How to know the different between a CBD Product and a Product with THC

CBD is still relatively new to the marketplace, having only been legalized at the federal level in late 2018. As a result of this newness, many people have many different questions about what the compound is and how it can help people. 

One of the biggest questions about CBD is how to tell the difference between the various types of CBD, and particularly, whether or not a product like the new Exhale’s Delta-8 gummies has THC in it.

What is THC, and is THC in CBD?

THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and it is best known for its effects in marijuana, as it is the cannabinoid that is responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating sensations. However, the big difference is in doses: Marijuana can have upwards of 25% THC, while CBD cannot legally have more than .3% THC. These levels are not nearly enough to get you intoxicated when using CBD, but some people prefer CBD with THC, arguing that it provides what is known as the Entourage Effect.

The Entourage Effect is the idea that CBD is better when it includes all of its naturally occurring components – including THC. This type of CBD can be purchased in Full Spectrum CBD. By contrast, Broad Spectrum CBD is virtually identical to Full Spectrum, with one key exception: All THC has been filtered out. 

How To Tell When a CBD Product Has THC

A reputable CBD company will be upfront about their ingredients and clearly label what is in their CBD. However, sadly, this may not be enough for many consumers. A study from 2017, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, found that up to 70% of CBD companies mislabeled their products, including mislabeling their levels of CBD. This is an unacceptable level of dishonesty or inaccuracy for consumers.

Realizing the potential problems facing them and their industry, and in the face of a lack of regulations from the United States Food & Drug Administration, many CBD companies took matters into their own hands and  began to offer Certificates of Analysis. These are the results of lab tests, conducted by independent, third-party laboratories. These Certificates will show the results of testing and will display, in an easily readable form, just how much of each kind of compound is present in the CBD batch being consumed at that moment. 

In order to tell what is in the product, a consumer needs to review the Certificate of Analysis. This certificate is usually available on the company’s website or as a QR code on the label. In order to tell if the product has THC, a consumer need only read the label and look for THC. If there is THC present, the level of THC will be listed. If there is none, it will either be listed as 0% or “none.” Consumers will also be able to view the levels of other substances are in the CBD product.

If a product does not offer a Certificate of Analysis, it is highly advisable to avoid buying this at all. That means that no third party has confirmed what is actually in the compound, and consumers can absolutely do better in terms of buying a product that accurately and honestly lists its ingredients.