Some Utah cannabis patients swear off Delta-8 THC

Originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune by Bethany Rodgers

Mitch Butterfield, who relies on cannabis to cope with the stress of his terminal cancer diagnosis, was the first customer through the doors of his local marijuana pharmacy when it opened last year.

And though the Smithfield resident has been using the medicinal plant for about nine years, he walked out of the pharmacy with a treatment he’d never heard of before — something called Delta-8.

He’d been a bit wary about the unfamiliar vape cartridge the pharmacist had been pushing toward him, explaining that he needed “good, clean medicine” because of his health conditions. The pharmacist told him he had nothing to worry about.

But when Butterfield tried to vape it a couple of days later, he almost immediately noticed that something was off.

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