Though fresh out of the lab, delta 10 THC is already being tried, tested, researched, and – loved. The new THC isomer is receiving early praise, but most of its effects and benefits are still anecdotal. According to those who have tried it, delta-10 doesn’t disappoint.
Like every other version of THC, delta-10 delights with a great high. Its psychoactive effect makes it an extrovert’s plus one and an introvert’s couch buddy.
But can it help too?
Here’s what we know so far about the potential health benefits of delta 10, plus whether or not the new THC isomer can ease the symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
What Is Delta 10 THC?
Delta 10 THC is the newest version of tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the main compounds found in cannabis plants. THC is responsible for producing the ambiguous high sensation you might be familiar with. Depending on many factors, you might like it or not.
Even though we also have delta 2, delta 3, delta 4, and so on, the only three versions currently available for consumption are delta 8, delta 9, and of late, delta 10.
Delta 9 is the original THC we get from smoking a marijuana joint.
Delta 8 and delta 10 are similar in effect, but we get them from different places. Since marijuana is not yet legal everywhere, delta-8 and delta-10 are being extracted from hemp and chemically reinforced to produce the same psychoactive sensation as delta 9.
How Does Delta 10 Make You Feel?
Delta 8, delta 9, and delta 10 are isomers, which means that they consist of the same atoms, only in a different order. That’s like comparing white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate – they differ in flavor and cocoa percentage, but they’re still the same thing.
Now that you’re craving sugar, you’ll be glad to hear that delta-10 won’t get you as high as regular THC. It’s been said that this version produces a milder, more gentle effect, without the usual side effects of smoking marijuana. There’s no paranoia, anxiety, or headache.
Delta 10 THC is described as energizing, uplifting, and cerebral.
Unlike delta 8, which is also a milder version, delta-10 won’t make you drowsy. In strain terms, delta 8 is similar to Indica, while delta 10 feels more like Sativa.
What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is rarely considered a dangerous condition, but it can be debilitating. At its best, RLS is challenging. At its worst, it can significantly lower the quality of life and be indicative of more severe conditions such as Parkinson’s, diabetes, or kidney failure.
To make matters worse, we don’t know much about its background.
It makes sense to call RLS a nervous system disorder because it affects the nerves, but it also falls under psychosomatic conditions. It may also be caused or worsened by unhealthy life choices, such as excessive alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco intake.
RLS is difficult to treat. Doctors prescribe dopaminergic drugs, sedatives, and narcotic pain relievers in moderate to severe cases – all too strong and potentially harmful.
Can Delta 10 THC Help Treat RLS?
Though nothing has been scientifically proven yet, more and more people suffering from RLS are reaching out to the cannabis market in search of the best strain.
Also, a 2017 study confirms that CBD helps improve sleep quality in people with RLS. This is important news, given that RLS symptoms tend to worsen in the evening and during the night. Like CBD, THC also affects the human body through CB1 and CB2 receptors.
THC helps CBD bind to these receptors, even in trace amounts.
Though mostly unknown, these receptors are responsible for dozens of functions in the human body. Their primary purpose is to maintain balance, most notably in the central nervous, immune, reproductive, and cardiovascular systems. This is how CBD and THC relieve pain.
RLS is painful only in severe cases, but it is always frustrating. THC should be able to deal with that by using the same mechanisms that it relies on for pain management.
We don’t know for sure, but it seems that delta 10 THC has everything it needs to help people with RLS have a better quality of life. This includes easing the symptoms by calming the nerves but also improving sleep. If this is true for CBD, then it should be twofold for THC.
Delta 10 is a strong candidate too.