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What is Delta 8 THC? It’s not marijuana, but it is creating a buzz in New York state

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Have you heard of, or perhaps even tried, Delta 8 THC?

It’s not exactly marijuana. It’s not exactly CBD, either. Both of those cannabis products are now legal in New York — CBD derived from hemp for the past few years and marijuana

since last month.

Delta 8 THC, also called just Delta 8 or simply D8, is a hemp-cannabis derivative that has been available in New York for about a year. It exists on the border between marijuana, which gives users a psychoactive “high,” and hemp-based CBD, which does not.

Both hemp and marijuana are members of the cannabis family, with hemp containing less THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that provides the marijuana high. Yet, as the name indicates, Delta 8 is a form of THC.

It’s been picking up momentum nationwide and in Central New York for the past few months. It can now be found on the shelves at many local shops that sell CBD (cannabinol) and other hemp products. It’s sold in forms that can be smoked, vaped or ingested (like gummies).

The retail sales market for legal marijuana under New York’s new law, meanwhile, won't start up for at least a year, or until the state releases regulations and issues licenses.

So if you’re looking to buy something now that produces a feeling sort of like the “euphoria” some associate with marijuana, but in a milder way and without the buzz, Delta 8 might be be it.

It’s popularity nationwide is spiking.

“Delta-8 THC is having a moment as it’s quickly become the most exciting, and most intoxicating, product in the hemp industry,” Forbes magazine Vices correspondent Will Yakowicz wrote last month.

But it’s not without controversy. Twelve states now completely ban Delta 8 THC, including Colorado, one of the first states to legalize marijuana itself.


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