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Worried About THC in CBD? Try This First

October 28, 2020

Many CBD products contain a very small amount of THC, a chemical that can make you feel intoxicated. Although these products contain way too little THC to make you feel “high,” many people want to avoid products that contain any THC at all.

Here’s what you need to know about finding THC-free CBD products.

What is THC?

Cannabis and hemp plants contain a range of cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals, each with their own unique effects. While there are dozens of cannabinoids, the two most well-known are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

THC is the chemical in cannabis plants that makes you feel intoxicated. Scientific research also shows that THC has a few potential medical benefits. Sometimes a small amount of THC can be found in CBD products.  But due to the 2018 Farm Bill, any CBD product with .3% or less THC is legal and can be purchased online.

What is full-spectrum CBD?

CBD products are often labelled as full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate. 

CBD isolate is pure CBD—it contains no other cannabinoids. CBD isolate goes through a process to remove all other cannabinoids.

Full-spectrum CBD products are high-CBD products that also contain tiny amounts of other cannabinoids. One of those cannabinoids is THC, the chemical in cannabis plants that produces an intoxicating effect. 

Many experts believe that full-spectrum CBD is more effective than CBD isolate. This is because of something called the “entourage effect” which is the idea that cannabinoids are more powerful when used in combination with one another. For this reason, many people prefer full-spectrum to isolate.

Full-spectrum CBD usually contains 0.3 percent THC or less—far too little to actually make you feel intoxicated. However, to be on the safe side, you can use THC-free, broad-spectrum CBD products.

A THC-free alternative: broad-spectrum CBD

Much like full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD contains a lot of CBD and tiny amounts of other cannabinoids. However, some cannabinoids—usually THC—are purposefully removed. 

If you want to enjoy the benefits of the entourage effect while avoiding THC, broad-spectrum CBD products might be a good choice for you

Here are the key reasons why some people prefer broad-spectrum CBD:

  • Drug tests: Drug tests usually test for THC. If you’re using products that contain 0.3 percent THC, it’s unlikely that it’ll show up on a drug test. However, to be on the safe side, it’s best to avoid THC and opt for broad-spectrum CBD. To make sure, check the company's COA.
  • Medical reasons: Some people are advised by their doctors to avoid THC for health reasons. Children and older adults are often advised to use THC-free products.
  • The entourage effect: Unlike CBD isolate, which is also THC-free, broad-spectrum CBD includes small amounts of other cannabinoids, meaning that you can achieve the “entourage effect” without the THC.

Broad-spectrum CBD isn’t necessarily “better” or "worse" than full-spectrum CBD, but it can be more suitable for certain people. If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, we offer a 30ml broad-spectrum CBD oil with 500mg of CBD for those who want a THC-free tincture. 

Not sure whether to opt for full-spectrum, broad-spectrum? Try our CBD bundle and save.

If you're new to CBD, it's always a good idea to know the basics of CBD and experiment with different products until you find one that works for you. 

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