There has been a sharp increase in the number of people who are looking to self-medicate using more natural products in the last few years.
Research has shown that over 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain issues every year; this can take a real toll on a person.
Regardless of whether a person suffers from a physical or mental health condition, it is common to look to alternative forms of medicine when we have found no help from pharmaceuticals.
Marijuana among other substances have been used by cultures across the globe for centuries to alleviate pain and produce feelings of calm and relaxation.
Today, we have been able to successfully deconstruct parts of the substance in order to better utilize its properties.
In this article, we take a more in-depth look at delta-8 and identify which gas stations sell delta-8 products.
What Is Delta 8?
Delta-8 may be a phrase you keep hearing recently, but it’s definitely become more popular recently.
So, what is it? Delta-8 takes the psychoactive compound known as THC from marijuana which is associated with making you feel ‘high’.
Sold in a pipette form in little bottles, the main reason for the compound is to provide users with feelings of relaxation and offer pain relief in a less potent form than delta-9.
The ‘high’ effects of delta-8 are also less pronounced which may be favorable for some people.
The main benefits that are associated with using the product include:
- Boosting appetite
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing pain
- Reducing nausea
Is Delta-8 Legal?
In 2018, the Farm bill was passed in the United States that removed hemp and similar products from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
As a result, products made from hemp such as delta-8 are legal under federal law.
However, as each state can make their own rulings on these subjects certain states may still not see the compound as such.
It is easy to find out the rules and regulations regarding hemp and its products in your state on your local government website.
Which Gas Stations Sell Delta 8?
Due to the high demand for the product, it has been found to be sold in vape stores and gas stations.
As every state has its own rules and regulations on the kinds of products that are legal and are able to be sold to the public without a prescription.
There are many states that allow delta-8 to be sold in gas stations when it is sourced from hemp plants (see also “How To Identify Hemp Buds“). This applies to similar products such as CBD, which means the product contains less than 0.03% THC in the product.
According to recent research conducted by Oracle, the states that view delta-8 as legal include:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Washington D.C.
- West Virginia
If the state you live in isn’t mentioned here then it’s likely that the state laws have banned the use of delta-8 products or have restricted the use of them so they cannot be sold to the general public.
As a result, many of these states will allow the sale of delta-8 products in their gas stations. The availability of these products may vary depending on the source of the product and the age of the customer.
Is Delta-8 Safe?
The delta-8 products that are sold in gas stations are not approved or evaluated by the FDA, this means that the products have not been rigorously tested and deemed as safe and effective for the intended use.
As these products aren’t FDA approved, it means that they may not be up to the federal quality standards that deem them safe for human consumption.
This means the individuals buying these products must do their research to find reputable and well-known brands.
Things To Look Out For
Some delta-8 products can be labeled as ‘hemp’ products which makes users assume they are non-psychoactive, which is not the case with delta-8.
Some brands also label themselves as medicinal which can lead consumers to think they have been FDA approved.
The FDA has previously expressed their concern that these products may also contain higher levels of the natural substances they claim to contain.
This means that they will produce a much stronger effect on people than normal hemp products.
Always look out for the chemicals used in the products by looking at the ingredients (see also “What Does Good Weed Look Like?“). Due to the lack of FDA approval, potentially harmful chemicals can make their way into the products.
This also solidifies the need for consumers to research their products.
Where Else Can You Buy Delta-8?
Most advice will point you in the direction of an online store rather than a gas station. For one, this is because gas stations are small and may not have a complete array of stock available.
Many people also don’t carry much cash around with them anymore and prefer to buy things online. Paying by card isn’t always possible at gas stations, especially in more remote areas which also poses an issue for many.
Shopping online means that you can easily compare products and prices, read reviews and give you peace of mind that you are buying a good quality product. Here is a list of some of the most trusted delta-8 products on the market.
If you do want to head to a physical shop, then here are some of the places you can usually find delta-8 products:
- Vape shops
- Local vendors
- CBD dispensaries
- Weed dispensaries
- Head shops
The Bottom Line
Delta-8 is a hemp-derived product that contains small amounts of THC as permitted by law.
There are many states that allow the sale of delta-8 products in gas stations, depending on the state rules. It is important to remember that these products are not FDA approved or regulated.
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