Is Delta 9 Legal?
Hemp THC products have surged in popularity since the federal legalization of hemp and its derivatives. Among the new products on the market is hemp-derived delta-9, which is the same potent THC molecule as marijuana but is legal because it is derived from federally legal hemp. This is thanks to the Hemp Farm Bill Act of 2018, which legalized hemp and removed it from the Controlled Substances Act.
The key difference between hemp-derived delta-9 and marijuana is the source: hemp-derived delta-9 is made from federally legal hemp, while marijuana-derived delta-9 comes from traditional cannabis. Hemp delta-9 is derived from leftover cannabinoids, like CBG, CBN, CBC, and delta-9, as a byproduct of the process used to make CBD products.
To be legal, hemp delta-9 products must contain less than 0.3% delta-9-THC by dry weight. However, this still allows for a small amount of THC in each product. For example, a 6oz bottle of our Lit Aid syrup can contain 500mg of THC because of the dry weight. Delta-9 from hemp is easy to make and legal to sell, making it a natural next step for many CBD producers.
it's worth noting that delta-9 from hemp is the same molecule as delta-9 from traditional marijuana. Both contain the same primary cannabinoids, including THC, CBD, CBG, and others.
Overall, the legalization of hemp and its derivatives has opened up a new market for hemp THC products, including hemp-derived delta-9. As long as these products are derived from federally legal hemp and contain less than 0.3% delta-9-THC, they are legal under federal law.