In addition to the well known 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also known as delta-9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD), there are almost 100 other cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. With more and more emerging research into the effects and potential benefits of the various cannabinoids, there are two which have attracted both attention and confusion—delta-8 THC and delta-10 THC. So what are these two cannabinoids exactly? What do they have in common and how are they different? Read on to find out.

The Difference Between Delta 10 THC, Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC

In comparison to delta-9, both of the delta cannabinoids have a less potent psychoactive effect—which could be an asset if you are curious about incorporating cannabis into your lifestyle but are worried about the high potency of Delta-9 products on the market.

While the experience varies depending on the user and product, it is generally accepted that delta-8 THC provides a gentler, more euphoric high with less paranoia than delta-9. Delta-10 is even gentler than delta-8, with more relaxing calming effects, again with less paranoia and anxiety and without the stuck in the couch feeling that some high potency delta-9 strains are known for.

Why Choose Delta-8 or Delta-10 THC

Given their different effects consumers may choose between the Deltas for a variety of reasons. Given the happy, uplifting feeling delta-8 is known for it may be a better choice for those who want to experience a light cannabis high but still be able to reasonably function (just don’t drive, it’s still considered intoxication). There are also anecdotal reports of feeling more creative while under the influence of Delta-8 so take that into account if your plan is for an afternoon of art or music. Given its generally lighter effect, delta-10 may be a better choice for those who are interested in trying cannabis but whose bodies aren’t adapted to the effects of delta-9. Therefore delta-10 can be a gentler entry point into the cannabis world.

Common Uses of Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC

Both delta-8 and delta-10 are used to vary the cannabis experience. While Delta-9 THC has been studied for its potential to reduce chemotherapy induced nausea, relieve pain, control muscle spasms, and aid in promoting a healthy sleep cycle (1), not every consumer wants the intense high associated with delta-9 products. While there are currently no studies that suggest that the different THCs can be used interchangeably, it is believed that they all affect the body’s endocannabinoid receptors in a similar manner.

Where to find Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC

Since it is synthesised from hemp derived CBD the prevailing belief is that, thanks to the 2018 farm bill, delta-10 is legal throughout the United States. delta-10 can commonly be found on sale in states where medical cannabis is not available, as well as throughout the country. However, since THC is classified as a Schedule 1 substance, there are some states where delta-8 and delta-10 are illegal or are available in a legal grey area. Be sure to check with your state for the pertinent local laws. Both delta-8 and delta-10 can be found in cannabis dispensaries in states where medical and/or recreational cannabis use has been approved—there are also online retailers catering to those states.

Which is better—Delta-8 or Delta-10?

Due to the variances in user experience, there is no clear winner between the deltas—it just depends on what effect you’re after. So try different formulas and remember the cannabis adage “start low and go slow”—start with a low dose and give plenty of time in between to better gauge the effects of each dose.