Does CBD Oil Contain THC?
Mar 3rd 2021
CBD Hemp oil is everywhere. People love it, but why? Does CBD get you high? Is getting high why some of its users claim hemp oil helps to calm them down? Let’s explore if CBD oil contains THC.
From the Plant to Hemp Products
The cannabis plant contains a lot of stuff. There are over 560 molecular constituents that have been identified in cannabis.1 Among them are two cannabinoids that have gained in popularity, THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, responsible for the effects of getting high. CBD is non-psychoactive, and will not get you high.
To create hemp products, full-spectrum hemp extracts are extracted from the plant. These extracts then either undergo further isolation to create things such as pure CBD isolate, or the full spectrum of extracts is used to create full-spectrum hemp products.
The 2018 Farm Bill defined hemp as cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC.2 Hemp products, including CBD oils, are legally allowed to contain less than 0.3% THC. It is a small amount, but it is still permissible.
Full-spectrum CBD oils and products will contain THC at less than 0.3%. At this concentration, THC will not get you high.
Not Every CBD Oil Contains THC
Full-spectrum hemp oils may contain THC, but that does not mean every hemp product will. There are broad-spectrum CBD oils that may not, depending on which parts of the spectrum are included. Pure CBD isolate oils will not contain THC, as the CBD used has been isolated away from the rest of the cannabis constituents.
Always check the label of whatever hemp product you are using to determine what it is you are actually putting into your body. Some companies use third-party lab testing to check each batch for accuracy and consistency, giving you peace of mind for the accuracy of their label claims.
Why Would I Want Any THC in My CBD Oil?
If you’re concerned about getting high, 0.3% THC will not get you high. What it will do is possibly make your CBD benefits greater. It has long been hypothesized that the full-spectrum of cannabinoids (THC included), terpenes, and flavonoids found in cannabis create an “entourage effect,” a synergistic effect that can amplify the CBD benefits.3
Some CBD Oils Contain High Amounts of THC
For some, 0.3% is not enough. In states where marijuana is recreationally or medically legal, CBD oils can be sold containing more than 0.3% THC. The 2018 Farm Bill would not legally allow these to be classified “hemp oils,” but instead as “marijuana oils,” as the legal definition of “marijuana” is cannabis containing more than 0.3% THC.2
Again, always check the label to make sure you know what it is that you are consuming.
Complete Hemp’s CBD Oils
Complete Hemp offers:
- Full-spectrum CBD oil
- Broad Spectrum CBD Oils with 2:1 CBD:CBG ratio, and 1:1 CBD:THC ratio
- CBD isolate oil
- CBD oil for dogs, cats, and horses
Whichever CBD oil you choose for your health and well-being, Complete Hemp will be here to help!
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3Ben-Shabat S, Fride E, Sheskin T, Tamiri T, Rhee MH, Vogel Z, Bisogno T, De Petrocellis L, Di Marzo V, Mechoulam R. An entourage effect: inactive endogenous fatty acid glycerol esters enhance 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol cannabinoid activity. Eur J Pharmacol. 1998 Jul 17;353(1):23-31. doi: 10.1016/s0014-2999(98)00392-6. PMID: 9721036.