Interest in delta-8 THC products is on the rise, according to a report by marijuana analytics company Brightfield Group. Demand for these hemp-derived products has skyrocketed over the past two years with sales exceeding fully $2 billion.
What is delta-8 THC and what's the controversy all about?
Delta-8 THC is a chemical component of the cannabis plant. Although delta-8 occurs naturally in very small concentrations, it can produce a mild psychoactive effect in some people similar to delta-9 THC.
Question of Safety And Legal Loophole
New industrial methodologies enable delta-8 THC to be converted from CBD derived from hemp. Products developed as a result of the 2018 federal Farm Bill that legalized hemp are therefore not subject to the same testing requirements as cannabis, creating a legal loophole.
The Farm Bill has to be renewed every few years and 2023 is one of them. Many people in the industry are hopeful that the new bill will address the issue of delta-8 THC more strictly, that is to say, regulate it. Why?
Problems connected to delta-8 THC have mostly to do with the question of safety. It takes …