Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be the most popular cannabinoid in cannabis, but according to the National Hemp Association, scientists believe that there may be more than 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis. One cannabinoid that has recently emerged in the market is Delta 8 THC.
As previously reported by hemp grower, the National Cancer Institute defined delta-8-THC in a statement as an analog of THC containing neuroprotective properties that can increase appetite and reduce nausea, anxiety, and pain. It produces some psychotropic effects that are believed to be less potent than delta-9, the primary form of THC found in cannabis.
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The legal status of delta-8 remains unclear, as some say it's federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, while others consider it a loophole. In terms of the legality, I think everyone is unclear," says Scott Churchill, the director of scientific operations at MCR Labs, an independent cannabis testing laboratory based in Massachusetts.
There are people that say it's illegal because it's a derivative of cannabis, which I believe is how the original prohibition was written, stating that anything that is a derivative of cannabis is illegal. But then the hemp farm bill came out and depending on that language is whether or not it created a loophole for non-delta-9.
Delta-8 is reported to have similar psychoactive effects as delta-9, but the effects are much more subdued, says Roger Brown, the president and founder of ACS Laboratory, cannabis, hemp, and CBD testing laboratory in Florida.