While many companies promote Delta-8 as a “legal high,” its legal status is in question. People in favor of Delta-8 argue that it is part of the hemp plant, which is a legal crop. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sees things differently. The agency considers it to be a Schedule 1 controlled substance, since it is produced synthetically.
A Schedule 1 drug is considered to have no medical use and puts people at risk of developing a substance use disorder.