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What Is Delta 6a10a THC? 

Dr Abraham Benavides


Dr Abraham Benavides

Medical Doctor

Delta 6a10a THC is gaining attraction as one of the hottest new cannabinoids. 

Found in trace amounts in cannabis, this cannabinoid offers a mild, D9 THC-like high. Its effects are said to be similar to Delta 8, only less potent. 

It’s these mild, euphoric effects that might just make Delta 6a10a THC the next big thing for cannabis consumers everywhere. 

Here we’ll give you the 411 on everything you need to know about this up and coming cannabinoid.

Delta 6 THC

What is Delta 6a10a THC?

Discovered in 1947 by the famed Dr. Roger Adams and his team, Delta 6a10a THC has gone largely unnoticed until now. It’s one of seven THC isomers that’s a naturally occurring minor cannabinoid. It’s also a semi-synthetic cannabinoid when made via chemical synthesis. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the chemical name of Delta 6a10a THC is 7,8,9,10-Tetrahydro-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-1-ol. Say that five times fast! 

Its molecular structure is C21H30O2. This means it contains 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms, which is actually the same chemical formula as CBD and THC. That’s right. They contain an identical chemical structure. 

Delta 6a10a THC goes by a few different names. It’s most commonly referred to as Delta-3 THC. If you encounter hemp goodies with Delta-3, they’re actually Delta 6a10a THC products. It’s the exact same cannabinoid chemical formula. This chemical formula just follows a different chemistry naming system. 

Currently, there’s little science behind this compound. The effects are suggested to be somewhat similar to Delta 8 THC, meaning Delta 6a10a THC should produce a psychoactive effect that’s much milder than D8 and D9.

How is Delta 6a10a THC made?

Delta 6a10a THC is naturally found to naturally occur in trace quantities in cannabis. It’s also produced by chemical synthesis and cannabinoid conversion (e.g CBD or Delta 9 + a catalyst).

Because it would take massive amounts of plant material to produce a significant quantity of Delta 6a10a THC, it’s typically converted from other cannabinoids. The majority of cannabis manufacturers use hemp-derived Delta 8 or 9 THC to create this cannabinoid. 

The process is similar to how other THC isomers, such as synthetic Delta 8 and Delta 10, are made. That said, Delta 6a10a THC products are technically considered semi-synthetic since it starts with natural ingredients.

Does Delta 6a10a THC get you high?

Most importantly: does Delta 6a10a THC get you high? 

According to anecdotal reports, yes. Most users report that Delta 6a10a THC produces the same effects as Delta 8, 9 or 10 THC. It’s said to be milder than Delta 9 THC and other THC isomers, though.

The high could be compared to a mellow buzz rather than a full-fledged trip, meaning it’s much more gentle. Consumers say it contains uplifting and stimulating mental stimulation, with the same effects as sativa strains.

Some users report Delta 6a10a THC is less  likely to cause paranoia, making it great for mood enhancement as an alternative to stronger THC forms. 

Keep in mind that the short and long-term effects of cannabinoid products like these aren’t yet fully known.


Effects of Delta 6a10a THC

Delta 6a10a is said to produce a mildly intoxicating high that’s less euphoric than other types of THC. 

When consumed, the compound binds with CB1 receptors in the brain and central nervous system. The binding to CB1 receptors is what creates the intoxicating effects THC is famous for. 

The mildly intoxicating effects of Delta 6a10a THC are way more mellow than Delta 8 or Delta 9. Many report a less potent high with sativa effects. Anecdotal reports suggest Delta 6a10a enhances subtle shifts of mental euphoria, boosts energy and increases concentration. 

When combined with other cannabis compounds, Delta 6a10a could help activate what’s known as the entourage effect. This refers to the idea that cannabis compounds interact synergistically to create a better result. 

Are There Any Benefits to Using Delta 6a10a THC?

With much research, it’s impossible to determine the benefits Delta 6a10a THC may contain. 

