What is it?
Here at Green Wellness Life, our focus is on hemp-based CBD products. CBD isn’t the same as THC, right? So why is it relevant? Great question – let’s talk about it.
First, it needs to be understood that most CBD products (unless they specify that they are THC-free) contain some trace amounts of THC. We’ll discuss that, along with what types of zero-THC products are available and how they come to be. We’ll also cover why anyone would go out of their way to look for zero-THC products, and which ones we carry. Ready to go?
What is THC? What’s it have to do with CBD?
THC is an abbreviation of the name of a chemical compound: tetrahydrocannabinol. It is one of the 100+ compounds found in the cannabis plant (especially within the flowers) in varying degrees of potency. Often found in high-concentrations within marijuana plants and products, THC is the chemical responsible for the “high” that is associated with cannabis smoking.
So what is it doing in CBD products? As a part of the cannabis plant, THC naturally occurs in certain amounts alongside CBD. The two compounds actually have an inverse relationship. As the level of CBD in a plant increases, the amount of THC decreases. There are certain strains of marijuana that have very low THC levels due to their high concentration of CBD. Pretty cool, right?
It’s important to understand that CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD hemp that contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, far less than the amount needed to experience a high. Instead, CBD dominates the makeup of the hemp plant. CBD itself is non-psychoactive, and studies show it even counteracts the psychoactive properties of THC.
Some scientists believe that hemp oil containing all the cannabinoids and other compounds extracted from the plant can be more therapeutically beneficial than isolated cannabinoids. The “entourage effect,” introduced in 1998 by renowned cannabinoid researchers Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat, maintains that isolated or synthetic cannabinoids aren’t as effective for eliciting curative effects as when all of the plant’s natural constituents work together synergistically.
What are my 0 THC options?
These products fall into two categories – isolate and broad spectrum. An “isolate” based CBD product indicates that the CBD compound has been isolated from the rest of the compounds. There are no other cannabis compounds or plant matter included in that end product. A “broad spectrum” takes the reverse approach. The THC is “isolated” and discarded, leaving the rest of the compounds in that end product. Both isolate and broad spectrum CBD products can be found in every category, from tinctures to topicals and capsules to edibles.
Why take a 0 THC product?
There are a lot of reasons why someone would turn to a 0 THC product. One of the first reasons someone would turn to a broad spectrum product would be if drug testing was a concern. Although those trace amounts of THC, 0.3% or less, are unlikely to come up in a drug test, we always advise airing on the side of caution. You can still reap the benefits of this neutralizing compound without the fear of repercussions from the still federally frowned upon THC. For example, THC-free products offer an option for active military that want to incorporate CBD into their daily supplements, but are prohibited from consuming products containing THC.
First responders – such as firefighters, police officers, and EMTs – can now benefit from the balancing properties of CBD without fear of violating their employers’ restrictions. Competing athletes, many of who face restrictive testing policies from their sports’ governing bodies, can incorporate CBD into their regimen without fear of negative consequences. Parents of children who rely on the balancing properties of CBD to reduce seizure activity or manage symptoms of autism can also benefit. They often prefer to avoid exposing their kids to even trace amounts of THC that exist in other hemp oil products.
Also, 0 THC options, specifically isolate products, tend to be very beneficial when trying to find mood stabilization or anxiety relief as the isolated CBD compound can cross the blood brain barrier. When in a full spectrum product, meaning all of the cannabinoids that occur naturally in hemp are in the product, not every cannabinoid has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier.
So how are 0 THC products made?
The process begins with hemp oil being extracted from hemp plants in a process that uses super critical CO2. What that means is that Carbon Dioxide is held at high pressure and temperature to separate wax and other plant materials from the oils. After these oils are extracted (they are referred to as the “concentrate”), the concentrate is put through a second process (a proprietary purification) that removes excess material and any trace levels of THC. This process is a type of filtering and leaves 99% of the CBD intact without the THC or any of the other plant materials.
How can you tell if your CBD is THC-free?
I’ve often talked about how to find out what’s in your CBD product, and THC-content is no exception. Just like any other compound or ingredient, THC is shown on a COA (Certificate Of Analysis). If you want to know if your product contains THC (sometimes a product will be THC-free without a clear label indicating so), you can go to the company’s website, find your batch number on the product, and look through the COA for THC content. Or you can call us – we’ll help you track it down!
What THC-free products do we carry?
We’ve got LOTS of options! Our Product Finder has options in both isolate and broad spectrum, or if you really want to see all the options, just select 0 THC.
- Social (formerly Select!) CBD Drops Zero THC (1000mg CBD per 30mL): I personally use this tincture daily and love it. There are multiple flavors, it is an affordable $60.00 dollars per 30mL, and contains 1000mg of CBD. If you’re looking for a reliable option for a THC-free tincture, I recommend this one.
- Panacea F.A.S.T. 35mg CBD Tablets – Zero THC (1050mg per 30 Count Bottle): If you’re looking for a THC-free capsule, this is a good option. I’ve used it before, and have found that it leaves little aftertaste and fulfills my daily CBD needs. At 79.99, it’s a little more expensive than some other capsules, but offers a sizable portion of CBD per serving and has no THC!
- Koi CBD Tropical Gummies — 60mg / 200mg CBD: Maybe you’re looking for a CBD boost or gummy, but can’t consume THC due to restrictions? The Koi gummies are a great, THC-free option that I’ve always enjoyed. They taste good, and have a little boost of CBD that I sometimes need during the day. My recommendation: get the sour version.
- Empower Topical CBD Relief Lotion – 175mg CBD per 1.7oz: This lotion is a lightweight option that can help with everything from skin concerns to sore muscles. It’s got a great lemon verbena scent as well. We love it!