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What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid that derives from the cannabis plant – similar to other popular cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD) or cannabigerol (CBG). However, the cannabis plant only contains trace amounts of delta-8 THC.

In turn, manufacturers must put CBD through a synthesized process in order to obtain the proper serving size of delta-8. And they’ve been doing so for one simple reason: delta-8 THC gets you “high.”

Since it has such a similar chemical makeup to delta-9 THC – the cannabinoid that made cannabis famous for its psychoactive effects – delta-8 also provides users with similar feelings of relaxation and euphoria. However, these effects are admittedly less powerful than delta-9. Ultimately providing users with a more mellow “high.”

Still, even with less potency, delta-8 has grown in popularity across the United States. And that’s due to the fact that on a federal level, it’s technically legal.

Under U.S. law, all hemp-derived products are federally legal as long as they contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. And delta-8 THC remains under those restrictions.

In turn, delta-8’s popularity is largely restricted to states where delta-9 THC remains medically and/or recreationally illegal, including in Texas.

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Can you be Arrested for Possession of Delta-8 THC?

Since delta-8 products are so similar to other illegal THC products, law enforcement may make mistakes and falsely arrest you for possession of delta-8 products. However, beyond these confusions, there are some genuine legal aspects to delta-8 to keep in mind.

To begin, if you are on bond, probation, or parole, you are not authorized to possess ANY cannabinoid product, including CBD. Therefore, under such circumstances, you can be arrested for possession of delta-8 THC.

Furthermore, it remains illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of delta-8 THC. Such circumstances can lead to an arrest and a State-issued DUI.

Will I Fail a Drug Test Using Delta-8?

The simple answer is yes. Delta-8 has such a similar chemical makeup to delta-9 THC that it will appear on a drug test that examines cannabis use.

Therefore, if you are in a position where a drug test is imminent, we highly recommend avoiding delta-8 THC altogether.

Can You Be Arrested for Delta-8 in Texas

Final Word

While delta-8 THC is legal in Texas right now, we recommend keeping up-to-date with the law. Since bills have been introduced to criminalize the substance, there’s a good chance further bills will continue to appear.

Naturally, these bills will be met with backlash – largely from delta-8 retailers. However, just because they’ll be met with backlash doesn’t mean they won’t be successful.

Keeping up-to-date on Texas law will ensure you remain within your legal limits and don’t take any risks of prosecution.