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The Deltas

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The Deltas

Editor's note: This entry is incomplete, and is undergoing revision. The CannaScholar editor‑in‑chief will release the completed version in the coming months; at which time this notice will be removed. In the meantime, we present the following article; which serves as an introductory overview of the topic. We are grateful for your understanding. As always, you are welcome to reach out to a certified Hempist with any questions.

What Is “Delta”?

First, the technical definition: The THC molecule’s assigned delta variant refers to the location within the molecule’s carbon atom chain where a double bond is to be found.

Peer through your lab microscope, and you’ll find that Delta-8 THC flaunts that double bond on the eighth carbon atom; whereas Delta-9 THC boasts it on the ninth.

The THC Deltas: Δ8, Δ9, and Δ10

Delta-8, Delta-9, and Delta-10 represent differing configurations of the THC molecule. Each isomer can induce euphoria and alter pain perception; with varying effects dependent upon on the amount consumed.

  • Delta-9 is the most potent of the three.
  • Delta-8’s potency is approximately half to two-thirds that of Delta-9.
  • Delta-10’s potency data remains unclear, but anecdotal evidence suggests it may be less potent than Delta-9.

Given their shared THC structure, Delta-8 and Delta-10 produce effects akin to Delta-9; albeit with contrasting intensity profiles.

In comparison with the more widely known Delta-9 and Delta-8, little is known about Delta-10. We lack solid evidence on its effects and interactions with the human body.

Dosing advice

Sensitivity to THC varies among individuals, with dosages ranging from 1-5mg, to 100-150mg. Caution is advised; start with low amounts and wait at least 10 minutes after inhalation; or up to an hour with edibles. Edibles may require up to 2 hours to reach peak effects. Note that, in terms of effects, 15mg of Delta-9 may equate to 35-45mg of Delta-8.

Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC interacts predominantly with CB1 receptors, offering neuroprotective benefits and a sense of euphoria when paired with CBD. The synergy with CBD is beneficial, as CBD impacts CB2 receptors, aiding in inflammation control. Despite similarities with Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 provides a milder, more manageable high; reducing the likelihood of anxiety and paranoia.

Delta-9 THC

Delta-9 THC represents the primary psychoactive component in cannabis. Its influence on both CB1 and CB2 receptors, can provide a profound euphoric effect. Novices should approach Delta-9 with caution due to its potency. At higher doses, it may induce anxiety and paranoia in some users; but we’ve found these symptoms to be considerably less prevalent in regions where its use is not persecuted. (I know, go figure.)

Delta-10 THC

While Delta-10 THC exists naturally in cannabis in negligible amounts, commercially available products are typically synthetically derived. Authentic natural Delta-10 THC is rare and expensive; often exceeding $1000 per gram. Users should be wary of its uncharted effects.

THC-O = Avoid

THC-O (tetrahydrocannabinol acetate) is a synthetic cannabinoid that is not found naturally in the cannabis plant. It is created in a laboratory by chemically modifying other cannabinoids; such as Delta-8 THC or Delta-9 THC.

Key points

  • Synthetic, not natural: THC-O is not derived from cannabis plants like other cannabinoids; such as CBD, CBG, and THC.
  • Chemical synthesis: It is made using acetic anhydride, a chemical commonly used in plastics, dyes, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Limited research: There is little scientific or medical understanding of how THC-O interacts with the human body.
  • Potential risks: Due to the lack of research, and its synthetic origin, experts have raised concerns about the potential health risks posed by THC-O.
  • Caveat emptor: THC-O products are commonly available at gas stations and online, despite the lack of research data.

Our stance

Cloud Hempistry is committed to providing safe and natural cannabinoid products. We do not use any synthetic cannabinoids; and this includes especially THC-O. We prioritize education and transparency, and we urge consumers to be cautious of any products containing this synthetic compound.

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Disclaimer: The content presented by Cloud Hempistry, LLC, here on the CannaScholar blog, or elsewhere, is provided solely for educational purposes only; and is not intended to constitute medical advice. You should consult your physician prior to using cannabis to determine if it is appropriate for your particular needs and goals.

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