It feels like yesterday when Delta-8-THC burst onto the cannabis scene, and it already isn’t even the hot, new cannabinoid anymore, with Delta-10-THC following in its footsteps. But just how far can Delta-10-THC reach, and can it give Delta-8-THC a run for its money, especially in light of the latter’s ambiguous legal status, hanging in the balance of a very gray area?
A cannabinoid’s popularity depends on many factors, which go beyond its customer appeal. While consumer demand is king, economic feasibility for manufacturers is a very close second. And as far as that goes, Delta-8-THC and Delta-10-THC are in the same boat. They appear naturally in very trace amounts, which is why the majority of their products are the result of synthesis.
As far the customer appeal, while both isomers compete for the same niche – a milder THC alternative – they branch out into their own sub-niches.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that Delta-8-THC leans more on the indica side, promoting relaxation and sleep, while Delta-10-THC’s effects are more akin to the sativa experience, inducing mild euphoria, creativity, focus, buzz, and energy. This is the biggest separation between the two isomers so far.
It’s very hard to say which cannabis category is more popular among consumers, sativa or indica. For one, more and more people realize that these categories are too broad and vague to account for the gamut of cannabis nuances. To make predictions harder, legitimate polls and research on this matter are extremely scarce. While sativa has long seemed to be the average consumer’s preferred choice because of its more fun, upbeat nature, this cannabis map suggests otherwise – perhaps more experienced consumers, or “stoners” if you will, prefer the deep, dreamy relaxation of indica.
In other words, it’s virtually impossible to say with certainty which of the two isomers would hold more appeal. If this was about an investment in the stock market and I was a betting man, I’d probably say that Delta-10-THC could surpass Delta-8-THC, because its sativa-esque, uplifting nature lends itself better to the role of a milder, more clear-headed THC alternative. Consumers with a penchant for the indica spectrum are more likely to want the real thing, the whole nine yards. With that being said, even die-hard “stoners” need to take it down a notch sometimes, so Delta-8-THC’s niche is still a very valuable one.
Most of all, both Delta-8-THC and Delta-10-THC offer something CBD doesn’t – that distinctive high.
Perhaps the biggest question regarding both Delta-8-THC’s and Delta-10-THC’s futures, is: Will they remain legal? If the answer is “yes,” there will be plenty of consumer demand to go around for both. If the answer is “no,” however, nothing else would matter.
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