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Cannabinoid Clinic: Delta-10 THC

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

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Welcome to Cannabinoid Clinic, an education project powered by Higher Learning LV. This series provides cannabis and hemp industry professionals with easily digested cannabinoid profiles that ask little of your time—but provide plenty of science-based information.


There are two categories of cannabinoids: Phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are those produced by cannabis/marijuana/hemp, while endocannabinoids are made by the human body. This series covers both.

Delta-10 THC molecular structure


What is Delta-10 THC?

The version of THC that differentiates hemp and cannabis, the measure of which has determined the market value of cannabis flowers and related products for decades, is delta-9 THC. However, a variety of analogs of this infamous molecule exist. These include THCA (no psychoactivity), delta-8 THC (about two-thirds the psychoactivity of the delta-9 isomer), and THCV (the varin version that delivers psychoactivity, but only in relatively potent doses).


THC molecular analogs include THCA (no psychoactivity), delta-8 THC (about two-thirds the psychoactivity of delta-9), and THCV (delivers psychoactivity, but only in relatively potent doses).

Like delta-8 THC, some wellness professionals and doctors who recommend cannabinoids for their patients prefer delta-10 because it conveys lower psychoactivity than delta-9, helping prevent increased anxiety or panic attacks—especially in consumers prone to these reactions.

Delta-10 THC is naturally occurring, but has been dubbed an "artificial cannabinoid" because it is found in only trace volumes in nature (with many plants containing no delta-10). Unfortunately, this had led to the emergence of an urban legend concerning delta-10 that incorrectly states that it does not occur in nature. Modern manufacturing processes, however, offer the ability to produce the molecule in volume by converting closely related cannabinoids.


Delta-10 THC is naturally occurring, but has been dubbed an "artificial cannabinoid" because it is found in only trace volumes in nature.

Some industry professionals believe that, during testing, delta-10 THC is commonly misidentified as similar cannabinoids, including CBC. "A lot of people had been seeing this mystery compound show up as a minor component on their distillate COAs [Certificates of Analysis], but they thought it was CBC," said Josh Jones, an organic chemist in California.


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