Delta-8 THC Has ‘Serious Health Risks’ Warns Two Federal Agencies

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<![CDATA[Vomiting, hallucinations, trouble standing and loss of consciousness are some of the adverse effects associated with consuming hemp-derived products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a warning statement Sept. 14. Deep sedation, slowed breathing, irregular heart rates and decreased blood pressure were some of the symptoms experienced by children who ingested a parent’s delta-8-infused gummies purchased from a vape shop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a separate health advisory statement Sept. 14. The admonitions come after months of rising consumer demand and poison control reports associated with the cannabinoid, which is naturally found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Concentrated amounts of delta-8 can be manufactured from hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) and then introduced to products that are sometimes marketed as “weed light” or “diet weed,” according to the CDC. Many states have already taken action to ban or regulate delta-8 products, which gained traction from, perhaps, a legal loophole—the 2018 Farm Bill specifically defines the legal delta-9 THC concentration of 0.3% for hemp but does not define delta-8 concentrations. But enforcing those bans can face obstacles with online marketing and mislabeled delta-8 products, which have the potential to be confused with hemp or CBD products that are not intoxicating, according to the CDC. “The health effects of delta-8 THC have not yet been researched extensively and are not well-understood,” the CDC stated. “However, delta-8 THC is psychoactive and may have similar risks of impairment as delta-9 THC. As such, products that contain delta-8 THC but are labeled with only delta-9 THC content rather than with total THC content likely underestimate the psychoactive potential of these products for consumers.” The CDC referenced a 1973 article that estimated delta-8 to be about 50%-75% as psychoactive as delta-9. In its warning statement, “5…

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