Delta-8, a legal form of cannabis, is booming. But its health effects are unknown.

By Sophia Ramirez

Brandon Srinath (left) and Hunter Bolesky, the owners of Botanacart. It’s a mobile vendor selling a variety of plant based products, including delta-8. (Sophia Ramirez / Carolina Connection)


In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, about a dozen smoke shops and hemp stores now are selling Delta-8. Sometimes called “weed’s little brother,” Delta-8 THC is synthesized from the hemp plant.

Much like Delta-9 THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, it has an intoxicating effect. But unlike Delta-9 THC, it’s legal to buy and sell.

Sophia Ramirez visited one Chapel Hill store with a big selection of Delta-8.


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