Delta-8 vs. Delta-10, and Its Relation to Delta-9

Delta-8 vs. Delta-10, and Its Relation to Delta-9

Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC are minor cannabinoids that naturally occur in both cannabis and hemp plants. They both have psychoactive effects like their much more famous cannabinoid cousin, Delta-9 THC, but they also have many other unique characteristics that give users a slightly different experience. 


Delta-8 is often called the “light beer” of Delta-9 because of its similar effects but at a much milder rate. Delta-8 users often report a mellow high with fewer problems with paranoia and anxiety. They describe Delta-8 as being good for relaxing in the evening or hanging out on the couch. 


Delta-10 is often described as giving users a more energized experience that doesn’t have a sluggish effect. Some say the high is a more subtle buzz that allows them to maintain their daily productivity or to enhance their creative work.

Their Chemical Make-up

The reason that Delta 8, 9, and 10 all have similar effects on the body is that at their core, they are all tetrahydrocannabinol with almost exactly the same chemical structure. All three Delta’s have double carbon atom rings, but the bond occurs in a different place on each. The location of the double bond on Delta-9 means it is capable of making a stronger binding affinity with or brain and nervous system receptors, explaining why it's more potent. 

Which is the Strongest?

Delta-9 is the strongest of the different cannabinoids. Delta-8 is then thought to be about half of the potency of Delta-9. Hence its nickname. However, to make up the difference between the potency of them, often Delta-8 products will contain a higher milligram count than their Delta-9 counterparts. 

Delta-10, is the least studied of the three, so a generally agreed upon potentacy is as widely agreed upon. However, it's generally thought to be about 20-30% less potent than Delta-10. 

Will They Show Up On a Drug Test?

Unfortunately, yes. Due to Delta-8, -9, and -10 being so chemically similar, modern drug tests aren’t able to differentiate between the three. Hopefully, one day they will be so advanced, but until then, you will fail most drug tests if you have recently consumed Delta-8, -9, or -10. 

Are They Legal?

Under the Federal Farm Bill of 2018, Delta-8,-9, and -10 are all federally legal as long as it is hemp derived and less than 0.3% THC dry weight. However, some states have their own local laws concerning cannabinoids, so it's best to check with local officials for more in-depth regional information. Some of the states where Delta-8, Delta-9, and Delta-10 products are allowed include Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and many more. 

How Can They Be Consumed

There are countless ways to use Delta-8 products from flower, vapes, pre-rolls, vaporizers, syrups, gummies, countless edibles variations, and more. Delta-10 is often available in a similar variety of offerings. And the list grows daily as different creative brands come up with new unique innovations. 

Delta-9, on the other hand, is limited in its selection due to the 0.3% dry weight limitations. Therefore, you will see Delta-9 gummies and edibles, but other typical forms of consumption are still illegal at the federal level. 

Now that you have a better understanding of Delta-8, -9 and -10 - when you're in the Athens, GA area, head over to Classic City Hemp to check out our specially curated section of naturally derived 100% hemp products!