OCT 29, 2021 3:19 PM PDT

The Happenstance Discovery of Delta 10 THC

WRITTEN BY: Kerry Charron

The random discovery of Delta 10 is a good example of how cannabis science has only just begun to explore the complexity of minor cannabinoids and related extraction practices. According to Extraction Magazine, Delta 10 was accidentally discovered when Fusion Farms noticed strange crystals forming in the distillate processed from biomass that was tainted by fire retardant spray. This discovery has inspired Fusion Farms and many other cannabis processors to investigate more environmentally friendly ways to produce Delta 10.  

Like Delta 8, Delta 10 is only found in trace amounts in the cannabis plant. It produces euphoric feelings, but the psychoactive effects are less pronounced and have a slower onset than those of Delta 9. Many consumers describe Delta 10 as a mood and energy enhancer similar to the effects of a sativa strain. While those that have tried Delta 8 compare its anxiety and pain reducing effects to the properties of an indica strain. Delta 8, 9, and 10 are very similar in terms of molecular structure except for the specific carbon where the double bond is located.  The double bond is located on the eighth carbon for Delta 8, the ninth carbon for Delta 9, and the tenth carbon for Delta 10. These similarities and differences among cannabinoids highlight Delta 10’s unique isomerization needs and specific treatments for boosting physical energy levels and mental wellness.

Producers of Delta 8 and Delta 10 will continue to navigate the loophole in cannabis policy and scrutiny associated with these two cannabinoids. Many states have banned Delta 10 for the same safety and legal concerns they have banned Delta 8. Delta 10 is federally legal and legal to produce and sell in 38 states, so future cannabis regulatory action has significant implications for Delta 10 isomerization practices and medical cannabinoid research.   


Sources: Extraction Magazine, Hemp Grower

About the Author
Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Kerry Charron writes about medical cannabis research. She has experience working in a Florida cultivation center and has participated in advocacy efforts for medical cannabis.
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