CHAPEL HILL – As North Carolina’s General Assembly debates the legalization of medical marijuana, hemp farmers and retailers have already found a legal alternative: Delta-8 THC.

Otherwise known as “Weed’s Little Brother,” Delta-8 THC, or D-8, is the hottest cannabinoid on the market right now, especially in states like North Carolina, where marijuana remains illegal.

“We started selling our first Delta-8 brand in November, and it blew up,” said Tanya Durand, owner of The Hemp Store on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, in an interview with WRAL TechWire. “The response has definitely been overwhelming.”

Not to be confused with the Delta COVID variant, Delta-8 is the less-potent, less well-known cousin of Delta-9 THC, the chief psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Yes, it gets you high. “Chill,” “mellow,” or “clear headed” are some of the words used to describe the effect. Some estimates put it at about 80% less strong than marijuana. Delta-8 does not produce the side effects of paranoia…

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