Quick Answer: All of the hemp products we sell contain THC.
To meet the definition of industrial hemp, hemp must contain less than 0.3% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry weight basis. We provide certificates of analysis (COAs) for each of the products we sell. For example, the COA for our T1 hemp strain shows total THC content (0.292% Total THC). This particular test was performed by an independent, 3rd party laboratory, New Bloom Labs. We include a QR code on our products that you can scan that links directly to this independent laboratory report online. The great thing you will see about the T1 strain we sell is that it contains a great mix of detectable cannabinoids, in addition to THC and CBD. Upon close inspection, you will see the levels for THC, THCa, CBDa, CBD, CBGa and CBCa. This makes it a desirable hemp strain since it contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids while maintaining a low level of delta 9 THC so that it meets the state and federal requirements for industrial hemp.
THC measurement and regulations can get complicated, because there are various forms of THC, the most common being THCa and delta 9 THC. States have different regulations on how THC is regulated and federal regulations have been proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to hemp’s inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill that will establish standards for the measurement of delta 9 THC for the legal determination of industrial hemp.
When you look at any COAs for hemp flower, most of the THC and CBD will be shown in the form of THCa and CBDa. The delta 9 THC should be relatively low in raw hemp. You can consider THCa and CBDa to be the natural plant-made versions of the major cannabinoids (THC and CBD) and they must be decarboxylated before they convert to their active form. This is commonly done through a variety of methods which could include some form of heating or burning the hemp.
THCa is 87.7% THC, so when you evaluate a laboratory report, 87.7% of the THCa will be included in the Total THC value. The delta 9 THC will also be included in the Total THC.
Total THC = ((THCa x .877) + delta 9 THC)
With our hemp crops, our goal is to allow the hemp to mature to the point that THC is as close to 0.3% as possible so that we can maximize other cannabinoids, but we do not allow the delta 9 THC to be higher than 0.3%. We prefer to see more of the THC in THCa and very little in the delta 9 THC. One delta 9 THC goes over 0.3%, it is no longer considered hemp, but is classified as marijuana and must be destroyed and cannot be marketed as hemp. You will often find that the delta 9 THC component in a laboratory report above is listed as “ND”. This does not mean there is no delta 9 THC, but it means the delta 9 THC was measured to be below the limit of quantitation (LOQ). The laboratory report above has a LOQ of 0.100%, so we know that the delta 9 is safely below the legal limit of 0.3%.