Delta-8 THC, also known as delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive substance found in the plant Cannabis sativa, of which marijuana and hemp are two varieties. While the drug is not regulated, it is estimated to be between 50 and 75% more psychoactive than delta-9 THC, the most common form of THC in cannabis plants. The FDA is concerned that delta-8 will expose consumers to higher levels of THC than those found in natural cannabis, which can cause highly intoxicating effects. In addition, the FDA is aware of the growing concern surrounding delta-8 THC products currently sold online and in stores, as they have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context.
Since the natural amount of delta-8 in hemp is very low, chemicals are needed to convert other cannabinoids in hemp, such as CBD, to delta-8.This means that additional chemicals are added to delta-8 products, which can be harmful to consumers. CDC and FDA officials have reported adverse events related to these products. The FDA is also concerned that products with THC delta-8 are likely to expose consumers to much higher levels of the substance than those found naturally in raw hemp and cannabis extracts. Furthermore, these products may be contaminated with other cannabinoids and heavy metals.
The manufactured Delta-8-THC is generally added to vaping gummies and cartridges and is legally sold online and in stores. However, it is important for consumers to be aware of the risks associated with these products and understand that they have not been approved by the FDA for safe use in any context.