- THC-free does not mean that a CBD product contains absolutely no THC in it.
- The equipment in a third-party testing lab may not pick up THC if the detection levels are too high.
Anyone that has heard about the CBD industry has heard recommendation to use CBD oil that is free of THC. Much of the benefit to this type of product has to do with the guarantee that companies issue, claiming that the user won’t test positive on any drug test – a common concern with these remedies. However, this advertisement is misleading, and the ones who end up paying for this are the individuals that are trying to get their jobs secured. Recently, the writers of CBDOilUsers.com set out to set the record straight on exactly what these types of products entail.
Most of the reason that CBD products that are THC-free are chosen is for not having THC. THC, after all, is the big concern for its way of creating a psychoactive effect in the body, and it is picked up during drug testing. Even though there are a fraction of employers that test for any possible cannabinoids that could be picked up, the majority of these employers only seek out THC metabolites.
When individuals consume products that say that they are THC-free, these individuals believe that they don’t have the same risk. However, the fact remains that eliminating the risk of a positive drug test can only happen when the person decides to abstain from CBD use. However, if the products don’t contain THC, shouldn’t they be safe? The answer is yes, but the majority of products that claim to be THC-free still actually have trace amounts of THC.
The term “THC-free” could realistically mean a few different things. Some companies believe that hemp offers no THC in the plant, or that the amount of THC found in the hemp is so minuscule that the trace amount is “basically nothing.” However, this belief is fairly common at this point, since pretty much any company can sell these products, even without a lot of information on the topic. Realistically, a product that claims to be THC free indicates that they have 3rd party lab tests available that show that the product advertised had no THC in the lab. However, the key takeaway from these results is not that there is not THC, but that it wasn’t detected.
Every lab has different detection limits, as the equipment determines how in-depth of testing that the company can put their products through. If the amount of THC is lower than the detection limit, then the THC doesn’t appear. Consumers can tell if this situation is the case if the lab test includes “ND” or “<LOQ” is next to “D9 THC.”
The trace amounts can build up over time, which would lead the user to test positive on their drug test with more CBD use. Even though they may not test positive initially, they could see a positive test later on.