Be aware of adverse reactions to delta-8 THC

Some UWM students have experienced adverse and unanticipated reactions after using delta-8 THC purchased at local smoke and vape shops. Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis (hemp) plant that can have psychoactive effects similar to delta-9 THC. The effects of delta-8 can be unpredictable because it is unregulated and has not been approved by the FDA for safe use. Potency, content and manufacturing processes are not often disclosed or clearly labeled.

Additionally, since the natural amount of delta-8 THC in hemp is very low, some manufacturers may use potentially unsafe household chemicals to convert other cannabinoids, like CBD, into delta-8 THC to create the concentrations claimed in the marketplace.

Reported reactions to delta-8 THC include:

  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Anxiety
  • Disorientation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increased heart rate progressing to slow heart rate
  • Sedation
  • Coma

What can I do?

  • Avoid or limit using delta-8 and other hemp derivatives.
  • If you use, go slow, with small amounts.
  • If you have an adverse effect, call 911.

Remember: UWM has a victim assistance policy that provides some relief from disciplinary action for students who seek help for themselves or others related to drug overdose.

If you are struggling with substance use, please visit our Alcohol and Other Drugs website to learn about options for support.

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