Which THC is “The Best”?
When Delta 8 THC gained popularity, many consumers labeled Delta 8 THC as superior and better than Delta 9 for a number of reasons. They referred to it as the best THC on the market for a number of reasons, but then we saw hemp-derived Delta 9 edibles take the spotlight. Revisiting years later, the THC conversation has changed.
The 2 reasons consumers concluded that Delta 8 THC was better than Delta 9 THC primarily seem to be:
- A more controlled and connected psychoactive effect from Delta 8 as opposed to D9
- Delta 8 THC is legal to sell and possess in the majority of states, although check your local laws on if Delta 8 is legal near you, as they are constantly changing
Which THC is the best?
The one that’s in your hand right now, right? Just kidding.
This is a great question, which unfortunately doesn’t have a straight answer.
THC is a drug. That means that it has a physiological effect when consumed. We’ll discuss the three THCs today: Delta 8, Delta 9, and Delta 10. Some new novel THCs (THC-O, THCV, THCP, HHC, HHC-O) are unique, newly available cannabinoids with limited research on their effects and benefits.
D8, D9, and D10 are molecularly very similar. The difference is that carbon has a double bond. This causes them to share similar, but slightly different effects.
When I’m asked, “Which THC is the best?”, there are 2 things that determine the answer:
- What is your desired goal or effect?
- What are your Personal preferences and genetics?
The first question is easy and is asking, “Are you trying to fix pain or something? Are you going to be taking this while you’re at work or driving or safe at home chilling?”
The second question is a little more challenging because most people don’t really know how they respond to these THCs until they have tried them. There are some rules of thumb that can help me make recommendations, but there’s no way of knowing your tolerance without trying them. THC isn’t like alcohol where body mass is a fairly accurate tolerance indicator. A huge person can have a substantial tolerance to THC and vice versa. That’s why we always recommend starting with 5-10mg and waiting 1.5 hours to see what’s up before you start taking more your first time.
Visualize the various THC molecules like cars…
Let’s take 3 cars that each cost $60k – a massive truck, a 2-door sexy, sports car, and a luxury sedan.
Which one is the best?
It depends on what you’re using it for and which one you enjoy the most.
THC is EXACTLY like this.
You wouldn’t use the same THC to go to sleep as you would use before going to Cedar Point.
The tricky part is knowing which one is which for you because it isn’t the same for everyone. It’s also very dose-dependent. For instance, 5mg of D9 may give you a burst of energy, while 20mg puts you into a dead sleep.
I’ll be honest and say I don’t really know what dictates this. I know it’s our genetics, but there are other factors like what mood you are in, how much have you eaten, and even menstrual cycles (where applicable). One of my friends said one of the DNA kits like 23 and Me say if you are genetically prone to THC-induced psychosis. I think that’s cool.
How THC affects everyone differently has to do with the CYP450 system, but that is so complicated, we suggest asking ChatGPT by Open AI for that answer!