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What is Delta-8-THC and is it legal in the UK?

Delta-8-THC is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about cannabis trends. 

Some US states are cracking down on the grey area cannabinoid.

However, many experts believe that it is federally legal as long as it derived from hemp containing no more than 0.3% THC.

So what exactly is Delta-8-THC and is it legal in the UK?

Delta-8 and Delta-9: What’s the difference?

Delta-9 is also more commonly known as THC, which binds onto our cannabinoid receptors to create a high and certain medicinal effects.

Chemically, Delta-8 and Delta-9 are very similar, as they both have the double bond within their structures.

This is the same double bond that is known to deliver the intoxicating effects of marijuana. 

Delta-8 experiences

Delta-8 consumers have reported that the effects are similar to that of Delta-9, including euphoria, happiness and medicinal relief. One user described it as a ‘lighter high‘. 

Delta-8 is yet to be put through the extensive studies, so its full effects on the mind and body are yet to be uncovered. 

Is Delta-8 safe?

Delta-8 products are normally sold outside of the state licensed and regulated cannabis industries. 

With much room in this unregulated space, there are no rules that prevent people with bad intentions from making and selling a potentially toxic product.

Earlier this year, the US Cannabis Council recently described the unregulated Delta-8 market as a “rapidly expanding crisis.”

The sale of Delta-8 products may pose a threat to the legitimate licensed and regulated companies, manufactures and retailers.

Is it available in the UK?

These products are not available for legal purchase in the UK due to the Misuse of Drugs Act and Psychoactive Substances Act

However, they are increasingly sold ‘under the counter’ in head shops and on Instagram.

The CANNAVIST contacted the Home Office for comment.

A spokesperson said:

“Delta-8 THC is a cannabinol derivative that is controlled as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

“This means it is illegal to possess, sell or produce with a maximum penalty for supply of 14 years or a fine or both.

“Our approach on drugs remains clear – we must prevent drug use in our communities, support people through treatment and recovery, and tackle the supply of illegal drugs.”

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