Sumary of Delta-8 Cannabis Products Can Cause Scary Health Effects, the CDC and FDA Warn:
- You may have seen some delta-8 cannabis products—often in the form of gummies or vape cartridges—and wondered what they’re all about.
- Well, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like you to know that delta-8 products are largely unregulated and may come with some adverse effects, including symptoms similar to those seen after a too-large dose of cannabis.
- Both the FDA and CDC released alerts this week warning consumers about the unknowns and potential dangers of consuming delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products.
- Delta-8 is another compound found naturally in cannabis that’s generally believed to cause a less potent high than delta-9 THC but isn’t well understood.
- Despite the proliferation of these products over the last few years, there is very little research around the potential health effects of delta-8. And the products have been implicated in emergency room visits and calls to poison control centers.
- Between December 2020 and January 2021 alone, the FDA received reports of 22 people who’d consumed delta-8 products, including 14 people who’d ended up in the hospital or emergency room.
- Nationally, poison control centers received more than 600 calls involving delta-8 exposure since January of this year.
- Of those calls, 39% involved kids under the age of 18.If someone ingests a large amount of delta-8, they might experience lethargy, slurred speech, changes in heart rate, uncoordinated movements, sedation, and even coma, the CDC says.