If you’re reading this article, you are probably already at least a little familiar with CBD and it’s apparent benefits. You likely have read personal stories on the internet that discuss CBD’s popularity and apparent ability to help people deal with a slew of physical or emotional challenges, and you may know that there are multiple studies that demonstrate that CBD may have real potential to help people.
However, what you may not be aware of is the different types of CBD out there. For example, some CBD has THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in CBD which is responsible for intoxication), while other brands do not. What exactly does that mean, and how will that affect your CBD experience?
Read on for the answers to those questions!
All CBD ultimately comes from the cannabis plant. Remember, CBD itself is actually similar to THC in that both are types of cannabinoids.
Whether or not THC is in the CBD oil that you have ultimates comes down to the method by which the CBD is processed. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD must contain no more than .3% THC in order to be legally purchased and consumed in the United States. It’s important to note that the THC levels found in CBD are well short of what is typically found in marijuana today. As such, consuming any legally produced CBD that contains THC will not result in any sort of intoxication.
Whether or not there is any THC in CBD is ultimately determined by how the CBD is processed. CBD can be processed in a way that removes all THC or limits it to the legally required .3% levels.
If a CBD product has THC (in addition to its natural chemicals, flavonoids, and terpenes), it is referred to as a Full Spectrum. If all THC has been removed by other products remain, it is called Broad Spectrum.
The reason that some CBD users prefer Full Spectrum CBD is because of the so-called Entourage Effect. This is an interesting debate within the CBD community. Believers in the Entourage Effect essentially argue that CBD is only good when it has all of its naturally occurring components, including CBD. Essentially, they argue that Full Spectrum CBD is the CBD embodiment of the phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Scientific evidence for the effectiveness of the Entourage Effect is decidedly mixed. On one hand, some studies have found that the Entourage Effect does provide users with a more positive CBD experience. However, that’s not a conclusive perspective: Other studies have found that users experience no difference when taking Full or Broad Spectrum CBD.
More research is needed in order to prove whether or not the Entourage Effect truly does make a difference for users.
Since there is considerable debate about whether or not the Entourage Effect is real, it’s important to examine the specific benefits of taking THC-free CBD.
While there is no shortage of ways to purchase CBD, there are far too many CBD sellers out there who just want to make a quick buck. That may mean that they don’t properly label their products or engage in industry-accepted manufacturing procedures in order to filter out the THC. In 2017, the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study in which they tested 81 CBD products. Astonishingly, nearly 70% of the products tested were mislabeled for a variety of ingredients, including THC.
This is why you should only purchase CBD from reputable vendors who make a Certificate of Analysis available. This Certificate is produced by an independent, third-party who will conduct lab tests on the CBD batch in question and confirm its ingredients. If a product is truly THC-free, it should have “ND” (or none detected/non-detect) under THC.
Ultimately, whether or not you use THC-free CBD comes down to personal preference. The best thing you can do is try CBD which contains THC and products that do not. From there, track your experiences, and determine what’s right for you.
The research on THC in CBD is still unclear, so the decision about what kind of CBD to consume ultimately comes down to personal experience. Many individuals prefer one brand over the other, but there is no question that you can get a positive CBD experience by having THC-free CBD.