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In this blog, we (at Ethereal Gold Dispensary) aim to shed light on STIIIZY Hemp (a sister company to STIIIZY that has recently emerged with claims of offering federally legal cannabis products). Unfortunately, the reality is that most of their products are illegal. We will discuss the implications of the 2018 Farm Bill, the illegality of STIIIZY Hemp blunts and pre-rolls, the synthetic nature of HHC-P found in STIIIZY X-Blend products, and why customers should steer clear of this brand.
Understanding the 2018 Farm Bill and its Amendments
The 2018 Farm Bill paved the way for hemp-derived products containing less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC by dry weight to be considered federally legal. However, in 2021, the USDA amended the Farm Bill to change how total THC content is calculated — now reuqiring it to also include THCA in the measurements. This change affects the legality of many hemp-derived products in the market and STIIIZY Hemp is no exception.
If you are confused about these cannabinoids, Delta-9 THC is the main psychoactive component in cannabis, and is what we typically refer to as just plain ol’ THC. THCa is the precursor to Delta-9 THC and, when heated, will naturally become Delta-9 THC.
STIIIZY Hemp first launched their products in March of 2023 however, so they (should be) well aware of this ruling from two years prior. They claim to be selling federally legal cannabis products — of which they are currently selling to all 50 states — regardless of regulations on state legality of other hemp-derived cannabinoids such as Delta-8 THC.
STIIIZY Hemp Blunts and Pre-Rolls — Illegal and Risky
Upon reviewing products there are 6 SKUs of STIIIZY Hemp's Blunts and Pre-Rolls containing well over 0.3% total THC by dry weight — making them illegal to purchase and possess under the amended Farm Bill.
By offering these products, STIIIZY Hemp is jeopardizing not only their own reputation but also putting their customers in (potential) serious legal trouble. Consumers should be cautious and avoid these illicit products to prevent potential legal issues and other risks associated with unregulated cannabis products.
If you happen to possess any of these items, we strongly advise disposing of them immediately to avoid legal complications and protect your well-being. It is crucial to stay vigilant and choose products from reputable, compliant brands that prioritize consumer safety and adhere to federal regulations.
STIIIZY X-Blend Products and HHC-P — Schedule I Synthetic Cannabinoid
All STIIIZY X-Blend products contain HHC-P (a synthetic cannabinoid that never occurs in cannabis in nature per our phone conversation with Encore Labs). These HHC-P products do not qualify as hemp according to the DEA's ruling in February 2023 (this ruling was made specifically on THC-O, but applies to all synthetic cannabinoids). These synthetic cannabinoids, like HHC-P, — are, in fact, considered Schedule I substances. This classification means that these products are illegal and potentially harmful, putting customers at risk for both legal repercussions and health concerns.
In addition to the earlier concerns about the legality regarding STIIIZY Hemp's Delta-8 products, it's crucial to emphasize again that every strain and flavor of their X-Blend Pre-Rolls, Blunts, Gummies, and Pods contain the synthetic cannabinoid HHC-P. As we just mentioned, HHC-P is considered a Schedule I substance and not recognized as hemp under federal law. To safeguard yourself from potential legal ramifications, we advise to dispose of any STIIIZY X-Blend products in your possession immediately. Always prioritize your safety and well-being by choosing compliant, reputable brands that value transparency and adhere to the legal guidelines governing hemp-derived products.
STIIIZY Hemp — Missing COAs & Information
Another concerning aspect of STIIIZY Hemp's products is the lack of comprehensive COAs for multiple SKUs. Some products either have missing COAs altogether or only provide COAs that cover potency tests. This lack of transparency makes it difficult for consumers to confirm the safety, purity, and legality of these products. Reputable brands in the cannabis industry prioritize providing full panel COAs — which include tests for contaminants, solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals, in addition to potency. A comprehensive COA is crucial in ensuring that products adhere to safety standards and federal regulations. STIIIZY Hemp's insufficient documentation raises serious concerns regarding the brand's commitment to consumer safety and industry compliance.
Considering the facts outlined above (and earlier statements regarding HHC-P) almost all of the products that STIIIZY Hemp is currently offering are considered Schedule I substances. These illegal products pose significant legal and health risks to consumers. As a responsible dispensary, we at Ethereal Gold Dispensary urge our customers to avoid STIIIZY Hemp and its products. There are many other reputable brands in the market that offer safe, legal, and high-quality hemp-derived products. It is crucial to make informed decisions and prioritize your well-being and compliance with federal regulations.
Our Message to STIIIZY & STIIIZY Hemp
At Ethereal Gold Dispensary, we strongly urge STIIIZY and STIIIZY Hemp to take responsibility for their actions and strive for improvement within the cannabis industry. It is crucial for them to provide products that are legal, adhere to the Farm Bill requirements, and refrain from using synthetic cannabinoids, which the DEA has declared as non-hemp substances.
As of now, we have reached out to both STIIIZY and STIIIZY Hemp to express our concerns, but we have yet to receive a response. We will keep our readers updated on any developments in this matter. The integrity of the cannabis industry depends on the collective efforts of all stakeholders to prioritize customer safety, transparency, and compliance with regulations.
As of 5/3/23 we have compiled a full collection STIIIZY Hemp COAs which you can easily view for yourself, if you wish to verify our findings.
Federally Legal Cannabis with Legit Full Panel COAs
At Ethereal Gold Dispensary, we take pride in upholding the Ethereal Gold Standard when it comes to offering high-quality, safe, and legal cannabis products. Our commitment to excellence ensures that we only carry cannabinoids that occur naturally and without any harmful substances. Moreover, we require full panel Certificates of Analysis (COAs) for all of our products, which guarantees that they are free from harmful solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants. Additionally, we meticulously ensure that all products in our inventory comply with the total THC limits set forth by federal regulations. By choosing Ethereal Gold Dispensary, you can trust that you are investing in products that meet the highest standards of safety, quality, and compliance with the law.
Are all STIIIZY Hemp products considered illegal under federal law?
While not every single product may be illegal, a significant number of STIIIZY Hemp's offerings, such as their Delta-8 Pre-Rolls, Blunts, and X-Blend products contain levels of THC or synthetic cannabinoids that are well above the federal limit — making them illegal under federal law.
How do I ensure the legality of the hemp-derived products I purchase?
Always choose products from reputable brands that provide full panel Certificates of Analysis (COAs) to confirm their compliance with total THC limits and safety standards. Also, verify that the products contain only naturally occurring cannabinoids and are free from synthetic substances.
What should I do if I have illegal STIIIZY Hemp products in my possession?
If you possess any STIIIZY Hemp products that are considered illegal due to high THC levels or synthetic cannabinoid content, it is advised to dispose of them immediately to avoid legal complications and protect your well-being.
What is the Ethereal Gold Standard?
The Ethereal Gold Standard is our commitment at Ethereal Gold Dispensary to provide our customers with high-quality, safe, and legal cannabis products. We only carry products that contain naturally occurring cannabinoids and require full panel COAs to ensure they are free from harmful contaminants and comply with federal THC limits.
Are there other reputable brands that offer legal hemp-derived products?
Yes, there are numerous reputable brands in the market that offer legal, high-quality, and safe hemp-derived products. When selecting a brand, look for those that value transparency, provide COAs, and prioritize customer safety by adhering to federal regulations and industry standards.