There has been a proposals to cap the amount of THC in cannabis flower and concentrates have been gaining some traction in a few state legislatures, and earlier this week the concept reached the federal court circuit level.
A report released on Wednesday, the US Senate’s Caucus on International Narcotics Control recommended researching THC caps on state-legal, regulated products. Politico first broke the news of this report, which was championed by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), co-chairs of the Senate caucus. Cornyn and Feinstein are longtime opponents of cannabis legalization.
Proposals to limit THC levels often aim to cap the allowable level of THC at 15% or lower. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, but it is not the only psychoactive cannabinoid. The legal definition of hemp, which cannot go above 0.3% THC, is the fullest expression of a THC cap currently in place in the United States.
There have been zero recorded fatal overdoses from ingesting too much THC in North America. High concentrations have shown adverse effects in some people, including increased anxiety and nausea; While it is widely accepted both within the cannabis community and beyond that cannabis use can be harmful to developing brains. In legal US states, access to cannabis has been limited to those 21 and older in adult-use markets. In Canada, the minimum legal age varies—in some provinces it is 18, in some it is 19, and in some it is 21.