There are many kinds of CBD products available with a variety of different cannabinoids and terpenes that affect the taste, color, aroma and benefits of the particular Hemp-derived CBD product you choose. In the world of cannabis and hemp, there is another cannabinoid that has played a significant role in establishing the popularity of these plants: THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is one of the 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis as the main psychoactive compound.
Many people are familiar with THC, especially if they have a history with cannabis and medical marijuana. Depending on one’s interest and the different state laws, an array of Hemp-derived CBD products are produced with the intention of containing this compound.
However, there can be some confusion among consumers when it comes to the different ways THC is identified on product labels. Some of the most common label identifications are “THC-Free” and “ND-THC” (Non-Detectable THC). So, “what does THC-Free and ND-THC actually mean?” Before we answer this question, it’s important to know a little bit more about THC.
THC is a psychoactive compound that can create euphoric effects in those who ingest it. In addition, THC is known to offer an array of benefits and experiences such as:
- An Increased Appetite
- Discomfort Relief
- A Better Night’s Rest
- Reduced Anxious Feelings
- A Feeling of Euphoria
- An Ease of Nausea and Vomiting
- Muscle Relaxation
- And Much More
Many consumers prefer CBD products that contain small amounts of THC (less than <0.3%) to avoid the possible psychoactive effects and/or to reduce the chances of failing a drug test. Since THC can still be found in the hemp plant, there can be different levels of THC in different CBD products. If the CBD product contains less than <0.3% THC (total Delta-9-THC) on a dry weight basis, the consumer can still benefit from the THC and CBD working together to produce even more effective results by having a complimentary effect on each other without the undesired psychoactive side effects.
THC-FREE CBD PRODUCTS
When you see CBD product labels that read THC-Free, most consumers immediately assume they are consuming a CBD product that has no THC. This is not necessarily true. There is never a complete guarantee that the CBD product you choose will be completely free of THC. One reason being is there still isn’t a universal standard established for the term THC-Free means. Many companies interpret THC-Free to mean their products have less than 0.3% THC in them. Other companies label or brand their products to be THC-Free because their products have been third party tested and there was no THC detected in the lab testing.
NON-DETECTABLE THC (ND-THC) CBD PRODUCTS
Often times you will see Hemp-derived CBD products with the abbreviation “ND-THC” on the label. This stands for “Non-Detectable THC,” meaning the amount of THC in the given product is so small that no levels of THC were detected in the lab testing. This also does not guarantee the product is 100% clear of THC. The reason being, most labs test for THC potency using a standard calibration of PPM (parts per million). However, what if the test was based on PPB (parts per billion) and there was THC detected at that level of testing? Does this mean the product is no longer Non-Detectable THC? Obviously, this can be very confusing to consumers who don’t know the difference or think there is no THC at all in the product.
SO, WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
It means, we are still in the beginning of an incredible and emerging industry. The opportunities are limitless, and the best is still yet to come. As the CBD industry continues to evolve and the guidelines become more defined, established, and standardized, it will be easier for consumers to know exactly what THC-Free and ND-THC consistently mean. In the meantime, it’s probably a good idea to assume most all CBD products have some amount of THC. The most important thing to look out for, or to remember, is the that the CBD product contains less than <0.3% THC (total Delta-9-THC) on a dry weight basis.
“THC-Free,” or “Non-Detectable THC?” For all practical purposes, they both could mean the same thing. At the very least it’s safe to assume they mean less than 0.3% THC!
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