Oregon Raises THC Limits for Hemp Extracts

Oregon regulators have approved a rule to increase the amount of THC allowed in hemp-based concentrates, extracts, or tinctures. The move is expected to help reduce the amount of hemp and hemp products wasted due to high THC content.

Full story after the jump.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved a rule allowing hemp concentrates, extracts, or tinctures to contain up to 50 milligrams of total THC per container in order to allow a use for industrial hemp that contains THC levels over federal and state limits of 0.3 percent, the Register-Guard reports. Previously, such items were limited to no more than 10 milligrams total per container.

Sun God Medicinals CEO Brie Malarkey said the rule change will allow the company to again sell some of its products that were effectively banned by an OLCC rule change last year.

“Every single one of our tinctures or droppers are back in business, because we were only a few milligrams over the 10 milligrams limit with our products. What it allows us to do is stay true to whole plant herbalism. We can maintain being certified organic because the naturally occurring levels of THC that are present in the hemp plant would still be allowed in there.” – Malarkey, to the Register-Guard

OLCC Hemp and Processing Technician Steven Crowley explained that tinctures, extracts, and concentrates in the state’s recreational market may contain up to 1,000 milligrams of THC per container and the new rules “are still only a fraction of what the equivalent marijuana item can have.”

He added that “most whole hemp tinctures seem to contain 20 milligrams to 40 milligrams THC along with several hundred milligrams of CBD” and the rule change will allow those items to be sold in 1-gram units. Hemp tinctures were also constrained by the 10 milligrams per container limit.

Hemp edibles in Oregon remain capped at 10 milligrams per unit and 1 milligram per serving.

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