THC is an intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. As we know, hemp is a cannabis plant: does this mean CBD hemp oil contains THC? It is an important question for those who do not wish to experience the intoxicating effects of THC or must routinely test for THC.
What is THC (and how does it differ from CBD?)
To understand THC, we must discuss cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds which interact with receptors in the brain and body to produce various effects. Over 85 cannabinoids have been discovered so far; CBD and THC are the two most well-known cannabinoids.
CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference?
CBD and THC are similar on a molecular level but react differently with our receptors. Most significantly, THC is intoxicating, and CBD is not. In fact, CBD has been found to negate the psychotropic effects of THC.
CBD and THC also differ in legal status. Currently, THC is listed as a schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act; however, many states have passed cannabis laws permitting the use of medical and recreational marijuana. CBD is legal in the United States provided that is derived from high-CBD, low-THC hemp.
Does CBD Hemp Oil Have THC?
We now know that CBD alone does not produce any intoxicating effects. However, a full-spectrum hemp oil contains more than just CBD. As we’ve discussed, hemp contains over 85 cannabinoids and a whole plant oil will include all the available components of the hemp plant, including THC.
However, THC is present in CBD hemp oil in very low amounts.
According to the 2014 Farm Bill, which is legislation that speaks directly to the legality of hemp, derivates of hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. This amount is negligible and will not get you high.
Still, the low levels of THC in CBD hemp oil may pose a problem for some. Many athletes and employees are routinely drug tested. While the THC amount in CBD hemp oil is low and is not likely show up on a drug test, it is understandable to take precaution and avoid THC altogether.
You Can Get CBD Without THC
For those who want the benefit of CBD but do not want to consume THC, we recommend CBD isolate. This product is CBD in an isolated form and contains no other components besides CBD.
CBD isolate is THC-free.
Knowing there is a product that is THC-free may raise the question: why take CBD hemp oil?
CBD hemp oil, also known as whole plant hemp oil, provides the benefit of the whole hemp plant. With whole plant hemp oil, consumers receive a full spectrum of therapeutic compounds.
Additionally, CBD hemp oil benefits from the synergistic properties between the components in what is known as the entourage effect.
THC and the Entourage Effect
CBD has been studied as an anxiolytic (reducing anxiety), antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotectant. As a compound alone, CBD is beneficial.
CBD hemp oil contains more than just CBD, however. When the oil is extracted from the hemp plant, all the available compounds are present. This includes terpenes (aromatic oils), cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and any other materials that are extracted from the hemp plant.
The breadth of therapeutic components is impressive alone but researching how these components work together is even more remarkable.
Researchers are finding the components of hemp to work together to produce an effect greater than the compounds alone. This is known as the entourage effect. Most notable is the interaction between CBD and THC. At specific ratios, CBD and THC work together to help with specific conditions they could not treat alone. Additionally, compounds such as terpenes have been shown to make a difference in how our body interacts with CBD.
While research is still in the beginning stages, it is interesting to learn that CBD interacts with the body differently in a whole plant oil as it does in an isolate.
CBD hemp oil is a full-spectrum oil and contains low levels of THC (0.3% or less). This amount will not get you high, no matter the form or amount of CBD hemp oil you take. For those interested in the sole benefits of CBD, there are CBD isolate products available; however, research is finding whole plant hemp oil to provide additional benefit than just that of CBD.
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