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What Is The Strongest Delta THC? Ranking Popular Cannabinoids

The market for hemp-derived, federally legal products continues to grow.

Due to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp containing no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC is legal to grow commercially. Delta 9 is the THC that’s most commonly found in cannabis plants, and the major psychoactive compound in them.

Delta 8 THC was the first new cannabinoid to emerge as a consumer product following this change, as MJBizDaily explains. Now, there are plenty of others on the market as well. Delta 10 and, recently, Delta 11 have both emerged as attractive options.

Potency and overall experience are some of the most important considerations when choosing between these cannabinoids. Keep reading to find our ranking of the most potent Delta THCs, as well as what makes each one unique.

Ranking the Delta Cannabinoids: Which Delta THC is Strongest?

Where do Different Types of Delta THC Come From?

The cannabinoids we’re focusing on, Delta 8, Delta 9, Delta 10, and Delta 11, are all naturally occurring. You can find them in cannabis and hemp plants grown on farms and in the wild.

However, hemp plants only produce these cannabinoids in small amounts. For Delta 9, that’s based on a regulatory issue. As we mentioned previously, federally legal hemp plants can only have a maximum Delta 9 content of 0.3%. The other three cannabinoids simply occur naturally in smaller quantities.

For that reason, many hemp-derived products rely on chemical conversion processes. This process transforms a more available cannabinoid into a Delta THC. CBD is a cannabinoid abundantly present in hemp plants. That makes it a popular choice for reputable brands to use as a precursor for Deltas 8-11.

Which Cannabinoid is the Most Potent? The Strongest Delta THCs, Ranked

We’re not aiming to rank these four cannabinoids by the overall experience they offer. That’s a little too subjective. Instead, we’ve organized Deltas 8-11 by overall potency in terms of psychoactive effects. This ranking is based on initial research, user reports, and other anecdotal evidence.

We’ll look more closely at what to expect from each of these cannabinoids in the next section.

No. 1: Delta 11

Delta 11 is one of the newest cannabinoids to emerge in the federally legal, hemp-derived market. Because it’s only been available for a relatively short time, we’re still learning more about it.

That said, it appears Delta 11 is especially potent.

Herb points out that Delta 11 may be as much as three times stronger than Delta 9, based on preliminary findings. We’ve also heard that Delta 9 offers strong psychoactive effects from some of our own users. Delta 9 itself is roundly recognized as more potent than Delta 8 and Delta 10. That puts Delta 11 in the No. 1 spot.

If you’re an experienced user or simply looking for a more intense high, Delta 11 is a good place to start. Just be sure to take a conservative approach to dosing if you haven’t tried it before. This is true for all cannabinoids, but especially the strongest ones. Start off with a few puffs or one or ½ of an edible dose, and then adjust upward if needed.

No. 2: Delta 9

When it comes to cannabinoids, we have the most anecdotal evidence about Delta 9. Because it’s the major active chemical in cannabis, its effects are well-documented. We know it produces a strong sense of euphoria and other positive effects.

We know that Delta 9 is stronger than Delta 8 and 10, based on user reports. If you’re looking for a more intense experience, but not the most intense, consider Delta 9.

No. 3: Delta 8

Delta 8 was the first broadly popular, hemp-derived cannabinoid to emerge following the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. Delta 8 is recognized as offering beneficial effects, like pain relief and a sense of relaxation. It also offers the general euphoria and positive vibes of a high without being very strong.

Want to try out federally legal cannabinoids and start with something that isn’t too intense but does have proven benefits? Delta 8 can help.

No. 4: Delta 10

Delta 10 is known for having a very mild set of psychoactive effects. It still offers potential benefits in terms of pain relief and relaxation, however. It features the lowest potency in terms of the high you’ll experience. That makes Delta 10 a great choice for new users and anyone who doesn’t want to feel too impaired.

Highs and Overall Experience: What Each Delta Cannabinoid Feels Like

With a clear picture of the potency of each cannabinoid, let’s briefly review the overall experience each offers.

What to Expect From Delta 11

  • An very intense high.
  • An experience that can feel exciting or engaging, but may be too extreme for some users.
  • An emphasis on euphoria.
  • Feelings that can border on the psychedelic for some users.

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What to Expect From Delta 9

  • A potent experience that isn’t quite as intense as Delta 11.
  • An overall sensation in the mind and body of feeling high.
  • Relaxation and euphoria for many users, although the experience can bring up sensations of anxiety or paranoia for some.

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What to Expect From Delta 8

  • A mild high that’s not likely to overwhelm most users.
  • Lower instances of paranoia, anxiety, and similar side effects as seen in cannabinoids offering a stronger high.
  • An emphasis on relaxation and pain relief.

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What to Expect From Delta 10

  • A very mild high that is manageable for nearly any user.
  • More pleasantly energizing effects, as compared to many other cannabinoids.
  • Potential benefits in terms of feeling stress relief and relaxation.

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