“Two kids ate their father’s recently purchased Delta-8 gummies at a vape shop and ‘developed sedation, slowed breathing, low blood pressure and slowed heart rate, requiring admission to the intensive care unit.”
“I prefer D8 way more than D9, but I will go back to D9 if/when they make it legal in my state.” user triadmatt continued. User ShroomingMantis said “as a community, we would love regulation in the sense of companies being required to fully test for solvents, reagents and any other impurities or potential contaminants to keep D8 safe for the many people that greatly benefit from it, and by states banning it, all that does is prevent more openness and legitimacy within the industry.”
However, there may be some noteworthy adverse side effects to the newly popularized chemical.
“One of the things that was important to me, as someone who doesn’t believe in prohibition, instead of prohibiting it, we wanted to bring it in the realm of regulation,” Rabhi said.
States may ban Delta-8 in an effort to crack down on this new, unregulated cousin of marijuana, but that may cause complications for the people who regularly use it, forcing them to search for something similar through less-than-desirable means.
The new substance has become increasingly popular, and like its cousin, CBD, can be sold in states that haven’t legalized marijuana due to a loophole in the 2018 Farm Bill. Both CBD and this new substance are derived from hemp and not marijuana. It’s legal in 35 states, which makes its availability quite widespread. This new substance, colloquially known as “diet weed,” is called Delta-8 THC, and reportedly can give you highs without the common downsides.
I asked r/Delta8, a community of avid users on forum site Reddit, why they use Delta-8 THC and what benefits it gives them over traditional THC.
There are no possession limits for CBD derived from hemp.
Under current legislation, growers must submit samples of their industrial hemp harvest for testing. If the crop tests above 0.3% THC concentration, the grower may elect to test the crop an additional two times. If, after three tests, the harvest still shows THC levels in excess of 0.3% concentration, the crop will be confiscated and destroyed.
CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and the second-most prominent in the plant after THC, which is mostly responsible for producing an intoxicating high. CBD can be sourced either from marijuana or hemp plants and has a wide range of potential therapeutic benefits.
CBD derived from hemp became formally legalized In January 2019 following the enactment of the Michigan Industrial Hemp Research and Development Act. The act defines industrial hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC concentration by dry weight, in compliance with the federal definition, and legalizes hemp-derived CBD and CBD products.
Michigan CBD possession limits
All applications must also include the following:
The 2018 Farm Bill re-classified hemp as an agricultural commodity and made its cultivation federally legal. Further, the act removed some forms of cannabis from Schedule 1 status by creating a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana. Hemp is cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, and marijuana refers to cannabis with more than 0.3% THC. This distinction in federal law effectively legalized CBD that is derived from cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, as long as it has been cultivated according to federal and state regulations.
All types of cannabis, including hemp strains that don’t produce enough THC to cause intoxication, were considered illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The law categorized all cannabis as Schedule 1, which defined the plant as a highly addictive substance with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
Licensing requirements for CBD
To date, researchers have identified a number of potential applications linked to CBD, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure properties. Further, the chemical has shown promise in treating numerous health conditions, including seizure disorders, mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis, chronic pain, and many more.
Most raw cannabis strains on the market today contain small amounts of CBD, especially compared with THC. But since the cannabinoid has gained considerable attention for its wide range of purported therapeutic benefits, more high-CBD strains have recently been cultivated.