First, CBD can be derived from hemp or from cannabis. If it’s from hemp, there can’t be any more than 0.3% THC in it, by law. That’s the CBD that you should be able to purchase in just about any US state because hemp is legal across the land. (Sorry, Idahoans, this doesn’t apply to you.) CBD that’s been extracted from marijuana, on the other hand, could have any amount of THC in it and is only available in states where medical and/or recreational cannabis is legal. In medical states, you’ll need to be a registered patient to participate.
The short answer is, yes, it’s possible to consume CBD products that have trace amounts of THC, but you may not notice. Understanding why, and how to avoid it, requires a basic knowledge of what CBD is, how it’s extracted, and how it works in your body. Get ready to read some labels.
Is CBD effective without THC?
Be careful about which direction the ratio goes though. Cannabis high in THC and low in CBD may be even more intoxicating than THC alone, according to an Australianstudy.
While there isn’t necessarily a guarantee that the trace amounts of THC in CBD oil won’t show up on a drug test, you really don’t need to worry about it. If you want to be completely sure that your CBD oil won’t result in a positive drug test, seek out raw CBD oil, CBD distillate, or other pure CBD products.
In the earlier days of CBD product manufacturing, full-spectrum products were likely to contain higher levels of THC than 0.3%. But as the industry has matured, it’s now possible to find full-spectrum hemp products with all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp but no more than 0.3% THC. Just be sure the label says full-spectrum hemp, not marijuana.
Today, people primarily grow hemp for the purposes of extracting CBD which is currently a booming industry across the world. Legally, a cannabis plant must contain a concentration of less than 0.3% THC in order to be classified as hemp.
The main difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp has higher concentrations of CBD whereas marijuana has higher concentrations of THC. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the psychoactive intoxication of cannabis. These specific psychoactive properties result in feelings of euphoria and the feeling of getting “high”. Marijuana also has a wide range of undesirable side effects for some and relatively low concentrations of CBD.
What is Hemp?
While hemp does contain THC, it is only in trace amounts. The government has deemed these trace amounts to be negligible and cannot make you high. The federal government and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requires that a cannabis plant have a concentration of less than 0.3% THC in order to be called hemp. This is why there is so much confusion around the question, does CBD have THC?
– Alcohol or drug dependency
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