Major Differences Between Delta 8, Delta 9, and Delta 10


The cannabis plant is a gift from nature to mankind in many ways. It comprises a diverse range of chemical compounds, including cannabinoids.

CBD and THC are two major cannabinoids that we’ve all heard about. However, THC comes in a different variety of forms and not just two. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol in scientific terms is a highly strong cannabinoid with psychoactive qualities that can have mind-altering or hallucinogenic effects.

Interest in the various forms of THC has developed in recent years due to its multiple health benefits and euphoric effects.

What Is Delta 8?

Delta-8 THC is a compound found in all cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana. It is not, however, a “major cannabinoid,” unlike its counterpart, Delta-9. Delta-8 is a minor cannabinoid since it’s only found in tiny concentrations in these plants.

Its extraction is laborious and expensive due to the low quantities available in natural hemp. Delta-8-THC has a similar chemical structure to THC, with a few noticeable changes. While the two have many similarities, such as boosting appetite, lowering nausea, and relieving pain, delta-8-THC has a lower psychoactive potency than THC when inhaled or smoked.

Delta-8 is half as powerful as delta-9, a milder version of the regular THC, but it can develop side effects if consumed in larger quantities.

Delta-8 is a considerably more stable cannabinoid. It does not oxidize and decay into CBN like delta-9, resulting in a significantly longer shelf life at the same strength.

What Is Delta-9? 

Delta-9 is the most abundant and powerful cannabinoid in cannabis, commonly known as THC, Weed, or Marijuana. 

Delta-9 has certain psychotropic effects on the brain, getting you high and lucid. Despite having molecular structure similarity to D8, Delta-9 is far more potent when compared to D8. 

Delta-9 is also the most versatile in terms of effects. Its benefits include emotional uplift, energy, relaxation, contentment, pain relief, head change, and everything else in between. 

The amount of head change that you feel depends on the number of cannabinoids, THC, and terpenes present in whatever form you’re consuming it in. Generally, Delta-9 THC is usually found in marijuana. 

However, Delta-9 carries many side effects. Users have reported that they experienced unexpected hunger, anxiety, paranoia, and bewilderment. Due to its psychotropic effects, you may experience jittery, inattentiveness, and mood swings.

What Is Delta-10? How Was It Found? 

Delta-10 is an isomer of Delta-9 THC. It is one of the hundred-plus cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants. 

Some of the most commonly known cannabinoids are such as THC, CBD, and CBG. However, Delta-10 is a small isomer of D9 that has eluded scientists for many years. 

Delta-10 is just another weed strain offering the same old high but with its uniqueness and benefits. Fusion Farms linked the synthesis of Delta 10 THC, during the extraction of THC distillate after the contamination of fire retardants. Attempts to replicate the conversion, however, were unsuccessful.

The corporation continued to hunt for a production system that could be managed to create Delta-10. As a result, they enlisted the aid of organic research scientist Josh Jones, Ph.D. The purpose was to disassemble the Delta 10 reaction mechanism and reverse engineer it. Jones made a significant discovery.

A catalyst can be made using a combination of food-grade ingredients. As a result, this combination has the potential to convert Delta 9 THC to Delta 10 THC.

The disadvantage of this approach is that it has only produced poor yields so far. Furthermore, since it is created from delta 9 THC rather than CBD or Hemp, D10 products remain a schedule 1 restricted substance.

Key Differences 

Delta-8 can aid in:

  • Relaxation
  • Stress Management 
  • Sleep Regulation 
  • Muscle Pain Recovery 
  • Is Anti-Inflammatory, etc.

However, apart from these health benefits, D8 can also be a great alternative to nicotine addiction. 

Effects Of Delta-9 Include:

  • Head Change 
  • Lucid 
  • Satisfaction 
  • Stoning 
  • Memory and senses coordination, etc. 

Delta-9 is commonly consumed via marijuana. However, it carries many side effects such as depression, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, etc. 

Delta-10 Users Experienced:

  • Happiness 
  • Attentiveness 
  • Concentration 
  • Increased Energy 
  • Increased Creativity 

Furthermore, not many studies have been conducted on D10 due to its unavailability to the general public, hence if effects and properties remain unknown. 

How Are They Extracted?


Delta-8 is extracted from hemp. However, due to its low concentrations, the D8 extraction process is quite long and expensive. Where a full process of isolation, distillation, and extraction is performed using heavy machinery to extract pure D8.


D9 is present in large quantities inside the cannabis flowers. Also known as the marijuana flowers. However it usually only goes through a purification process and then crushed for usage. 


Fusion Farming, a cannabis company based in California, discovered Delta-10 by accident as a result of a forest fire. They’d purchased some hemp extract concentrates made from outdoor-grown cannabis. The flowers, however, were tainted with fire retardants.

Delta-10 was found in trace amounts inside the D9 distillate. Currently, scientists are developing new, more effective methods for selective extraction of D10 in hopes of creating larger amounts of organic Delta-10 THC. 

Purged D10: A good D10 extract with CBD isolate requires a combination of acids and solvents. When a substance is purged to remove any pollutants, it is said to be purged.

Extraction From Crude CBD & Vitamin C Derivatives

All three of these cannabinoids, Delta-8, Delta-9, and Delta-10 THC can be produced via chemical processes using crude CBD / CBD isolate. However, they can be extracted in small amounts using standard extraction procedures as well.

Vitamin C derivatives and carbon are involved in the chemical modification of crude CBD. Vitamin C is prone to oxidation. Vitamin C derivatives, on the other hand, are more stable. The specific techniques of manufacture are most likely still a trade secret.

Are They Legal? 

Delta-8: This is a legally controlled substance and is also used for many medicinal purposes as well. 

Delta-9: Commonly known as THC and Marijuana is illegal on a federal level in many countries including the US.

Delta-10: Being extracted from D9, Delta-10 is an illegal substance, however, due to its unavailability, any federal laws regarding D10 products are yet to be formed.

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