Missouri’s DHSS raises alarm over cannabinoid risks

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has issued a critical health advisory regarding the potential risks associated with the consumption of hemp-derived intoxicating cannabinoids. This advisory addresses the recent increase in the availability of products containing these substances and the growing concerns about their health effects, particularly on youth.

These intoxicating compounds are currently untested in humans, unregulated, and freely sold to the public. Until safety data on human consumption is available, Missourians are advised to refrain from using these products.

The DHSS advisory highlights that hemp-derived intoxicating cannabinoids, such as delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC, and THC-P, are present in various market-available products. Despite being derived from hemp, these cannabinoids have psychoactive effects similar to delta-9 THC found in marijuana and can lead to impairment and adverse health reactions.

A wide array of foods, beverages, purported dietary supplements, and other commodities containing intoxicating and non-intoxicating hemp-derived compounds are sold online and in traditional stores throughout Missouri. These products are aggressively marketed with eye-catching promotions to attract consumers, especially young ones.

The consumption of hemp-derived intoxicating cannabinoids exposes individuals to risks such as poisoning, unintended intoxication, contaminants, byproduct effects on the body, and impaired driving.

“It is highly concerning how accessible these products are to the public, especially our youth,” stated Paula F. Nickelson, director of DHSS. “There is no way for consumers to know exactly what is in the product they are consuming and how intoxicating it might be.”

Missouri consumers are urged to purchase cannabis-infused products only from state-licensed dispensaries. These regulated facilities adhere to strict quality control measures and provide transparent information about the contents and potential risks of their products.

If a product is sold outside of a Missouri-regulated cannabis dispensary, consumers should, when possible, check product labels to identify and avoid ingredients that are hemp-derived intoxicating cannabinoids: Delta-8 THC, Delta-6 THC, Delta-10 THC, Delta-11 THC, THC-A, THC-O, THC-P, THC-V, THC-JD, PHC, HHC, HHC-P, and HXC. However, it is essential to note that there is no regulatory authority ensuring the accuracy of these product labels.

View the DHSS health advisory.

View the DHSS white paper.

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