What are Intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids (IHDCs), and are they safe?
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Demand for Intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids (IHDCs) – which give users a legal ‘high’ – is now rising across Europe and the UK, but a lack of research and regulation could put consumers at risk. CBD could be considered the calming, non-psychoactive cousin of delta-9 THC, the main compound in cannabis that is associated with ‘getting high’. But Intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids (IHDCs), a new type of psychoactive cannabis product, is popping up on the CBD market across Europe and in the UK, and has already caused a competitive stir in US states that have legalised cannabis. What are IHDCs? IHDCs, including hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and delta-8 THC, are psychoactive compounds derived from the cannabis sativa plant. They occur naturally, but can also be synthesised, with many being converted from CBD. They are often consumed in vape liquid form or as an edible. According to Ana Liz Molina, a market analyst with CannIntelligence, anecdotal evidence suggests that IHDC’s can cause similar mental and physical effects to delta-9 THC, but studies examining the true impacts of IHDCs are scarce. Despite their psychoactive properties, IHDC’s sit in a legal loophole because they are extracted from hemp which is generally legal to grow (within certain restrictions) in the UK and Europe. IHDCs in the US: a multi-million dollar market Molina points to some surprising statistics: the market value of IHDCs in the US is already around US$400m. “IHDCs, particularly delta-8 THC, are more prevalent in the US, but we’re starting to see it in Europe, and it’s a very [legal] grey area,” she says. “There’s not much information about it and no one is sure how to regulate it.” Before recreational cannabis became legal in a number of US states (21 and counting), the 2018 Farm Bill allowed the (regulated) production of hemp across the country,…
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