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How to identify CBD-only products

Which CBD Products Contain THC?

Wondering whether or not a CBD product contains THC? Here are some suggestions for making sure you pick the right CBD product for you. 

Cannabinoids are the compounds in cannabis which are valued for having medicinal effects. The cannabinoid called cannabidiol, or CBD for short, does not have psychoactive effects. In other words, it does not get you 'high.' The compound that gives marijuana its commonly known ability to get you 'high' is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Many cannabis products contain either one or the other, or often both. So, obviously, it's important to know exactly what you're getting.

There are two kinds of CBD products - those that contain only CBD only, and those that contain CBD plus other cannabinoids such as THC, cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG).

THC-free CBD products are generally made with CBD extracted from THC-free hemp rather than regular marijuana - which always contains THC - to assure that their products do not contain THC. Any CBD product that is made from marijuana (not hemp) must by law be sold at a state-approved dispensary in states with medical marijuana laws, or can be sold at any retail store in states that allow the sale of recreational marijuana products.

In both cases, because of the liabilities involved, it's extremely critical that you buy from a seller who is well aware of the presence or not of THC in their products. If a business were to sell a product with the mistaken claim that it contains no THC they open themselves up to potentially endless lawsuits and/or criminal charges that could easily put the company out of business and make you, as a consumer, more vulnerable.

Many dispensaries and retail shops sesll both products, so it's important that buyers make it extremely clear up front whether they are looking for CBD-only products or CBD products that also contain THC so the seller can offer you the correct products. Also, most states require all products to list the percentages of each cannabinoid right on the product package.

Because THC is illegal on the national level, products that contain THC must be manufactured in the same state in which they are sold. But what about buying CBD online? When selling CBD products online, makers and sellers must also make it abundantly clear whether or not their products contain THC. They may not allow anyone out of state or who does not have the proper permissions to purchase their products. If the seller does not do both of these things, you should consider this a major red flag and proceed with caution, if at all.

Any CBD products that are available nationwide must be THC-free or the seller risks the wrath of the DEA and the penalties associated with selling marijuana. Most online retailers that sell CBD-only products nationwide make it perfectly clear that their products contain zero THC such as this page from Diamond CBD's website. And if you are in a state where marijuana is illegal on both the state and national levels, and a website allows you to purchase their CBD products, then it must, by law, be a THC-free product. However, always triple check.