If you’re interested in benefiting from the potential entourage effect when combining THC and CBD, begin with high-CBD/low-THC cannabis products. Check the ratio of CBD to THC, expressed on the label as something like 10:1, 5:1, 1:1, etc. It may take a bit of experimentation to find the ratio you prefer. It’s possible that CBD works better for some uses, and some people, in conjunction with THC.
Maybe you came to this article because you want to try CBD, but completely avoid any potentially adverse or intoxicating effects of THC. If this is the case, try a full-spectrum hemp, broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate product.
So for these consumers, the question inevitably arises: Do CBD products contain THC?
While there isn’t necessarily a guarantee that the trace amounts of THC in CBD oil won’t show up on a drug test, you really don’t need to worry about it. If you want to be completely sure that your CBD oil won’t result in a positive drug test, seek out raw CBD oil, CBD distillate, or other pure CBD products.
If you consume CBD oil or other CBD products, will you run the risk of ingesting THC?
If you’re open to trying cannabis products that are high in CBD and low in THC, you may be interested to know that CBD has the potential to mitigate the intoxicating and potentially adverse effects of THC, while THC may contribute to or enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD. THC and CBD elicit responses from the human body by binding to cannabinoid receptors.
The short answer is, yes, it’s possible to consume CBD products that have trace amounts of THC, but you may not notice. Understanding why, and how to avoid it, requires a basic knowledge of what CBD is, how it’s extracted, and how it works in your body. Get ready to read some labels.
Arno Kroner, DAOM, LAc, is a board-certified acupuncturist, herbalist, and integrative medicine doctor practicing in Santa Monica, California.
CBD is one of many active chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. One reason it’s gaining momentum in popularity is because it is said to lack the component of the plant that causes a person to get high, which is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Does CBD Oil Contain THC?
A more likely secondhand exposure scenario is a positive marijuana hair test, resulting from direct contact with marijuana paraphernalia or from another person having THC on their hands.
For instance, if someone who had direct contact with marijuana then touched your hair, you could feasibly receive a false positive on a drug screening that tests your hair.
The primary difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp is nearly void of THC. In fact, a cannabis strain must contain less than .3 percent THC to be classified as hemp. This is the reason hemp can be legally sold as various products.
Because of the chemical structure of THC, it is able to bind directly to the CB1 receptor. CBD Oil, on the other hand, does not have this ability. Because of this, THC is able to cause a change in the mental status and this may manifest as euphoria, paranoia, or delirium in excess doses. CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors indirectly. Some studies have shown that CBD is able to reverse the psychoactive effects of THC. Therefore when combined, CBD may reduce the side effects associated with THC.
THC has for long been the poster child of cannabis, but science is now pushing CBD Oil to the limelight because it offers similar therapeutic benefits without the intoxication that CBD gives. We cannot confidently pick a winner between the two, so we will discuss each in detail and let you decide which suits your needs.
Cannabis has a number of compounds which include: cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other nutrients. There are over 100 cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, however, only a handful has been investigated. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most studied of the cannabinoids. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help in supporting homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system is a signaling system composed of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids and metabolic enzymes whose function is to create physiologic balance in the body. Therefore, cannabinoids more or less work in a similar way to the body’s endocannabinoids.
1. Chemical Structure
Terpenes aren’t unique to cannabis, and can be found in many other plants such as citrus, hops, pepper, and many others. These terpenes are usually responsible for the smell and fragrance of many plants, including cannabis. However, terpenes can also lead to some cannabis preparations having a strong smell or taste that may take some time getting used to. Interestingly, most of the differences between ‘strains’ of cannabis are due to differences in their terpene profile. For some patients though, full spectrum preferred?
Medicinal cannabis refers to a medicine prepared from the Cannabis plant. The term medicinal is typically used to indicate that the preparation is at a pharmaceutical-grade and is suitable for prescribing by doctors here in Australia.
It is safe to say that the legality of cannabis is evolving around the world, but as it stands, recreational cannabis (with the ability to cause intoxication) is largely illegal around the globe. Recreational cannabis is illegal under federal law in the US. The same applies to the UK, Australia and other countries as well. Canada was the first of the G7 countries to legalize recreational cannabis.
In general, there are lower concentrations of THC in medicinal cannabis products