Understanding THC Content in CBD Gummies: What Does THC-Free Really Mean?

THC free gummy bears refer to gummy bears made with CBD isolate oil or broad-spectrum CBD oil. This means you have a form of CBD which is completely free from THC which is the psychoactive element of cannabis. Broad-spectrum CBD is also THC free but will contain other cannabinoids such s flavonoids. CBD gummies can come in different forms such as broad-spectrum, CBD isolates or full-spectrum. 

THC definition

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive element of cannabis and is one of the 113 cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. THC is what makes you feel “high” after using marijuana. The medical use of marijuana has shown that THC can help alleviate pain, reduce nausea sides effects of chemotherapy, reduce muscle spasms in paraplegics, and even improve sleep. Regular exposure to THC can cause an individual to develop psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. This is particularly dangerous for people who have a family history of mental illness. 

How is THC Content Measured?

The amount of THC content in a product is measured in milligrams. For example, CBD gummies must contain below 0.3% THC to meet the legal requirements. Edible potency can range from 5 milligrams of THC to 500 milligrams. When examining how much THC there is in your CBD products you must look at the companies Lab reports to find the concentration in milligrams per millilitre of CBD oil. The standard bottle size of CBD oil is  30ml along with the lab reports you can use this information to calculate the THC content of your CBD product. 

To calculate how much THC is in your CBD oil use the following calculations as a guide. This calculation depends on the content of the CBD oil being an average of 30ml, if your CBD oil is more or less than 30ml, alter the equation according to your amount of CBD oil. 

2.34mg/mL x 30mL =  70.2mg THC

Is THC Illegal?

In the UK THC exceeding 0.2% content within a commercial product such as CBD oil is illegal. The legal limit of THC content is 0.2% THC. In order to legal cultivate hemp in the UK the Home Office only issue licences for plants from approved seed types with a THC content not exceeding 0.2% that has a  defined commercial end-use. The home office considers licencing applications from companies and individuals in England, Wales and Scotland that wish to cultivate a cannabis plant. The ability for the applicant to comply with the regulatory standards is considered within the application. 

What Does THC-Free Mean?

THC-Free means that there are no quantifiable or detectable traces of THC in the product. This does not mean that that you can guarantee the product is 0% THC. Third-party labs test THC levels within a product such as CBD oil to ensure that they meet the government requirements. Every THC-Free product should have a certificate of analysis. 

Why is THC-Free Important For CBD Products?

The importance of THC-Free CBD products is that they provide all the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects. This is beneficial because people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and other ailments can benefit from cannabinoids whilst keeping with legal requirements. Some people prefer THC-free products because they don’t have the same taste and are scent-free, other CBD products may have an earthy taste. The most important reason THC-Free is important for CBD products is that it removes the psychoactive element of cannabis making it legal to use and safer. 

How do THC-free CBD Gummies Taste?

THC-Free CBD gummies taste different depending on the flavour choices of the brand. ZenBears CBD gummies are available in a variety of flavours including, strawberry, lemon, blackberry, pineapple, apple, and orange. Compared to traditional gummy CBD gummies will have a slightly earthy aftertaste. Depending on how the gummy is flavoured the earthy taste of the CBD could be slight or quite intense. 

Pros and Cons of THC-free CBD Gummy Bears

The main benefit of THC-free CBD is that it makes CBD more accessible to people wishing to try it for the first time as CBD has some therapeutic effects on its own. The disadvantage of THC-free CBD is that you miss out on the entourage effect. This effect is the idea that CBD works better when it is combined with other cannabis compounds. The main benefit to THC-free CBD is that it provides legal access to CBD and cannabis-related medications and health supplements which can help people suffering from seizures, inflammation, pain, psychosis, nausea, migraines, depression and many more. 

Do CBD-Based Gummy Bears Work without THC?

Yes, CBD gummies that are THC-free do still work. CBD has been known to help those suffering from nervousness and cognitive impairments when dealing with social situations that make them anxious. CBD helps to treat insomnia by interacting with your endocannabinoid system and creating a feeling of calm, or help to restore dysfunctional sleep which is affected by stress or anxiety. CBD affects the release of cortisol (stress hormone) and possibly acts as a sedative. 

What is the Difference Between THC-Free and ‘ND’ THC?

ND THC refers to Non-Detectable THC, this means that the content level of THC is so low that no levels were detected in the third party of lab tests. Many companies interpret THC-Free to mean the legal limit which is less than 0.2% THC, which doesn’t strictly mean it is free from THC. The difference between THC-Free and ND THC is so minimal that it is best to assume all CBD products contain a small trace of THC unless explicitly states otherwise with lab reports to back it up. 

How We Chose the Best THC-free CBD Gummy Bears

We choose the best CBD gummy bears by understanding how CBD affects your body and what kind of gummies will give you the best results. That is why we coat our ZenBears with CBD to ensure the most effective absorption into the body. You should consider what dosage you require, the method of consumption, the flavours of gummy bears you like to use. The effectiveness and reliability is the main factor to consider as you want the product to be worth the money you spend. 

What are the Best THC-Free CBD Gummy Bears?

The best THC- free gummy bears are ZenBears CBD gummies. 

  • ZenBears

ZenBears are THC-Free gummy bears that are coated with CBD oil to ensure you have fast and effective absorption into your bloodstream.