Delta 8 THC vs. Delta 9 THC vs. Delta 10 THC and THC-OOctober 10, 2021 9:10 pm Categorised in: CBD Education Leave your thoughts
What do Delta 8 THC, Delta 10 THC, and THC-O have in common? Well for starters, all these compounds are from both hemp and marijuana plants. Delta 8 and Delta 9 in particular share very similar compositions. Delta 9 THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana and hemp. THC-O on the other hand is the short form for THC-O-Acetate, also known as THC Acetate and ATHC.
Although these compounds are all derivatives from the same plant, a difference between THC-O and the Delta compounds is how they are produced. ATHC or THC-O can only be produced within a laboratory setting. Unlike the other compounds, ATHC requires precise know-how and a specific set of tools.
Understanding Their Chemical Structure
Both Delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC are known as THC analogs. This means they have a chemical composition similar to the standard Delta 9 THC. On a chemical level, the difference between both compounds is the location of the double bond within the carbon chain. Judging from its name, Delta 8’s double bond occurs on the eighth bond and the tenth in Delta 10. These little differences make all the difference about how the cannabinoids interact with your body’s cannabinoid receptors. CB1 receptors are responsible for interacting with Delta 9 THC. Delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC both bond with the CB2 receptors.
THC-O on the other hand is not a naturally occurring cannabinoid-like Delta 8 and Delta 9. The compound is only produced when raw cannabis is exposed to a process known as decarboxylation. This process also removes all other chemical compounds including terpenes and flavonoids and leaves behind a potent THC isolate that has no flavor or aroma.
Within its natural state, the compound resembles a heavy brown liquid that looks very similar to motor oil. This among other reasons is why THC-O is an analog. Analogs are compounds that have similar structures to that of other compounds but differ simply in respect to a particular component. In the case of THC-O, THC is the original compound making THC-O an analog.
Reviewing Their Effects on The Body
A major effect noticed by Delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC users is the differences in effect the compounds have on their minds and body. For most users, the consensus is neither Delta 8 nor Delta 10 THC have the same potency as Delta 9. This makes the compounds a lot more ‘manageable’. That’s especially true for new users who are less likely to experience overwhelming psychoactive effects.
Delta 8 THC can sometimes be similar to indica marijuana strains and it causes a relaxed and sleepy feeling. D8 users can also experience feeling lazy or tired so it is better to use it at night or after work. Delta 10, on the other hand, is similar to the Sativa strains of marijuana and may provide an uplifting feeling, increased drive, and motivation and an increase in energy levels. Both compounds can trigger feelings of euphoria without any side effect of anxiety or paranoia. That is sometimes a side effect of Delta 9 THC.
The medicinal effects of THC are well-known to avid users of the substance. And with THC-O, users can continue to enjoy those benefits as well. The difference between both substances is in their high. With THC-O, people say effects may be spiritual and introspective, with some users describing the high as similar to that of LSD and shrooms, something not attainable with regular THC products.
Finally, it is important to note as with all other cannabis-related products to be careful with your usage. As a company, we regularly advise all first-time users to begin with a light dose. From there, work your way up to their optimal dose.