Delta-8 is a psychoactive cannabis compound that has become hugely popular in the United States over the past few years. This is especially true in states where adult-use marijuana is illegal, as Delta-8 is technically legal under the US Farm Bill.
You can think of Delta-8 as the generally less psychoactive cousin of Delta-9 THC, the compound mostly responsible for getting you high when you smoke traditional weed. While Delta-8 and Delta-9 are both forms of THC, Delta-8 is technically legal under federal law because the US Farm Bill stipulates that, for a cannabis product to be legal, it must contain less than 0.03 percent Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 is not mentioned.
States where Delta-8 is legal
Delta-8 is available and fully legal in these 31 states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
Delta-8 is also available in the District of Columbia.
States where Delta-8 is illegal
A number of states have passed legislation specifically prohibiting Delta-8. States that have banned Delta-8 include:
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
Again, the laws surrounding delta-8 THC are subject to change. They can also be contradictory and unequally enforced, which is why certain states are grey areas for Delta-8 products.