CBD Oil with 0% THC: The Facts
For a lot of people, the benefits they’ve heard CBD can have sound great, but the idea of THC in their products gives them pause. And that’s completely understandable - THC is the psychoactive element in marijuana and buyers need to be confident about what’s in the products they are buying.
In this article, we’ll talk about the THC content in typical full-spectrum CBD products and compare them with 0% THC varieties to help you decide what’s right for you.
Before we get stuck in, let’s define that term. Full-spectrum CBD products take, as it sounds, the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and things like fatty acids (including omega-3) from the hemp plant. That means they do include the naturally occurring levels of THC. What’s important to know is that industrial hemp plants contain very little THC, meaning over-the-counter full-spectrum CBD doesn’t cause intoxication.
What is 0% THC CBD oil?
CBD oil that has no THC at all is usually called broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. CBD isolate is a purified form of industrial hemp oil. Once the plant materials, waxes and other cannabinoids are removed, all that’s left behind is a white, crystalline powder that is more than 99% pure cannabidiol. CBD isolate is used to create lots of 0% THC products including tinctures, vapes and gummies.
Three common reasons people choose 0% THC1) They are concerned about the legality
While most cannabinoids, including THC, are controlled substances, CBD is not. In the UK, CBD products are allowed to contain up to 0.2% THC, but some people prefer to stay away from even trace amounts of THC as a precaution. That includes people who are subject to drugs tests - often as part of their work.2) They prefer to know there’s no THC present
Although hemp-derived CBD doesn’t contain enough THC to cause intoxication - even when consumed in large amounts - some people still worry the trace THC could cause an unwelcome reaction. In that case, it can make sense to choose 0%, because any worry defeats the purpose of taking CBD for relaxation!3) They want to reach high CBD dosage levels
Full-spectrum CBD can offer a wide range of potential benefits thanks to the many other cannabinoids and terpenes present. However, some people just want the CBD, and want to take it in high quantities. For those people, a CBD isolate can make sense, because it is easier and cheaper to reach the doses they are aiming for.
Is full-spectrum CBD 0% THC?
No, full-spectrum CBD products do contain trace (0.2%) amounts of THC. It’s not enough to cause intoxication - by means of comparison, CBD extracted from marijuana typically contains 5-30% THC.
Industrial hemp, the primary source of CBD, contains 0.3% THC or less naturally. To be sold in the UK, full-spectrum products must, by law, contain less than 0.2%.
CBD isolate vs. full-spectrum CBD
A lot of CBD enthusiasts believe full-spectrum CBD can be more beneficial than CBD isolate. That’s because all the flavonoids, terpenes and cannabinoids from the original plant are retained. It’s thought there’s an ‘entourage effect’ where the presence of all the components together add up to more than the sum of their parts - magnifying each other’s benefits.
While isolate products don’t provide that potential multiplier effect, they do have their own benefits, including:
- No odour or flavour - CBD isolate is both flavourless and odourless, compared to the sometimes earthy or grassy flavour of full-spectrum. Isolates are therefore great for people who don’t like that taste, or who want to combine CBD with an existing recipe or flavour (like in a vape) without changing its taste.
- Reaching high CBD doses efficiently - Because CBD isolate is highly concentrated, a single gram of CBD isolate contains more than 990mg of CBD. That means it is much easier and cheaper to take high doses of CBD for those who need or want to.
Why third-party testing is crucial for CBD oil
When buying hemp-derived CBD, it’s essential to buy from a company that relies on independent third-party quality assurance. Reputable retailers (like us!) will let you see lab test results so you can buy with confidence.
Here are three reasons why it’s so important:1) Advertised levels of CBD can be inaccurate
Many CBD products available online contain little or even no CBD. Far too many retailers are suggesting hemp seed oil has the same wellness potential as oil extracted from the stalks and stems of the plant itself when hemp seed oil contains no CBD. Lab tests let you check what’s really in the product.2) Low-quality products may have contaminants or toxins
Hemp has a remarkable ability to absorb chemicals and toxins from the soil. In fact, it’s sometimes used to help clean up an area. But that cuts both ways - hemp for CBD production should be grown without harmful pesticides. Third-party screening can detect contamination, heavy metals, solvent residue, microbial contamination and more.
3) Confirm that products are 0% THC
Seeing third-party tests is important for people who need to be completely sure there’s no THC present in their CBD. For people who a required to take drugs tests, that assurance is critical in choosing the right CBD provider.
Types of THC-free products
Once CBD is isolated into its concentrated, purest form, it can be used in a huge range of products (see our own THC-free range!). The four most common include:
CBD tinctures are the most popular hemp-derived product. They are very versatile, since they can be taken orally, added to food and drink, or applied topically.
CBD Softgels are great for convenience. It’s not necessary to measure dosage since the work is already done. Softgels make it easy to take CBD on the go.
CBD can be absorbed through the skin, making topicals a good way of applying CBD just to the areas that need it most. Salves and creams can be used to calm sore joints and muscles or soothe skin.
4) CBD gummies and vape pens
CBD gummies are a fun and tasty way to add CBD to your day. Vapes are the same, as they come in such a wide range of flavours. Vapes can also be used socially, and are the fastest-acting CBD delivery method.
Buying THC-free from CBD Porter
As we’ve discussed, there are a lot of reasons why people might prefer to buy THC-free CBD. At CBD Porter UK, we offer a range of high-quality, third-party tested products that let you experience all the health and wellness potential of CBD without any of the worries.
Head to our THC-free range to have a look!