Sometimes we forget about the work and dedication that goes into producing Cannabis product. In fact, the process of making Cannabis products can be much more scientific than what you hear on the media or throughout society.
Understanding its basics is vital to understanding the process as a whole. There are countless questions. For instance, how much THC is in CBD oil?
Cannabinoids are a very important part of this process because they are the chemical compounds that provide for both the mental and physical effects of the product. The two most common ones are CBD and THC.
THC (aka Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. This chemical strongly binds to receptors in the brain, which is why people who consume it are more likely to report a feeling of “euphoria” after having consumed it, which is often described as feeling “high”.
CBD (aka cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant that is not typically associated with these feelings. Cannabis strains have varying levels of these compounds, as well as other cannabinoids. It is important to know them and be familiar with their effects.
Does CBD oil contain THC?
This is a very common question that we’ve been asked continuously. Even the simplest answer requires a bit more elaboration than just a ’yes’ or ‘no’. The “real” question is not if there is THC in CBD oil, but how much THC there is in CBD oil?
In short, the answer to this question is yes, CBD oil does contain some levels of THC. However, it contains only up to 0.3% THC, which constitutes a negligible amount and thus will get you high like a THC-based product would. There are some CBD oil products that don’t contain any THC at all. However, knowing how your CBD is derived is essential before getting into specific product types and details.
CBD is derived from both the hemp and marijuana plants. Pursuant to US legislation, CBD that is derived from hemp (and contains less than 0.3% THC) is legal in America, whereas CBD derived from marijuana is not.
The terms “hemp” and “marijuana” are often used interchangeably. However, the two plants are grown for different reasons. Hemp contains a high amount of CBD and a very low amount of THC. Hemp is also cultivated for its seeds and stalk. It is also used in the food industry, for cooking oil, biofuels, textiles and much more. Marijuana, on the other hand, contains high amounts of THC and low amounts of CBD.
CBD and THC are chemicals that interact with our body’s natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Endocannabinoid receptors are naturally present in our body. They help us control our appetite, pain, mood, inflammation, memory, concentration, and more.
The famous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
The famous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) chemical found in marijuana is widely recognized for the euphoric “high” feeling that a person experiences when consuming it. THC creates this feeling by binding itself to our body’s natural endocannabinoid receptors in the brain.
CBD may help regulate our cannabinoid receptors by working as an antagonist, thereby potentially blocking the ability of other substances to interact with these receptors.
CBD may help in countering the intoxicating effects of THC by working to prevent the influence of THC on the CB1 receptor. Thus, the biggest difference between THC and CBD is that CBD does not contain any intoxicating properties.
CBD oil must contain less than 0.3% THC to be considered federally legal, although there still is some confusion because many countries around the world have different regulations. Therefore, it is wise to check with your national and local laws, in order to see whether products containing CBD oil are federally legal in your country.
To appease consumers in different markets, dispensaries in states like Colorado now stock tinctures of varying CBD-to-THC ratios, from 18:1 to 4:1 to 1:1. This provides buyers with tailor-made CBD and THC ratios, in order for them to benefit from both CBD and THC, thus having the best of both worlds.
Considering the fact that only hemp naturally contains a very small amount of THC (0.3% or less), it remains the only legal option for producing and consuming CBD in states that do not have any recreational or medical marijuana laws. This leads to a weak CBD industry in those states and countries. If a higher amount of THC were allowed for production (not consumption) purposes would naturally result in higher CBD levels and make the extraction process much easier and more efficient.
Any CBD product (whether it comes from hemp or marijuana) that fits the country-specific regulation is, of course, perfectly legal. Technically, this means that as long as the CBD product (oil, vaping, drops, etc.) from the seeds and stems of the industrial hemp plant contains less than 0.3% THC, it is allowed to be sold, bought and made into CBD oil,(However, the exact rule seems a little less clear). All in all, the fact remains that millions of people buy and use CBD products in their everyday-lives, and that this is becoming more popular and widespread every day.