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Texas THC: What you can legally get in Austin this 4/20


Happy 4/20 Austin, can you smell the devil's lettuce in the air?

This city is home to some famous stoners—Willie Nelson loves marijuana so much he has his own blend—and possession of small amounts has been essentially decriminalized by the Austin Police Department since 2020.

Americans overwhelmingly support legalization in some form—91% according to the Pew Research Center—and marijuana is partially legal in 37 states. Texas’ relationship with cannabis is rocky, but currently allows products with CBD and low THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Officially decriminalizing marijuana in Austin will be on the ballot in May.

So what can you legally buy in Austin?

Green Herbal Care sells CBD and Delta 8. (Laura Figi)

  • CBD: If you haven’t heard of it by now, CBD, or cannabidiol, is non-psychoactive and makes up about 40% of the plant’s extracts. CBD is known for producing a calming feeling in the user.
  • Delta 8: With lower psychotropic potency than the classic THC, Delta 8 occurs naturally in very small amounts and can be extracted through a chemical process from CBD. Delta 8 typically results in a more subtle “high” than THC but retains all the antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Delta 9: Synonymous with THC, Delta 9 is currently legal under House Bill 1325 in concentrations of 0.3% or less on a dry weight basis. The same thing goes for Delta 10, the stronger alternative to THC.
Almost all of which can be found in pre-rolls, flower (pieces of the plant itself), gummies, vapes, candy, capsules and tinctures.

Where can you get it locally?

In terms of shops, head to your nearest local Planet K, Oat Willie’s, Cosmic Cowboy, Happy Clouds, Green Herbal Care or any of the growing number of smoke shops in town.

As for local brands, Hometown Hero CBD and Delta 8 produces its products in Austin, where it has been fighting for the right to do so. 25-year hemp producer and CBD retailer Sweet Sensi also produced its products from “seed to sale” in Austin.

Happy 4/20, y’all!


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