Oregon makes changes to its hemp extracts market

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is taking a lighter approach to THC levels

A new update in the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) present in hemp concentrates, extracts and tinctures will favor the industry. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is setting a new rule in which the amount will go up from 10 milligrams total THC per container to 50 milligrams THC per container. Even though hemp is legal nationwide, it does come with severe regulations from federal law, but the OLCC has the authority to control things that are out of the federal law’s compliance.

Currently, the OLCC has a limit for concentrates and extracts of THC content for 5%, and this new rule changed things so the units can be sold in one-gram presentation since the hemp tinctures were struggling with the restriction of 10 milligrams per container. “Most whole hemp tinctures seem to contain 20 milligrams to 40 milligrams THC along with several hundred milligrams of CBD,” explains Hemp and Processing Technician Steven Crowley. He adds, “Marijuana tinctures, extracts and concentrates may contain up to 1,000 milligrams THC per container, so the new limits on the hemp versions of these products are still only a fraction of what the equivalent marijuana item can have.”

Central Point-based Sun God Medicinals expressed its gratitude with these new rules that had most of their products out of the market. “Every single one of our tinctures or droppers are back in business because we were only a few milligrams over the 10 milligrams limit with our products,” said CEO Brie Malarkey. “What it allows us to do is stay true to whole plant herbalism. We can maintain being certified organic because the naturally occurring levels of THC that are present in the hemp plant would still be allowed in there.”