If you have even a passing interest in the hemp and cannabis plants and all of the various cannabinoids they contain, you’ve more than likely heard about Delta 8 THC.
This newly harnessed cannabinoid has exploded in popularity in recent years, with products of all kinds containing the psychoactive substance coming out on what seems like a daily basis.
But what is Delta 8 THC exactly, and why has it become such a hot topic in the world of cannabinoids? To help you get a better idea of the answers to those questions, we’ve compiled this comprehensive Delta 8 guide.
Is Delta 8 THC Legal in Rhode Island?
No, Delta 8 is not legal in the State of Rhode Island.
This is in spite of the 2018 Farm Bill that made any form of commercial hemp with less than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC Legal. Many states have followed federal regulation, while many other politically driven states have made their own changes outlawing different synthetics like Delta 8 or Delta 10 THC.
Delta 8 THC was certainly defined clearly to be illegal in Rhode Island in Article 20 Sub A which was amended in 2019, where Delta 8 is even mentioned by name, to be a tetrahydrocannabinol that is an intoxicant.
This is how it is stated in the Act:
… under the influence of or impaired by marijuana unless the test yields a positive result for active THC, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or any other active cannabinoid found in marijuana which is an intoxicant or causes impairment
In the State of Rhode Island, Delta 8 THC is on the list of controlled substances,
In Part 1308 of the Schedules of Controlled Substances, it says:
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings specified:
(1) The term processed plant material means cannabis plant material that has been subject to industrial processes, or mixed with other ingredients, such that it cannot readily be converted into any form that can be used for human consumption.
(2) The term animal feed mixture means sterilized cannabis seeds mixed with other ingredients (not derived from the cannabis plant) in a formulation that is designed, marketed, and distributed for animal consumption (and not for human consumption).
(3) The term used for human consumption means either:
(i) Ingested orally or
(ii) Applied by any means such that THC enters the human body.
(4) The term intended for use for human consumption means any of the following:
(i) Designed by the manufacturer for human consumption; (ii) Marketed for human consumption; or (iii) Distributed, exported, or imported, with the intent that it be used for human consumption.
In the List of Controlled Substances, this is how THC is defined:
naturally contained in a plant of the genus Cannabis (cannabis plant), as well as synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the cannabis plant, or in the resinous extractives of such plant, and/or synthetic substances, derivatives, and their isomers with similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity to those substances contained in the plant
The Controlled Substances Act prohibits any product that contains any amount of THC that is intended for human or animal consumption, which includes hemp derived products such as Delta 8, and considers them a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
Is a Medical Card Needed in Rhode Island to Order Delta 8 THC?
As Delta 8 products are not regulated there are no medicinal Delta 8 THC products to purchase. Therefore, even with a Medical Card for Delta 9 THC, you’re still not able to buy these products.
What is The Difference Between Delta 8 & Delta 9 THC (Marijuana)?
There are plenty of differences between Delta 8 and traditional pot. For starters, marijuana is a full-on plant, while Delta 8 is simply a chemical component of that plant.
While there is Delta 8 THC flower, it must be created through a relatively complex process, whereas marijuana can grow out of the ground entirely by accident and has done so for countless millennia.
If you’re speaking about the two as products, then Delta 8 and marijuana are relatively similar. You can consume both of them in various ways to enjoy their similar psychoactive effects and potential health benefits.
However, marijuana’s main psychoactive component is Delta 9 THC, which is stronger than Delta 8, so experiences when using the two can vary relatively widely.
Different Types of Delta 8 Usages
Like CBD and traditional marijuana there are different ways to take Delta 8 products with different companies specializing in specific forms. Like Stardust Hemp specializes in high quality Delta 8 THC flower, and others that focus on gummies or other edibles, tinctures and vapes.
Tinctures are created by using Delta 8 THC distillate as a base carrier, typically with an alcohol-soluble combining as the common base. However, the better companies use MCT oil as the base carrier oil.
These products have a more rapid absorption rate as they are used sublingually underneath the tongue.
These edibles are similar to tinctures and capsules, but they use a gelatin or tapioca and fruity flavoring.
Our Delta 8 THC gummies are made with tapioca with high quality manufacturing processes to ensure a quality product and they are all 100%. These Vegan Delta 8 Gummies are some of the most popular on the market right now.
Delta 8 Vape Carts
These vape cartridges are made with D8 THC distillate and are typically disposable. These are really popular as they are simple to use and you can take a quick hit when you feel like it with quick effects.
Is Delta 9 (Marijuana) Legal in Rhode Island?
Delta 9 THC, or marijuana, is legal in Rhode Island for both medicinal and recreational use in non-public areas like your home. It is illegal to use in public.