By Addison Herron-Wheeler

Oregon became the first state to ban synthetic cannabinoids at grocery stores and retailers as of July this year. Regulators want to restrict the sale of products due to worries about chemicals and production. However, not everyone is a fan of this move. Businesses like Wyld have spoken out against it, claiming that their top-selling gummies, which contain the synthetic component CBN, will now be restricted and not sold across the state.

It’s important to note that just because something is synthetic, does not mean it is “fake” or not actually of the plant. Cannabinoids can be isolated via chemical processes, which is the case with CBN and other components that cannabis consumers know and love.
However, the state’s regulators maintain that this was a necessary change.

“The supply of CBD was outstripping the demand for CBD,” says Steven Crowley, the hemp and processing compliance specialist with the OLCC, according to news website Oregon Live.  “And so, the people who had CBD on hand were looking for other ways that they could market it. People started working on different products that they could convert the CBD into. This is where you get the delta-8 THC products.”

As the year unfolds, it remains to be seen whether this ban will stick or be overturned, but for now, certain products are being restricted across Oregon.

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