In-depth Article - DEA Classifying THC-O as Schedule 1
Groovy Hemp Company In-depth CBD Article, DEA Classifying THC-O Products as Schedule 1 Substances
As reported in the February 13, 2023, issue of Marijuana Moment, “DEA Classifies Novel Cannabinoids Delta-8 And -9 THCO As Controlled Substances, Even When Synthesized From Legal Hemp”. Reported and written by Kyle Jaeger.
(Tap or click to read the entire article).
Mr. Jaeger reports that “The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says that two cannabinoids that have emerged in state markets do not meet the federal definition of legal hemp and are therefore considered illegal controlled substances.
Attorney Rod Kight* inquired about the legal status of delta-8 THC-O and delta-9 THC-O with the federal agency last year and followed up earlier this month.
DEA sent a response letter on Monday, saying the two cannabinoids “do not occur naturally in the cannabis plant and can only be obtained synthetically, and therefore do not fall under the definition of hemp.”
“Delta-9-THCO and delta-8-THCO are tetrahydrocannabinols having similar chemical structures and pharmacological activities to those contained in the cannabis plant,” the letter from Terrence L. Boos, chief of DEA’s Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section, continued.”
Mr. Jaeger‘s article in Marijuana Moment also includes Mr. Kight‘s* very illuminating written response to the DEA decision. Tap or click to learn more.
There have been concerns about THC-O in the Cannabis Community. Here are excerpts from a March 22, 2022, post written by Emily Murray and published on the Addiction Center Blog;
“Because of its possible high level of potency and lack of research on its effects on one’s health, many have concerns about this THC analog.
What Is THC-O?
THC-O, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a non-natural cannabinoid. Also called THC-O-acetate, this compound is not derived from hemp in the same way other cannabis products, like CBD, CBG, and CBN are. This means that THC-O is not found naturally in the hemp plant.”.
Ms. Murray continues;
“There has been very little scientific research done on the effects and dangers of using THC-O. It has been reported by some news outlets that THC-O can be up to 3x more potent than THC.
Based on the experiences of consumers, this compound is capable of producing more psychedelic effects than other cannabinoids. It has also been said that these effects tend to have a more spiritual tone.
While not much is known about the effects of THC-O, those who use this cannabinoid believe it can help to relieve pain, boost appetite, and reduce anxiety.
Consumers also report the following side effects. Hallucinations, Anxiety, Dizziness, Paranoia, Sedation, Vomiting, and Seizures.
Public interest in THC-O has been growing across the US, especially in states where the sale of recreational Marijuana is still illegal. It is typically sold in vape cartridges, tinctures, and gummies.”.
Ms. Murray further comments;
“Since synthetic Marijuana was introduced, a large number of similar cannabinoid agonists have been created. This makes it difficult to control these substances.
Because there is very little research and few regulations, the risks that can come with using THC-O are virtually unknown.
Lack of regulations and standards for production make it very difficult to know a product’s potency or what chemicals were involved during production.
While most are advertised as being organic or natural, often dangerous chemicals are used when manufacturing THC-O.”
Tap or click to read the entire post by Ms. Murray,
Mr. Jaeger continues the article with some very informed background information and good solid reporting that lends a huge amount of clarity to this and related issues.
I strongly advise that you take a few minutes to read Mr. Jaeger’s article in Marijuana Moment, it’s well worth your time.
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*Rod Kight is an internationally known Cannabis Attorney/Advocate/Author. Tap or click, https://cannabusiness.law/ to learn more about Mr. Kight and his Hemp and Cannabis Business Law practice.
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