Oregon becomes the first state in the country to ban synthetic cannabis products: Delta 8 THC comes out in July


Oregon will become the first state in the union to ban synthetic cannabinoids from July.

State regulators with the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) say they are restricting sales of the products due to concerns about the chemicals used in production.

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis. A chemical process can be used to isolate or synthesize them in large quantities, which are used in consumer products. Because the synthetic cannabinoids do not contain THC, they have become largely unregulated, meaning that products such as CBN can be sold on the open market, including at supermarkets, gas stations and other retailers.

The best known synthetic cannabinoid is delta-8 THC. The Centers for Disease Control warned consumers last year that by 2021 there had been more than 100 delta-8 exposures nationwide that required hospitalization in just six months.

Delta-8, like CBD and CBN, occurs naturally in the plant. However, since it exists in very small amounts, a chemical process is used to extract it from CBD.

“The supply of CBD exceeded the demand for CBD,” said Steven Crowley, the hemp and processing compliance specialist at the OLCC. “And so the people who had CBD on hand were looking for other ways to market it. People started working with different products that they could convert the CBD into. This is where you get the delta-8 THC products.”

The ban goes into effect in July, but as of July 2023, only the sale of synthetic cannabinoids will be allowed in OLCC-sanctioned cannabis stores after the products undergo rigorous and expensive testing and receive FDA approval.

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