The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has banned hemp-derived and synthetic forms of THC – including Delta-8 and Delta-10 – from licensed dispensaries in the state, Westword reports. In a letter to industry operators, regulators cited safety concerns while also banning the compound from food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.
“Additionally, a complete profile of reactionary byproducts has not been established in association with the conversion or creation of delta-9, delta-8, delta-10-THC; therefore, insufficient evidence exists to determine whether or not any toxic or otherwise harmful substances are produced during these reactions and may remain in the regulated industrial hemp products ingested or applied/used by consumers.” – MED in the letter, May 14, 2021
The letter further clarified that the only solvents allowed in the cannabis extraction process are butane, propane, CO2, ethanol, isopropanol, acetone, heptane, ethyl acetate, and pentane; and using “acids, bases, catalysts, or other unapproved reagents to extract, isolate or convert cannabidiols, tetrahydrocannabinols, or other cannabinoids is not permitted.”
Neither Delta-8 THC nor Delta-10 THC is specifically outlawed by the federal Controlled Substances Act and the cannabinoids are essentially created by converting CBD into THC with acetic acid, according to Westword.
Several states, including those with legalized cannabis such as Alaska and Vermont, have banned Delta-8 and Delta-10. Washington state has implemented a temporary prohibition on the compound. Lawmakers in Illinois and Oregon are also considering their own bans.