Since it has an identical molecular structure to Delta 8 THC, we could surmise that they would contain similar benefits. Delta 6a10a is likely simply less potent. 

Based on prior cannabis research, Delta 6a10a may contain therapeutic benefits that help with  inflammation, appetite, pain, difficulty sleeping, neurological disorders and more. 

Is Delta 6a10a THC legal?

Delta 6a10a THC is uncontrolled under federal law at the moment, putting this THC isomer in a legal gray area. 

Yes, it’s federally legal and not on the controlled substances list. But this comes with a few caveats. 

As long as it’s sourced from hemp plants and contains 0.3% THC or less on a dry weight basis, it’s legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. If sourced from marijuana with a THC content higher than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, it would be considered illegal. 

Make sense? 

Basically, any Delta 6a10a THC product that adheres to the 2018 Farm Bill is considered legal. Compared to federal law, state laws can vary. Always check with local laws before you purchase or consume Delta 6a10a THC products. 

Is Delta6a10a THC Safe To Consume?

The safety of these new cannabinoid products is always something you should consider before trying them. 

The biggest issue with Delta 6a10a is that solvents are involved in the isomerization process used to create them. This means some residual solvents can be left behind in the final product after production. 

It also doesn’t hold same testing and safety requirements as regular THC (aka Delta 9 THC). 

When consuming Delta 6a10a THC products, or any cannabis product, always check the Certificate of Analysis (COA). Lab testing is vital for determining a product’s safety. Always review the lab reports before you buy. 

You should consider that cannabis and hemp products, especially semisynthetic products, are always at your own risk.

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Where can I buy Delta 6a10a THC?

Because the cannabinoid is so new, only a few select vendors offer Delta 6a10a THC products. 

Delta Extrax is one of them. We’ve personally tested dozens of products from this reputable hemp brand. And they’ve never let us down. Their line of live resin disposable vapes is fire, and contains a proprietary blend of five new and unique cannabinoids – including Delta 6a10a THC.

Delta 6a10a THC Drug Test

Will Delta 6a10a THC show up on a drug test? Yes!

Any THC Isomer will show up on a drug test, including Delta 6a10a. This is because THC drug tests look for THC metabolites. Once consumed, all THC isomers turn into THC metabolites and can trigger a positive result.

Delta 6a10a THC vs Delta 10 THC

What’s the difference between Delta 6a10a THC and Delta 10 THC

Both are structurally similar and occur naturally in cannabis. Each can also be synthesized from THC and CBD. 

The biggest difference is potency. They’ll both get you high, but Delta 6a10a has less potency. Delta 10 is said to be about twice as strong as Delta 6a10a.  

Note: Delta 6a10a is often mislabeled as Delta 10 in various products. This is due to insufficient testing. A product that is labeled with 20% of Delta 10 or greater is likely Delta 6a10a.

Delta 6a10a THC vs CBD

What’s the difference between Delta 6a10a THC and CBD? 

They both occur naturally in hemp. 

The biggest difference between the two is their psychoactive effects (or lack thereof). 

CBD is typically non-intoxicating. While it can cause feelings of relaxation and calm, it doesn’t usually cause a “high” like THC isomers. 

On the other hand, Delta 6a10a is known to produce a mellow sativa-like buzz that’s less potent than D8 or D9 THC.

Another major difference, Delta 6a10a bonds with CB1 receptors whereas CBD activates certain receptors.

Wrapping Up Delta 6a10a THC

Delta 6a10a THC is a unique cannabinoid on the cusp of scientific exploration. With mild intoxication and gentle sativa like effects, its popularity could soon explode. 

Many users who desire subtle psychoactive effects could find some potential benefit in Delta 6a10a. People who experience paranoia when smoking pot or consuming other THC products may also find Delta6a10a offers a more enjoyable experience. 

As a THC isomer with less potency and some major potential, we predict Delta 6a10a THC will soon make some major waves in the ever-expanding, legal cannabis market.