in popularity.

Another segment of the document seems more ambiguous:

“The definition of “marihuana” continues to state that “all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L.,” and ‘every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant,’ are schedule I controlled substances unless they meet the definition of “hemp” (by falling below the 0.3% Δ9-THC limit on a dry weight basis) or are from exempt parts of the plant (such as mature stalks or non-germinating seeds).

CBD would seemingly qualify as such an “exempt part of the plant.”

Hence the gray zone, which borders on a proper paradox.


Differences Between Delta-10-THC and Delta-8-THC



Anecdotal evidence suggests delta-10-THC mirrors THC’s sativa side, while delta-8-THC recreates its indica aspect.

Delta-10-THC seems like a great fit for people who want a pure, milder taste of euphoria, focus, glee, creativity, and mental buzz, stripped of the potential paranoia and mind race. It’s hailed as a great daytime boost.

However, just because delta-10-THC is milder than THC doesn’t grant a carte blanche for irresponsible overconsumption, which would basically defeat the purpose of this safer and more innocent alternative.



So far, all we have is a pigeon study by cannabis research royalty Ralph Micheolam, which basically shows that delta-10-THC’s effects were less intense than the ones of THC. [1]

Only time will tell what will happen with delta-10-THC, considering the legal issues looming large over it. However, one thing is certain: a milder, cleaner version of THC that falls on its sativa side and can therefore work as the perfect daytime pick-me-up is a strong selling point for many people.


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