Delta-8 THC debate in New York
NEW YORK (WETM) – Some lawmakers in New York are trying to ban Delta 8 THC, a hemp cannabis used in CBD products.
In recent years, products containing Delta 8 THC have reportedly become very popular, but health officials say the lightly regulated product poses a health risk. On the other hand, local distributors say that this specific product has many advantages.
â€œSometimes having a product that is a bit stronger than a traditional CBD product can benefit them,â€ said Matthew Cole, director of Your CBD Store at Horseheads. “I know a lot of people have used it when they have had chemotherapy treatments.”
Despite this, the New York State Department of Health has proposed regulations that would ban the sale of Delta-8. It can be created by a chemical process called isomerization, which makes it illegal to synthesize.
This seems to be the root of the health ministry regulations. â€œA lot of the companies that produce it produce synthetic Delta-8 THC, so it’s unnatural,â€ Cole said. “Our [product] is actually a naturally occurring Delta-8, so it is naturally found in the industrial hemp plant. It’s not a lab-made chemical or anything like that.
There are concerns that the government may group the naturally extracted Delta-8 dispensers with the synthetic dispensers when it tries to ban the product. â€œIf there is a way to prove the difference between man-made and natural products, then we could potentially overcome this battle,â€ Cole said.
Currently, Delta-8 THC is not a regulated product. According to Cole, some CBD distributors sell CBD products with levels as high as 1.2%. He says, â€œUnfortunately, there is no way to make sure every business is compliant. A few bad apples spoil the pack. Since this is not a regulated trade, it is easy to skip some of these necessary steps.
Currently, under federal law, CBD products can only contain up to 0.3% Delta-9 THC. Anything above this threshold is considered marijuana. Delta-8 THC has an extremely similar molecular structure and may provide a mild high, but it is not considered marijuana. It has acquired the nickname “weed light”.
The New York Department of Health has so far failed to act on its regulatory proposals.