Have you seen products advertised as THC-free CBD oil? Sure, some might be – but do you know why? In this guide we’ll uncover the truth about what CBD products can be THC-free and which might be making a false claim.
We have several guides available to help you make informed CBD buying decisions.
Claims of THC-Free CBD Oil
How many times have you seen a product advertised as THC-free CBD oil? It’s more common than you think. Do these products exist? Yes, and we’ll explain why in this guide. We’ll also explain how some products cannot be THC-free.
This information will help educate you a little more about the world of CBD and why you should look all of the information on a label, company website and product description. We’ll also discuss why it’s important to review lab test results (sometimes listed as a CoA or Certificate of Analysis).
At Canna Trading Co., we always suggest that you read every bit of information available about a product and/or company before making a purchase. Not all CBD products are created equally. We use broad spectrum CBD oil and there is a minimal amount of THC in that oil – we’ll explain how and why below.
Full Spectrum Advertised as THC-Free
This is an important section to pay attention to. Full spectrum CBD oil can be derived from both hemp and cannabis plants. The word full spectrum refers to whole plant medicine. During the extraction process, all of the natural cannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant remain intact.
When CBD oil is full spectrum, it allows the entourage effect to occur. The entourage effect is all of the cannabinoids and terpenes of the hemp plant or a cannabis strain working together to create synergy in the body. If a single cannabinoid is missing, the entourage effect is not possible.
When full spectrum CBD oil is extracted, only a few elements are removed – chlorophyll, heavy metals and unwanted plant materials.
Even if your full spectrum CBD oil is derived from hemp, it is not THC-free. Full spectrum items cannot be THC-free CBD oil products, and vice versa. Even if the THC is marked as <LOQ (limit of quantification) on a lab test result and the product says it’s full spectrum, the THC is there, it’s just at a much smaller concentration than labs test for. Most labs test for 0.3% THC. Some test as low as 0.1% THC.
So, if a product says it’s full spectrum THC-free CBD oil – that isn’t likely true. A true full spectrum product cannot be THC-free. When you do see a product that says it’s full spectrum and THC-free, contact the manufacturer and ask for an explanation, because it just isn’t possible.
There is an argument surrounding the presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes making a THC-free CBD oil full spectrum – but you have to remember – if THC was naturally occurring in the plant and it was removed, it’s no longer true full spectrum. Some argue that other cannabinoids and terpenes, even if it isn’t THC, still creates the entourage effect. Again, remember – a cannabinoid was removed (THC), some synergy may still be created in the body, but a missing cannabinoid is a missing cannabinoid.
CBD isolate is THC-free. Isolate is just that, only CBD. During the refinement and distillation processes, all of the cannabinoids and terpenes that were present in the raw hemp or cannabis extract are gone.
If you see a product that says it’s a THC-free CBD oil product, it is likely an isolate. Isolates can have terpenes added back to them. Terpenes have therapeutic effects and also help to improve the flavor and aroma of CBD oil products.
CBD isolate that contains other cannabinoids that were blended back into the formula afterwards are not true isolate products. Isolate is a single cannabinoid – in this case, CBD.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD is quite confusing. See, it can be derived from either full spectrum or isolate CBD. When broad spectrum CBD is derived from isolate, it is a THC-free CBD oil product. It’s called broad spectrum because terpenes, and sometimes non-intoxicating cannabinoids, are added back to the formula.
Broad spectrum CBD that is derived from full spectrum CBD does contain some THC. Additional terpenes, and sometimes cannabinoids, are added back to the formula.
When the broad spectrum CBD is derived from full spectrum oil, the entourage effect is possible. This is due to all of the naturally occurring terpenes and cannabinoids in the hemp or cannabis plant remain intact.
Questions to ask when THC-Free CBD Oil is Advertised
It is very important to inquire about THC-free CBD oil products when you see them advertised. As we mentioned above, you want to pay attention to the source of the CBD oil. You also want to pay attention to the type of CBD oil used (full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate). If you see isolate used, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about, if you must avoid all THC, since everything is stripped from the raw extract except the CBD.
Ask these questions:
- What is the source of the CBD oil?
- Is the oil true full spectrum CBD? If it is true full spectrum CBD, there is THC present.
- How low does the lab test for THC? Most labs test for 0.3% and mark anything less <LOQ or N/A. Some labs test as low as 0.1%.
Asking these questions when the answer isn’t clear about THC-free CBD oil helps you make an informed purchase. There are people that don’t tolerate THC at all and employers that still test for THC. If you must avoid THC completely, make sure to do your due diligence and ask the right questions.
A reputable CBD company will provide clear, honest answers.
Canna Trading Co. uses broad spectrum CBD oil that is derived from hemp. It starts as full spectrum oil, so a minimal amount of THC is present. Our lab reports indicate the concentration of THC that the labs test for. Please review our lab results.
THC-free CBD oil is a confusing topic, and some claims of there being zero THC leave consumers confused. Keep in mind that a true full spectrum CBD oil product cannot be THC-free because full spectrum means that all of the cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally present in the plant are in your CBD oil. The only things stripped are chlorophyll, heavy metals, plant matter and other unwanted materials – no cannabinoids or terpenes are stripped out of full spectrum CBD oil.