Have you heard of Delta-8? No, we aren’t talking about the airline company, but it could make you take flight.
Today we’ve got the 411 on the plant product known as Delta-8 which remains legal in NC — at least, for now.
What is it?
Without getting too deep in the weeds, Delta-8, known by some as ‘marijuana lite,’ represents 1 strain among 140+ existing cannabinoids which are derived from the cannabis plant. Due to its similarity to Delta-9 (aka THC), Delta-8 has become quite popular — especially in states that don’t legally allow “traditional” marijuana such as North and South Carolina.
Many Delta-8 consumers report effects such as mild euphoria, improved mood, sleep benefits + pain relief, albeit at a much less potent rate than THC. Side effects may also include dry mouth, red eyes, paranoia, anxiety + a case of the “munchies.”
What’s the legality of this stuff?
As of July 2021, North Carolina has not banned Delta-8 and it is available locally. Due to the 2018 farm bill, the hemp from which Delta-8 is extracted has been federally authorized. So long as the hemp plant has a THC level below .3% it’s legal to grow in the state with proper permits; however, anything above that is illegal.
Where can you find Delta-8 locally?
The short answer: throw a dart at a map of Asheville and it’ll probably land near a local hemp dispensary that sells it. You can also check out these spots:
- Asheville Dispensary, 919 Haywood Rd. — Tinctures, gummies, flower + topicals
- Apotheca, 3106 Sweeten Creek Rd; 21 Battery Park Ave. — Cartridges, distillate, tinctures, pre-rolls, vapes, shatter, gummies, edibles, flower + more
- Carolina Hemp Company, 290 Haywood Rd. — Flower + pre-rolls
- Franny’s Farmacy, 5 Miller Rd. — Gummies + flower
- The Hookah Hookup, 85 Patton Ave. — Flower + accessories