Vermont is the newest state to ban Delta 8 THC
According to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Farms and Markets (AAFM), all hemp products containing Delta 8 THC are illegal. This change took effect on April 23 of this year.
The Vermont AAFM emailed all registered hemp farmers to inform them of the new law. Vermont is currently one of 12 states that have banned the manufacture of Delta 8 THC products. The other states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.
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Vermont’s new legislation
On its website, the agency even admitted that hemp plants naturally produce Delta 8 THC. However, since it is only present in trace amounts, high Delta 8 products are usually made using a method known as isomerization, which synthetically converts CBD to THC.
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The Vermont Hemp Rules state, “A processor must not use synthetic cannabinoids in the manufacture of hemp products or products infused with hemp.” With this new regulation, the manufacture, labeling, or sale of Delta-8 products would be against state law Vermont breach. As with any other List 1 narcotic drug, anyone caught making, selling, or possessing Delta 8 products will be prosecuted.
The ruling has its arms around the nationwide Delta 8 THC industry, trying to figure out what they’ll do if such a large portion of their inventory is suddenly banned. This update is expected to have a significant negative impact on the newly established revenue.
More about Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring, minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. While structurally similar to Delta 9 THC, there are some key differences between the two. For example, Delta 9 THC is the most common psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, while Delta 8 is only found in trace amounts. In fact, Delta 8 is not even produced by the enzymes in cannabis, but is created when Delta 9 oxidizes THC and slowly breaks it down to Delta 8. Further degradation of Delta 9 would produce the cannabinoid CBN (cannabinol).
When it comes to the chemical difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9, one molecule counts. In chemistry, “delta” refers to the double bond in the molecular structure of a compound. Delta compounds have more electrons and interact with the body in different ways than single bond cannabinoids. The difference between the Delta-THC analogs is where the double bond is on their chain of carbon atoms. Delta 9 has this bond on the 9th carbon chain and Delta 8 THC has the double bond on the 8th carbon chain. It seems like a small difference, but it can be significant.
Much like its more dominant counterpart, Delta 8 THC is a partial agonist for both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, although it appears to have a stronger affinity for CB1. This means that despite a weaker psychotropic potency, effects can be felt in numerous different parts of the body. The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) describes Delta-8-THC as follows: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite stimulating, analgesic and neuroprotective properties.”
Again, there are twelve states that currently banned Delta 8 THC, with Vermont being the newest. The Delta-8 ban has nothing to do with legalizing cannabis, as you can see. It has been banned in some states where recreational cannabis is legal. So the logic in these decisions must have been wrong. Either way, a ban is a ban and both businesses and consumers need to find out what to do before it’s too late.
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