What are hemp intoxicants?
Hemp intoxicants are products that contain intoxicating cannabinoids that can appear naturally in marijuana, but which have been created in a lab and concentrated. Producers grow hemp which is rich in a non-intoxicating cannabinoid called CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD is then subjected to a chemical process to transform it into one or often several different cannabinoids and byproducts, many of which can lead to intoxication, similar to the experience consumers might get from marijuana. The resulting concentrate is used in edible products, most commonly in the form of gummies. For a detailed rundown of the laboratory process used, click here.
Hemp intoxicants can contain one or many different intoxicants, all related to the same molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Some are stronger than others, and most products contain a mixture. For instance, delta-8 THC is considered milder than other forms. However, in unregulated systems, labels are often found to be wildly incorrect, and contents, quality, potency, and safety are completely unknown. For more information on how hemp intoxicant products test out and what they often contain, click here. Unfortunately, outside of regulated systems, these products are very much “buyer beware” as there are simply no standards at either the state or federal levels.