Different Types of THC

Posted on September 7th, 2023 to Delta-8

Written by Sahej Kaur Chawla

Everyone has heard of THC, but did you know that there are various versions of THC out there? Here we will explain and break down the differences between all the variations of THC cannabinoids: THCV, THCA, Delta-8 THC, Delta-9 THC, Delta-10 THC. Cannabinoids interact with our body through our endocannabinoid system, but each one produces a unique set of effects.

What is Delta-9 THC?

Anytime you hear THC, most likely this is the cannabinoid that is being mentioned. This is because delta-9 THC is one of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Delta-9 THC has psychotropic effects, which is why many people using this THC may experience being “high”. The benefits of delta-9 THC are many: increased appetite, reduced nausea, increased pain relief, and mood improvement. This may be helpful for chemo patients that may experience nausea and vomiting. Several studies have shown that THC and CBD may have a place in cancer treatment. Patients looking to reduce severe pain may enjoy Delta-9 gummies. However, delta-9 THC is a stronger variant and can cause some unwanted effects like anxiety and paranoia.

What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is chemically similar in structure to delta-9 THC, since delta-8 THC is an isomer of delta-9 THC. People using a product with delta-8 THC will experience a “high” which is milder compared to delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC has similar beneficial effects to delta-9 THC like pain relief and relaxation. Additionally, delta-8 THC users can experience euphoria. Delta-8 THC can help patients with anxiety, chronic pain, stress, and depression. A study has shown that delta-8 THC negatively affects cognitive functions like causing difficulty with concentrating and short-term memory. On the other hand, this study also shows that most participants using delta-8 THC did not experience anxiety or paranoia, unlike delta-9 THC users. We combine delta-8 THC with CBD to boost positive effects like pain relief and relaxation in our Delta-8 Tincture. For localized pain, we recommend a Delta-8 Topical Salve which can also soothe skin. We talk about delta-8 uses more in depth in our blog.

What is Delta-10 THC?

Delta-10 THC is chemically similar in structure to delta-9 THC as well, since delta-10 THC like delta-8 THC is an isomer of delta-9 THC. Delta-10 THC has similar effects to delta-8 & 9 THC, but is milder in terms of intoxication effects when compared to delta-9 THC. Delta-10 is still being studied as it is a newer form of THC that was discovered in 2020.

What is THCV?

THCV has unique properties compared to other cannabinoids. It does not have psychoactive effects at low doses, which means users would not experience a “high.” This is a very important feature of this cannabinoid. A study done with rodents shows that THCV can help reduce appetite and give you the feeling of being full faster. This means that THCV may help patients with weight loss. Also, THCV may be useful in managing disease states like obesity and diabetes. A side effect of THCV is paranoia, similar to delta-9 THC’s effect. For more information on THCV, check out our THCV blog

What is THCA?

THCA, the acidic form of THC, is a precursor cannabinoid to THC. This cannabinoid is found in raw cannabis plants that have not been heated. THCA is great in that it does not have psychoactive effects, so users would be cognitively alert and functioning. THCA may help with inflammation and pain relief. Additionally, it may help with symptoms of arthritis, seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Users of THCA may experience drowsiness or tiredness.

Are these cannabinoids legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp as long as it is not more than 0.3% delta-9 THC dry weight. Hemp derived cannabinoids are legal.


Differences between Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC, THCV, and THCA


We know that determining which form of THC products to use can be an overwhelming task, so at Hempeutics Pharmacy, we are here to guide you. Dr. Peggy Panahi, our pharmacist schedules free consultations and follow-up appointments with patients to ensure they receive the optimal product and dosing for their needs. Reach out to us to learn more about THC! Dr. Peggy is more than happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation. Or, fill out our new patient form, and Dr. Peggy will reach out to you.


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