The Difference Between Delta 8, Delta 9 and Delta 10
, by Peter Corstjens, 6 min reading time
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, by Peter Corstjens, 6 min reading time
Every wondered what some of the main differences are between Delta 8 vs Delta 9 vs Delta 10? We've explored the chemistry and translated it into layman's terms in an effort to simplify some of the biggest differences. With that being said, let's have a look at the history and chemical differences between these cannabinoids.
Since the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, after so many years of prohibition the window of scientific progress opened up a rapid advancement in cannabinoid knowledge. What was once seen as only CBD or THC as being the only worthwhile phytocannabinoids in cannabis became seemingly like a new phytocannabinoid being talked about monthly. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9 THC) is the most familiar cannabinoid, being loved for its binding potential at the cb1 endocannabinoid receptor as well as other positive effects. Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 8 THC) and delta-10-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 10 THC) are two isomers of Delta 9 THC that are also found naturally in cannabis plants. These two newer THCs were found to have somewhat similar effects as Delta 9 THC. We will explore the differences between them hopefully making it easier to choose which is best for you.
As shown in the picture, we can see that Delta 8, 9 and 10 THC all have a very similar chemical structure as well as the same chemical formula, which makes them isomers of each other. The only difference between each isomer is the position of the double bond as shown in figure 1. This position of the carbon-carbon double bond, in turn does affect the binding affinity to the CB1 receptor. Due to the relative newness of Delta 10 THC, there has not been abundant research on it. We know from one paper that Delta 9 THC has range of reported Ki values for CB1 as 5.05–80.3 (nmol l-1) while Delta 8 THC had a range of 44–47.6 (nmol l-1). The lower the number means the stronger binding ability at the receptor. Delta 8 THC is shown to have a lower affinity than Delta 9 THC, while Delta 10 THC is not presently known it is thought to lay somewhere in between Delta 9 and Delta 8 THC.
We are all somewhat familiar with some of the ailments people are suffering through that reach out to cannabinoids such as THC for relief. THC is known to help with pain and can bind to the receptor CB2 in addition to CB1, which supports its effectiveness with pain. As Delta 8 and Delta 10 are similar, you can expect somewhat similar effects but possibly slightly less so. For instance some users of Delta 8 THC notice that it seems to help with pain a little more than Delta 9. Insomnia is another common ailment that people have traditionally reached out to Delta 9 THC for relief. In this case many users have noted Delta 10 THC to be more energetic which may negate the ability to fall asleep. The munchies from cannabis we are all familiar with but one paper published showed that Delta 8 THC had a demonstrated increase in food consumption, which could help those suffering from low appetite.
The THCs Delta 8, 9 and 10 are all found in Cannabis sativa naturally. The plant when making Delta 9 THC, it is thought that a possible byproduct of this process is the reason Delta 8 or Delta 10 THC is found in smaller amounts than Delta 9 THC. Chemists were able to discover conversions where CBD obtained from hemp could through a series of reactions make Delta 8 or Delta 10 THC. Historically we know that the THCs have always been present in Cannabis without any known substantial adverse reactions to them and in their isolated form are not unhealthy. While these naturally occurring cannabinoids called phytocannabinoids are generally regarded as safer, you should always avoid the “spice” synthetic cannabinoids. These “spice’ synthetic cannabinoids are dangerous because many of them exhibit full agonist activity at the CB1 receptor causing a cascade of severe results including addiction. It should be noted that often these spice compounds have a very different chemical structure than cannabinoids. Purchasing cannabinoids from respected vendors like Vivimu will ensure you never get stuck with “spice”.
If you’re looking for quality cannabinoids look no further than Vivimu, the trusted vendor that has virtually any cannabinoid on the marketplace. For Delta 9 THC they have REC’d gummies, each gummy consisting of 10mg of Delta 9 THC but is still under 0.03% by weight. They come in four flavors, each gummy also boasting 30mg of CBD. Vivimu also has Delta 10 and Delta 8 gummies both offered in six delicious flavors and boasting 25mg of THC per gummy for a value that can’t be beat. If you prefer to make or mix your own products Vivimu also has available in bulk form both Delta 10 and Delta 8 THC distillate oil for sale. The Vivimu Delta 8 THC distillate is available in increments from 3.5 to 1000 grams and offers purity of over 94% Delta 8 THC. The Vivimu Delta 10 THC distillate is available in increments from 3.5 to 28 grams and offers over 93% purity.
One of the most important decisions in purchasing cannabinoids is where can I purchase cannabinoids safe, effective and at a fair price? When considering possible sources for purchasing CBD or CBDA try to avoid vendors known for questionable products. Once narrowed down, most products unless new to the market will have a C.O.A. or lab results listed. Here is a link to the C.O.A. for Delta 10 THC from Vivimu, showing what you should look for when considering making a purchase. hese reports will give you all the information needed to make a fair assessment on the quality of the product. For all products you want to ensure it contains less than 0.03% D9 THC. You will want to verify the cannabinoid content as it compares to the product advertisement. The test results should also include other cannabinoids found and their percentages. Lastly ensure that solvents and heavy metals were tested for in the test results with none detected.
The bottom line is that we are lucky to have 3 different isomers of THC available for use and they all are similar - with only the location of a carbon-carbon double bond being different. The general pattern is from strongest to weakest is Delta 9 THC, Delta 10 THC and Delta 8 THC. Although by this standard Delta 8 is “weaker” this is not always the case, for instance when eaten, Delta 8 THC is converted by our body in a similar manner as Delta 9 THC causing a very strong “edible” effect. Whatever THC you think is best for you, VIVIMU has it available, and you have the comfort knowing it is safe and of the highest quality.