Using plants for unconventional purposes is not a new practice. Humans have spent centuries discovering the unexpected benefits of different plants and using them to their advantage.
Alongside, humans learned about the toxicity of poisonous plants and other side effects they may cause in some conditions through practice. Thus, humanity has come a long way in terms of research and experimenting.
Although the primordial way of learning through trial and error is still the basis of our learning, the practices of experimenting, the means, and methods have become drastically different.
Recently, Cannabis sativa is the plant that has caught the eyes of many. The diverse range of effects its multiple constituent chemicals induce on the human body has intrigued researchers.
Due to the unclear position of the true extent of effects of its chemical compounds, the use of this plant in different countries is subject to continuous modifications in the laws that legalize it.
Hemp Industry Daily quotes one such change that has come to light recently concerning the ban on delta-8 THC and smokable hemp flowers. Therefore, keeping updated with the latest adjustments made in the law is essential to avoid getting into trouble.
What Is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol is a chemical similar to the more famous THC. THC is the main active compound that has psychedelic properties. Delta-8 THC is a less potent form with similar but less intoxicating effects.
The National Institute of Cancer defines it as an analgesic with appetite-stimulating and neuroprotective traits. However, we find it in comparatively less percentage.
When referring to THC, people usually mean Delta-9 THC that has stronger and much headier effects. However, both forms of THC are similar in their chemical structure.
Both hemp and cannabis are used to obtain delta-8 THC. This, in turn, has made the legality of its production vague. As the 2018 farm bill makes it legal to grow hemp and use it for extractions all over the US.
Furthermore, this makes delta-8 legal in some places where THC is banned. This has increased the popularity of delta-8, which people use as an alternative to THC to satisfy their cravings.
Delta-8, like THC, binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system and induces the feeling of being high. However, the slight difference in the chemical composition of delta-8 as compared to regular THC makes it much less potent.
The production of delta-8 THC lies in the legal grey area. The hemp-driven delta-8 is sold in many states and comes to an extent under the legal chain federally.
Effects of Delta-8 THC
As a whole, the effects of delta-8 THC are the same as those of delta-9 THC. However, they are not as extreme and get consumers a little high without feeling paranoia and anxiety as they do when using delta-9.
Delta-8 produces the feeling of euphoria and happiness. Also, it provides relief for pain and can even help with insomnia. Furthermore, even the side effects of delta-8 are the same as those of delta-9.
It may cause short-term memory, red eyes, and a dry mouth. On the downside, there is not a lot of research on delta-8 THC, making the efficacy and dangers of its consumption unclear. However, it is best to follow the prescribed dosage.
Moreover, some preliminary studies suggest the relation between delta-8 and increased blood pressure and heart rate. Other studies also suggest that while delta-8 helps with pain in rats, they grow tolerant to it over time.
Smokable Hemp Flower- What Is It?
With the continuously increasing demand for cannabinoids in non-intoxicating forms, the most bizarre CBD products have come to the market. One such product is the smokable hemp flower.
Even though the THC content in hemp is minimal, it is used to get full access to many other benefits of its other compounds, CBD being a major one.
The sole intent of cultivating smokable hemp flowers is to inhale them. We can find them in similar packaging as those of marijuana in dispensaries. They are also available in pre-rolls which are more convenient for smoking.
Benefits of Smoking Hemp Flower
Smokable hemp flowers are gaining more popularity as people are moving from the use of CBD oils and tinctures to their use. Some benefits that may have played a role in inspiring this change are:
- It gives a relaxing feeling
- It has medicinal properties
- CBD helps with addiction and anxiety
- CBD aids in quitting smoking
- It is comparatively cheaper
- It is much quicker
- CBD extracted through hemp is legal
- Doesn’t intoxicate
Smokable hemp flowers give the best of the cannabinoid, providing all the benefits of CBD without inducing psychedelic effects. However, its consumption as smoke is of concern considering the health risks posed by inhalants.
Even if it comes with many benefits, the concern between distinguishing a hemp flower from higher THC content marijuana remains.
A 32% increase in price was seen from November to December 2020, costing approximately $250 per pound. Authorities have also observed a rise in in-grown and greenhouse-grown smokable hemp flowers.
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The Legality of Delta-8 THC and Hemp Flowers in New York
An article on Hemp Industry Daily cites the new laws concerning the ban on smokable hemp flowers, and delta-8 THC has been introduced in New York.
Keeping in mind the health hazards of inhaling products and environmental pollution, smokable hemp flowers have been banned.
However, slight leniency was shown as sales of flowers that are not advertised as an item for smoking are allowed by the health department. Moreover, hemp prerolls, cigarettes, and smokable flowers have been prohibited.
Another modification in the law concerning hemp flowers includes removing the limit of all cannabinoids above 0.05% to be listed on product labels. Furthermore, it is permissible for people above 21 years to use hemp vapes.
Additionally, hemp vapes are required to come with a label that states a warning of its health hazards. A line states the delta-8 THC ban mentioning that hemp products shouldn’t contain synthetic or isomerized cannabinoids, including delta-8 THC.
People have mixed reviews about this law. Farmers complain about losing business opportunities in the hemp market. Nonetheless, the health department has not swayed.
Researchers must conduct more experiments to test the benefits and side effects of both these products. The results of such experiments can aid the government in making more pronounced laws.
Moreover, authorities should consider the growing market and farmers’ reliance on these products as their earnings before introducing such laws.
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