CLEVELAND — A new product in stores all over Ohio, Delta 8 THC, is blurring the line between hemp and marijuana and making casual cannabis users relearn the rules for what’s legal and what is not.
Delta 8 is available at CBD stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and through online sales without any kind of prescription, recommendation from a doctor, or medical marijuana patient card even though it has similar psychoactive effects as marijuana.
The difference is that Delta 8 THC is made from hemp. Both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis plant. The difference is that marijuana has higher levels of Delta 9 THC, the compound that gets users “high.” Hemp has less than .3% Delta 9 THC, meaning it won’t give users the psychoactive effects.
Since Delta 8 THC is made from hemp, legal experts tell News 5 it is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, which “removed hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis), from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA),” according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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