Does CBD Oil Contain THC?

One of the most commonly asked questions about CBD, is “Does CBD oil contain THC?”. Unfortunately, the answer is more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no” and requires a little more of an explanation.

THC is a psychoactive compound that is known for producing the “high” that occurs from marijuana use. For CBD products to be considered legal, they must contain less than 0.3% of THC by weight. This amount is negligible and cannot produce the high effect like other traditional THC products. So, yes, some CBD oil products may contain THC, but remember that the amount is so small that you will not get high. There are a variety of CBD products which do not contain any THC, but we will get to that in a moment.

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CBD from Hemp VS Marijuana

Technically, CBD products can be derived from marijuana and hemp alike. According to the federal government, CBD derived from hemp is considered legal (when below .3% THC), whereas CBD from marijuana is illegal. All CBD oil products included in our CBD subscription box are solely derived from hemp.
Unfortunately, hemp and marijuana tend to be used incorrectly as interchangeable terms. These plants are both cultivated for various reasons; however, hemp is found to be high in CBD and low in THC. Hemp is multi-purposeful, valued for stalks that are used to create textiles, clothing and more. On the other hand, marijuana is low in CBD, and high in THC content.

Will THC and CBD Oil Influence Drug Tests?

  • There are some key aspects to keep in mind where drug tests are concerned, even when using CBD products such as oil. Because CBD products may contain up to .3% THC (or less), it is possible that it may show up in a drug test, but it depends on the sensitivity of the test, how often a person uses CBD and the amount of CBD taken with each use. A negligible amount may not cause intoxicating effects, but small amounts begin to add up the more a product is used.
  • Therefore, if someone were to take a large amount of CBD or exceed the recommended amount to use by a manufacturer on a regular basis, the higher the chance of failing any given drug test. Too much of anything can be a bad thing, which is why it’s important to follow the recommended amount for use by each manufacturer. The US Department of Health and Human Services has set a 50mg/ml limit of THC for drug test failures. While this standard is used by most, not all companies run drug testing programs in accordance with this threshold.
  • The very type of drug test you are taking is important as well, especially if it is searching for ALL cannabinoids. Because CBD and THC are both classified as “cannabinoids”, you would need to be careful when using any cannabinoid, even a pure CBD product, if you are going to take one of these tests. When in doubt, feel free to directly contact the testing facility that will oversee testing – especially if you’re concerned about the .3% THC content in CBD. Your other option might be to find a product using CBD isolate, which does not contain any amount of THC, but can still trigger a positive result in a general cannabinoid test.
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Will Extraction Methods Make a Difference?

There are a few methods of extraction used in the production of CBD oil, some requiring more hazardous practices than others. Typically, industrial varieties of hemp are used, which contain .3% THC or less. Unfortunately, regardless of the extraction method used to extract CBD from hemp, extraction in and of itself plays no role in increasing or decreasing the amount of THC present in the final product. It is the final processing methods that are implemented by a manufacturer that will determine the amount of THC in a product. Some of the most common extraction methods include Solvent Extraction (Ethanol), CO2 Extraction, Olive Oil Extraction and Dry Ice Extraction.

THC Free Options

As mentioned, a variety of CBD products exist for people who want to ensure there is no THC in the product they are taking. CBD isolate is typically the best choice for these users. If the decision to use a THC free CBD product is based on the concern of failing a drug test, the use of a CBD isolate based product offers some peace of mind. To help people who are concerned about drug testing results, CBD Samples Club only features products that are derived from hemp and contain less than .3% THC. In addition, we do our best to ensure our CBD subscription box includes a CBD isolate product that is THC-free.


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