There appears to be a new type of “Delta” to be concerned about… Delta-8 cannabis products (also known as “Diet Weed”) can cause scary health effects, the CDC and FDA Warn.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want you to know that Delta-8 products are largely unregulated and may come with some adverse effects, including symptoms similar to those seen after a too-large dose of cannabis. The federal agencies reported last week that 119 people were hospitalized after ingesting products infused with Delta-8 THC over the past year.
You may be asking yourself, what even is Delta 8-THC? Is it dangerous in CBD products? We at Lost Range CBD are here to help break down the complicated data into easy digestible facts so you can feel safe with our CBD products.
What is Delta-8?
Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8 THC is one of over 100 cannabinoids that is actually produced naturally by the cannabis plant. Its chemical structure is similar to that of its well-known cousin, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-THC), the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana. That’s what gets you “high.”
When people refer to THC, they usually mean the Delta-9 that’s found in high concentrations in marijuana. Both produce a euphoric, fuzzy feeling, but Delta-8 causes a milder high. In fact, Delta-8 is often referred to as “marijuana-lite” or “diet weed.” Therefore it will get you high, albeit not as high as common delta-9 THC.
What is important to note is that consumers should be aware that Delta-8 THC products have neither been evaluated nor approved by the FDA. As of now, it is not recommended for safe use in any context. There is potential that these products may be marketed in ways that are risky in terms of public health, and it should be noted that these products should especially be kept out of reach of pets and children.
The Effects Of Delta-8
Unidentified by-products and lack of regulatory oversight spell trouble for cannabis products synthesized from CBD. The FDA is also concerned that Delta-8 THC products likely expose consumers to much higher levels of the substance than are naturally occurring in hemp cannabis raw extracts. Thus, historical use of cannabis cannot be relied upon in establishing a level of safety for these products in humans.
Those who use Delta-8 products say anxiety, slower heart rate, sleepiness, numbness, and also faster heart rate can occur. As well as the hospitalizations, poison control centers in the U.S received more than 600 calls involving Delta-8 exposure since January of this year. Of those calls, 39% involved kids under the age of 18.
Because Delta-8 is so similar to delta-9 THC, it produces some of the same side effects, like:
- red eyes
- dry mouth
- rapid heart rate
- trouble with coordination
- slowed reaction times
- memory loss
But Delta-8 may also have additional risks because it’s something synthetically produced, meaning you might not know what’s really in it.
How to Avoid Synthetic Delta-8-THC
When choosing CBD products always read the label for Delta-8-THC and go with a reputable and transparent brand. Look for a CBD company that:
- is made by a company that provides proof of third-party testing by an ISO 17025-compliant lab
- is made with U.S.-grown hemp
- contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, according to the certificate of analysis (COA)
- passes tests for pesticides, molds, and heavy metals, according to the COA
- Company certification and manufacturing processes
- CBD potency
- Whether products contain quality/organic ingredients
- Indicators of user trust and brand reputation, such as:
- customer reviews
- whether the company has been subject to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letterTrusted Source
- whether the company makes any unsupported health claims
About Lost Range CBD
It’s very difficult to keep up with FDA approvals with over 100 different chemical compounds in just cannabis plants. That’s why we’re here to inform you in a (hopefully) easy-to-understand fashion, so that you can feel safe with our CBD products.
In the end, though Delta 8-THC is being sold as a concentrated product derived from CBD, Lost Range’s CBD products are completely void of Delta-8 THC and could provide dozens of health benefits. We use only the best CBD in our small batch products — helping our customers experience and enjoy all the benefits that CBD has to offer. What’s more, ALL OF OUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN LESS THAN 0.3% THC.
If you would like to know more about our products and brand, or have more information on any details of ingredients, our staff is always at your service for any questions. Contact us here today.