A Guide to All the (Technically) Legal Cannabinoids You Can Buy Right Now

by BM Innovations on October 09, 2023

Cannabis has been around for centuries, but people mostly despise it for its psychoactive nature. However, there are other variants of the cannabis genus that can be used for other than recreational purposes. Cannabis is composed of a wide range of phytonutrients and cannabinoids, which have been quite helpful for the human body. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the most popular cannabinoid extracted from cannabis which is also responsible for the psychotropic properties of the drug. It tops the list of controlled substances, and its recreational use is strictly prohibited in most parts of the world. Unlike THC, there are other safe and healthy cannabinoids in cannabis that offer incredible health benefits for the body. These cannabinoids include CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, and THCP. They interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system and allow it to perform its physiological functions properly.

Industrial hemp is a highly useful variant of cannabis that also contains numerous cannabinoids. It is also being used as a source of different recreational cannabinoids because of loopholes in the legal framework.

The Agricultural Act 2018

The agricultural act 2018 is famously known as the farm bill 2018, in which the legal status of cannabis and THC is specified. Let’s take a quick look at how the farm bill has played a key role in the upsurge of hemp-derived recreational products.

Farm Bill 2018 and Industrial Hemp

The farm bill 2018 has numerous clauses, and the language may be a little less for laymen, so here is a simpler explanation of the relatively new legislation on hemp and its contents. Bill allows the cultivation and production of hemp extract as long as it contains less than 0.3 % THC. The clause not only restricts the manufacturers of hemp products but also the hemp growers to go for strains with the given THC cap.

Even ingredient suppliers cannot ship ham extracts which contain THC above the given threshold. Any product that contains more quantity of THC will not only be subjected to a penalty but also be considered a non-conforming good. Interestingly all these laws and regulations are regarding delta 9 THC, which is the main psychoactive compound of marijuana. Since other cannabinoids are not mentioned explicitly in the farm bill 2018, it creates a loophole, and this is when the other cannabinoids are legalized. Here are a few important cannabinoids and their legal status.

Delta 9 THC

Delta 9 THC is illegal, and it cannot be bought for recreational purposes in most states of the US. However, you can go for products containing delta 9th if their dry weight is less than 0.3 percent of th3 total.


CBD is non-psychoactive, and it is legal if derived from industrial hemp that follows the federal THC regulations. However, CBD coming from marijuana strains is illegal and cannot be used for medicinal purposes.

Delta 8 THC

It is a mild variant of delta 9 THC and can cause psycho activity; however, it is still legal because, by definition, it is not delta 9.


CBN is not specifically mentioned in any schedule under federal law, but if it is extracted from marijuana, its use is not allowed.


Hemp-derived CBG is completely legal and safe. Its occurrence in any product is acceptable.

Delta 10 THC

Delta 10th is a superior form of delta 9, yet because of the sloppy farm bill, it is legal not only at the federal level but in 41 states of the country as well.


If THC o is not specifically banned somewhere in the country, it is federally legal and can be used for both recreational and medicinal purposes.


The legal status of HHC is complicated; however, legal experts suggest that hemp-derived HHC is legal if its THC content is under control.


THC-P is completely legal even though it is as psychoactive as delta 9 THC.



Since the regulations proposed in the farm bill 2018 restrict the use of delta 9 THC, most other cannabinoids are legal and can be used easily for recreational purposes. Variants of delta 9 THC also offer Psychoactive effects.