Even with a majority of states legalizing cannabis for medical use, and a growing number of states expanding that legalization to include adult-use, the federal prohibition of THC continues to make things difficult for both the industry and the consumer.

While federal legalization of hemp through the 2018 Farm Bill was a step forward for cannabis as a whole, the legal divide between hemp and cannabis has led to a whole lot of legal gray areas when it comes to compounds.

Here, we’ll look at the rise of Delta-8, what that has to do with THC-O, and what you need to know to consume these products safely.

Delta-8 and the rise of THC alternatives

One of the ways this federal disparity between hemp and cannabis is playing out is through the rise of THC alternatives.

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