If you’re new to hemp-based wellness supplements, you may have wondered if CBD gummies have THC in them.
While hemp products may contain trace amounts of THC, the amount is negligible to where the answer is no. Taking CBD gummies with a non-detectable level of THC won’t get you high or make you fail a drug test.
CBD is not a psychoactive substance like THC. Because CBD is non-toxic and safe to use daily, it’s a promising candidate for many things.
So, do CBD gummies have THC in them?
Technically yes, but you wouldn’t know if no one told you so.
Let’s talk a little bit more about CBD gummies.
Hemp & Its Cannabinoids
Both CBD and THC are compounds called cannabinoids—both a product of the cannabis plant, which provide wellness benefits.
During this discovery of cannabinoids, scientists learned that all mammals are born with an endocannabinoid system. It’s one of our oldest evolutionary mechanisms regulating sleep, eating, and stress patterns.
Each of the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant activates our endocannabinoid systems in different ways. While THC is well-known as a psychotropic that gets people high, CBD can have similar effects on the body without altering the mind in quite the same way.
How Cannabinoids Affect Your Body
Taking CBD oil kicks your body’s endocannabinoid system.
Your endocannabinoid system does this already, but cannabinoids like CBD help prolong its effects by keeping enzymes from stopping the process.
Typically, once your cannabinoid receptors have had enough, your brain signals for a cleanup crew to come in and finish the process.
Cannabinoids target these enzyme producers and slow them down. The science on cannabinoids is still young, so it’s hard to make conclusions about the inner workings.
Whatever the case, the next decade is sure to yield some incredible results about this amazing network in your body.
Cannabinoids Work Better Together
When all of the cannabinoids are still present and intact, they work synergistically, creating something called the “entourage effect.”
When working together, each cannabinoid has a better chance of providing a deeper level of wellness benefits.
Full spectrum products have the highest concentration of compounds to work synergistically since the trace amounts of THC are still present. However, you can still reap some of the entourage benefits with broad spectrum products—the effects are slightly lighter.
Broad Spectrum Equals No THC
CBD gummies are usually formulated with a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, meaning that they contain as many products as possible aside from THC.
As we mentioned earlier, there will always be trace amounts of THC in any hemp product, but that amount is tiny enough not to effect.
Along with more cannabinoids, broad spectrum products contain other compounds grown in the cannabis plant, like terpenes.
They are aromatic flavor agents that draw in natural predators to eat the plant.
The only way to spread its seeds around is for natural predators to do it for them. This means that predators have to want to eat the plant’s flowers. Terpenes make this happen.
You’re familiar with terpenes whether you realize it or not. It’s the scent that nestles into your nostrils any time you walk past an orange tree or a lavender bush and catch a whiff of its aroma.
Limonene gives citrus fruits that tart, sharp flavor, while linalool gives lavender that fresh, flowery scent. But terpenes do more than smell excellent.
Pinene, the terpene found in pine needles, is the reason it feels easier to breathe in the forest. Eucalyptol works the same way, which is why you see it in camphor-based petroleum jellies.
The best CBD gummies will contain a terpene blend that captures the essence of the cannabis plant and delivers more wellness benefits than cannabinoids alone.
Always Buy Organic
Sure, CBD gummies can get kind of pricey, but you want to invest in organic products. Organically grown hemp not only keeps the plant’s natural characteristics intact, but it also works better in supplements.
It can be tempting to go out and buy the cheapest thing you can find—whether online or at the shop around the corner—but the better choice is to find a quality, organic product instead.
Organic CBD gummies contain more cannabinoids, usually in higher concentrations, than non-organics.
Not sure if your product was grown organically?
Check the product’s lab report. Reliable vendors provide these documents to give their customers important information about what’s inside their products.
A lab report will tell you everything you need to know, such as whether your supplement was grown organically or contains synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. You’ll learn how many cannabinoids are in your gummies as well as their respective concentrations.
Another important thing about lab reports is the information you get about mycotoxins, heavy metals, and other dangerous residual products that can end up in cannabis products.
Without a lab report, you’re flying blind, hoping that your vendor cares as much about your wellbeing as you do. Any reputable company should have this information readily available for you.
CBD gummies and other hemp products play a significant role in wellness, so it’s no surprise that the CBD industry may reach 20 billion by 2024.
There’s so much to choose from when it comes to CBD gummies, with choices varying when it comes to concentration, flavors, along with the type of CBD oil they contain.
Full spectrum hemp gummies contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). Some may worry about this tiny amount, but it’s not enough to warrant any type of psychoactive side effects.
But if you want to steer clear of THC altogether, you should stick with broad spectrum or CBD isolate-based gummies.
All in all, no matter what type of gummy you choose, you’ll get a helpful blend of cannabinoids and enjoy all the wellness benefits they provide.
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