It also contains many other cannabinoids. These have a variety of effects on the body, not limited to the kind produced by THC and by recreational marijuana. These effects have not been extensively studied because until very recently, cannabis-derived products were not in demand.
Cannabis oil is another kind of oil that has even more THC content, so you might be wondering whether you can buy that, too (spoiler alert: it’s still illegal here in the U.K.) Read on to find out the answers to all your questions!
Does Full Spectrum Oil Contain THC?
It’s the THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids in cannabis that make it illegal. Any product that contains similarly high levels of these compounds is illegal too. That means that high-THC cannabis oil can’t be legally made or sold here in the U.K.
Other cannabis species haven’t undergone this process. Instead, many have been selectively bred to have more THC.
There are two main kinds of legal CBD oil in the U.K. These are full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils. The names refer to the chemical compounds that each oil contains; full-spectrum CBD oil contains them all, while broad spectrum contains most of them.
The research team point to findings from cannabis oil products demonstrating that labelling information for CBD and THC was often different from the actual contents.
“Obviously, the manufacturers have – deliberately or in complete ignorance of the legal situation – placed unsafe and unapproved products on the market and thus exposed the consumer to an actually avoidable risk.
The team also highlight the need to characterise and toxicologically assess CBD degradation products within the context of the novel food registration process.
“In our opinion the systematically high THC content of CBD products is clearly a “scandal” on the food market,” the study says, led by Dr Dirk Lachenmeier, food chemist, toxicologist at the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Laboratory (CVUA) of Karlsruhe.
The study’s findings provoked a strong reaction from CBD developers and industry groups alike, who objected to the study’s tone and approach in which it came to its conclusions.
CBD and THC have the same chemical makeup, 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms. The difference is that they don’t have the same chemical arrangement, and the body receives them as different compounds. These compounds bind to neurotransmitters in your brain and affect things like mood, pain, sleep, and memory.
There are many ways to take CBD. CBD is available in capsule or oil tinctures (like the ones you see here on our website), edibles, or you can even lather it on in cream form.
CBD, alternatively, is considered a “non-psychoactive” compound, meaning that you do not get that high that we associate with THC. Although CBD legally may have trace amounts of THC up to .3%, it is not enough to result in a psychoactive response.
The THC compound is the one known most famously for the high sensation you get from it, a psychoactive response. And in many states, it is still illegal.
The short answer is yes. CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, up to 0.3 percent. Although almost negligible and such a small amount would never be enough to cause any of the psychoactive side effects, it is still likely to show up on a drug test.