Does CBD Have THC In It?
Does CBD Oil or Gummies Have THC In It, and Does It Make Me Feel High?
It is common to wonder whether CBD oil and gummies have THC in them and if these substances can get you high. Like Land's Best, the best CBD brands IIt is common to wonder whether CBD oil and gummies have THC in them and if these substances can get you high. Like Land's Best, the best CBD brands will be clearly labeled, so you can easily make an informed decision. Land’s Best Gummies are THC free. Most products will only have THC in trace quantities that will not make you high, like our hemp extract and oil but some brands have products with higher THC doses, so you should always pay close attention to your purchase.
Understanding CBD and THC
It’s important to know whether your CBD gummies or oil contain THC. To fully
understand the implications and intricacies of the answer, you first need to understand CBD and THC. These facts will help explain why most products will not make you feel high.
Both are cannabinoids that naturally occur in hemp and cannabis, although hemp only contains 0.3% THC or less, based on legal limits. If it has a THC content greater than this, it is classified as cannabis. As cannabinoids, CBD and THC both produce effects by interacting with the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. There are a handful of crucial differences between the two.
CBD (cannabidiol) is not psychoactive, while THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is. In other words, CBD alone will not make you feel high, but THC will.
CBD is legal at the federal level, while THC’s legality is identical to that of cannabis. In other words, THC is illegal at the federal level, but certain states have made it legal, either for medical or recreational use.
Because CBD is not illegal, drug tests do not look for it. THC in small quantities can show up on drug tests, so make sure to know your organization’s policies on cannabis use.
Source — Hemp or Cannabis
Hemp and cannabis tend to have very different levels of both CBD and THC. As
mentioned, hemp cannot have more than 0.3% THC. By contrast, cannabis can easily have 15 to 20% THC. CBD levels in hemp and cannabis can vary greatly based on the plant, but hemp frequently has greater concentrations.
Many CBD products come from hemp because of its low THC levels. This makes it significantly easier for CBD gummies and oils to keep THC content under 0.3% or even at zero. By contrast, most products that have high levels of THC are sourced from cannabis since the low concentration of the cannabinoid found in hemp makes it impractical to get large quantities of THC from the plant.
CBD Does Not Make You Feel High, but CBD Oils and Gummies May Contain THC
With that background in mind, one key takeaway is that CBD alone does not make you feel high, but CBD products may also contain THC. If you want to know whether a given product will make you feel high, you need to look at its THC content. Most people will not feel high from CBD products with 0.3% THC or less, although there are some exceptions to this.
As such, it is ideal to try a CBD oil that has trace amounts of THC first on a day that you have no obligations. Once you confirm that you do not experience psychoactive effects, you will not need to be as picky about timing.
That being said, some CBD oils do not contain any THC, and the same is true for some gummies, as well. You will need to read labels and possibly certificates of analysis to determine whether a product is completely THC-free or has less than 0.3% THC.
Land’s Best Gummies are THC free. Our oil/hemp extract formulas are full-spectrum and have less than .3% THC. This is lab tested every time before our products are released to our customers.
Remember that CBD products with higher levels of THC will only be legal if you live somewhere with legal cannabis.
Types of CBD
There are three main categories of CBD products, and knowing which category a given product fits into can also help you determine whether there is any THC present.
CBD isolates contain only CBD and no other parts of the hemp plant, so there are no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids. Isolates are often powders, but you can also find CBD isolate oils that just contain the isolate and a carrier oil.
One of the most popular types of CBD products is full-spectrum. These contain CBD as well as other terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids found in hemp. Importantly, if a product is full-spectrum, then it will have trace amounts of THC, as well. Those amounts will always be less than 0.3%, so you should not notice psychoactive effects and the product will be legal at the federal level.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are nearly identical to full-spectrum ones, but they do not contain THC. As such, there is no risk of psychoactive effects or the product showing up on a drug test.
Why You May Want Trace Amounts of THC in Your CBD
Even if your goal when you buy CBD oil is not to feel high, you may want to have trace amounts of THC in your CBD to take advantage of the entourage effect. This refers to how the various components of the hemp plant increase the effectiveness of each other.
As an example, imagine there are nearly identical two products with equal amounts of CBD in them, but one also has trace amounts of THC. You will likely notice stronger effects from the one that has THC since it enhances the effects of the CBD. Those who do not want any THC at all can also get the entourage effect to some extent via broad-spectrum products, as other cannabinoids, like CBN, can also influence it.
However, the bulk of research on the entourage effect involves THC and CBD.
CBD Can Reduce Your High
Going back to the average CBD gummy or CBD oil that has 0.3% THC or less, it is already unlikely to create psychoactive effects in the average person. To further this, early research indicates that CBD might mitigate the high associated with THC.
Research from 2015 indicates that when CBD binds with your endocannabinoid
receptors, the receptors that THC typically bind to have slight changes in shape. This, in turn, reduces the ability of THC to bind to the receptor, reducing its psychoactive effects.
A 2019 University of Western Ontario study showed the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for CBD blocking THC’s psychoactive effects. That study theorized that CBD prevents THC from overstimulating the ERK (extracellular-signal regulated kinase) pathway, which is responsible for THC’s psychoactive effects.
Trace Amounts of THC Are Fine
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that no matter whether your CBD gummies have THC, they still can be a good option. This comes down to personal preference. Most people will not notice any negatives by choosing a product with trace amounts of CBD.
