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Demand for Delta 8 and 10 Continue to Soar

Lisa Rennie
Written by Lisa Rennie

There are so many other tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds to discover, and a couple that have caught recent attention are Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC. Delta 9 is the more commonly known THC compound and is responsible for inducing psychoactive effects in those who consume it.

Delta 8 may be less familiar among cannabis enthusiasts, though it has rapidly increased in popularity recently. This compound is Delta 9’s molecular neighbor that has a much milder effect on the mind. It offers a euphoric feeling without such an intense high.

But perhaps even less known is Delta 10, which appears in much more trace amounts than other THC compounds. In fact, the compound is present in such small amounts in the cannabis plant that it can often be overlooked by laboratories or mistaken for another compound.

As such, extracting Delta 10 from the plant can be challenging as it requires advanced technology and plenty of effort. Like Delta 8, Delta 10’s psychoactive effects are a lot weaker than Delta 9 THC.

That said, both Delta 8 and 10 are becoming increasingly popular. So popular, in fact, that they’re highly sought after these days, and their popularity continues to skyrocket.

Delta 10 is becoming known as the next big thing after Delta 8 recently took off. Like Delta 8, Delta 10 is a molecular relative of Delta 9. And since it’s a THC isomer, it has similar mind-altering properties as Delta 9.

When consumed, both Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC bind to the CB1 receptors in the central nervous system, especially in the brain. But they also interact to some degree with the CB2 receptors, though much is still unknown about this interaction since they’ve been discovered only recently, particularly Delta 10.

The growing popularity of Delta 8 and 10 in the cannabis industry isn’t expected to wane any time soon. In response, brands are beefing up their production to meet the rising demands.

Many consumers may be looking for a compound with similar effects of cannabidiol (CBD) but perhaps more potent, particularly when it comes to its psychoactive effects. Many consumers are looking for deeper relaxation, and in some cases, CBD may not always be enough.

 

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