DELTA 8 AS A NATURAL CANNABINOID
Hudalla has done the arithmetic, despite the fact that we are aware that delta-eight can be found in cannabis and hemp in its natural state. Assuming that natural plant samples contain an average amount of delta-8 THC, it would take approximately 55,000 kilograms of hemp and cost somewhere in the neighborhood of about $500 million to produce one kilogram of natural delta-8 extract. This is based on the fact that in order to produce one kilogram of natural delta-8 extract, it would take approximately 55,000 kilograms of hemp.
Because of its rarity in nature, commercial producers are increasingly turning to chemistry in order to create products that are suitable for sale. This is despite the fact that research is being conducted into the potentially therapeutic benefits of Delta-8 and that many customers have reported experiencing positive effects. Unfortuitously, this leaves room for human mistake as well as a wide array of pollutants and chemical toxins to enter the system.
It should come as no surprise that a large number of people are concerned about the techniques and procedures that are used in the production of Delta-8 as well as the chemical byproducts that are produced along with it in an industry that is not regulated. According to Hudalla, this is completely justified, as ProVerde Labs has not been able to find a single sample of Delta-8 that is clean of contaminants in any of its tests.
CONTAMINANTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED
According to Hudalla, because there are no standardized tests or controls on the manufacture of Delta 8, many of the items that are now on the market for consumers include significantly more than what is stated on the labels of those products. According to Hudalla, several of the chemicals that they discovered in Delta 8 products have never been seen in their natural state.
And despite the fact that there are people who will say that we do not know whether or not those substances are harmful or dangerous for humans to inhale into their lungs, Hudalla is of the opinion that it is more morally sound to err on the side of caution.
An alarming number of incidents have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a result of consuming synthetic THC products, which is occurring as the unregulated hemp industry continues to manufacture intoxicating goods. Hudalla discusses a specific incident in which a lady inhaled vitamin E acetate from a Delta-8 vape cartridge, which led to her having to be hospitalized and leaving her with injuries that will affect the rest of her life.
RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION, ETHICAL MARKETING
Although there is little doubt that Delta-8 THC may have some potential for its medicinal effects, it is crucial to ensure that any chemical process for a consumable product retains the appropriate control in order to guarantee that the products are safe.
Consumers that use these items on a consistent basis claim that they have had zero negative impacts as a result of their intake. On the other hand, as Hudalla mentions in this podcast, how can we be sure that one of the question marks that appears on these products is not the origin of a disease? How can we be sure that it is not the cancer-causing chemical that will cause the consumer to develop some sort of cancer in the next ten years?
Both the tobacco business and pesticides have already demonstrated that even while a single exposure to a chemical might not be enough to kill someone right away, repeated exposure over an extended period of time can have negative consequences on human health.
Ibuprofen, for instance, is believed to be a relatively harmless over-the-counter medication; nevertheless, if someone takes ibuprofen in excessive amounts for a number of years, it might cause damage to their organs. How can we be confident that prolonged contact with an unidentified substance that does not occur naturally will not result in health issues in one year, two years, or ten years’ time?
Even while excessive regulation might be problematic for a company, almost nobody will dispute that consumer safeguards shouldn’t be put in place for the products in question.