Delta 10 vs Delta 8: What’s the THC Difference?

The cannabis plant contains more than 400 chemical entities.

An extremely complex plant, we know very little about the majority of these chemicals. But as the popularity of the cannabis plant grows, more research is done to find out how they can benefit us.

Two of the chemical compounds we’ve learned about more recently are delta 10 and delta 8. These cannabinoids are growing in popularity as they’re easy for beginners to manage, offer many potential benefits to your well-being, and currently sit in a legal grey area.

To learn more about delta 10 vs delta 8, read this quick guide.


What Are Cannabinoids?

The cannabis Sativa plant contains naturally occurring chemical compounds called cannabinoids. There are more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.

Cannabinoids work with your endocannabinoid system. This system contains receptors in different parts of the central nervous system. The receptors receive cannabinoids and create different effects depending on the chemical makeup of that cannabinoid.

The most well-known cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). However, there are others that we’ve recently learned more about and which are now available on the market.


Delta 10 vs Delta 8

Delta 8 and delta 10 THC are both cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Though they’re similar to delta 9, they have marked differences that are worth discussing.



Delta 8 and delta 10 react with your endocannabinoid system in the same way as THC and CBD. However, because they have a different chemical makeup, they have a different effect than these other cannabinoids. Specifically, delta 8 THC and delta 10 THC have a weaker effect than delta 9 THC and with fewer side effects.

Delta 8 THC is the stronger of the two. Users report a relaxed and sleepy feeling, which makes this cannabinoid great for use in the evenings.

Delta 10 THC, on the other hand, is more like a Sativa strain of marijuana. It provides an uplifting feeling. Some users also report an increase in energy and motivation.



Cannabinoids are often classified based on how psychoactive they are. While THC is the main cannabinoid associated with psychoactivity, CBD has none. And while delta 8 THC and delta 10 THC have psychoactive properties, they’re considerably weaker than delta-9.

Indeed, delta-8 is thought to be 50-66% as potent as delta 9. Delta 10 is 20-30% less potent than delta 8. Some good news for beginner users: these cannabinoids can produce the euphoric high associated with delta-9 THC, but with less anxiety and paranoia.


Delta 8 and delta 10 THC are both growing in popularity, both because they’re a good introduction for new users and because they’re more widely available. This is because much of the delta 8 and delta 10 THC available on the market is derived from hemp, which is legal to farm across the US. You can find a delta 10 or delta 8 vape, distillates, gummies, and even flower.

With that said, the DEA is currently verifying the legal status of delta 8 and delta 10. This has led to the restriction or prohibition of these cannabinoids in 18 US states.

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The main difference between delta 10 vs delta 8 THC is that the latter is stronger than the other. Delta 8 produces an effect similar to an Indica marijuana plant, whereas delta 10 is more like a Sativa. Both are excellent for new users as they produce euphoric effects without anxiety or paranoia.

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