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By Hooloo | 12 October 2021 | 293 Comments

States Shouldn't Ban Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Now it is the hottest new product in the cannabis field and the newest bogeyman in the industry.

There are new articles about alarming Delta-8’s legality everyday, accusing those who produce and sell it of risking consumer safety. At present, more than 15 states have actually banned Delta-8, however, the most shocking thing is that these bans are supported by so many cannabis and cannabis business leaders.

HOOLOO is very concerned about the safety of consumers and hopes to conduct research, testing and supervision of these products. We believe that Delta-8 can serve genuine needs, and demand for it is a much-needed driving force in the struggling cannabis industry.


Delta-8 Cheer People Up

Delta-8's controversy stems from its strong similarity with its illegal federal cousin, Delta 9-THC. Although the psychoactive properties of THC often steal attention from its many important medical applications, it is most famous for its compounds in cannabis, which excite consumers. Although Delta 8 is naturally found in hemp and cannabis, it can be more easily obtained from hemp CBD isolate. The molecular structure of Delta-8-THC is slightly different from Delta-9-THC, but it is a crucial difference in terms of legal and consumer impact.


Let's review the four most common arguments for banning Delta 8 and why they cannot withstand scrutiny.

- Delta-8 is illegal

Critics accused Delta-8 suppliers of using legal loopholes to sell illegal cannabinoids.

The truth is that The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and all hemp-derived cannabinoids, including hemp-derived Delta 8. The statement issued by DEA confuses this issue-but there are still strong legal arguments for the legality of Delta 8. Like CBD, it does fall into a regulatory gray area-but no one has pushed for a ban on CBD. Just like CBD, the solution to Delta 8's complicated legal status should be clarification, not prohibition.


- Delta-8 must be banned because it is intoxicating

Critics of Delta 8 argue that the confusing legal status of CBD is not important because CBD is not intoxicating.

Delta 8 has absolutely intoxicating properties-but one of the reasons for its popularity is that it seems to show much lower mental potency than THC. There are people use Delta 8 to experience euphoria indeed, but so what? It may reduce their stress, relieve their pain and improve their sleep. Some patients love to use medical cannabis instead of opiates for pain and sleep issue, except it make them anxious. Delta-8 may be a good choice for such people


- Delta-8 has never been studied

We don’t know enough about Delta 8 at present, we absolutely need more clinical trials of Delta-8, just as we need more clinical trials of CBD and THC. But the research we have done shows that Delta-8 has similar characteristics to THC, but with less mental activity. The National Cancer Institute of the United States describes Delta 8 as a "tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) analog with antiemetic, anti-anxiety, appetite stimulation, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties." A 1996 study of children with cancer found that Delta 8 completely eliminated nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy in children without any side effects. The answer to questions about Delta 8 attributes should be more research, not prohibition.


- Banning Delta-8 will prevent people from consuming it

history has proven many times that the prohibition will not achieve its goal, banning a substance will not end the demand for it. At present, Delta-8 is already popular in market, retailers nationwide sold at least $10 million worth of Delta-8 products last year. Despite all these state prohibitions, demand will continue and increase. When states ban Delta-8, bad actors will only meet product demand through the illegal market, without any safety standards, testing or supervision. There are at least 144 known cannabinoids. Are we really going to propose separate state and federal legislation for more than 140 individual plant compounds?


State cannabis regulators and hemp industry leaders can propose quality and safety standards for Delta 8. As an industry, we can urge consumers to purchase Delta 8 only from suppliers who publish third-party test results to prove the content, safety, and effectiveness of their products. Let us work together to educate consumers, ensure that products meet comprehensive testing standards and supervise Delta-9 responsibly.


Banning Delta-8 cannot guarantee the safety of the public. On the contrary, it will only breed underground markets, unethical operators and endanger the health of consumers. We can do better than this.

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