Delta-8-THC, a psychoactive substance derived from CBD, creates a legal loophole for cannabis consumers in Columbia but it may be coming off dispensary shelves.

Similar to the delta-9 variant that comes from the cannabis plant, it is a legal substance in Missouri that originates from hemp or CBD.

Delta-8-TCH or tetrahydrocannabinol is found in gummies, vape cartridges, tinctures and other products. In the U.S., it has been sold in gas stations, convenience stores, tobacco shops and cannabis dispensaries — often with no age restrictions.

According to a report from Reuters, at least 18 states had either restricted or banned delta-8 in some form: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

“Delta-8 is a chemical isomer of delta-9, but the two molecules of the double bond are switched on the carbon bonds,” said Andrew Nussbaum, manager of of Green Releaf Marijuana Dispensary in downtown Columbia.

Green Releaf Marijuana is one of six medical marijuana dispensaries in Columbia that sell delta-8 products.

While the structures of delta-8 and delta-9 are slightly different, the psychoactive effects are similar. According to the FDA, “Delta-8-THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects, similar to delta-9-THC (i.e., the

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