Hemp Industries Association Backs Delta-8 THC

The USA’s Hemp Industries Association has released a position statement on the controversial cannabinoid delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8THC).

THC is the most commonly known (and pursued) intoxicating cannabinoid, specifically delta-9. But there’s also delta-8-THC, a minor cannabinoid naturally occurring in cannabis plants in very small quantities. However, it can also be produced by altering the non-intoxicating (cannabidiol) CBD. Legal hemp, which contains very low delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, can be a rich source of CBD.

As the legal definition of hemp in the USA only refers to delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol levels, that has created some controversy as to the legality of delta-8. Some believe it isn’t illegal and an industry has rapidly sprung up around it, although several states have made moves to ban delta-8 THC. There is also debate on whether altering CBD to produce it makes the delta-8 THC “synthetic”.

Back in March, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable wanted to see a lot of regulatory distance put between hemp CBD and Delta-8. But the Hemp Industries Association has recently come out as a backer, supporting the following views:



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