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July 12, 2021
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How much THC is in CBD oil and can you get high from it?

how much thc is in cbd oil
 Anthony Clement
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Anthony Clement
July 12, 2021

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Needless to say, high THC levels can lead to psychedelic episodes. Whether you're suffering from a serious medical condition or you simply wish to improve your wellbeing, the last thing you want to do is trouble yourself with psychoactive effects. As a result, most people will much rather use pure CBD substances such as CBD isolates.

In most countries, THC percentage is limited by the law. For example, the US FDA limits its content to 0.3% within cannabidiol products. Similar laws apply in the EU. Anyway, whether you want to use hemp or medical marijuana products, you will have to learn more about their main cannabinoid ingredients. 

In this article, we will answer how much THC is in CBD oil, and we will analyze some of the main differences between cannabis oil, hemp plant, and marijuana plant. Stick with us!

How come there is so little THC in CBD hemp oil?

Any cannabis product that has less than 0.3% CBD content is regarded as medicinal hemp. All other items can be categorized as medicinal marijuana.

So, why is there such a distinction? Simply put, it is all based on the plant that was used to create a substance.

The hemp plant has a trace amount of THC. On the other hand, the plant's total CBD content can go above 20%, depending on the strain that you're using. Marijuana products are the polar opposite; they will have high THC concentration with very little CBD.

Keep in mind that both CBD and THC may provide therapeutic effects. Furthermore, it is often theorized that THC is much better at stimulating cannabinoid receptors than CBD. However, we cannot neglect the fact that this substance has psychedelic effects, and there is a THC limit our bodies can take. 

Oftentimes, marijuana is called cannabis, and cannabis is called marijuana. We need to explain this a bit. Both hemp and marijuana are a part of the cannabis family. Hemp is also known as Cannabis Indica, while marijuana is known as Cannabis Sativa. So, when you hear people say that something is cannabis oil, they probably refer to Cannabis Sativa.

Can I get high from CBD oil?

CBD tinctures and other cannabidiol products are generally regarded as safe.

You don’t have to worry about their THC content because it is so low. Even if you wanted, you can’t really get high from cannabidiol. You might experience these effects from marijuana, though.

These products may cause certain side effects. We already have numerous hemp studies that explore the toxicity and drawbacks of this plant. When used by animals, these substances may lead to various issues among which, organ alterations are perhaps the most severe ones. CBD is not that troublesome for humans, but it may lead to minor issues. It is notorious for its ability to cause dry mouth, drowsiness, diarrhea, changes in blood pressure, and appetite. However, most of these issues can be addressed by simply stopping administration.

Cannabidiol substances should be used in a minor dosage. The recommended quantity ranges from 10mg to 25mg and above. In most cases, the CBD dosage will depend on a person's weight and desired effect. Even if you take several doses during the day, you won’t get high, nor will you experience toxicity issues. But, increased quantities of the substance may prolong and worsen your side effects.

No matter what, the cannabis plant shouldn't be taken for granted, and you should always consult a medical professional before starting any treatment.

Different types of CBD oil and their THC content

There is always something new on the hemp market. However, these are 3 main CBD oil types that consumers can buy in almost any store:

Full spectrum CBD oil

If you're looking for the most wholesome, most complete product, look no further than full spectrum oil. This type of CBD tincture has all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. The liquid is extracted directly from the plant without going through additional processes such as distillation. Therefore the THC ratio is going to be higher than usual. A full spectrum oil could therefore be called a THC CBD oil in some ways because of the ongoing ration between the 2 cannabinoids.

Broad spectrum CBD oil

This product is the same as full spectrum oil but with a minor catch: it doesn't have THC. Even though you won't get high from any type of hemp oil, you might not want to risk it. Furthermore, some people may have other adverse reactions to the substance. By using broad spectrum CBD oil, you are able to avoid all of this and focus on the beneficial properties. When using a broad spectrum oil the THC level is going to be significantly lower than on full spectrum.

CBD isolates

You can easily tell what cannabidiol isolates are. These are isolated substances that we extract from the hemp plant. The most popular hemp isolate is CBD isolate, but you can also make these products by using other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC, THC, etc. Respectively a THC Oil is going to use THC isolates only whereas a CBD oil is going to use CBD. When using CBD isolates in a CBD product, you can focus on the potential benefits that the substance may provide. The CBD Level is going to be extremely high.

As you can see, most CBD products like CBD cream will not even have trace amounts of THC as they might be removed during the manufacturing process.

It is really hard to tell which one of these substances is the best; we don't have enough data on all of these chemical compounds, making it harder to assess the potential benefits. What you need to know is that they're generally safe, and even if they have THC, you shouldn't experience major adverse effects.

What's hemp oil, and how is it different from CBD oil?

Besides cannabis and marijuana, you’ve probably heard another term: hemp oil.

This might be a bit confusing for inexperienced users. Didn’t we just say that CBD oil is made from hemp? Shouldn’t that make CBD oil a “hemp oil?” Not quite.

When making cannabidiol substances, a company will take stems, flowers, and leaves to extract CBD oil. But, that doesn’t mean that hemp seeds have no use. They can also be utilized but in a bit different way. By cold pressing them, we can squeeze hemp seed oil. It is a liquid that is full of nutrients, and in particular, omega fatty acids.

It is worth noting that hemp oil doesn't have the same chemicals as other parts of the plant. It doesn't have cannabinoids nor terpenes. As a result, it won't have CBD in it, and you cannot expect the benefits that this substance brings. On the other hand, it also won't have THC making it completely safe for those who want to avoid psychoactive episodes.

Nowadays, the hemp seed oil is used for various products. It is most popular within the cosmetic industry as you can make amazing soaps, shampoos, and other items from it. You can also use it straight as a carrier oil as well as MCT oil or even olive oil for making your own CBD oil. However, the majority of consumers will utilize hemp oil by adding it to various recipes.

How does CBD oil affect drug tests?

A lot of people are reluctant to use cannabidiol oil as they're worried about testing positing on THC. Keep in mind that while these products shouldn't cause any psychedelic episodes, they are much trickier during drug screening. Even if you took cosmetic products that only utilize hemp seed oil, you might fail during a test. Things can especially be dicey in Europe because there is no legislation that would regulate drug testing in the workplace. Luckily, the odds that this would actually happen are rather slim.

If we're talking about the US, the THC limit during these tests is 50mg/ml. This isn't a quantity that you can introduce into your body with CBD products. While you might get high from medical marijuana and subsequently test positive, this shouldn't happen with CBD products extracted from hemp. The only way this might happen is if you were to take an incredibly high dose of cannabidiol to the point of toxicity. But, given that no one would do this, the risk of testing positive is significantly reduced.  

Keep in mind that there are also tests that focus on cannabinoids. These are much more problematic for cannabidiol users, and you will likely fail if you used one of these products. But, they are more of a novelty, and there is a very low chance that you'll ever perform such a test in your lifetime.

How to avoid THC in CBD oil?

Although THC in CBD oil is not such a big issue as most people perceive it to be, there are things you can do to completely avoid it. Here are some tips and tricks that should help you out:

  • Learn more about cannabis and how these products are made.
  • Ask about a specific substance before you buy it. How is it categorized? Is it full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate?
  • Country of origin is important. Products made in countries with strict cannabis policies are more likely to be properly regulated, and their THC levels are less likely to fluctuate.
  • Lower concentration implies lower dosage, and with that, lower THC content per dropper.
  • Needless to say, you should always buy from reputable sources. Even if a company is offering a discount, you should always prioritize reputable shops.
  • Third-party labs can provide additional insights regarding product’s ingredients. 

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