Delta-8-THC is a chemical compound extracted from hemp that is being used as a marijuana alternative. Delta-8-THC products, mostly hemp gummies, are available to be purchased on Amazon.
Delta-8 Is Growing In Popularity. “Anecdotal reports show Delta-8 growing significantly in popularity. The product has been trending for all the right reasons, featuring products such as soft drinks, vape cartridges, tinctures, and gummies.” [The African Exponent]
Is It Legal?
Delta-8-THC May Be Legal Due To A Loophole In Anti-Marijuana Laws. “Under federal law, psychoactive Delta 9 is explicitly outlawed. But Delta-8-THC from hemp is not, a loophole that some entrepreneurs say allows them to sell it in many states where hemp possession is legal. The number of customers “coming into Delta 8 is staggering,” Mr. Gilkey said.” [New York Times]
Delta 8 Is Illegal In Seven States. “Since Delta 8, Delta 9, and THCa, are natural forms of THC, they are all calculated together into total THC. So in states that have a total THC law, Delta 8 would be illegal. Those states include: Alaska Arkansaw Delaware Idaho Iowa Mississippi Montana” [LA Weekly]
2018 Farm “Effectively Legalized” Hemp Derivatives Like Delta-8-THC. “The 2018 Farm Bill effectively legalized hemp derivatives at the federal level, as long as they contain no more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. This includes cannabinoids, terpenes, and all other phytonutrients. So as long as the Delta-8 THC is derived from hemp, it is considered legal.” [SF Weekly]
DEA Investigating Changing Laws To Close Delta-8-THC Loophole. “The Drug Enforcement Administration is currently researching if changes are needed in the farm bill to regulate this cannabinoid. On its website, one Omaha store said ‘Delta 8 THC is not regulated and is completely legal on a federal level, so we are taking full advantage of it while we can.’ Crystal said she would not be surprised if the DEA makes Delta 8 THC an illegal drug” [KETV]
What Does It Do To You?
Delta 8 Can Help With Nausea, Anxiety, And Stimulating Appetite. “Researchers have stated that Delta 8 THC is beneficial for fighting nausea (antiemetic), anxiety (anxiolytic), and relieving pain (analgesic). Delta 8 THC helps in stimulating appetite. It is also known to protect brain cells courtesy of its neuroprotective effects.” [Film Daily]
Delta-8-THC Produces A High “Similar” To Marijuana. “As an analogue of THC, delta-8 THC has also been found to produce a high similar to that of the more common delta-9 THC. however, it has a lower psychotropic potency than its more common cousin. Like other cannabinoids, it has also been found to have promising medicinal and therapeutic potential. Delta-8 THC is one of the four most common cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, however, it is still only naturally present in extremely small quantities. Yet, this hasn’t stopped some companies from developing ways to successfully extract the cannabinoid for product developments.” [CanEx]
Delta-8-THC Doesn’t Have Paranoia, Anxiety Side Effects. “For people who want to feel the psychoactive effects of Delta-9 yet find it gives them paranoia or anxiety, Delta-8 is a quasi-legal option available online. And unlike Delta-9, Delta-8 is significantly cheaper, making it a viable option for some people looking for a short uplifting feeling without being intoxicated.” [JD Supra]
Delta-8 Is Not Like CBD. “CBD is another cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that is non-psychoactive and commonly used to help anxiety and pain. Delta 8 has a different chemical makeup then the CBD cannabinoid. Delta 8 THC has a milder psychoactive component than what is found in marijuana. The estimates are about 70% the potency. People take Delta 8 to help with sleep, mood, and stress. The Delta 8 products offer customers of all generations a relaxing, uplifting, and happy feeling.” [HomeNewsHere]
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