I get some interesting phone calls. The other day I got a call from one of the top cops in the State of Oklahoma. He was asking me about delta 8 THC and what my thoughts were on it. The State is considering some legislation which would move delta 8 into the regulated marijuana markets as opposed to the wide open market it enjoys now. Very respectfully he was asking if I thought this would in any way hurt patients. I told him I thought that was a fantastic idea, it would actually HELP patients, and here is why…
While delta 8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, it generally is found in very small amounts in marijuana or hemp. Since it is in high demand and since it would be super duper expensive just to extract it, a quicker method is used. Taking a CBD distillate and washing it with a powerful acid will result in delta 8 and delta 9 THC. The acid has to be decanted but the result is about a 60% solution of delta 8 THC. While this is not a complicated process, it certainly has a high degree of danger involved and could impact public safety depending on the labs ability to decant the acid and produce a safe solution.
Here is the issue. RIght now there is NO OVERSIGHT. Zero, nada, nil. Someone gets the above process wrong and someone gets hurt, there is basically no liability. Moving Delta 8 sales and processing under a regulated marijuana program would enable oversight, licensing, inspections, etc of delta 8 sales.
In order for cannabis to be truly considered a medicine, and with it things like delta 8 be considered for their unique medical effects, then we must move past the “seat of the pants” operation and more into oversight, procedures, and high quality. Cannabis and other natural products can be very powerful effectors within our bodies, but their quality must be controlled in a medicinal type way or the results will not be consistent and safe.