By Harris Solomon, Pakaloh
Many people have turned to CBD for a reliable alternative to getting the relaxing sensation of smoking marijuana without the potentially intense psychoactive properties. However, researchers have discovered a new cannabinoid that is derived from CBD that mimics the traditional marijuana buzz less intensely. The substance is known as “delta-8 THC,” not to be confused with delta-9 THC which is found in traditional strains of cannabis that you can pick up at your local dispensary. With many CBD users looking for something a little more from their products, delta-8 THC has become increasingly popular. Additionally, these delta-8 THC products are widely available due to their contents being derived from legal CBD.
With that being said there are a few issues that are beginning to arise surrounding delta-8 THC. Many worry that the politicians who supported CBD and other hemp products may soon begin to turn their opinions due to their lack of psychoactive properties. The legality of delta-8 THC is also being put into question. A smoke shop in Texas has received citations for drug crimes stemming from the sale of delta-8 THC products. While this case has not been resolved yet, the outcome is not certain. There are even talks of delta-8 THC being banned in states where marijuana usage is legal for adults given its synthetic production process. Legal Dispensary owners are also upset because places such as corner stores or gas stations can legally sell a THC-derived product without going through intense regulation and watching from the government they experience.
While delta-8 THC may serve as a solid alternative for those who get anxiety and other issues from traditional cannabis, it may not be here to stay. There seems to be a lot of legal dispute and turmoil that will surely impact the sale and distribution of the delta-8 THC. Most likely, the delta-8 THC fad will die out or be outlawed.