“All other forms of THC, including Delta-8 in any concentration and Delta-9 exceeding 0.3%, are considered Schedule I controlled substances.”
This notice is available on the Texas Department of State Health Services’ website, starting from October 15 of this year.
What is Delta-8? Why did Texas and many other US states plan to put such bans on it? Is Delta-8 illegal? If yes, how are all CBD vendors selling it?
If you’re in line with these questions, welcome aboard. In this article, we will understand everything about “What is CBD delta 8 and what you should know about it.”
So make sure you read this before taking delta-8 THC!
& hey, in case you have consumed it and are worrying, take a deep breath. We have a good solution for you at the end of it all 🙂
The Basics of Cannabis
Let us begin with Cannabis.
The Cannabis plant family is large. It includes a total of three varieties:
- Cannabis sativa
- Cannabis Indica
- Cannabis Ruderalis
The Cannabis plant family has been a point of discussion since the beginning of our existence. One particular variety that has swayed the world since its discovery in 1753 by a scientist named Carl Linnaeus is Cannabis sativa.
The popularity is a result of magical chemicals found in cannabis sativa- CBD and THC.
CBD or cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis sativa plant responsible for neuroprotective, anti-seizure effects coupled with a positive impact on serious mental health issues.
On the other hand, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive chemical compound associated with recreational high. THC is not celebrated for its health benefits & as we’ll see in the next section, is illegal in many states.
Now that our basics are in place, let us look at the legal status of it all.
Legality of CBD & THC
So, this part is a bit tricky. Tighten your seatbelts.
With the arrival of Farm Bill, 2018, the cannabis industry’s major takeaway were:
- Hemp’s agricultural production is legal
- Hemp derived products aren’t Schedule 1 drug(s)
- Hemp = cannabis sativa plant with >0.3% Delta-9 THC
These takeaways have many interpretations by the cannabis/hemp industry. Results? Well, they are:
- CBD is legal but without Delta-9 THC or > 0.3% of Delta-9 THC
- Any hemp derived isomer except Delta-9 THC, is legal
Since CBD has credible research ground and has received credible ascent from the scientific community, it isn’t a huge point of controversy.
What’s worrying is the second bit, hemp isomers. The Federal and State laws dictate regulations ONLY around delta-9 THC and no other chemical compound.
This major loophole has allowed delta-8 to exist, but what is it?
The Delta-8 Story
Delta-8 is an isomer of delta-9 THC which is synthesized from the hemp-derived CBD.
What’s the difference between delta-9 and delta-8 THC? Location of a double bond between two carbon atoms.
What’s the similarity? As FDA defines it, “Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, similar to delta-9 THC (i.e., the component responsible for the “high” people may experience from using cannabis).”
The increasing demand and synthesis in the first place has been a result of the price rise of CBD.
The CBD market is expected to grow over $20 billion by 2024.
Therefore, due to the increasing demands, CBD has become inaccessible for many. This has allowed delta-8 THC to exist.
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We will introduce you to our diverse CBD products but before that let us understand the risks associated with delta-8.
Making of An Unknown Compound
The process of making delta-8 CBD THC is as follows:
CBD is refluxed in an organic solvent such as hectare with a catalyst like p-toluenesulfonic. The process takes anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
Due to lack of oversight and standardized synthesizing process, the resultant delta-8 CBD derived THC may have unknown residuals.
The residuals may include heavy metals. It may also produce other isomers- delta-9 and delta-10 THC. We don’t know much about delta-10 as of now except from anecdotal reports, which have been positive.
So, toxic residuals coupled with no regulatory tests, makes it kind of unsafe to use. At this stage, we need stronger regulations and safer methods to consume delta-8 CBD derived THC.
An intense research is needed on its touted benefits and impact on our health.
Should You Consume It?
The market is filled with delta-8 CBD derived THC. Vapes to eatables, everything has delta-8 traces.
But the other side is equally significant to understand. The side of restrictions, ban, and regulations.
In one report by Reutors, as of August 2021, over 18 US states have either banned or restricted delta-8 THC. Some examples of these states- New York, Utah, Vermont.
Oh, the latest addition is of course, as we mentioned in the beginning of this article- Texas.
Another major setback for delta-8 THC has been Drug Enforcement Authorities’ in 2020 indicating its regulatory control over any THC isomer. In addition, it is in the “orange book” of controlled substances.
What does it mean to you, as a consumer?
The road to acquiring delta-8 will increasingly become difficult. Whether you wish to consume it or not should rely on you.
Consider the information we have shared & do your own research too.
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