While all cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil is non-psychoactive, some patients have special reasons for wanting to completely avoid even trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As of recently, zero-THC CBD hemp oil products have become available.
Demand for CBD is rapidly rising, as scientists discover that CBD may potentially reduce seizures, pain, anxiety, and inflammation, and provide antioxidant and neuroprotective effects that could potentially be beneficial for neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and maybe even some cancers. While the findings on CBD have been promising, some patients remain hesitant to incorporate CBD oil into their treatment plan because of the presence of THC.
It’s important to understand that CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD hemp that contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, far less than the amount needed to experience a high. Instead, CBD dominates the makeup of the hemp plant. CBD itself is non-psychoactive, and studies show it even counteracts the psychoactive properties of THC.
Some scientists believe that hemp oil containing all the cannabinoids and other compounds extracted from the plant is more therapeutically beneficial than isolated cannabinoids. The “entourage effect,” introduced in 1998 by renowned cannabinoid researchers Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat, maintains that isolated or synthetic cannabinoids aren’t as effective for eliciting curative effects as when all of the plant’s natural constituents work together synergistically.
Still, there are many reasons why patients may prefer to avoid all THC. For example, THC-free products offer an option for active military that want to incorporate CBD for pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but are prohibited from consuming products containing THC. First responders – such as firefighters, police officers, and EMTs – can now benefit from the balancing properties of CBD without fear of violating their employers’ restrictions. Competing athletes, many of who face restrictive testing policies from their sports’ governing bodies, can incorporate CBD into their regimen without fear of negative consequences. Parents of children who rely on the balancing properties of CBD to reduce seizure activity or manage symptoms of autism often prefer to avoid exposing their kids to even trace amounts of THC that exist in other hemp oil products.
As of just recently, at least one CBD hemp oil manufacturer has developed a hemp oil product that is 100 percent THC free. After the oil is extracted from the stalks and seed of hemp plants, producers isolate CBD compounds. This process eliminates the THC and all other plant constituents, leaving pure CBD. Some manufacturers blend isolated cannabinoids with wholesome liquid oils containing fatty acids for easy administration and to help improve absorption.
CBD hemp oil products, including those that are THC free, are legally available in most major markets. We previously detailed how to get CBD products here.
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