Why Don't We Talk About Delta-8 THC's Medical Benefits?
You’ve heard about it. We’ve heard about it. There are dozens of articles about it all over the internet. There are some studies that have shown that there could be medical benefits from consuming Delta 8 THC, but why are we over at Hometown Hero not talking about it?Want to find out more about Delta 8 THC? Check out our article What is Delta 8 THC?
Below, we are going to share some of our favorite sites for resources on the on-going research into the potential medical benefits of Delta 8 THC, as well as the reasons per FDA guidelines we are prohibited from publishing articles on these health topics ourselves.
Any health supplement on the market must meet stringent FDA requirements before they are allowed to make health claims.
Directly from the FDA’s website:
To be approved by the FDA as an authorized health claim, there must be significant scientific agreement (SSA) among qualified experts that the claim is supported by the totality of publicly available scientific evidence for a substance/disease relationship. The SSA standard is intended to be a strong standard that provides a high level of confidence in the validity of the substance/disease relationship.
An example of an authorized health claim is, "Adequate calcium and vitamin D as part of a healthful diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life."
While there are scientific studies on Delta 8 THC that report healthful effects, these do not meet the standards of the FDA’s “SSA” or “Significant Scientific Agreement.”
When the FDA evaluates a health claim, the agency considers the totality of the publicly available scientific evidence (including evidence from well-designed studies conducted in a manner that is consistent with generally recognized scientific procedures and principles). If there is significant scientific agreement (SSA) among qualified experts that the claim is supported by the evidence, the agency will authorize by regulation a health claim for the substance/disease relationship.
Because of the FDA’s high standards and the relatively recent development of Delta 8 THC products, the FDA is currently of the opinion that Delta 8 THC products and their purported health claims do not meet the standards of the SSA.
Delta 8 THC Medical Resources
While we at Hometown Hero cannot make any health claims about any of our products we manufacture or sell, we encourage you to do your own research. Here is our favorite resource to get you started:
If you have any other Delta 8 THC websites with great information you’d like to recommend, please let us know! As always, if you have any questions about Delta 8 THC (or anything really) do not hesitate to reach out!