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Why Is Delta-9 Regulated/Illegal and Not Other Hemp Substances?

December 2, 2022

Delta-9 is a potent cannabinoid.Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that makes people feel high. It is also the part of the plant that is regulated and illegal in most places.

But many other hemp substances, like HHC and THC-O, are legal. So why is Delta-9 THC singled out?

The Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is a piece of legislation renewed every five years and sets the policy for the United States agricultural industry. The 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, was passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Trump. This bill makes significant changes to agriculture policy, including legalizing hemp production nationwide.

Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that may contain low levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that gets users high. Hemp has been used for centuries in a variety of different applications. However, due to its close association with marijuana, hemp was effectively banned in the United States in 1937 under the Marihuana Tax Act.

The 2018 Farm Bill changes this by removing hemp from the controlled substances list, thus making it legal to grow and sell in the United States. This is a significant victory for proponents of hemp, who argue that the plant has a wide range of potential applications in industry and agriculture.

How hemp legalization will impact the United States agricultural industry remains to be seen. Some farmers are eager to grow hemp, while others are concerned about the challenges in producing this crop. Either way, the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill will impact American agriculture significantly in the years to come.

What is Delta-9?

Delta-9 (Δ9) is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in marijuana and is responsible for the plant's psychoactive effects. Δ9-THC is a Schedule I drug in the United States. It supposedly has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use. However, Δ9-THC has been shown to have therapeutic effects in some clinical studies.

The Farm Bill made it legal to grow and sell hemp in the United States if it contains less than 0.3% THC. But Delta-9 THC is still regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) because it is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. So, while other hemp substances may be legal, Delta-9 THC remains illegal in most places because it gets people high.

Effects of Delta-9 vs. Delta-8, HHC, and THC-O

The main difference between Delta-9 and Delta-8 is their potencies.Delta-9 is much more potent than Delta-8, producing more substantial effects when consumed. delta-9 is also responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, while Delta-8 does not produce these same effects.

Delta-9 typically causes feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and hunger. It can also cause side effects like anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis. Delta-8, HHC, and THC-O, on the other hand, tend to cause milder effects like relaxation and sedation. It is also less likely to cause side effects than Δ9.

The different effects of these cannabinoids are due to their different binding affinities for the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. Δ9-THC binds more strongly to the CB1 receptor, which is responsible for its psychoactive effects. The other cannabinoids, on the other hand, have a weaker binding affinity for the CB1 receptor and bind more strongly to the CB2 receptor.

Final Thoughts

The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to grow and sell hemp in the United States. However, Delta-9 THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, remains illegal under federal law. Delta-9 THC is regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) because it has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.

While Delta-9 THC is illegal, other cannabinoids like Delta-8, HHC, and THC-O are not. These cannabinoids have different effects on the body than Delta-9 THC. They are less likely to cause side effects and are not psychoactive.

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