There is a new product taking the marijuana industry by storm. And the biggest kicker? It’s totally legal in Connecticut as of July 1, 2021.
Unfortunately, delta 8 THC is regulated under the same laws as delta 9 THC in CT — which means you won’t be able to order it online. Only state-registered dispensaries are legally allowed to sell this cannabinoid.
Let’s dig deeper into this new substance, its user effects, and the laws that make it possible to sell. Regulations are constantly changing; we will discuss the future of this substance and the best places to get your hands on it currently.
IS DELTA 8 THC LEGAL IN CONNECTICUT?
Good news! Delta 8 THC is officially legal in the state of Connecticut as of July 1, 2021.
Senate Bill 1201 — signed into law June 22, 2021 — firmly establishes adult-use cannabis and appends the existing regulation.
According to the act, any products with a total THC concentration exceeding 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis are now legal under special rules. This definition includes delta 7, delta 8, delta 9, and delta 10 THC.
The catch here is that only registered dispensaries within the state will be permitted to sell these products. Hence why we’re no longer able to ship to the state of Connecticut.
DO I NEED A MEDICAL CARD IN CONNECTICUT TO ORDER DELTA 8 THC?
In Connecticut, as with most states, users do not need a medical card to purchase delta 8 THC. A card is only necessary when trying to purchase products containing delta 9 THC for medicinal reasons. However, users must be at least 18 years of age to purchase delta 8 THC.
Some companies have chosen to increase the purchase age to 21, but that is not common practice. You will also need to prove you are a Connecticut resident before you’re allowed to buy delta 8 THC.
IS DELTA 8 THC LEGAL FEDERALLY?
Yes, delta 8 THC is federally legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill .
The federal bill formally removed hemp from the list of Schedule 1 narcotics. This included cannabidiol (CBD) and any other derivatives. Delta 8 THC falls under the category of other derivatives.
While each state is allowed to control the regulations within the state, this federal mandate was a big win for the hemp and CBD industry.
IS DELTA 10 THC LEGAL IN CONNECTICUT?
Delta 10 tetrahydrocannabinol is similar to delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol and is synthesized in the same manner. This substance is also legal since it finds its roots in CBD. The current restrictions of THC only apply to delta 9 THC.
Both compounds are less potent than delta 9 THC. The only major difference is users describe delta 8 THC as producing a relaxing effect, similar to Cannabis indica. In contrast, delta 10 THC produces a more uplifting and energizing effect similar to Cannabis sativa.
Delta 10 THC is subject to the same new laws put in place in the state of Connecticut.
TL, DR: Delta 10 THC is legal in Connecticut but must be distributed by a registered retail vendor.
IS DELTA 8 THC NATURAL?
The term “natural” is thrown around constantly. It can be used to describe food, clothing, and even furniture.
It is a marketing tool to make consumers think the product they are buying or consuming either exists in nature or has been made with little human intervention. But from a regulatory point of view, the word “natural” doesn’t mean anything.
There is no governing body that monitors the use of this word. In fact, a company can label something as “all-natural,” and all of the ingredients can be synthetically made.
Here’s the crux of the matter. Delta 8 THC is made in a lab, but so are vitamin C and CBD — yet neither of these substances is considered synthetic. This is because they’re found in nature without any human intervention.
The same statement is true for delta 8 THC. Chemists merely work to create optimal conditions for converting hemp-derived cannabinoids into delta 8 THC as found in nature. There’s nothing about this process that should prompt the DEA to come out and classify delta 8 THC as synthetic.
HOW TO USE DELTA 8 THC
Delta 8 THC, like CBD and delta 9 THC, is versatile in the way it can be administered. There have been many developments within this industry over the past few decades, and this substance can be enjoyed in various ways. These include,
The challenge with delta 8 is finding the correct dosage. This is a new product that many users are not necessarily familiar with.
It’s recommended to begin with a small dose and gradually increase to achieve the desired psychoactive effects. It’s important to remember your body metabolizes delta 8 at different speeds depending on the administration pathway.
For example, the effects after inhalation can begin in 10–20 minutes, but if ingested, the effects can take up to 90 minutes to begin. This needs to be kept in mind before taking another dose.
WHERE TO BUY DELTA 8 THC
The prevalence of medicinal marijuana storefronts is steadily increasing across the country.
Unlike in the early decades of legal, medical marijuana shops, stores today are stocked with a wide variety of products. This includes CBD, oils, edibles, drinks, and now delta 8 THC.
While normally, the best place to buy delta 8 THC is online, you can’t get this product from unregistered vendors. Currently, the only vendors in Connecticut are retail shops.
THIS IMPORTANCE OF THIRD-PARTY TESTING
Third-party testing is the only way for a vendor to verify the quality and potency of their products. Without these tests, we can’t trust the company is telling the truth.
Always look for evidence of third-party testing before you buy from a delta 8 vendor. This process ensures no harmful contaminants and that the final product is as potent as the manufacturer claims.
WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF DELTA 8 THC IN CONNECTICUT?
There is a consensus that the marijuana industry is here to stay. The majority of states are moving towards full legalization. But this can be a long journey, filled with roadblocks along the way.
Connecticut has already passed legislation allowing the production and distribution of hemp products and their derivatives. More recently (June 2021), it passed a law outlining its first adult-use marijuana program.
The weed industry in Connecticut has just arrived, and it’s here to stay. This also marks one of the first cases where the state has fully acknowledged delta 8 THC as an alternative to conventional marijuana extracts.