Is Delta-8 Safe?

Written by Colby McCoy

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a newly found cannabinoid and derivative of Delta-9 THC, has been the subject of a craze in recent years. While scientific literature on the benefits of Cannabidiol (CDC) and Delta-9 THC continues to grow exponentially, much remains unknown about Delta-8.

That has not stopped cannabis companies from creating whole new product lines centered around Delta-8, but nonetheless many consumers wonder whether it is safe. So, is it? The true answer has yet to be ascertained.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Delta-8, which is an analogue of Delta-9, has appetite stimulating, analgesic and neuroprotective properties. The NCI has also said that Delta-8 THC has psychotropic properties like Delta-9 THC, albeit in a less potent sense. That being said, concerns have arisen over the safety of Delta-8 THC.

The West Virginia Poison Center warned local communities of an apparent poisoning after eating gummy products infused with CBD and Delta-8 THC, WSAZ 3 reported.

“Delta-8-THC is not the same thing as CBD. Taking more than one dose may cause harm. Even one dose may cause harm if the product does not actually contain the labeled ingredients. These products are not regulated so there is no assurance that the label is correct,” said Dr. Scharman, the Director of the West Virginia Poison Center and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at West Virginia University in Charleston, WSAZ 3 reported. It is unclear whether Delta-8 THC was the exact cause of the poisoning, however.

For law enforcement and cannabis product makers alike, Delta-8 poses significant questions when it comes to legality. While police may insist that THC-based cannabinoids are illegal, Delta-8 can be synthesized from CBD and hemp, which further complicates the matter.

While medical studies have not shown Delta-8 to be dangerous, it is suggested to take caution when purchasing any old product off of a shelf. At the end of the day, Delta-8 THC must be placed under regulatory controls to ensure the public is receiving a safe product.

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