Is Delta 9 Legal in Hawaii?

delta-9 thc legality in Hawaii

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Looking for a hemp product that stands out from anything you’ve ever tried? Let us be the first to tell you that Delta-9 is legal in Hawaii. 

Yes, that’s right. When Delta-9 THC is derived from hemp and at or below 0.3% by dry weight it is legal in Hawaii (which could range from 10mg to even 300mg). 

Read on to learn about the legality of hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, the cannabinoid itself, and more.

Is Delta 9 THC Legal in Hawaii?

Most people have questions when it comes to the legality of hemp products. In the Aloha state, one might ask, “Is Delta-9 THC legal in Hawaii?”

Yes! Delta-9, when extracted from hemp, is legal in Hawaii. A lot of people assume that Delta 9 is “weed”. However, to be labeled as such, it must appear in concentrations larger than 0.3% on a dry weight basis or be sourced from the marijuana plant.

When the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, it federally legalized all cannabinoids and products derived from hemp, including CBD, Delta 8 THC, and Delta 9 THC. 

Among many other states, Hawaii decided to follow suit with this and legalize hemp products with House Bill 2689.

Here are some highlights of the bill’s enactments:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

The purpose of this Act is to facilitate the regulation and production of industrial hemp in the State by:

 (9)  Amending definitions of "marijuana" in state law to clarify that hemp grown by a licensee is not marijuana and amending references to tetrahydrocannabinols in the state law to exclude tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp; 

  • 141-A  Definitions.

"Industrial hemp" means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

SECTION 14.  Section 329-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

  1. By adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read:

     ""Hemp" means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 per cent on a dry weight basis, as measured post-decarboxylation or by other similarly reliable methods."

  1. By amending the definition of "marijuana" to read:

     ""Marijuana" means all parts of the plant (genus) Cannabis whether growing or not; the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or resin. 

“Marijuana” does not include [the]:

       (4) A product containing or derived from hemp, including any product containing one or more hemp-derived cannabinoids such as cannabidiol, that:

       (A) Does not include any living hemp plants, viable seeds, leaf materials, or floral materials; and

       (B) Has a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 per cent on a dry weight basis, as measured post-decarboxylation or by other similarly reliable methods.

(Full Bill)

What’s Delta-9 THC?

Within the hemp plant, there are over 113 cannabinoids that can be extracted. One of many cannabinoids includes Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or, Delta-9 THC for short. In fact, this cannabinoid can be found in both hemp and marijuana.

If you’re a hemp enthusiast, then you’re probably familiar with Delta-8 THC. Delta-9 THC has its chemical bond on its ninth carbon chain instead of its eighth. Simply put, both share the same chemical formula, but they’re just arranged a bit differently. 

So what are the effects of hemp-derived Delta-9 THC? We’ll cover that next!

What Are the Effects of Delta 9 THC?

While different cannabinoids have varying effects, a lot of cannabis connoisseurs have reported that Delta-9 causes feelings of:

  • Relaxation
  • Calmness
  • Elation
  • Laughter

It’s vital to note that THC affects each person a little differently. And then, there are other factors to consider as well, such as any pairings. Our Select Spectrum line, for example, features a 1:1 ratio of CBD to hemp-derived Delta-9 along with some minor cannabinoids. This may offer different effects when compared to Live Rosin, which features a terpene-rich hemp extract paired with hemp-derived Delta-9 THC. 

When trying Delta-9 for the first time, we recommend starting small. Start with a minimal amount and slowly increase the amount if you feel you need more. 

What’s the Difference Between Delta-8 and Delta-9

Since it’s been discovered that over 113 cannabinoids can be extracted from hemp, you may be curious about the different effects. Allow us to explain the differences between the most sought-after cannabinoids—Delta 8 and Delta 9.

Both are forms of THC. However, they have different molecular arrangements. Delta 9’s chemical bond is located on the ninth carbon chain, while Delta 8’s chemical bond is on the eighth carbon chain.

These slight differences are what cause varying effects on the body. If you’ve had Delta-9 before, you may have felt euphoric, giggly, and relaxed. Delta-8 has comparable properties with different effects.

Is Delta-9 Safe?

Delta-9 is generally safe if used correctly. However, after consuming any hemp products that contain THC, you should not operate a vehicle or machinery. While there is very little threat of physical danger to worry about, some people have reported feeling a bit “overwhelmed” after taking too much.

Moderation is vital in taking Delta-9 since everyone experiences different effects upon taking it, so we recommend starting small. If you think you’ve accidentally taken too much, find an activity that will ease your mind for a bit. We recommend listening to music, reading, or watching your favorite movie.

Can You Buy Delta-9 in Hawaii?

Yes! Buying Delta-9 in Hawaii is pretty straightforward. If you are above the age of 21, you can legally buy Delta 9. You may have even purchased it already if you’ve ever bought full-spectrum CBD products. Because of the convenience, a lot of people opt to buy Delta 9 products online in Hawaii. 

If you want to get your hands on some high-quality hemp products, check out Hometown Hero’s line of Delta-9 products which includes gummies and marshmallow cereal bars. Shop with us using a debit or credit card, and we’ll send your selection right to your doorstep.

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