Medical Marijuana Processors in Ohio Must Mention Delta-8 THC in Their Products

Many of you may not be aware of changes in the cannabis laws in Ohio. The state permits the use of marijuana for medical use but prohibits it for recreational use. So medical marijuana products are highly regulated by the state and can only be sold in state-licensed dispensaries.

Recently, patients in Ohio’s medical marijuana program noticed a change in the products they used. Now the labels show the amount of delta-8 THC in the products.

A recent article published in Cincinnati discusses new guidance released last week by the Ohio Department of Commerce.

A Quick Refresher About Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC (Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol) is an unregulated cannabis compound. It recently gained popularity due to its similarity to Delta-9 THC, the famous cannabis compound that creates the high typically felt when consuming marijuana.

Marijuana plants next to each other.

Delta-8 THC is derived from cannabidiol (CBD). But most of it is acquired from hemp, a non-intoxicating type of cannabis with less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC.

People who use Delta-8 say it produces some of the same effects as Delta-9 for pain relief, but it’s not as intense.

New Guidance for Delta-8 THC

Ohio is the only US state to set a THC limit on medical marijuana products. The new guidance says that medical marijuana processors must test and list the level of Delta-8 THC in their products.

The Ohio Department of Commerce regulates processors. So they have the right to prohibit product ingredients. The key priority of the Medical Marijuana Control Program is to ensure that all products are safe for use.

Other Issues Arise

While the guidance was supposed to make it easier for users to identify how much Delta-8 THC is in products, it has created several other issues.

Supporters say that Delta-8 THC comes from hemp. That means, according to the 2018 Farm Bill, it’s legal. 

However, the extra step needed to derive this substance from CBD means it’s synthetically made. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, anything synthetically derived from tetrahydrocannabinol is a schedule I controlled substance. Therefore, it’s illegal.

The agency has not made a final statement on the matter. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is also waiting for their determination. 

Trending Tips on CBD Products

Changes in the Guidance

Two changes have been made regarding the presence of Delta-8 in medical marijuana products. It’s confusing many medical marijuana businesses in Ohio.

Firstly, the guidance is said to take effect immediately. However, there is no mention of what businesses should do with products they already have packaged for sale. 

A majority of medical marijuana products currently available on store shelves and inventories don’t contain Delta-8 THC on their labels.

The Commerce Department did not offer an answer to this question as of yet.

Secondly, the guidance stated that all THC isomers should be counted in the “total THC.” This includes Delta-8, Delta-9, and all other THC isomers. The problem is that the state law caps medical marijuana products at 70% THC.

Previously, the Commerce Department defined “total THC” as Delta-9 THC and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), a substance that converts to Delta-9 THC during combustion. 

So this change in regulations is sure to cause problems. Placing all THC compounds under the label of total THC has left many processors confused.

Problems for Consumers

Besides issues for medical marijuana producers, users are just as disturbed by the changes. 

By placing all THC compounds in a product under the label of total THC, processors may not be able to keep their products below the cap. Since Ohio has strict THC limits for medical marijuana products, some patients already have problems finding products to treat their medical conditions.

And now, it will get even more difficult for them because of further restrictions.

Karen O’Keefe is the director of state policies that lobbies for the Marijuana Policy Project. She says that these new guidelines will drive patients to the illicit market. It could cause patients to use unregulated Delta-8 THC products that may not be tested for contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals. 

Furthermore, it could also cause patients to switch to other substances, such as opiates.

Medical Conditions That Allow Patients to Use Marijuana

Ohio now has 25 medical conditions that qualify a person to use medical marijuana. Some diseases/conditions include cancer, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, and many more.

Each year, the Ohio State Medical Board accepts petitions from the public for new conditions qualifying for medical marijuana usage.

Last year, the board had added only one condition, cachexia or wasting syndrome. This year, three new medical conditions were approved for medical marijuana, bringing the list to 25. 

The board recently added Huntington’s disease, terminal illness, and spasticity to their list. It had received 30 petitions to add the new conditions. 

At the same time, the board rejected petitions to add autism spectrum disorder, restless leg syndrome, panic disorder with agoraphobia, and spasms.

A man writing a letter.

The board requires submissions to include evidence that cannabis can help treat or alleviate the disease. They must also have letters of support from physicians. 

For patients to get a medical marijuana card, they must meet one of the qualifying medical conditions that the Ohio State Medical Board lists. They must also have a recommendation from a state-certified doctor. Moreover, the physicians are expected to provide long-term care to these patients.

Todays Trending Topics

Final Thoughts

Delta-8 is a new product that has grown in popularity over the past couple of years. More research is needed to determine how the compound influences the body and brain.

So many important things need immediate attention in the cannabis industry. Joe Moorhead, a spokesman for North Coast Testing Laboratory, said that it doesn’t seem Delta-8 regulations should be first on the chopping block in the program.

The mounting interest in Delta-8 will likely drive more rules and regulations in the coming years. But until everyone gets on the same page, it’s important to remain cautious about the drug.

Learn about CBD

  • US Air Travel with Hemp Extract
    Usage of hemp extract or CBD for different health purposes has become increasingly common in the past few years.  With the FDA legalizing Epidiolex, a medicine containing pure CBD for seizures, many people are now wondering: is CBD legal to carry while traveling by air?  Well, fortunately, yes; but with lots of safety measures….
  • 4 Smart Ways to Choose the Best Natural Remedy Product For You
    It’s almost a norm for counterfeit products to creep in once an industry starts to take off. We’ve seen it happening to the luxury accessories and cosmetics industries. Now, the CBD market is facing the same fate.  While it doesn’t always impact the industry as a whole, it surely leaves the customers confused about…
  • How To Mask The Taste Of CBD Oil?
    There was a time when people showed disapproval after hearing the name marijuana. However, there has been an increase in demand for cannabis after people become more conscious about its medical benefits.  In fact, the ways to take medicinal cannabis changed with time. Several new ways are far healthier than smoking it—one of those…
  • CBD Gum, What is It and Are There Any Benefits?
    CBD products have taken the medicinal world by storm. Till now, you must have come across tons of products like creams, tinctures, vapes, oils, and gummies.  These days, a new exciting product is making it to the shelves; CBD gums.  The CBD gum ensures a quick fix whenever you want a fast-acting dose. Plus,…
  • CBD Legal States, Where is CBD Legal?
    Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the fastest-growing relief products for a variety of ailments, like anxiety and pain.  A lot of people wonder, though, where is CBD legal?  It comes from the cannabis plant, which has been illegal in the United States for a very long time.  In 2018, CBD was legalized federally….
Please follow and like us:
Was this article helpful?
YesNo

STOP

Before You Go

join our mailing list for daily health tips