Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major psychoactive component found in cannabis plants. In Maine, THC potency in cannabis products is subject to the Cannabis Legalization Act. Different variations of THC contribute to the abundance of the compound in cannabis plants and its potency. These variations are known as the isomers of THC, and each has distinct psychoactive effects on users, depending on the amount consumed.
While Delta-9 THC and Delta-10 THC are popular THC isomers, other THC variants include Delta-6 THC, Delta-10 THC, and Delta-11 THC. Delta-9 THC is the predominant cannabinoid in cannabis plants and is also known to produce the main psychoactive effect experienced by cannabis users. Under Maine laws, legal cannabis products are defined by the level of THC and other cannabinoid concentrations.
In Maine, both THC and CBD derived from hemp and marijuana are legal for both recreational and medical use. Maine introduced LD 1159 to legalize hemp cultivation with a 0.3% THC concentration limit. In response to the federal 2018 Farm Bill, Maine passed LD 630 to regulate CBD. Although THC and CBD are both derived from cannabis, each binds to a different receptor in the brain, which is responsible for the effect it has on users. Generally, THC produces a psychoactive effect in users. On the other hand, CBD produces therapeutic results suitable for medicinal use.
Licensed physicians may recommend CBD use to manage or treat conditions such as chronic pain, seizures, Post Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia, and depression. THC may remain in a user’s body for several days or weeks after consumption and can be detected in a drug test. While drug tests for CBD are uncommon, they may not show up on a drug test unless the THC concentration in the CBD product consumed is higher than usual.
Delta-8 THC is a THC isomer present in the plant _Cannabis sativa. _Under Maine laws, both marijuana and hemp-derived Delta-8 THC are legal for recreational and medical use. It is the closest THC variant comparable to Delta-9 THC, but it produces a milder psychoactive effect due to a lower affinity to bind to CB1 receptors in the brain. Moreover, Delta-8 THC also binds to CB2 receptors, while Delta 9-THC only binds to CB1 receptors. Delta-8 THC may provide consumers with feelings of euphoria, pain relief, relaxation, and reduced inflammation. Consumers may also experience fewer side effects than Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC’s side effects include vomiting, tremor, dizziness, dry mouth, memory loss, and loss of consciousness.
Several factors may determine if drug tests will reveal Delta-8 THC in an individual, such as a person’s metabolism rate and body fat. While there are different tests to detect THC in the body, THC remains in the body of regular consumers more than occasional consumers. Some drug tests are also more efficient and have a longer detection window. For instance, urine tests can detect Delta-8 THC in consumers for up to 30 days. Saliva tests are more fitting for recent oral ingestion and can detect THC between two to seven days. Hair tests can show Delta-8 THC for up to 90 days, while detection in the blood is possible for as long as 30 days.
Delta-8 THC is legal in Maine. Maine allows the use of hemp and marijuana-derived Delta-8 THC for recreational and medical purposes. However, the use of the THC variant is subject to different laws. Hemp-derived Delta-8 THC products are more accessible to consumers, and the state imposes no possession limits on such products. However, consumers must be 21 or older to use non-medical cannabis in Maine and cannot possess above 2.5 ounces of cannabis products with 5 grams of cannabis concentrate. Medical cannabis is only available to residents registered in the Maine Medical Use Marijuana Program.
Hemp-derived Delta-8 THC products are easy to buy online in Maine with no restrictions on delivery or the amount purchased. However, only eligible consumers can buy cannabis-derived Delta-8 THC products and may need to provide proof like a valid government-issued ID or a medical marijuana card for patients and caregivers. Delivery of Delta-8 THC products is legal to local addresses in the state. Consumers can also purchase such products at physical stores or pick up their orders at the curbside. However, the shipping of marijuana-based Delta-8 THC products across state lines is illegal.
Delta-9 THC is the most prominent cannabinoid in cannabis plants. It is also responsible for the widely known “high” associated with using cannabis products. Delta-9 THC binds with the CB1 receptor to produce the psychoactive effect experienced by consumers. Delta-9 THC is safe if consumed in moderation but has side effects that may worsen with high dosages. Such side effects include severe hallucinations, panic attacks, and paranoia. Apart from the euphoric feeling it gives consumers, Maine recommends Delta-9 THC for medical treatment under its Medical Marijuana Program. Qualified patients can use it to manage anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, insomnia, epilepsy, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Metabolites of Delta-9 THC are detectable in urine for up to 30 days after the last consumption, but the detection window is smaller for non-frequent consumers. Blood tests can detect Delta-9 THC in the bloodstream for up to 25 days, while hair tests have a longer detection period, spanning up to three months. Delta-9 THC is detectable in saliva for up to 29 days.
Maine legalized hemp with 0.3% Delta-9 THC concentration or less in 2009. Moreover, the 2018 Farm Bill also legalized industrial hemp with n more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC content at the federal level. Marijuana-derived Delta-9 THC is accessible to adults ages 21 and over for recreational purposes in Maine. However, they cannot possess more than 2.5 ounces of such products.
Maine residents can buy products containing Delta-9 THC online or at physical hemp/marijuana stores. While shipping hemp products is legal under federal laws, it is illegal to ship marijuana products across state borders. Common Delta-9 THC products in Maine include gummies, tinctures, vapes, and infused food products. Some consumers may hallucinate or develop paranoia after consuming Delta-9 THC products, especially at high dosages.
Unlike Delta-9 THC, Delta-10 THC is naturally present in small traces in cannabis plants. It has a little binding affinity to CB1 and CB2 receptors, making it less psychoactive than Delta-9 THC. Consumers of Delta-10 THC products will experience a milder “high” effect similar to Delta-8 THC. The psychoactive properties of Delta-10 THC also provide an energizing and uplifting feeling. Delta-10 THC may remain in the body after use and can show up in a drug test. It is detectable for about three days in saliva, a few weeks in the urine, up to three months in hair, and three days in the blood.
Maine permits the sale and use of hemp-derived Delta-10 THC products. Consumers can purchase them online and have the orders delivered to their local addresses. Delivery across state lines is also permitted. Under Maine laws, the THC content in such hemp products may not exceed 0.3% THC concentration.
While Delta-10 THC products are legal for adult use and medical use in Maine, the state has marijuana laws that limit the possession of such products and also specify who can use them. Residents must have a medical marijuana card to purchase medical marijuana products containing Delta-10 THC from licensed dispensaries in Maine. Recreational users must be at least 21 years of age and have valid government-issued IDs to purchase Delta-10 THC-infused products.