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Out of the millions of people all around the planet Earth that love hemp, some of them are so sensitive to THC that they can’t have even a small amount. In fact, the only way that they can enjoy the benefits that CBD has to offer is if they can find THC-free products. Although the hemp plant naturally produces a tiny amount of THC, there is a way to remove all traces of it and not have to worry.
What is THC?
THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. Most people are familiar with it because it interacts with the brain in a way that causes a pretty intense high. Many years ago it was deemed dangerous by the government and was outlawed in the United States.
Some scientists and doctors argue whether or not it is actually dangerous and causes damage to the brain and body. The one thing that most people agree on is that it has a psychoactive effect on the brain, and definitely causes inebriation.
When THC is ingested it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system by directly attaching itself to the receptors and making changes to the way the brain sends out messages to the body. The way that THC changes the way that the body and brain interact with each other makes some experts believe it can be extremely dangerous.
Hemp extracts are what make products such as tinctures, lotions, gummies, and so on possible. When the full spectrum of the hemp plant is extracted and stored into an oil there are hundreds of compounds that are included in the extract, including THC. Cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other tiny components that make up the hemp plant become the essential oil extract of the hemp plant. The only way to keep THC from being part of the extract is to process the extract in a specific way.
Broad Spectrum Hemp Products
The term broad-spectrum, in the hemp industry, means that the extract, or product, that you buy has a broad spectrum of the hemp plant as opposed to the full spectrum of it. In other words, a broad-spectrum hemp extract will contain absolutely no THC. However, most of the other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes will still be present in the product.
CBD Isolate Products
To take it another step further there is a process where everything except for the CBD is stripped away from the hemp extract. This process isolates the CBD cannabinoid from everything else and stores it in either a tincture or a crystalline powder. CBD isolates are the purest form of CBD available. People argue over the theory that when one of the cannabinoids is left alone and the entourage effect is not able to occur that there is not a sufficient amount of wellness benefits present. However, CBD by itself is a pretty amazing compound and may work just fine on its own.
So, for those of you that love the wellness benefits of CBD but do not want to deal with the issues the THC might cause, there is hope for you. Technology and science have once again joined together and helped to create a masterpiece. You have a choice, either broad-spectrum or an isolated CBD extract. Both of these options have zero THC and zero worry.