Delta-8 and Delta-10 are currently legal in Alabama for now
The Senate Judiciary Committee last Wednesday passed a controversial amendment to another bill that would add Delta 8 and Delta 10 to the Alabama controlled substances list. This amendment is being vociferously opposed by the Alabama hemp industry.
The cultivation of hemp was made legal by the federal government when President Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill of 2019. Hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years and has numerous uses including: paper, rope, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed. The flowers of the hemp plant can be used to produced CBD. Most of the hemp that is grown in Alabama is for CBD, which reportedly has some therapeutic benefits. Hemp is a product of the Cannabis sativa plant, along with marijuana. Hemp is produced by low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) varieties of the plant; while marijuana is much higher in THC, or more specifically Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol. High THC strains of marijuana can be in excess of 20 percent Delta 9 by weight. Hemp is very low in Delta 9 but does contains Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol and minute quantities of Delta 10 tetrahydrocannabinol.
Some herbalists claim that Delta 8 and Delta 10 have their own unique health benefits, like CBD. Both products, like CBD, are currently legal in the state of Alabama. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee sought to change that.
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