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Delta-8 Myths Debunked: What You Need to Know

Written by Petar Petrov

Delta-8-THC is all the rage right now, and rage and hype usually go hand in hand with myths, misconceptions, and full-on misinformation. Here are some of the important issues surrounding Delta-8-THC that get oversimplified or downright misreported.

Myth: Delta-8-THC is Completely Legal Everywhere

This is wrong on two levels.

For starters, while hemp-derived Delta-8-THC – synthesized from CBD – is supposed to be federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, the DEA caught wind of that loophole and attempted to close it with the 2020 Interim Final Rule. The amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill deems all synthetically produced tetradyrocannabinols illegal.

So in other words, Delta-8-THC’s federally legal status is murky, perhaps even stuck in the middle of a legal conundrum.

But even if we assume Delta-8-THC is, indeed, legal on a federal level, this doesn’t automatically mean it’s legal in every state. States have the right to impose veto to federal law, and the following states have chosen to exercise this right and make Delta-8-THC illegal:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina


Myth: Delta-8-THC is Just a Poor Man’s THC

While Delta-8-THC isn’t most people’s first choice, but rather a legal alternative to THC and/or marijuana extracts, it’s more than a Plan B. Delta-8-THC has a unique set of attributes that makes for an entirely new proposition, which many people even prefer.

On the one hand, Delta-8-THC is not only less potent than its isomer THC, but its effects are actually mellower in their very nature. This makes Delta-8-THC a great option for inexperienced users who want to gently dabble in cannabis high, as well as those who simply want a little kick without getting knocked out on the couch.

Basically, for many people, Delta-8-THC blends the best of both the THC and CBD worlds.

Myth: Delta-8-THC Has No Side Effects Whatsoever

It’s true that the chances of Delta-8-THC’s effects veering into paranoia and anxiety, the common side effects of THC overconsumption, are much slimmer because of its diminished potency and mellower nature. However, that doesn’t mean that these chances are completely nonexistent.

Delta-8-THC still has a very similar “DNA” to THC and carries the anxiety and paranoia genes, but it would take much larger quantities to manifest them into existence. It’s like comparing beer to whiskey – they differ in potency and connotations, but both can get you drunk.

Myth: Delta-8-THC is a Dangerous Lab Creation

While it is true that hemp-derived Delta-8-THC is, indeed, created in a lab, transformed from CBD, synthesis is a legit scientific process and not some ungodly monstrosity. Like many scientific advancements, it mimics processes that occur spontaneously in nature, including in cannabis.

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