Delta 8 is growing in popularity in Lincoln as a legal alternative to marijuana

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Delta 8 is growing in popularity in Lincoln as a legal alternative to marijuana

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – A completely legal marijuana alternative is becoming increasingly popular, described as a middle ground between CBD oil, which contains very little to no THC, and marijuana that the police made legal on 10/11.

Captain Ryan Dale spoke to the media about the product Friday morning after a new store called 50 Shades of Green opened on 19th and O Streets.

“We just want to provide some education,” said Dale. “But I don’t think it’s something to worry about.”

A 10/11 NOW reporter walked into 50 Shades of Green. They have different shapes and types from Delta 8, from the plant, from steam cartridges and oils.

Customers tell me they are thrilled to have it here in Lincoln.

“It’s not as good as what you would get on the street, but it’s legal so you don’t get into trouble,” said Tanisha Schlegel, a customer of 50 Shades of Green.

Schlegel and her boyfriend Justin Mason have shopped at 50 Shades of Green a couple of times.

“It helps me with my ADHD, my bipolar disorder,” said Mason.

When looking at Delta 8, it’s hard to tell the difference between illegal marijuana known as Delta 9 and Delta 8.

CBD Remedies owner Adam Brewer said he has been selling the product for about 10 months.

“I’d say Delta 8 is somewhere between CBD and Delta 9, the marijuana extract,” Brewer said.

Unlike CBD, it can contain more than 0.3% THC.

“It has mild psychoactive effects,” Brewer said. “It’s milder than Delta 9, but it doesn’t have a major impact on sleep, anxiety, or depression.”

Although it contains THC, even if it looks like delta-9 marijuana, it’s legal.

Police said the officers would not be able to tell the difference easily.

“We would suggest, and it’s just a suggestion, that you leave the Delta 8 products in their original packaging when you carry them with you, in the car or at home, and even have your receipt with you.”

Dale said police could seize someone’s Delta 8 if they suspect it’s illegal, and a test at the State Patrol lab will tell the difference.

A couple of things to keep in mind is that after using Delta 8 you can test positive on a drug test, the same goes for CBD products. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of Delta 8.

While there are no laws regulating Delta 8 sales, CBD Remedies requires customers to be 21 and 50 Shades of Green do not sell to anyone under the age of 18. Both require ID.

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