There are a lot of questions surrounding the CBD world. And they're completely warranted, particularly when it comes to CBD and THC.
Namely, "How much THC is in CBD oil?" So if you find yourself asking this very question, consider us your guide to both the short and long answer.
We know some of you have other things to do. But for those that want to stick around, we've also got some top tips for choosing the right CBD oil for you.
Guess those who want the short answer will simply have to miss out... (Or you could just keep reading!)
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The short answer
The short answer is this: less than 0.3% THC. That is, CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC but no more than 0.3% to be considered federally legal.
But that doesn't even cover the whole scope of things. With such little THC content in CBD products, you won't necessarily reap any of the psychoactive effects.
But if you're worried about having a positive drug test result, then you'll want to know how to choose the right CBD product for you. (Yes, you will have to keep reading to find out - can't you tell we're stringing you on?)
The difference between CBD and THC
Let's start with the basics. Because CBD and THC are definitely not the same thing. Even though they come from the same plant...
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, marijuana plants, and hemp plants. But the plant's genetics typically predispose it toward either CBD or THC.
So that means that one cannabis plant might be specifically bred for THC potency. Whereas another cannabis plant might be bred to have more CBD oil content.
Hemp derived CBD products are bred for the latter. So in general, when you see hemp-derived products or industrial hemp, you can assume that its CBD comes from the non-intoxicating variety of the cannabis sativa plant.
Of course, not all hemp products are made equal. But we'll get into that a little bit later.
THC, on the other hand, is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. And this is what will make your drug tests positive.
The Controlled Substances Act was altered by the 2018 Farm Bill, excluding hemp from the legal definition of marijuana. And this is what makes full spectrum hemp with less than 0.3% THC federally legal.
But when cannabis products contain a higher THC content, that's when they become subject to state laws. Some states have legalized recreational marijuana use and medical marijuana whereas others still consider THC federally illegal and CBD legal.
Whew! You weren't expecting a history lesson, were you? But it's important to understand all of these factors when determining just how much THC is in CBD oil.
Different types of CBD products
Now that you have the context, let's get you to the right information. That is, how to purchase CBD oil, and how to find the right CBD oil product for you.
Full spectrum CBD oil
Full spectrum CBD products will contain all cannabis derived compounds, including both CBD and THC. But the THC present will only be in trace amounts and always less than 0.3% THC.
You might be wondering why these trace amounts of THC are even present in the first place. And that's what brings us to the entourage effect.
The entourage effect refers to the way in which all cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids interact with one another. And, in relation to CBD.
In fact, certain studies have found that CBD is able to operate to its full potential with these additional compounds at its side. And this just makes full spectrum CBD all the more sought after - including pet CBD!
This is not to say that pure CBD oil is less than. Rather, that full spectrum CBD offers the entire spectrum of what CBD can do, not just its namesake.
That being said, if you're at all worried about testing positive on a drug test, it's best to steer clear of full spectrum oils and other full spectrum products.
Broad spectrum CBD oil
Broad spectrum CBD products similarly contain other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. But unlike full spectrum oil, broad spectrum CBD oils contain no THC whatsoever.
This is a great alternative for those taking CBD oil who want the peace of mind that no THC is in their CBD oils. They will still get to indulge in the entourage effect.
But they won't have to worry about whether they will test positive for a drug test result or not. So any CBD gummies you see that say, "Broad spectrum" on the label are a surefire way to get a CBD that's working to its fullest potential without risking those test results.
CBD isolate, on the other hand, is just CBD oil. And again, this is not to say that CBD isolate is any less deserving of attention than its fellow counterparts.
In fact, for those that just want a straightforward approach to their CBD oil, CBD isolate is the way to go. Especially for those who might be worried about any other additional ingredients used in the CBD oil. Which brings us perfectly to our next point...
What to look for when choosing CBD oil products
Sometimes, it can be difficult to wade through the various CBD oils out there. But here are a couple of tips to help you navigate finding the best quality products.
Safety and quality
We're proud to hold ourselves in company with CBD brands that offer accessible third party testing results on our website. In fact, every product you click on in our catalog will link you to those results instantly.
That's because transparency is important to us. And particularly important for your safety and wellbeing.
You'll find that all reputable CBD brands out there offer up these testing results without question or complaint. And that's exactly what you want to look for when buying a new CBD product.
These results will tell you everything that's in the product. And everything that's not.
So if you find yourself asking for these results and not getting them, consider that brand a no-go in your book. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
CBD and THC concentration
This is somewhat related to the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. But when we say concentration, we also mean the amount of both THC and CBD you're taking in a single serving.
For some gummies that contain delta 9, you'll want to see just how much THC is in each gummy based on milligrams. And likewise how much CBD is in them too.
This will help you determine the right amount for you. Especially depending on whether you are a regular CBD user or a novice.
In general, you'll always want to start with a small amount first. Then, after waiting for the appropriate amount of time, increase the amount you take gradually.
This will ensure that you don't go overboard too soon. And it will help your body adjust to the different amounts of THC and CBD in your system.
In addition to third party lab testing, CBD products should display what extraction method was used to extract CBD from the hemp plant. Because a lot can go on in the extraction process.
Currently, the best industry practice out there is CO2 extraction. This uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract CBD from the plant.
And it typically extracts the CBD without compromising quality or quantity. There are other extraction methods out there like steam extraction or solvent extraction.
But be careful with solvent extraction. Sometimes, the use of solvents can leave harmful traces in the CBD product itself.
So if you want the cleanest and most safe way of taking CBD oil, find a product that uses the CO2 extraction method. Not only for peace of mind but for your overall well being.
Like many products out there, CBD products may contain additional ingredients. Whether it's additional essential oils in a CBD rub.
Or certain sugars and dyes in those gummies you love so much. Always be sure to check the label first to make sure that you know what you're taking.
And particularly so you can mitigate any possible allergic reaction. Besides, it's just good practice to know what exactly is in the product you're planning to consume.
And feel free to use the third party lab results as proof of ingredients as well.
So as you can see, there are a lot of different factors when it comes to answering the initial question of how much THC is in CBD oil. But hopefully by now, you'll be able to answer that question in detail for the next person that asks you!
Really, we're just trying to make you all experts on all things CBD. Because the more you know, the better you'll be able to navigate this world on your own.
Okay, our Mama Earth schtick is up. But we will leave you with this: Fly free! And enjoy our catalog of CBD products that can offer you all the peace of mind, third party lab testing, and efficacy you could want.
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