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Hey, Floridians! You’re in luck. Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-8 THC derived from hemp is legal in the Sunshine State.
Following the federal government’s passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, Florida passed Senate Bill 1020, a piece of state law removing all hemp-derived cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, and other compounds from its Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Now, under state and federal law in Florida, all hemp-derived products including isomers of classic THC like delta 8 are legal.
For hemp-derived delta-8 THC compounds to be legal at the federal level and under state law, hemp can contain up to 0.3% delta-9 THC by dry weight. Anything over that is classified as marijuana, and remains listed on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida. However, medical use of cannabis is legal thanks to the 2016 Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2, and the 2017 Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Senate Bill 8A.
Then, in 2018 after the 2018 United States farm bill passed, the industrial hemp plant and industrial hemp products were legalized as long as they contain less than 0.3% delta 9 THC. This did more than legalize things like delta-8 gummies, though. It also made all kinds of industrial hemp products more accessible.
At the federal level, delta 9 THC, as the main active compound in cannabis, is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. This means it carries a high potential for abuse and has no federally recognized medical use. This also seems likely to change soon under federal law, but for now, is illegal.
In some states, cannabis and high-concentration delta 9 THC products are legal, including for recreational reasons. The majority of states allow medical use of cannabis.
Some states restrict the use, sale, and possession of delta 8 THC. Some even restrict the use of full-spectrum CBD products. And remember, always check local and state laws before buying, as they are constantly changing.
To ensure you’re getting quality hemp and cannabis products, look for third-party lab testing. If you buy lab tested products and read certificates of analysis (COAs), you know you’re getting the highest quality, Farm Bill-compliant products with no contaminants.
Here in the USA, there’s not really any group like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulating these kinds of THC products, so it’s on us to be careful with what we buy.
That said, yes, delta-8, like other cannabis products, is very safe!
There are hundreds of cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. The three most common cannabinoids include Delta 9 THC, commonly known as THC, cannabidiol (CBD), and Delta 8 THC.
Like Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 produces many psychoactive effects. Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC are actually closely related, and differ only in the placement of a single double bond. This bond changes how receptors in the body and Delta 8 interact to produce effects. For example, Delta 8 THC is about half as potent as Delta 9 THC and produces a milder feeling high with less risk of experiencing side effects.
The body is home to two main types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors interact more with the brain, while CB2 receptors are concerned primarily with the immune and gastrointestinal systems. These phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system to produce effects that are milder, but still satisfying.
Although CBD is a product in its own right and does not cause any psychoactive effects, it’s still important to delta-8 products. That’s because, since the Farm Bill passed, CBD isolate has been used as the base material for deriving other cannabinoids like delta-8 THC.
CBD is also very well-researched and safe. For example, a pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol oil product reached the market in 2018. So it’s a good starting point.
Delta 8 THC products come in several forms, each with its pros and cons. They are much like classic cannabis products like the THC gummies, prerolls, and CBD tinctures you’re used to.
These days, thanks to the strange state of the law, you can find things like delta 8 gummies almost anywhere, from a smoke shop to a gas station. But for the highest quality product, look for a dispensary or a trusted online seller with only third-party lab tested products and great customer service.
Hemp-derived delta-8 THC is legal here in the state of Florida, so you can buy delta-8 products from licensed online vendors and in licensed retail stores in Miami, Tallahassee, and Clearwater Beach. Many of these dispensaries sell a range of hemp delta-8 THC products, including delta-8 vape cartridges, gummies, and distillates, as well as a variety of hemp-derived CBD oil and other products.
Diet Smoke makes the best delta 8 products available today. We use all natural ingredients and the highest quality CBD products as a starting point for our hemp-based products. And the taste is unbeaten! Learn what people really think about our delta 8 THC products by reading real customer reviews.
We do not ship where delta-8 is illegal, including Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Texas, Utah, and Vermont.