The final delta-8 thc product may have potentially harmful by-products (contaminants) due to the chemicals used in the process, and there is uncertainty regarding other potential contaminants that may be present or produced depending on the composition of the starting feedstock. There are no official records of an overdose of THC delta 8. Manufacturers of these products are creating quantities of delta-8 THC in much higher quantities than are naturally produced. People should also be aware that products labeled hemp or CBD may contain THC delta-8 and cause psychoactive effects.
Hemp Roundtable, an industry group, is not calling for a strict ban on delta-8 products, but it has taken a firm stance against intoxicating forms of delta-8, which exceed the approved limit of 0.3. Delta-8 THC is estimated to be between 50% and 75% more psychoactive than delta-9 THC, but it occurs naturally only at very low levels in the cannabis plant, according to the CDC. The loophole essentially allowed delta-8 THC to be synthesized from cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp. The effects of consuming or inhaling these chemicals and by-products are unclear, he said, “and vaporizers are a popular mode of using THC delta-8.
The crux of these warnings, along with the lack of general research on the drug, was that the unregulated market for delta-8 THC could lead to harmful products full of impurities. Increased availability of cannabis products containing THC delta-8 and reported cases of adverse events. After the husband-wife research team surveyed more than 500 people from 38 states and asked them to compare delta-8 to cannabis, they concluded that delta-8 appears to have positive qualities and can be a way to reduce harm and negative reactions, compared to marijuana. Delta-8 THC is similar to its better-known psychoactive cousin, delta-9 THC, but a loophole has led to its widespread use in the United States despite safety warnings from regulatory authorities.
To create the highest concentrations of delta-8 THC for these products, manufacturers often use harmful chemicals. However, legal or not, there are several risks to consuming delta-8 THC products, since they have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. In addition, products containing delta-8 THC are sometimes simply labeled as hemp, a term that refers to the non-psychoactive parts of the cannabis plant and its derivatives. Through two recently published studies, Daniel Kruger and Jessica Kruger report on the largest delta-8 THC consumption survey ever conducted.
Daniel Kruger, author of the latest published delta-8 THC studies, says it’s crucial to investigate the effects of these products, as they are widely used. Delta-8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of more than 100 compounds, or cannabinoids, found in the Cannabis sativa plant.