SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — If you haven't heard about Delta-8, it's probably just a matter of time.

The hemp-derived legal product is the hot new item at CBD stores and other outlets, especially in states — such as Minnesotas and the Dakotas — where recreational marijuana remains illegal.

So what is Delta-8, what does it do, how is it legal, and why is it so popular?

In the latest episode of the "The Health Variant" podcast, host and NewsMD Health Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks with Jason Tarasek, founder of Minnesota Cannabis law, about Delta-8.

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"The Health Variant" digs into health topics important to the region, such as fitness, COVID-19, cannabis and telehealth, introduces listeners to must-know places and people and offers behind-the-scenes reporting.

NewsMD is a Forum Communications brand focusing on health and health care reporting, primarily in the Upper Midwest, including coverage of industry news, research, trends, technology, economic and policy issues.

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For comments or podcast episode topic suggestions, contact Fugleberg at or on Twitter: @jayfug.