Is Inhaling Delta-8 Safe? An Expert's Perspective

The popularity of delta-8 THC products has skyrocketed in recent years, especially in states that have not yet legalized adult cannabis use. But is it safe to inhale delta-8? While there is no research to suggest that vaping cannabinoids is safe or healthy, the risks of buying an unlicensed delta-8 THC product can range from simple potency fraud to hospitalization and death. In this article, we'll explore the potential dangers of inhaling delta-8 and what you should know before using it. Sure, you can avoid the health risks associated with nicotine by opting for a CBD or delta-8 vaporizer, but there's no research to suggest that vaping cannabinoids is safe or healthy.

Cannabis e-liquids, including delta-8 vape cartridges, may contain harmful chemicals, such as flavoring agents. By accessing this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. Illicit cartridges for vaping with delta-8 THC could be preparing the United States for another pulmonary crisis due to VAPI. Nearly all delta-8 THC products are sold outside of state-licensed and regulated cannabis industries. In that unregulated space, there are no rules that prevent bad actors from manufacturing and selling potentially toxic products.

That's an urgent and ongoing concern that we hear from regulators, laboratory technicians, doctors and other experts. A report released on June 2 by the U. S. Department of State. UU.

The Cannabis Council, a national trade group that represents state-licensed cannabis companies and legalization advocates, described the boom in unregulated sales of delta-8 THC as a “rapidly expanding crisis” without proof. We don't know what's in those cars. Sales of delta-8 THC products pose a competitive threat to authorized and regulated cannabis manufacturers and retailers, as delta-8 manufacturers do not have to comply with the expensive quality control and safety standards imposed on licensed companies. But that doesn't mean that the public health risks expressed by licensed companies aren't unfounded. While efforts to legalize and regulate cannabis “should include THC delta-8” according to the Cannabis Council report, “the fact that it is sold outside the regulated market without supervision or testing and is easily available to children is alarming and represents a risk to public health with a potentially greater impact than the vaping crisis.” Whether it's inhaling harmful contaminants, buying a product that doesn't actually contain delta-8 THC, or getting a much stronger high than expected, there are many things to consider. The risks of buying an unlicensed delta-8 THC product can range from simple potency fraud to hospitalization and death. Many of the unlicensed delta-8 vape cartridges contained solvents at levels unsafe for human consumption.

According to the report, many of the products contained compounds not allowed by state law in regulated cannabis products. These compounds included the metals chromium, copper, nickel and lead. In addition, many of the samples contained residual traces of solvents (the chemicals used in the process to separate THC delta-8 from hemp) at levels unsafe for human inhalation. Those solvents included hexane, methanol, dichloromethane, ethyl acetate, heptane, acetone and isopropanol. In state-licensed cannabis stores, all products are subject to strict state-mandated potency and purity tests.

That means that a product that promises 100 mg of delta-8 THC will contain 100 mg of delta-8 THC. In addition, in most legal states, delta-8 inhalable products have been tested for mold and other adulterants that you don't want to enter your lungs. Tests aren't always perfect - California doesn't require testing for vitamin E oil - but it's much better than no testing at all. Although THC delta-8 is a natural cannabinoid, the substance found on the market today is normally synthesized from CBD and there is no quality control on products produced outside the state-authorized cannabis system. This is because consumers are now ingesting those individual components such as delta-8 in much larger quantities than ever before.

In states where cannabis is legal for adults, there are systems of strict rules and regulations that govern who sells it, how and where it is sold. States have been studying how to handle this relatively new substance. In Oregon, a bill would regulate the “processing, transportation, delivery, sale and purchase” of delta-8 and other artificial cannabinoids treating it in a similar way to the state's legal cannabis industry. The New York State Department of Health recently banned the manufacture of hemp derived delta 8 THC products while The Washington State Alcoholic Beverages and Cannabis Board (LCB) recently announced that authorized delta 8 THC products must comply with state regulations on Delta 9 THC but cannot regulate cannabis products sold outside the state authorized system.

Although Delta 8 is a natural cannabinoid it is synthesized in a distillate through a conversion process which involves first extracting it from hemp or CBD using acid - a process prone to creating unwanted byproducts. The solvents used during extraction can remain bound to Delta 8 if extraction isn't done correctly according to Roger Brown president of ACS Laboratory an award winning cannabis analysis center in Sun City Center (Florida). Such solvents include heptane hexane tulane sulfuric acid hydrochloric acid Brown said - copper chromium nickel were found at levels considered unsafe for inhalation in seven out of sixteen Delta 8 products tested by The U. S.

Cannabis Council a cannabis industry trade group - hexane heptane ethanol acetone were also found in some of the products but not at levels considered unsafe for inhalation according to industry group - inhalation of vaporized vitamin E acetate is what according federal health authorities caused thousands people suffer serious lung injuries requiring many them be hospitalized put on ventilator breathe. As during vaping crisis consumers in illicit market are advising each other on internet about which vaping carts buy which ones have caused their lungs hurt - then there's fact Delta 8 THC hasn't been consumed commercial market long time very little research back up Marissa Wenzke covers cannabis Los Angeles Leafly she graduated Columbia School Journalism works...

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