The Legality of Hemp Derived Delta-9
Many people wonder if Delta-9 THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, is legal. In this article, we will explore the legality of hemp-derived Delta-9 THC and its derivatives under the 2018 Farm Bill. We will also discuss the status of these products in various states and the emerging canna-chemistry industry.
Legality of Delta-9 THC:
The short answer is that Delta-9 THC is legal at the federal level as long as it is derived from hemp with a total dry weight of 0.3% or less D9 THC, according to the 2018 Farm Bill. This means any products that contain hemp or its derivatives like D9, D10, D8, CBD, and so on are legal, as long as the starting material’s total dry weight D9 THC content is less than 0.3%.
Other Cannabinoids and State Laws:
While the federal bill does not explicitly call out other cannabinoids, some states have enacted laws to restrict industrial hemp further. As of 2023, Arkansas, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Oregon are considered total THC states. Any amount of total THC over 0.3% is deemed high-THC cannabis and is therefore illegal or requires a medical prescription. Lastly, in Idaho, New Hampshire, and South Dakota, any amount of THC is illegal.
The Industrial Hemp Industry:
Thanks to the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, the industrial hemp industry is in flux, and new methods are being developed to process cannabis and its several hundred compounds, including new ones that are still being discovered. These developments are giving rise to the canna-chemistry industry, which has the potential to revolutionize the cannabis and hemp industry.
Legal Delta-9 THC Products:
Vivimu’s MC Vivimus D9 gummies contain only Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD and Delta 9 THC), Sugar, Corn Syrup, Pectin, Sunflower Oil, Water, Flavoring, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Acid Sulfate, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Food Coloring, and Plant-derived Terpenes. Each gummy has 30mg CBD and 10mg Hemp-derived, legal D9 THC, well below the legal limit on a dry weight basis.
Keeping Delta-9 Legal:
As an industry, we must come together to legalize cannabis and hemp fully. To do so, consumers must make their voices heard by voting with their wallets and communicating with their local legislators. By doing so, we can ensure that the future of cannabis and hemp is bright and that we can continue to enjoy these products legally.
In conclusion, the legality of Delta-9 THC and its derivatives is a complex topic, with different laws in different states. However, as long as the starting material’s total dry weight D9 THC content is less than 0.3%, products containing hemp or its derivatives like D9, D10, D8, and CBD are legal at the federal level. With the emerging canna-chemistry industry, we are in exciting times as an industry, and it’s up to us to make the most of these opportunities while keeping Delta-9 THC legal.