Marijuana THC Variants

THC Variants (Delta-8-THC, Delta-10-THC, THC-0)


5 Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol – Delta-8 THC
U.S. Food and Drug Administration 2022, May 4

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8 THC, is a psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis sativa plant, of which marijuana and hemp are two varieties. Concentrated amounts of delta-8 THC are typically manufactured from hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). 

It is important for consumers to be aware that delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. They may be marketed in ways that put the public health at risk and should especially be kept out of reach of children and pets. 

Here are 5 things you should know about delta-8 THC to keep you and those you care for safe from products that may pose serious health risks…

Increases in Availability of Cannabis Products Containing Delta-8 THC and Reported Cases of Adverse Events
CDC Health Alert Network 2021, September 14

Summary
The purpose of this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory is to alert public health departments, healthcare professionals, first responders, poison control centers, laboratories, and the public to the increased availability of cannabis products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the potential for adverse events due to insufficient labeling of products containing THC and cannabidiol (CBD)…


Drug Entrepreneurs Convert Hemp into Variants of THC 2022, February 10
Jesse LaBlanc, a mechanical engineer with experience in the chemical industry and a member of our Board of Directors, 2022, February 10

CBD, which is federally legal today under the protection of the 2018 Farm Bill, can be converted –or “isomerized”–into various THC derivatives. These derivatives – easily available at any smoke shop, convenience store, or gas station – are now being made 3 times stronger by the “acetylation” process.  Let’s take a minute and look at why this is a “big deal” and needs to be addressed…

Explanation of Delta 8-THC, Delta 10-THC, and THC-O Acetate
Jesse LaBlanc, a mechanical engineer with experience in the chemical industry and a member of our Board of Directors, 2022, February 2

CBD is considered a hydrocarbon molecule comprised of twenty-one carbon atoms, thirty hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms.  It can therefore be denoted as C21H30O2.  There are other molecules that have the exact same number of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms, and they are known as isomers.4 

Both the Delta 8-THC and Delta 10-THC variants are isomers of CBD.  Also, the naturally occurring and psychoactive Delta 9-THC in cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana) is an isomer of CBD.  All of these variants thus have the same molecular formula, namely C21H30O2.  However, they are different structurally.5 …


The Problem of Delta 8-THC
2021, November 7
Jesse LaBlanc, a mechanical engineer with experience in the chemical industry and a member of our Board of Directors

Currently, hemp-derived CBD is being synthesized and converted into these chemicals, which are then made into different products for retail sale.1, 2, 3  We can see many of these products being advertised for sale online, in vape & smoke shops, gas stations, and convenience stores in almost every state.  These items are even being marketed to children through the use of very inviting packaging and products, such as the all popular gummy bears.  Luckily, some state authorities have decided to stop the sale of these products because health officials have identified that there is a potential for serious harm when using these chemicals. 

The FDA even recently issued a warning about one of these synthetically produced chemicals, namely Delta 8-THC…