Produced from hemp, Delta-8 is readily available in South Jersey. But is it safe and is it legal? | Local News



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Nelson fears that a state crackdown on Delta-8 could bankrupt him. He is licensed to sell CBD products, which comes with regular inspection. Those who are unlicensed are often much less monitored, he said.

The delta-8 market is closely associated with CBD sales, for both chemical and legal reasons.

Hemp, which has been used for eons to create tissue, is genetically the same plant as marijuana. For years, federal authorities have treated both plants the same, but in 2018 President Donald Trump signed a farm bill allowing hemp to be grown and shipped between states. Hemp, by federal definition, contains less than 0.3% THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that makes marijuana users high.

The Farm Bill has paved the way for an explosion in the popularity and availability of products containing CBD, or cannabidiol, one of the thousands of compounds found in the plant.

Proponents of CBD claim that it has multiple health benefits, although the FDA warns that it has not been approved for any medical use. Studies show promise in preventing certain types of seizures, and some users indicate it can help relieve inflammation, pain, and anxiety.

Although it has no intoxicating effect, through a series of chemical processes, CBD isolate can be used to create a concentration of delta-8 THC, which is not governed by existing laws.

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