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Do CBD Softgels have THC?

Wayne Whitehurst June 7, 2021

One of the more popular forms of hemp extracts today is CBD softgels. They are so easy to use and convenient to carry around it is no wonder why they are one of the most common forms of CBD in use around the world today. But, what about them? Are they any better than the next type of CBD form? What about THC? Do softgels have any THC in them? Can they get a person high? These are all great questions, let’s see if we can answer them for you.

The Spectrums of Hemp Extracts

The thing about CBD softgels is that they are not exactly CBD unless otherwise specified on the contents of the label. Most CBD products are derived from hemp extracts that have been pulled from the hemp plant. In the case of softgels, the hemp extract is captured in droplets then encapsulated in a thin casing of gelatin that can be either of animal origin or plant.

The different spectrums of the extracts determine the contents of the hemp extract. Because the hemp plant is chock full of useful elements such as CBD, THC, CBD, CBD, CBN, flavonoids, terpenes, and other ingredients it is difficult to pinpoint the CBD molecules and separate them from the rest of the compounds. However, it is possible.

In a full-spectrum extract of the hemp plant, the process will allow for the whole essence of the hemp plant to be pulled into the hemp plant allowing the full spectrum of the plant to be part of the extract. What this means is that within each extract there will be all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are within the hemp plant, still present in the extract. Yes, THC as well. So, when there is a full-spectrum extract, there will be a small amount – not to exceed 3% – of THC in the product.

Hemp extracts are used to make CBD softgels, CBD lotions, CBD gummies, CBD tinctures, and everything else that includes CBD.

Broad-Spectrum and THC-Free

When the extraction process is performed in a way that removes any and all traces of THC from the extract it is known as a broad-spectrum extract. Broad-spectrum is just a fancy way to say that the extract has all of the components of the hemp plant, except for THC. All of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and everything else that is in a full-spectrum extract are still intact in the extract.

Why People Want THC

In many cases, the stoners always prefer THC because it gets them high and makes them eat stuff & giggle. However, when it comes to the hemp world, people are not usually looking for a high. There is a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. The theory is that when all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavinoids come together as a whole package, they all assist each other with providing the benefits that people seek when they use hemp products. Anceldotel evidence suggests that CBD can produce a calming effect on the body when it is in a stressed environment. The entourage effect suggests that the combination of CBD, THC, CBG, CBN, and certain terpenes helps to further the benefits of the CBD in a way that far surpasses the lone element of CBD.

THC Can Cause Problems

Although the entourage effect sounds like a promising occurrence, there are millions of people out there that would rather not have anything to do with THC. Although there is a minuscule amount present in all of the hemp plants, there is enough there to be traceable. That low of an amount could possibly even result in a positive drug test. As for softgels having any THC in them, it all depends on the spectrum that you purchase. If the softgels are full-spectrum CBD softgels, then yes, there is THC in them. If not, then the odds are that they do not have any THC at all.