Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Issues Statement on Synthetic and Derivative Cannabinoids

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Issues Statement on Synthetic and Derivative Cannabinoids
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<![CDATA[The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) issued a statement Nov. 3 to clarify its stance on synthetic and derivative cannabinoids found in the state’s hemp and medical cannabis products.“Cannabinoids, such as delta-9 THC and CBD, are generally regarded as the primary active ingredients in hemp and cannabis products,” department officials said. “Because delta-9-THC, CBD, and a few other cannabinoids that are more abundant in cannabis plants have been used by humans for thousands of years, the potential of these cannabinoids to directly harm those who use them is generally considered to be low. However, other cannabinoids which are not generally present or are less abundant in cannabis plants, do not have the same history supporting their safety. While the health effects of these minor cannabinoids are unknown, some negative health outcomes have been reported.”RELATED: Utah Cannabinoid Product Board Takes Stance Against Delta-8 THCProducers in Utah can obtain these minor cannabinoids in greater quantities through “selective genetic techniques or semi-synthetic/synthetic production,” regulators said. They warn that these synthetic cannabinoids “have not been sufficiently used or researched and are considered poorly categorized,” which is concerning to UDAF officials.As a result, regulators said that the UDAF has taken steps to prevent products that contain these cannabinoids from being sold to the public as hemp products on the open market.“While compliance with these regulations is rapidly increasing, consumers may still be able to find such products on some store shelves,” department officials said in the statement. “These products are frequently labeled as containing THC-O, delta-8 THC, THCP, and HHC, however, this list is not exhaustive and new synthetics are being released frequently. Manufacturers intentionally include the majority of these poorly characterized cannabinoids in their hemp products as a replacement for delta-9 THC in an attempt to evade state and federal regulation. UDAF…

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