The Dark Side of Delta-8 THC
Is Delta-8 THC legal in Vermont?
No, it is not. Delta-8 THC is technically illegal to manufacture and possess in the state of Vermont, and for good reason. Delta-8 THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that can be found naturally in some hemp plants. However, it is typically found in extremely small concentrations. This means that in order to create the D8 products you’ve seen online or in stores, it needs to be manufactured synthetically in a lab.
How is Delta-8 THC made?
To make Delta-8 THC in a lab, CBD isolate powder is converted to Delta-8 THC through a process called isomerization. This basically means that an acid is added to pure isolated CBD powder. It’s a synthetic process. Since there isn’t enough research on the artificial creation of Delta-8, the state of Vermont has declared it illegal.
Why is Delta-8 THC now illegal in VT?
Before delving into the specifics of the law, it may help to consider why there is cause for concern in the first place. Cannabidiol, or CBD, can be isolated and then manufactured into delta-8 THC. There is not enough research out there to suggest that delta-8 THC could be beneficial from a medical or therapeutic standpoint, so that leaves one real reason why it’s being manufactured: as a legal way to get high.
By creating delta-8 THC as a byproduct of CBD, producers are essentially sidestepping the farm bill and creating a “legal” psychoactive cannabis product, and they’re able to get away with it by calling it a derivative of hemp. As Delta-8 THC provides a similar high to Delta-9 THC, the Vermont legislature wanted to clarify that they do not recognize delta-8 as a legal hemp product.
Is Delta-8 THC safe for use?
The answer to this question isn’t clear, which is a big reason that Vermont came out and clarified their stance on the cannabinoid. This is the dark side of Delta-8. There is a significant amount of confusion about this chemical compound. Specifically, there is a lack of transparency that makes it difficult to know exactly what a person is consuming or using. Most people should avoid using this product as a result of this.
Perhaps the biggest concern, health.
It’s hard to know exactly how Delta-8 will impact your health. Taking these products can be risky because there appears to be so much hidden about them. People looking for hemp products may want to consider products that provide more transparency.
tl,dr: It’s difficult to say whether or not it’s wise to use Delta-8, but at EMT we like to heir on the side of caution, research and science!
Vermont’s laws on Delta-8 THC are clear
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Farms, and Markets is the governing body overseeing the production of hemp in the state. As of April 2021, the organization alerted hemp producers in the state that Delta-8 THC products are not considered hemp products. As a direct result of this, they are considered illegal to manufacture in the state. Possessing or distributing it in the state could lead to criminal charges. The move was made after Delta-8 THC products starting popping up on more and more store shelves in Vermont. Some producers had it on store shelves for a very short time before receiving the notice.
Vermont’s Agriculturally Responsible Stance
Vermont’s hemp rules ban synthetic cannabinoids from being used in the production of any type of hemp-infused or hemp product in the state. That means that while naturally occurring delta-8 THC is not specifically barred from hemp products, those in the state cannot produce or manufacture the Delta-8 THC cannabinoid from hemp.
tl,dr: Vermont is trying to be agriculturally responsible, making it clear what qualifies as hemp-approved components and what does not.