Charlie, Bravo, DELTA!

Charlie, Bravo, DELTA!

What are the deltas we talk so much about in our industry?

A legal loophole unintentionally created by the 2018 Farm Bill and advancements in extraction methods legalized all versions of THC other than delta 9.

As long as delta-8 and delta-10 products come from hemp and contain less than 0.3% of delta-9 THC, they’re legal at the federal level. Let’s investigate some of the main differences as well as their effects, potency, and legal status.

Delta 8, 9 and 10 are isomers of THC. They have similar molecular structures but produce slightly different effects. All versions of THC can get you high as it interacts with the CB1 receptors in the brain. Delta 8 and 10 are much less potent than delta 9- making delta 8 and delta 10 more suitable for beginners. Delta 8 is said to produce more of a mellow feeling, while delta 10 is more motivating and energetic and delta 9 may boost appetite and be a little more calming.

 Delta 8:

  • Resembles indica strains
  • Doesn’t give full blown psychoactive effects
  • Prefer night use due to calm/relax effect
  • Longer shelf life
  • Doesn’t oxidize and degrade to CBN; like delta 9


Delta 9:

  • Most potent psychoactive effects
  • Used for pain relief
  • Federally illegal
  • Increased focus
  • Giddiness


Delta 10:

  • Resembles sativa strains
  • Increased euphoria
  • Used during daytime
  • Similar to delta 8
  • Boosts of energy
  • Complex to extract
  • Falls in between d8/d9 for potency

 In short, it is always recommended that you speak to your physician before adding THC to your daily routine. Delta-9 THC is the most common and well-studied form of THC. It’s an intoxicating chemical that people can use for medical purposes.

 As always, it’s important to exercise caution when using cannabis products. Only buy cannabis from reputable vendors, and avoid taking too much at once.







UrbanMatter Staff, youtech

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