Delta-8 derivative gaining popularity at hemp and CBD shops across Indiana – Indianapolis Business Journal

A derivative of hemp with effects similar to traditional marijuana is picking up popularity and being sold in shops across Indiana.

Despite the state’s long-standing refusal to legalize marijuana, the Delta-8 THC derivative is being sold from store shelves thanks t…….

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A derivative of hemp with effects similar to traditional marijuana is picking up popularity and being sold in shops across Indiana.

Despite the state’s long-standing refusal to legalize marijuana, the Delta-8 THC derivative is being sold from store shelves thanks to a legal gray area that many state officials would rather not talk about.

Delta-8, called “weed light” by some users, essentially gives a weaker high than does regular marijuana, and federal health officials are raising concerns about its use.

In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control both issued warnings about the drug. The FDA noted that Delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated nor approved by the agency for safe use in any context, citing concerns in the product’s marketing and some processes used to convert it from cannabinoids.

  • Downtown’s East Tree CBD began selling Delta-8 products last year; they are now top sellers. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

  • Downtown’s East Tree CBD began selling Delta-8 products last year; they are now top sellers. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

  • Downtown’s East Tree CBD began selling Delta-8 products last year; they are now top sellers. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

  • Downtown’s East Tree CBD began selling Delta-8 products last year; they are now top sellers. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

  • Downtown’s East Tree CBD began selling Delta-8 products last year; they are now top sellers. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

  • Downtown’s East Tree CBD began selling Delta-8 products last year; they are now top sellers. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

At least 14 states have blocked the sale of Delta-8, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Utah.

Indiana’s policy on the substance remains hazy at best. And longtime marijuana advocates hope state officials take no action to curb its use.

State Rep. Jim Lucas, a Seymour Republican who is one of the state’s most vocal supporters of legalized marijuana, said he uses Delta-8 gummies as an alternative to a prescription narcotic to help him sleep at night, “with great success.”

Jim Lucas

“I hope we leave it the hell alone,” Lucas said.

The legality of Delta-8 THC and other hemp derivatives and cannabis-related compounds is fuzzy mainly because of 3-year-old federal legislation.

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized hemp, which is defined as a cannabis plant that contains 0.3% Delta-9 THC or less. What the bill does not address is Delta-8 THC levels, an omission that makes it legal for vendors to sell the compound derived from hemp.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical component of cannabis that gets someone high. When people talk about THC, they’re typically talking about Delta-9 THC.

In Indiana and on a federal level, marijuana remains illegal and is listed as a Schedule I drug, a tier reserved for drugs with a high potential for abuse and no medicinal benefit, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Hemp advocates say that, because Indiana code mentions only Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 products derived from hemp or CBD are legal, with no limit on the percentage of THC in those products.

But Indiana law …….

Source: https://www.ibj.com/articles/delta-8-derivative-gaining-popularity-at-hemp-and-cbd-shops-across-indiana

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