What does THC-Free CBD Oil mean exactly and how some CBD tinctures contain as much THC as a marijuana joint
Read this blog post before shopping for a CBD product.
In the growing CBD industry, one of the challenges of working in an unregulated market is dealing with misunderstood marketing claims. One of the most frequent claims we hear is “THC-Free”. As you may already know, what has catapulted Kazmira as THE leader in CBD manufacturing and wholesaling is our unique Imperial Oil™, an ~80% CBD oil with other minor cannabinoids & terpenes with non-detect levels of THC. This “non-detect” level is the key to unlocking this conversation.
Our co-CEO, Dr. Priyanka Sharma, admits that claiming “Zero-THC” is easier as a business owner, but as a scientist, she is more comfortable with a technical claim instead of a marketing one. To put it succinctly, “Zero of anything in a botanical extract is impossible. Non-detect is a more accurate term.” As a comparison, 0.3wt% THC in a CBD oil is referring to 3000 parts of THC by weight per million units of oil by weight. On the contrary, Kazmira’s Imperial Oil™ product has >100 times less THC than this government standard! In fact, THC levels in Kazmira’s Imperial Oil™ and our new Silver Plume Oil™ are so minuscule that the instruments of third-party labs can’t detect THC in them! Hence the term “Non-detect”. Kazmira’s products contain non-detect levels of THC.
As you may have noticed in the screenshot above, the oil is close to 85% CBD weight percentage but contains non-detect levels of THC while containing Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and Cannabigerol (CBG). Simply put, the third-party lab could not detect THC in Kazmira’s oil because it was at near zero amounts. End-products (e.g., tinctures, gummies, etc.) that don’t use our THC-Free raw material routinely have levels of THC that may look benign on the surface. However, as will be demonstrated below, the THC content is enough to get you high and more likely to fail a drug test.
Further, poor manufacturing standards and dilution shortcuts have made this an unfortunate but common occurrence, as recently pointed out by an article featured in Forbes magazine.
The truth about CBD dosage is that self-medication is a real thing. Sellers of end-products provide dosage instructions that range from anywhere from 10-50mg, but consumers who have done their homework know that CBD trials to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia, pain and PTSD used huge doses between 200mg and up to 1,000MG. This means that some people take up to a half of a 30mL bottle or up to a full 30mL bottle if they feel they need it. For example, from the Figure 1 above, a 2.34mg/mL of THC equates to ~35.1mg of THC in a half-bottle and up to ~70.2mg of THC in the entire bottle. That is a LOT OF THC and enough to get you high!
How much THC is in a <0.3% THC federally compliant CBD oil tincture?
Let’s start with a benchmark that is easily understood: the joint. A joint is a common method of consuming cannabis. The average American joint contains 300mg of Cannabis. Further, the average THC in an American joint is 16% THC by weight percentage. This equates to 48 milligrams of THC. This is a lot of THC, even for heavy users. Now, a non-user of THC who takes CBD for the first time in a 0.3% THC tincture is less likely to have that type of tolerance. If they ended up ingesting the entire bottle of the Figure 2 CBD tincture, they would be ingesting ~70.2mg of THC. THIS IS MORE THAN THE JOINT*! The key takeaway here is that a CBD oil tincture with <0.3% THC may actually have more THC than you realize. Make sure to do your due diligence and verify the amount of THC in the end-product.
*Note: Bioavailability for smoking/inhalation versus sublingual may differ.