WICHITA, Kan. – Delta-9 is what we all know as marijuana and it’s obviously illegal here in Kansas. The only molecular difference between legal Delta-8 and illegal Delta-9 is their chromosomal structure and potency.

“It’s about 50 to 75 percent weaker than the normal stuff, so you don’t get high, but you get all the benefits that THC gives you,” said Lucas Fitch, director of CBD Plus in Wichita.

Delta-8 – it had an impact across the country, including on store shelves in Wichita.

“It’s slowly taking over the market,” Fitch explained. “What I mean, I don’t blame people because it’s much stronger and better than what CBD is.”

A legal substance that looks like weed smells like weed, but isn’t weed can be tough work for law enforcement.

“This industry, in general, has very scientific elements that make it difficult for law enforcement and law enforcement,” said Col. Brian White of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

But Fitch says there’s an answer to that: “Everything we sell over the counter is properly labeled, packaged, and represented so any law enforcement agency knows exactly where and what they have.”

Colonel White says law enforcement is also concerned about the limited research on the Delta-8: “It’s a relatively new product and the medical industry really hasn’t checked it out and there are some concerns. . “

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