Cannabidiol (aka CBD), the second-most-prominent cannabinoid of the cannabis plant, has become highly celebrated over the last few years, for many excellent reasons.
But that doesn’t mean people have forgotten about it’s older brother, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid responsible for the cannabis “high.” Not by a long shot.
The two are so closely related that it’s not at all surprising to hear the question “does CBD contain THC” all the time.
And it’s a good question, for many reasons. And like many things CBD-related, the answer is complex.
Does CBD Contain THC?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. It depends. Sorry friends – unfortunately there’s nothing we can do to make it any clearer.
Well, that’s not exactly true. We can explain it. So let’s do that.
CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant. In most cases, this means the hemp plant. Hemp naturally contains low levels of THC (compared to marijuana, which contains high levels). So, to start, if THC is a concern of yours, opt for CBD from hemp, not marijuana.
Now, in the United States, for CBD to be legal it has to have a maximum level of THC of 0.3%. That’s a really small amount, and not enough to ever make you feel “high.”
The good thing is, that small amount of THC is not a bad thing. Thanks to the entourage effect, a little THC in your CBD bottle can actually contribute to or enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD!
The entourage effect is when all the different compounds in hemp (CBD, THC, CBN, CBG, terpenes, flavonoids, etc) work together for better results. That’s why so many people choose full spectrum CBD – it contains all of those beneficial compounds.
Do All CBD Products Contain THC?
Here’s where the complexities arise. There are CBD oil products which contain zero THC.
Earlier we mentioned full spectrum, but this isn’t the only type of CBD out there. You also have something called CBD isolate. So what’s the difference?
Full spectrum CBD is made with an extract that contains all or nearly all of the compounds naturally present in the cannabis plant. This obviously includes CBD, as well as those terpenes and flavonoids, and much more.
On the other hand, CBD isolate is just CBD compound isolated. It doesn’t contain any of the other active compounds found in the cannabis plant. Companies do this either by isolating the CBD or creating it artificially. This type of CBD contains no THC.
Then, smack dab in the middle you have broad spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between full spectrum and isolate. Like full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum contains the other compounds found within the plant, however, like isolate, the THC is completely removed.
The product you choose depends on what you’re looking for specifically, and whether you want the total benefits of everything combined.
Will THC in CBD Show up on a Drug Test?
Some people worry that, because CBD can contain trace amounts of THC, it will result in a positive drug test.
The possibility it there, but rest assured, the chances are very low. Again, the chances depend on various factors, such as how much you take and the concentration of THC in your CBD. If you’re overly concerned, perhaps take a brief break before a test and perhaps do a short detox (find some detox tips here).
Additionally, it’s good to know that drug testing guidelines now include a cutoff value to avoid a positive test for trace amounts of THC.
Does CBD contain THC, and is that something you need to worry about?
- If you buy full spectrum CBD, it’s possible for it to contain trace amounts of THC.
- Trace amounts of THC are unlikely to produce any noticeable effect, so CBD oil won’t make you high.
- Trace amounts contribute to the entourage effect, potentially boosting the power of your CBD.
- While there is a small chance that THC will show up on a drug test, the chances are very low.