Remember that for CBD gummies to be legal at the federal level, they must have 0.3% THC or less. This is not typically enough to make you feel high. Furthermore, the presence of the CBD would counter some of the psychoactive effects of the THC, if there were some.
Situations When You Want No THC
There is one important exception to this rule. While CBD products with 0.3% THC or less do not always show up on drug tests, they may. This will depend on the product and your body chemistry. As such, if you need to pass drug tests regularly or randomly, you may want to stick to products without any THC. Otherwise, trace amounts of THC should be perfectly fine.
You Should Still Be Aware of THC Content
Even though small amounts of THC will not cause the average person to get high and are legal, you still want to pay attention to the THC content of your chosen product. This comes from the fact that not all CBD manufacturers aim for universal legality. Some offer products with higher concentrations of THC in areas in which they are legal, with these products typically derived from cannabis instead of hemp. As such, you can easily find gummies or oils that have higher levels of THC in addition to CBD. Depending on the concentration, this may be enough to make you feel high.
Paying attention to THC content in your chosen CBD gummies or oils serves multiple purposes. To start, you should always be aware of what you put in your body. Additionally, you want to make sure you follow your local laws. You also want to be prepared for any psychoactive effects.
The bottom line is that if you do not want to feel high or live somewhere where
recreational and/or medical marijuana is not legal, you need to make sure you choose a hemp-based CBD product that does not contain more than 0.3% THC.
How to Tell If Your CBD Has THC and How Much It Has
We have established that the best CBD gummies may have trace amounts of THC in them and some companies make products with higher quantities of THC. But how do you know whether your chosen CBD oil or other product has THC and how much it has?
There are a few ways to tell.
Isolate vs. Broad-Spectrum vs. Full-Spectrum Products
One simple method is to read the product name and description and see if it is a CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum product. If it is a full-spectrum CBD product, it will have 0.3% THC or less. If it is an isolate or broad-spectrum product, it will not have any CBD.
Hemp vs. Cannabis
You can also look at the description to see whether it is sourced from hemp or cannabis. Remember that if it is sourced from hemp, it will not have more than 0.3% THC in it. If it is sourced from cannabis, it may have more than this.
Another method is to look at the general information provided by the retailer. Is there a disclaimer saying that the product is not legal at the federal level in the United States? If so, then it is likely to have higher quantities of THC.
Looking at legal disclaimers on the website is not a foolproof method, but it can give you an idea of whether you need to take a closer look.
Read the Label
The simplest method of determining whether your chosen gummies have THC in
addition to CBD is to read the label. Most products that do not have any THC at all will be labeled as THC-free, although this is not always the case.
If any THC is present, then you will likely see a notice on the label that either a)
indicates it contains less than 0.3% THC and/or that it is compliant or b) see the amount of THC in the container.
For example, those products that intentionally include higher levels of THC will often include dosage information for both CBD and THC. If you see dosage information for THC in milligrams, then you can typically assume the product has enough THC to be cannabis-based. In that case, its legality may vary, and it may get you high.
Of course, phrasing is crucial when looking at the label. Hemp-based products will typically use phrasing like “less than” when describing THC content since the goal is minimal THC. If a product says “at least” when describing THC content, then the THC is an intentional addition and you need to pay extra attention to its concentration.
Certificate of Analysis
The absolute best method of determining whether your CBD oil or gummies have THC and how much they have is to look at the certificate of analysis, commonly referred to as the COA. The best CBD oil and gummies will always come with a certificate of analysis.
These are typically completed by independent laboratories and confirm the quantities of various cannabinoids in the product. They often include confirmation that there are no heavy metals or other harmful ingredients and may also feature information on terpenes. The minimal oversight and regulation in the CBD industry have made it common for the best companies to provide COAs to reassure customers.
On the certificate of analysis, look for a chart that shows the cannabinoid profile of the product. This should have a list of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. You want to specifically look for THCA, as this is the decarboxylated version of THC, meaning that it is the version that your body will use. You should see a percentage and a concentration on most products.
To make things even easier, some of the top companies will include a separate box or line that shows the total percentage of THC, along with a notice as to whether the product is compliant. If it is listed as compliant, this means it has less than 0.3% THC and, therefore, is legal at the federal level.
Examples of How to Tell if a Product Has THC
For some examples of how to tell whether there is THC present, take a look at some Land’s Best products.
For example, a glance at the label for our Tasty Organic Gummies with Pure Hemp
Extract lets you know that the product is THC-free. There is an obvious area with a white background and the words “THC Free” right next to the product name on the label.
For the other products, a glance at the certificates of analysis shows you that the CBD oils are all compliant, with less than 0.3% THC. In fact, most of the COAs for our CBD oils have separate boxes to the right of the cannabinoid profile table that show the total THC percentage and say “Compliant.”
Some CBD gummies and CBD oils have trace amounts of THC, while others have none and yet others have higher percentages. Any product sourced from hemp will have less than 0.3% THC and be legal at the federal level. This low concentration should not make you feel high, although you may notice mild effects in rare cases.
Pay close attention to labels and COAs when buying, as some products are cannabis-based and have higher levels of THC. These are not universally legal, can get you high, and are likely to show up on drug tests. The best option for most people is to stick to hemp-based CBD products, so you do not have to worry about the THC concentration getting above 0.3%.