The Cannabis and Hemp industry is constantly evolving, pushing for innovation and discovering new benefits and properties of both marijuana and hemp plants. While Delta-9 THC has been legal in some states for a few years now, Delta-8 THC is a relatively new product on the market.
Myth: All Cannabis Plants are federally illegal
In 2018 the Farm Bill passed which legalized the regulated production of hemp plants. Enter Delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC is a compound found more commonly in hemp plants, and it can be extracted and infused into products like gummies, vape pens, and cartridges. Hemp is different from other cannabis plants because it can’t get you “high” – this means that the compounds extracted from hemp have a much lower potency. In order for products to be legal under the Farm Bill, they must contain less than 0.3% THC (or Delta-9).
Misconception: If cannabis is legal in my state then I can also buy Delta-8 products
The legalities still differ by state. For example, Colorado has a legal cannabis market but does not allow for the sale or production of Delta-8 products. Ultimately it is up to the states to decide how they want to regulate the industry. Legal cannabis does not always equal legal Delta-8. Similarly, a lot of states that do not have legal cannabis allow for the production and sale of Delta-8 products, like Texas, which is what makes this product so appealing for consumers and businesses alike.
Myth: I will only feel the effects if I inhale
This is a big-time MYTH! In fact, a lot of Delta-8 THC users prefer gummies and other edibles over smoking. The reason for this is because edibles get digested, so they take a little bit longer to start impacting you, however, the effects generally last longer and can be slightly more intense. That’s why specific dosage is so important when taking edibles – they need time to start working in your body and if you eat too many at once you might sign yourself up for an unpleasant or overwhelming experience. If you dose low and slow and give yourself adequate time to feel the effects, then edibles can be a very enjoyable and consistent experience.
Misconception: Delta-8 Does Not Get you High
This is a tricky one. The short answer is no, Delta-8 does not get you “high” as Delta-9 does. However, just because it does not have the same psychotropic effects does not mean that you won’t be impacted by it. Research is actively being conducted on the supposed effects of Delta-8 – so far, users and patients in clinical trials have reported potentially beneficial side effects including appetite stimulation, stress and anxiety management, muscle relaxation, and more.
Myth: I will pass a drug test as long as it’s not Delta-9
Unfortunately, this is a myth. Current drug tests and panels will potentially detect a “false positive” in your test if you are actively consuming Delta-8. It’s important to always be aware of your employment policies and if regular or random drug tests are part of your job, we recommend not using any cannabis or hemp-derived products. Lame, we know!
Misconception: Delta-8 is Addictive
Another loaded question. This one is tough to answer because ANYTHING can be addictive, depending on the type of person you are and how frequently you “do” something. For example, people who get into a consistent exercise routine can otherwise be considered “addicted to exercise” because they crave the chemicals that exercise releases in the brain. Make sense? So, if you regularly use Delta-8 products, especially with the intention of relieving anxiety or stomach sensitivity, then you can be considered “addicted”. It’s important to clarify, though, that Delta-8 THC as an isolated compound does not have proven addictive properties. Research is happening constantly, so more information is surfacing daily!
As we mentioned before, the Delta-8 industry is constantly evolving, and new research is coming to light daily! We pride ourselves on staying completely up-to-date on all industry information, so if you are curious about the changing landscape of Delta-8 and how you can become a consumer or seller, keep an eye on this blog for updates.