Does Hemp Contain THC or just CBD?

Does hemp have THC in it?  Unfortunately, this is a common question, with a complicated answer. Despite the recent changes to federal law, not all states abide by the same regulations when it comes to legal levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for making the consumer feel “high. As consumers become more educated about cannabinoids and their effects, the somewhat confusing legality of the hemp plant encourages them to ask more questions relating to biomass quality and content. Manufacturers are under pressure to provide quality assurance and product consistency. So, what is the most accurate response when questioned about the CBD vs THC levels found in different parts of the hemp plant and in hemp-derived products, including oils, seeds, and protein powders? Allow us to elaborate.

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Does Hemp Have THC or CBD?

Does hemp contain THC or CBD? It’s a question growing in popularity and comes as a direct result of increased consumer interest related to hemp, marijuana, and their fundamental differences. To begin with, it’s important to clarify that hemp is a plant which naturally contains over 100 cannabinoids, with CBD found in the greatest quantity. What differentiates the hemp plant from other plants in the cannabis family, as expressed by law in the 2018 Farm Bill and Hemp Farming Act, is that hemp, in order to be classified as such, must not contain more than 0.3% of THC. The passing of the Farm Bill established a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana, the cannabis family member which, more often than not, contains much higher levels of THC (often 20% or more).

With the help of seed genetics programs, experienced hemp farmers are able to cultivate hemp biomass that is phytocannabinoid-rich, containing even greater levels of CBD and only trace amounts of THC. Licensed growers must undergo regular biomass testing to ensure that the hemp they grow is compliant with federal regulations and will result in hemp-derived products, which also meet compliance standards. And, in addition to federal regulations, manufacturers must also contend with the regulations the state in which they are operating in have established.  Specifically, some states (including Idaho and Kansas, for example) enforce a zero-THC policy for hemp farming and for all hemp-derived products manufactured within state lines.

At Point3 Farma, we’re able to provide our customers with choice. Alongside our full-spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich, CBD oils (fully compliant with federal law), we also offer a CBD isolate that contains 0% THC. This means that no matter where your distribution centers are in the U.S., we can help you with wholesale CBD supplies that will conform to each state’s legislative requirements.

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Do Hemp Seeds have THC?

Another question you may be asked as a supplier of hemp products, relates to hemp seeds and THC levels. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw and are pressed to extract what’s referred to in the industry as “hemp seed oil”. They offer the end consumer an array of health benefits, as they are an excellent source of protein, and as such, are more commonly associated with food products. But cannabinoids are only found in the flowers, leaves, and stems of the hemp plant, not in the seeds. Therefore, hemp seeds do not contain THC, CBD, or any other cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are simply not part of the hemp seed make-up.

However, to say that hemp seeds can never test positive for the presence of THC, or other cannabinoids, would be false. Despite the fact that the hemp seed doesn’t contain any concentration of cannabinoids as part of their genetic make-up, they do tend to endure prolonged contact with biomass resin, found in the epidermal glands of the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. This contact can contaminate the seeds as the resin clings to their shells. If seeds aren’t treated or cleaned thoroughly before distribution, cannabinoids can easily be transferred into products derived from hemp seeds, which is why it’s so important for all brands and manufacturers to find a quality supplier.

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Finding a Reliable and THC Compliant Hemp Source

It’s essential for any brand or manufacturer to find a reliable, traceable, and fully-compliant supplier of hemp-derived CBD oils, in order to guarantee consistency, quality, and value for the consumer from one harvest to the next. At Point3 Farma, we control every aspect of production from seed-to-sale. We run our own seed genetics operation, and own, maintain, and operate our farmland and extraction facilities. Controlling every aspect of production is crucial as it allows us to maintain ultimate control over the quality of our end products.

From the highest quality starting point, our premium-grade, fully-compliant hemp is grown on the fertile, arid land of the San Luis Valley in Colorado. Our GMP and ISO certified extraction facilities are located on-site, providing manufacturers with the assurance that the possibility of contamination is eliminated as our customers are able to trace the end products journey from seed, to soil, to harvest, to bottle. As a vertically-integrated, large-scale, supply chain-partner, our clients rely on Point3 Farma to provide superior end products that satisfy even the most discerning consumer.

Jessica Mintz