Zero THC products: Scientific facts, not fear

    Even if you’re not a cannabis user or familiar with CBD products, there’s a good chance you’ll have heard of THC, the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Likewise, you’re probably already aware that THC can get you high. But what you might not know is that, besides having this effect, this particular molecule is also bursting with therapeutic value.

    Unfortunately, much of the world has been led to believe over the past 100 years that cannabis – particularly THC – is harmful, even dangerous and addictive. 

    Of the thousands of studies exploring cannabis, science has dedicated a hefty chunk to understanding the effects of THC on the human body and the conditions for which it could be beneficial. What we’ve learned about its potential to treat a wide range of conditions such as retractable epilepsy, chronic pain, and migraines, to name a few, is nothing short of astonishing.

    But, despite these findings, the misinformation that has been dutifully spread around the globe through anti-cannabis campaigning and propaganda has given THC a bad rap. Because of this, and also the fact that THC levels over 0.20% remain illegal in the UK without a prescription, you’re likely to see CBD brands proudly declaring their whole range to be ‘THC free’.

    However, as with all things related to cannabis, we strive to educate, led by science alone.

    There are positives to offering ‘zero THC’ products, such as giving professional athletes peace of mind about drug testing until outdated regulations are changed, or to provide the customer with a choice – THC might not necessarily be for everyone. Regardless, according to the rules in the UK, CBD oils can contain a relatively small amount of THC. However, even through such a small amount, THC can still unfold some of its vast potential, which has restored the quality of life for an ever-growing number of consumers.

    To help you decide whether to buy a zero THC or full spectrum product (which is what CBD oil containing THC is often called) let’s take a look at what we know so far.

    THC directly activates the endocannabinoid system

    This is a key piece of information for understanding how vital THC can be in specific conditions. For example, sometimes supporting the body’s natural synthesis and release of endocannabinoids (which activate the endocannabinoid system, or ‘ECS’) isn’t enough because this very same process is defective in some people. Scientists believe these people could be suffering from ‘clinical endocannabinoid deficiency‘ – a term coined by the neuroscientist and cannabinoid researcher Dr Ethan Russo, who believes this ailment may be at the root of various conditions. 

    THC fits like a lock and key into our ECS receptors, almost like our endocannabinoids do, which means that this particular molecule can act as an endocannabinoid supplement in a way that other cannabinoids cannot.

    THC binds directly to our CB1 receptors, which are largely found in the brain and central nervous system, as well as our CB2 receptors, which CBD indirectly activates.

    CBD & THC work better together

    Some studies suggest that adding THC to the mix can increase the benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids. For example, a 2010 study demonstrated a combined THC + CBD extract produced far better results for pain reduction in cancer patients than THC on its own or a placebo. Also, when used together, CBD and THC can help reduce unwanted effects that THC can cause in some people, such as paranoia and cognitive impairment symptoms.
    Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different, so what works for you might not work for somebody else. If you prefer to use CBD oil without THC, like those in our Zero THC product range, there’s nothing wrong with that! Just make sure you’re making your choice based on facts, not fear.

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