Under the Farm Bill, all hemp grown in the US must contain less than 0.3% THC to be considered hemp. However, the Minnesota state legislature passed a bill in July 2022 to allow for edible products with delta 9 THC to be produced and sold in Minnesota, though not in tincture form yet. However, this is potentially paving the way for higher concentrations of delta 9 THC to be included in CBD oil and other cannabis products.
Once THC levels rise above 0.3% THC the plants are considered to be marijuana, which is federally illegal. However, due to a large range of factors beyond farmer’s control that cause THC levels to rise above that limit, there is a push to raise the threshold to 1%. In 2021, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), introduced a bill that would accomplish that, and move the THC testing solely onto finished products to prevent crops from being destroyed due to circumstances beyond their control.
Farmers have had to destroy entire hemp crops because dry weather pushed THC content above the legal threshold. A plant with less water content has less overall weight, which drives the percentages of cannabinoids up. But for now, all legal hemp grown and all legal CBD products offered must test with under 0.3% THC content. Destroying these crops could be avoided by using them to create CBD, CBG, and CBN isolates for broad spectrum products.
It is estimated that between 10-24% of hemp crops are being destroyed.
In addition to mother nature driving up THC beyond its legal limit, Michael Nepveux from the American Farm Bureau Federation (FB) was quoted in Leafly as saying that “There are also potential issues with the testing methodology leading to higher levels and more failure rates,”
To be absolutely certain that CBD products are under 0.3% THC, be sure to only purchase from companies that provide quality 3rd party test results.
Does CBD have THC in it?
In addition to crops staying beneath 0.3% THC, all full spectrum CBD products must stay below this same threshold to be sold in all 50 states. Full spectrum CBD products that include that tiny touch of THC are more effective because they produce an entourage effect. Several different cannabinoids working together are more effective for anxiety, pain relief, and as a sleep aid. The miniscule amount of THC is not psychoactive as long as CBD products are taken as recommended. However, if you wish to avoid THC entirely. You can try one of our Broad Spectrum Gummies that contain zero THC.
Full Spectrum VS Broad Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD includes all of the cannabinoids found in hemp, including 0.3% or less THC. Full spectrum products are more effective because they are closer to what the plant intended, but THC does not have to be present to benefit from using hemp products. If you are looking to get the most out of your CBD, try our Full Spectrum Tincture.
Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
For anyone who is worried about drug testing, or simply doesn’t want the psychoactive effects of THC with their CBD, we recommend using our Broad Spectrum Tinctures. Broad spectrum CBD is the perfect happy median for people looking for the entourage effect of CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids without including THC. There is zero THC in our broad spectrum products to ensure that our customers may take advantage of the wellness benefits of CBD without any unwanted psychoactive effects, and without worrying about drug testing.
Drug testing is in a gray area right now. State laws affecting cannabis are constantly changing around the country and while marijuana remains federally illegal, hemp has been accepted in all 50 states. Some companies with employees across the country have adapted by only testing for drugs illegal in all 50 states. Some companies still test for marijuana, but full spectrum CBD derived from hemp can result in a positive test and the loss of employment. If you are subject to drug testing that includes a THC panel, the only safe bet is to use CBD isolate, or broad spectrum CBD until companies cease testing for THC, or raise the threshold to account for people using CBD for wellness.
THC vs CBD
Despite both of them being cannabinoids, there are many differences between THC and CBD. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from hemp. What does that mean? THC gets you high. CBD does not. However, CBD still provides therapeutic effects such as relief from inflammation and other types of pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness. But the magic of CBD is that it provides these effects without any kind of impairment.