Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive chemical found in the Cannabis sativa plant, of which marijuana and hemp are two varieties. Delta-8 THC is one of more than 100 cannabinoids naturally produced by the cannabis plant. However, it is not abundant. As a result, hemp-derived cannabidiol is commonly utilized to synthesize concentrated levels of delta-8 THC (CBD).
Consumers should be careful since the government has not evaluated or certified delta-8 THC products for use in any condition. They may be marketed in ways that endanger public health, so keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
Here are 5 most important things you should know about delta-8 THC to protect yourself and others you care about from potentially harmful goods:
1. The government has not evaluated or approved Delta-8 THC products for safe use and in ways that put people’s health at risk
The government is aware of the rising public outpouring of concern regarding delta-8 THC products, which are now accessible online and in shops. These goods have not been investigated or approved by the government for use in any scenario. Concerns about product compositions and labeling, additional cannabinoid and terpene levels, and changing delta-8 THC concentrations are valid.
Furthermore, some of these items may simply be labeled as “hemp products,” deceiving clients who mistakenly associate “hemp” with “non-psychoactive.” The government is especially concerned about the surge in the number of products containing delta-8 THC promoted as therapeutic or medical even though the agency has not approved them.
It is unlawful to sell unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims, but it also puts customers in danger because these products have not been proven to be safe or effective. This deceptive marketing of untested therapies creates significant public health hazards. Patients and other consumers may choose experimental medications instead of licensed therapy to cure critical and even fatal illnesses.
2. The government has received reports of adverse reactions to delta-8 THC-containing products
Between December 2, 2020, and February 28, 2022, the government received 104 reports of adverse events in patients who used delta-10 THC products like Delta 10 gummies. The following are the 104 adverse event reports:
• In 77 percent of the incidents, adults were involved, children under 18 were involved in 8% of the cases, and children under the age of 18 were not involved in 15% of the cases.
• 55% required hospitalization or other care (e.g., examination by emergency medical services).
• 66% of people said they had unfavorable side effects after ingesting food containing delta-8 THC (e.g., brownies, gummies).
• Hallucinations, vomiting, tremor, anxiety, dizziness, disorientation, and loss of consciousness were among the side effects.
National poison control centers received 2,362 incidents of delta-8 THC products between January 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022. There were 2,362 incidents of contamination:
• Adults made up 58% of the patients, children under 18 made up 41%, and the remaining 1% did not identify their age.
• Forty percent of the instances were caused by unintended exposure to delta-8 THC, with 82 percent of these unintentional exposures affecting youngsters.
• 70% of patients needed a health-care facility assessment, with 8% requiring admission to a critical-care unit; 45 percent of patients who needed a health-care facility evaluation were children, with one pediatric instance terminating in death.
3. Delta-8 THC is a psychotropic and intoxicating substance
Delta-8 THC is psychoactive and intoxicating in the same way as delta-9 THC. The government is aware of media reports claiming that delta-8 THC products cause people to become “high.” Delta-8 THC products expose users to significantly higher levels of the chemical than are found naturally in hemp cannabis raw extracts, according to the government. As a result, past cannabis usage cannot be utilized to assess the safety of these products in humans.
4. Several delta-8 THC products incorporate possibly harmful chemicals to attain the claimed quantities of delta-8 THC in the marketplace
Due to the low natural levels of delta-8 THC in hemp, extra chemicals are required to convert other cannabinoids in hemp, such as CBD, to delta-8 THC (i.e., synthetic conversion). The following are some of the issues with this strategy:
Some producers may employ potentially dangerous household chemicals in the chemical synthesis process to generate delta-8 THC. Because of the chemicals utilized in the process, the final delta-8 THC product may contain potentially harmful by-products (contaminants).
There is ambiguity about additional possible contaminants that may be present or generated depending on the nature of the beginning raw material. These chemicals, including some needed to synthesize delta-8 THC and by-products created during synthesis, can be dangerous if consumed or breathed.
5. Keep Delta-8 THC products out of reach of children and pets
These products are packed and labeled in a way that appeals to children (gummies, chocolates, cookies, candies, etc.). As previously indicated, there have been many poison control center cautions about adolescent patients who have been exposed to delta-8 THC-containing drugs.
In addition, animal poison control centers have reported a considerable increase in the number of pets that have been exposed to these goods by mistake. Keep these products away from children and pets.
What is the purpose of the government issuing a public health advisory on delta-8 THC?
Due to various factors, the government has chosen to make this information available to consumers. These are some of the elements:
• Concerns regarding contamination from manufacturing processes that create marketed delta-8 THC products in some cases, as reported to the government and poison control centers around the country.
• Child-friendly marketing, including product promotion on the internet.