What Does THC Free Mean?

With over 110 different compounds, or cannabinoids, found in the cannabis plant, talking about CBD can get confusing...fast. The two most commonly referred to compounds are CBD and THC, and CBD can contain THC, or it can be THC-free.


Let's break it down so it's simple to understand and answer the question!

What Does THC Free Mean?

In the CBD industry, THC-free means there are no "quantifiable” or "detectable" levels of THC. It does not mean there is absolutely 100% zero THC. This is an important distinction to make.

Not all CBD solutions are THC-free. In fact, we can distinguish three main types of CBD goods based on the level of THC and other beneficial compounds they contain.

Full-spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum products contain all the natural compounds found naturally in hemp and cannabis plant. Based on a whole-plant extract, such goods retain all beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds without any dilution or alteration.

Quality full-spectrum CBD product contains Delta-9 THC, but the THC concentration can't be more than 0.3% - the maximum limit set by federal law. So can full-spectrum CBD goods be considered THC-free? Not really - even though the amount of THC is very low, full-spectrum products are not considered THC-free CBD products since the free THC can be detected in laboratory tests.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Products that are listed as THC-free CBD goods are called broad-spectrum products. These products have been washed of THC content during the extraction process, and they shouldn't get you high.

However, just because they are THC-free products doesn't mean they don't have any other beneficial cannabinoids. Apart from the main guest of honor, CBD, broad-spectrum CBD goods may include a wide variety of different cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds, including terpenes, flavonoids, and essential oils.

Broad-spectrum CBD products are often considered the best of both worlds since they offer the health benefits of CBD without the risks connected to ingesting Delta-9 THC.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolates are truly THC-free - these are the products that contain only CBD, as all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds have been removed during the extraction process. This makes CBD isolate the purest form of cannabidiol you can get and a perfect solution for those who want to try out THC-free CBD oil.

CBD in any form will not get you high. There isn't enough THC (the compound that has psychoactive effects) in the products.

Why Some People Avoid THC?

Although the inclusion of Delta-9 THC in CBD goods is limited by law to very low amounts, some people still don't want THC in their products for various reasons.

Many are concerned that taking CBD that isn't free of THC could lead to further inconveniences down the line. This is often related to the demonization of THC and cannabis that has been going on for decades. They simply don't want to risk it and prefer to get products with no detectable THC content.

Others avoid THC because of their jobs and careers. At the time of writing, there are still industries where products with THC are frowned upon, no matter the amount present in the solution. Those who are employed in such places might want to stay away from products that contain even the most minuscule traces of THC, fearing issues with drug tests.

Athletes are another group of people who should pay close attention to the THC level in their CBD oil or gummies. While CBD can be taken by athletes, THC can't, and athletes may be banned from competing if a drug test shows that they have ingested products infused with THC.

As such, many sports enthusiasts that want to participate in various events opt for THC-free CBD oils or other goods of the kind.

How to determine if CBD has THC

To measure CBD’s quality and the compounds within them, lab tests are performed to distinguish and quantify each CBD hemp extract batch. This is where amounts of THC are measured.

Reputable CBD companies should readily provide third-party lab results, called a Certificate of Analysis (CoA), for their online CBD products or in-store CBD products they carry. When you are looking for the amount of THC on a lab report for a specific product, it is essential to look at the following on the lab report:

1) Limit of Detection (LOD): The LOD shows the other components, like additional cannabinoids, minerals, terpenes, pesticides, etc. in the sample being tested. It shows the lowest concentration of each element that can be detected from the selection being measured. In this case, THC.

2) Limit of Quantitation (LOQ): This is the lowest level that can be accurately quantitated (or counted) for each compound that's reported.

If you want to purchase a THC-free CBD product you purchase, it is important to dig into the Certificate of Analysis to look at the THC LoQ. If it says "N/D" or "Non-Detect" rather than a number, there are no quantifiable amounts of THC in the product.

What does THC-free mean at Thryv Organics?

We use proprietary technology to remove all unwanted compounds, including plant pigments, chlorophyll, wax, and trace amounts of THC.

Once these unwanted compounds are removed, the extract is then washed to remove the detectable trace amounts of THC.

This is one of the most critical steps in our extraction process to produce a high-quality CBD product of great purity. On our broad-spectrum lab reports, you will find no detectable amounts of THC in the products.

We've done the work for you

The transparency that CBD companies show by providing third-party lab reports for their products doesn't stop there. The third-party lab providing the CoAs should be a qualified laboratory that measures their results based on the quality of their testing equipment, their lab expertise, and their tests' accuracy.

Photo scientist or apothecary extract cbd hemp oil for medicinal purpose in laboratory

The comfort you can find with Thryv Organics is that we have done the work for you. The time we have taken in our research of the labs performing the testing analysis on our products is immeasurable. We have qualified the lab, their equipment, their technicians, and the various ways they analyze our products to ensure our customers are getting the purest CBD solution available.

From seed to shelf, we guarantee our products are of the highest quality available to help you achieve the results you seek using CBD.

No shortcuts

Your head may feel like it's going to explode with information and comparing all of the options, but it's crucial not to take shortcuts. Taking the time to do your research on the CBD solution you purchase will ease your mind when you know you're taking a high-quality, THC-free CBD hemp extract that fulfills the qualities of the highest standards of CBD possible.

And, if you still have questions on what CBD product is best for you, speak to a CBD expert.

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