How Delta-8 THC is shaking up the cannabis industry KC

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Delta-8 THC is at the center of the most recent cannabinoid craze.

Delta-8 has grown in popularity since the Farm Bill of 2018, which legalized hemp and products containing less than 0.3% THC, the intoxicating component of cannabis plants that provides the “high”. While other cannabinoids are also on the rise, Delta-8 is most similar to the more intoxicating and federally banned Delta-9, which produces more intense psychoactive effects.

Delta-8 can be consumed in many different forms, including vape cartridges, gummy candies, smoking flowers, and even seltzer. Locally, CBD stores and gas stations are the main selling points for Delta-8. Many CBD stores are testing their Delta-8 products, but they are still unregulated.

While Delta-8 remains legal under federal law, some states have started banning Delta-8 or introducing it into their regulated cannabis markets so that it cannot be sold outside of Canada. this environment. Greenway magazine maintains a Delta-8 legality card.

The The Food and Drug Administration, which has not formally evaluated or approved Delta-8, recently responded to concerns on potential quality control problems and its intoxicating effects. While many states are debating whether the Delta-8 should remain legal or not, the Drug Enforcement Administration reiterated that Delta-8 is not currently considered a controlled substance at the federal level.

At least for now, Missouri and Kansas follow federal hemp laws, including Delta-8, so for now it remains legal and unregulated.

Watch the attached video to learn more about Delta-8 from the owners of a local hemp store and a dispensary regulated by the state of Missouri, where the sale of medical marijuana is legal.

Emily Woodring is Food Content Producer for Kansas City PBS.

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