Is Delta-8 THC Legal in Illinois? (May 2022 Update)
The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 20th, 2018, legalized the production of CBD and many isomers on the federal level. One of those isomers is Delta-8 THC. After the passage of this bill, a new gray area was opened up. This is because the bill specifically defined THC as any cannabis plant, or derivative thereof, that contains not more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) on a dry-weight basis. This definition didn’t address other THC isomers including Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC, HHC, THC-O, THC-V and others. Leaving these isomers undefined, created a legal loophole for many companies, including Vance Global to sell Delta-8 THC products legally in many states, including Illinois. Illinois currently has no laws restricting the sale of Delta-8 THC. Delta 8 products can currently be found in gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops and wellness shops across the state. Also, there is the option of ordering it online through our website, in which it would deliver to you, free shipping, within 2-6 business days.
What is Delta-8 THC?
An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), with potential antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective activities. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC) binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system; CB1 receptor activation may inhibit adenyl cyclase, increase mitogen-activated protein kinase activities, modulate several potassium channel conductances and inhibit N- and P/Q-type Ca2+ channels. This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis. In other words, it’s legal in Illinois and gets you high for much cheaper than marijuana since it isn’t heavily taxed.
Why is Delta 8 so Popular?
Delta-8 is popular because it provides a cost-effective high comparable to the real thing. It allows a user to legally get high without having to worry about getting paranoid about police. Right now, it is the absolute best legal cannabis alternative on the market for people that live in non-legal marijuana states, including Illinois. Delta 8 also provides a way to cut down on costs associated with purchasing actual marijuana. The high taxes on marijuana steer users towards a more affordable option. Most of the states that have banned delta 8, have done so because it is taking away market share of the marijuana industry, which means less tax revenue for the state.
Will Delta 8 continue to be Legal in Illinois?
We are unsure what the outcome will be for future delta 8 legality in Illinois. However, when states attempt to ban a substance, they usually give a 3 month heads up to stores. They also publish news articles with their intentions. So, users will be informed far ahead of time if a ban were ever to take place. The state of Illinois would give a notice to allow stores to finish selling off their delta 8 inventory with a set date the ban would take place, if this were to happen. In summary, you shouldn’t worry about Illinois banning delta 8 anytime soon.