Yo, what’s good? It’s your boy Dan, and today we’re talking about delta-8, delta-9, and delta-10 THC. You’ve probably heard of them, but do you really know what they are and how they differ from each other? Let’s dive into it.
When we talk about cannabis, we usually refer to delta-9 THC. It’s the OG, the classic, the one that gets you high. But things get tricky when we start talking about delta-8 and delta-10, along with other cannabinoids.
Now, here’s the thing. The 2018 Farm Bill separated hemp from cannabis. And the key difference between the two is that hemp has less than 0.3% delta-9 THC (on a dry weight basis). But guess what? Delta-9 THC is not the only cannabinoid that can get you lit. Using legally grown hemp, people have been able to convert CBD to delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC, and other intoxicating cannabinoids through a process called isomerization.
Delta-8 and delta-10 THC have slight differences in their chemical structure compared to delta-9 THC. And since they are created using hemp and have less than 0.3% delta-9 THC, they are technically legal under federal law.
But let’s talk effects. Delta-8 and delta-10 THC are similar to delta-9 THC but slightly less potent. They still get you high though! The problem is that there are some sketchy standards around them, which can result in inconsistent potency.
And hold up, there’s more. There are other intoxicating cannabinoids out there such as THC-P and HHC that are created using similar chemical processes as delta-8 and delta-10 THC. Some even claim that THC-P is more potent than regular delta-9 THC due to better binding to your endocannabinoid receptors. But yo, be careful with these products because most of them are developed without many restrictions or testing requirements and can be harmful.
Now let’s talk about THC-O (acetate), a similar chemical compound used for its intoxicating effects. But here’s the thing: heating THC-O can form ketene which is toxic to your lungs. Plus, the DEA recently said that most forms of THC-O are not actually found in hemp, making it as illegal as your standard cannabis rich in delta-9 THC.
And here’s the real kicker. Even if these cannabinoids are legal under federal law, they may not be legal in your state. Also, a new version of the Farm Bill is coming out in 2023 which could change things up for the hemp-derived cannabinoid industry.
So there you have it folks. Delta-8, delta-9, and delta-10 THC along with other intoxicating cannabinoids all have their differences and similarities. But no matter what you choose to indulge in, always be cautious and make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Stay safe out there!