Is There THC in CBD Oil?
by Courtney Avila
One of the most frequent questions we hear asked about CBD is, “Will it get me high?”
It’s an appropriate and honest question, and symbolizes that there is a need from consumers for more upfront, concise information surrounding the topic to clear uncertainty up. Sometimes, the best approach is to go back to the basics. Let’s start with a solid foundation of knowledge on the essential components of CBD and THC.
If you aren’t sure yet what CBD or THC means, hang tight! You’ll leave here having learned some valuable new info. To begin, it’s crucial to understand the differences between CBD and THC. Both CBD and THC are active compounds of the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. CBD and THC are not the only active compounds in the cannabis plant — in fact, there are over one hundred! However, CBD and THC are the most widely known. These are the main and most abundant compounds in the cannabis plant, which also makes them the most well-studied. Thank you, science.
Both of these cannabinoids interact with our biological endocannabinoid system (ECS), an individual system of the body (like the nervous system) that exists in all living mammals on the planet. Yes, this means even your furry pup has one, too!
The two compounds of CBD and THC have very different effects on the body. Most notoriously, the effect that differentiates the two is THC’s ability to cause a “high,” or a changed mental state, which happens through the binding of THC to receptors in the ECS located in the brain and nervous system. CBD’s popularity, however, has exploded for just the opposite reason. CBD still interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to bring a plethora of benefits for the body’s natural functions and beyond, while causing zero psychoactive effects on the brain. What this means is that the cannabinoid CBD alone will not make you feel high, unlike THC.
Why is there no THC in CBD Oil?
So, why is there no THC in CBD Oil? Well, sometimes there can be. This can be for two reasons:
- The presence of THC is intentional, and part of the product’s intended benefit (in which case, the amount and presence of THC will be disclosed on the packaging by the manufacturer),
- It exists naturally in the CBD oil in trace amounts that are nearly undetectable.
If the second worries you, it shouldn’t! Allow us to explain. To understand the full scope of this, you first have to understand that CBD oil is made from what is called “industrial hemp.” Hemp is a member of the cannabis plant family, however, to be considered industrial hemp, it has to contain a very minimal amount of THC, legally defined in the U.S. as amounting to less than 0.3%. These trace amounts of THC that occur naturally in the hemp plant are far below what it would take for your body to experience a high, and far below what would ever show up on a drug test (another big concern for consumers!) So, quite frankly, there is no need to worry.
If we still haven’t been able to shake your concern away, and something about trace amounts of THC still just doesn’t sit right in your gut — that’s perfectly okay. Let us introduce you to CBD isolate. Ahh, yes. After extracting the CBD from the plant, CBD isolate is then made by further filtering out all of the THC to make a zero-THC product. It’s a bit of a tricky and expensive process, but it is well worth it being able to hold a clear conscience that your product contains only the purest form of CBD possible, if that’s what you are seeking! All of Vena’s products, like our CBD Oil Tincture with 99%+ pure CBD isolate, are guaranteed to contain 0% THC. Each and every product that leaves the facility is third-party tested to ensure consistency and quality, and we post all certificates of analysis and lab results on our website to promote an environment of transparency between us and our beloved clients. These tests serve as a way for consumers to verify and be informed of exactly what they are putting into their bodies.
Is there a CBD Oil with THC?
While CBD isolate may certainly be the most attractive option for some due to its zero percent THC content, CBD oils with higher concentrations of THC do also exist. You may have heard the term “full-spectrum” before when talking about CBD oil. Full-spectrum extract from the hemp plant is also called “full-spectrum CBD oil.” What makes an oil full-spectrum is that it has been extracted from a hemp or cannabis plant that has the full spectrum of cannabinoids, including THC. These products will always disclose their containment of THC and will vary in both ratios and potencies of THC to CBD.
Despite CBD oil coming in so many different forms, there are various reasons as to why some people may prefer one to the other. Aside from the delivery method of consuming CBD (like choosing a gummy, tincture, or capsule) for different aspects like taste, texture, or convenience, some people actually desire the presence of THC in their CBD products. This can range from reasons like personal preference to medicinal reasons, like people who swap out intoxicating and addictive pain-relieving prescriptions for a more holistic approach with THC. On the other balancing end, are the people who simply want to reap the benefits that CBD brings, with zero psychoactive or intoxicating effect. For example, many CBD products exist to naturally promote a great night’s sleep, while not impairing or leaving any traces of THC that may show up in a drug test or violate employer restrictions. There truly is a CBD product for everyone, joined by an endless array of purposes and benefits. Vena is an advocate for making informed and empowered decisions when it comes to the things you put into your body. Conducting research, reaching out to a brand with questions (our messages are always open!), and putting trust into a company that uses lab-tested, high-quality CBD are all wonderful steps to take to arrive at a confident decision when choosing which CBD product is best for your needs.