Hemp-derived Delta-8 Skirts Laws, Raises Health Concerns

At least a dozen states have banned the drug, but manufacturers say the worries are unfounded.

This story has been republished with permission from Crain’s Chicago and written by Eric Berger.

 

Suzan Kennedy has smoked marijuana, and says her Wisconsin roots mean she can handle booze, so she was not concerned earlier this year when a bartender in St. Paul, Minnesota, described a cocktail with the cannabinoid delta-8 THC as “a little bit potent.”

Hours after enjoying the tasty drink and the silliness that reminded Kennedy of a high from weed, she said, she started to feel “really shaky and faint” before collapsing in her friend’s arms. Kennedy regained consciousness and recovered, but her distaste for delta-8 remains, even though the substance is legal at the federal level, unlike marijuana.

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