The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers so-called “hemp-derived” “novel cannabinoids” that do not exist in the hemp plant naturally – such as THC acetate ester, commonly referred to on the market as THC-O – to be illegal.
The agency’s opinion on the controversial topic became public Monday thanks to North Carolina-based cannabis attorney Rod Kight.
Last year, Kight asked the DEA to clarify its stance – and its interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act – about THC acetate, which is one of a slew of new cannabinoids that have appeared in vaporizer cartridges, edibles and other products since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
That bill legalized hemp production nationwide and, in turn, triggered an onslaught of products containing “intoxicating cannabinoids” derived from hemp.
Unlike delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC, both of which exist naturally in the hemp plant, THC acetate, or THC-O, does not.
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