In 2018, former President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law. Under the Farm Bill, hemp and marijuana became defined separately for the first time since the 1970s under the Controlled Substance Act. The Farm Bill states:
“The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Anything that contains no more than 0.3 percent of Delta 9, the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, is legal to sell to the general public. This includes Delta 8, Delta 10, and other minor cannabinoids like THCv. With these new legal cannabinoids, there are tons of questions circulating about which is better, what different effects there will be, and where to purchase them. Let’s take a look at Delta 10 and THCv, two of the more up and coming cannabinoids in the hemp market right now.
First, let’s take a look at a cannabinoid similar to both Delta 9 and Delta 8, Delta 10. This cannabinoid does have some psychoactive effects on consumers, but to a lesser and different extent than Delta 8 or 9. Delta 8 offers a more relaxed and sedative effect, even with Sativa dominant strains. Delta 10 seems to create a more active and uplifting experience, making it a preferred cannabinoid among consumers to use during the day.
Each cannabinoid does create a sense of euphoria or high. And, like Delta 8, it’s more controllable and comfortable according to consumers. In the body’s endocannabinoid system, Delta 10 attaches to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which is how a psychoactive experience is created. Unfortunately, there’s not much research on Delta 10, so a lot of different aspects of the cannabinoid are based on the similarities it has with Delta 8 and Delta 9. They are subject to change as more research is conducted.
Right now, this cannabinoid is a great option for those who are looking for a somewhat energetic high experience without completely giving up control like they can with Delta 9.
On the other hand, THCv is a psychoactive cannabinoid which creates different effects compared to Delta 10. THCv doesn’t connect with CB1 receptors and is neutral towards CB2 receptors. This is how psychoactive components are triggered in the body after consuming THC. Consumers report getting high off of THCv when taken in large doses. However, it doesn’t typically last as long as other psychoactive cannabinoids. THCv is also known as the “race car” cannabinoid, because it comes and goes quickly.
THCv also reduces appetite and inflammation and pain associated with joint issues and even diabetes. The cannabinoid also offers a neuroprotectant property similar to CBG. This creates several opportunities for research into potential therapeutic use for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s or MS.
As with cannabinoids and the cannabis plant itself, more research needs to happen. Some theorize about the entourage theory, where combining more cannabinoids together can create better effects in people. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find scientific evidence of this. Most evidence is based on people’s feelings after taking certain products. It’s also called anecdotal evidence. And it’s hard to base scientific findings off of anecdotal evidence.
There is still much to learn about both Delta 10 and THCv. However, there is also evidence each cannabinoid can provide unique experiences for consumers. More are preparing or launching their own products. Each Delta 10 and THCv are now more available to the public. Time will tell how people react, but all evidence points to positive results
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