Delta-8 and -9 THC-O are controlled substances, DEA says

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that both cannabinoids delta-8 and -9 THC-O, which have been growing in popularity in recent years, are to be considered illegal controlled substances.
DEA's position on the legal status of delta-8 and -9 THC-O came following an inquiry by attorney Rod Kight.

DEA sent a response on February 13, highlighting that Delta-8 and -9 THCO do not occur naturally in the cannabis plant and can only be obtained synthetically. Therefore, do not fall under the definition of hemp.

Both synthetic cannabinoids are considered controlled substances in Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) due to their chemical structures and pharmacological activities, which are similar to delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (or delta-9 THC), the main psychoactive compound of cannabis that is found in the cannabis plant.

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