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Susan Kennedy smoked marijuana and says her Wisconsin roots mean she can handle booze, so she wasn’t worried earlier this year when a bartender in St. Paul, Minnesota, described a cannabis cocktail containing Delta-8 THC as “too little.” strong. “

After hours of enjoying the delicious drink and the silliness that reminds Kennedy of a herbal ecstasy, she said she began to feel “really shaky and faint” before collapsing in her friend’s arms. Kennedy regained consciousness and recovered, but her distaste for Delta-8 remains, even though the substance is legal at the federal level, unlike marijuana.

“I’m not really the one telling people what to do,” said Kennedy, 35, who lives in Milwaukee and works in software sales. But if a friend tries to order a Delta 8 drink, I’ll tell them, ‘Absolutely not. You don’t put that in your body.”

The US Food and Drug Administration and some marijuana industry experts share Kennedy’s concerns. At least a dozen states have banned the cannabis-derived drug, including Colorado, Montana, New York and Oregon, which have legalized marijuana. But Delta 8 manufacturers call these concerns unfounded and say they are motivated by marijuana companies trying to protect market share.

So what’s the difference? The flower of the marijuana plant, the oil derived from it, and foods made with those containing delta-9 THC, the substance that yields a high percentage of the drug, can only be legally sold in dispensaries in states that have legalized marijuana. Similar products containing delta-8 THC are sold online and in bars and retailers in most parts of the United States, including some places where the pot remains illegal. That’s because a 2018 federal law legalized hemp, which is a variety of the cannabis plant. Hemp is not allowed to contain more than 0.3% of the delta-9 psychotropic substances that are found in marijuana.

Concerns about Delta 8 focus largely on how it is made. Delta-8 is typically produced by dissolving CBD – a compound found in the cannabis plant – in solvents, such as toluene often found in paint thinner. Some people in the marijuana industry say this process leaves a potentially harmful residue. a The study was published In the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology last year it found lead, mercury and silicon in Delta 8 e-cigarettes.

Owned by the Food and Drug Administration Issuing warnings On Delta 8’s “serious health risks,” citing concerns about the diversion, it has received more than 100 reports of people hallucinating, vomiting, and losing consciousness, among other things, after ingesting it. From January 2021 through February, the National Poison Control Centers received more than 2,300 delta-8 cases, 70% of which required evaluation by users in health care facilities, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. said. Peter Grinspoon, a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a longtime provider of medical cannabis. “You can either have a lot of trouble buying cannabis, or you can have Delta 8.”

Grinspoon described Delta 8 as being half the strength of marijuana. But due to a lack of research into the potential benefits of Delta 8 and a lack of regulation, he would not recommend his patients to use it. If they are regulated like the medical and recreational marijuana programs in Massachusetts, he said, harmful contaminants can be identified or removed.

Christopher Had AllahC., chief scientific officer of ProVerde Laboratories, a Massachusetts marijuana and cannabis testing company, said it has examined thousands of Delta 8 products, all of which contain contaminants that can be harmful to consumers’ health.

Hadila said Delta-8 has “incredible potential as a treatment” because it has many of the same benefits as marijuana, with the exception of some poisonings. “But Delta 8, like unicorns, does not exist. What is on the market is a synthetic mixture of unknown waste.”

Justin Gurney, owner of the Delta 8 3Chi brand, is skeptical about concerns about the products. He started the company in 2018 after hemp oil helped relieve his shoulder pain. Soon he began to wonder what other cannabis could do with hemp. “There must be some gold in those hills,” Gurney remembers thinking. He said his Indiana-based company now has more than 300 employees and sponsors the NASCAR team.

When asked about FDA reports of bad reactions, Journey said, “There are risks with THC. Certainly there are. There are risks with cheeseburgers.”

He attributes side effects to eating too much. “We say, ‘Start low.'” You can always take more,” Gurney said.

Gurney said he understands the concerns about contaminants in Delta 8 products and that his company is running tests to identify the small portion of still-unidentified substances that he asserts are cannabinoids from the plant.

that 3Chi delta-8 oil analysis A survey conducted by Hudalla last year and published on the 3Chi website found several unidentified compounds that are “not naturally occurring” and therefore “not recommended for human consumption”. Delta-8 oil is still sold at the 3Chi site.

Gurney said the analysis found that only 0.4% of the oil contained unknown compounds. “How can they definitively say that this compound is not natural when they don’t even know what it is?” He said in an email.

“The vast majority of the negative information out there and the pressure to make Delta 8 illegal comes from the marijuana industries,” Gurnay said. “It’s cutting into their profit margins, which is funny that marijuana guys are suddenly going to be banned.”

Delta-8 products seem to be much cheaper than weeds. For example, Curaleaf, one of the world The largest cannabis companiesoffers packets of gum containing 100 milligrams of delta-9 THC for $25, plus sales tax, at Massachusetts Dispensary. in 3Chi, A gum with 400 milligrams of delta 8 costs $29.99 onlinewithout tax.

Chris Lindsey, director of government relations for the Arab Republic of Egypt, said criticism of the trip to the marijuana industry bears some truth Marijuana Policy Projectadvocating the legalization of marijuana for adults. “We see this happening in every case of legalization of adult use,” Lindsey said. “The well-established medical cannabis industry will sometimes be your biggest adversary, and that is commercial. This is not a marijuana thing.”

However, blocking may not fully work. In New York, which banned Delta 8 in 2021, Lindsay said, it’s available anywhere.

In July, Minnesota implemented a law limiting the amount of THC, including Delta 8, allowed in cannabis products outside of the medical marijuana program. newscast He said the law would eliminate Delta 8. Marin Schroeder, director of policy at Reasonable change Minnesotaaimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for adults.

Max Barber, a writer and editor in Minneapolis, remains interested in Delta 8 despite his state’s restrictions. Although he likely got a prescription for marijuana because he suffers from an anxiety disorder and chronic sleep problems, he didn’t pursue it because the pot only heightened his anxiety. He used CBD oil but found the effects to be inconsistent. In March 2021, try a 10mg Delta 8 bar.

“It made me very high, which I don’t enjoy,” he said.

Then he finds what he considers the right dose for him: a third of a gum, which he takes in the evening. He said he now sleeps six to eight hours each night, experiences less anxiety, and is better able to focus. “I’ve become the kind of evangelist in Delta 8 for everyone I know who has trouble sleeping,” said Barber, who bought enough gum for months after the new law went into effect.

To address concerns about Delta 8, the federal government must regulate it and make cannabis easier for consumers to access, said Paul Arminano, deputy director of National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform.

pointed to a recent study In the International Journal of Drug Policy showed that the number of Google searches for Delta 8 in the United States increased in 2021 and this interest was particularly high in states that restricted cannabis use. “In an environment where whole plant hemp is legally available, there will be little demand for these alternative products,” Armantano said.

Lindsey, of the Marijuana Policy Project, isn’t sure that would matter. When he first learned of Delta-8’s growing popularity in 2021, he thought it would go the way of drugs like K2 or Spice that he said lie between regulations long enough to hit shelves before they eventually shut down.

“It didn’t come true,” Lindsey said. “The more we understand about this plant, the more of these different cannabinoids will emerge.” This, in turn, will stimulate consumer and business interest, he said.

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