THC is a well known psychoactive cannabinoid and is responsible for the majority of the effects that you get from marijuana consumption. Ultimately THC is what gets you “High.” The more THC you consume the stronger effects you will get. THC mostly has a wide range of cerebral effects, which can make you feel happy, euphoric, energetic, anxious, paranoid or even nervous. Medicinally THC has been shown to have anti-depressant effects and even relieves pain and insomnia. It also induces relaxation and stimulates the appetite, which has shown to be useful with cancer and anorexia patients. Most cured cannabis buds range from 12%-21% THC content and if grown properly can reach even higher levels. WARNING! Patients with high anxiety or those who suffer from schizophrenia should avoid strains with extremely high levels of THC.
Amsterdam Seed Supply medical cannabis seeds with low CBD and low THC.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which is known for changing the effects of consumed THC. CBD increases the happy, euphoric and cerebral effects of THC while decreasing paranoia, anxiety and nervousness. This cannabinoid is almost always in much lower concentrations than THC in most cannabis plants, usually less than 1%. In rare strains CBD concentrations can outweigh THC levels. Medicinally CBD has been shown to relieve anxiety, pain, muscle spasms, inflammation and convulsions. So it is great for patients with MS, fibromyalgia and epilepsy. During a study when CBD was combined with THC and injected into breast and brain tumors, it was shown to inhibit cancer cell growth.
Low THC (Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol)
Low CBD (Cannabidiol)
Excessive consumption of hemp seed foods, particularly hemp seed oil, could result in THC being detected in a blood test. This should be considered by anyone who is subject to testing for illicit drugs where there is a zero tolerance for the presence of THC, such as some work and competitive sport drug testing programs. However, studies have shown that THC from low THC hemp seed foods is unlikely to be detected in urine samples analysed according to Australian Standards (AS/NZS 4308-2008) or oral fluid tests.
Hemp seed foods must not be labelled in a form which suggests that they have a psychoactive effect, and must not include:
The hulled seeds of low THC Cannabis sativa must not contain more than 5 mg/kg of total THC. Maximum levels of total THC for other hemp seed foods are 10 mg/kg in oil, 0.2 mg/kg in a beverage, and 5 mg/kg for any other product derived from seeds of low THC Cannabis sativa. These other products include hemp flour and hemp protein powder (See Legal hemp seed foods). Hemp seed foods may be used as ingredients in foods containing non-hemp ingredients. Provided total THC levels in all hemp seed food ingredients comply with the maximum permitted levels of total THC, the total THC level in the final food will also be compliant. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that low THC hemp seeds or hemp seed products that comply with the Food Standards Code are used in the manufacture of hemp seed foods, for example, by only sourcing certified or quality assured products.
Section 1.1.4—7 in the Food Standards Code specifies the claims and representations that may be made about hemp seed foods. These requirements were introduced to prevent the marketing of low THC hemp seed foods in ways that could potentially indicate the acceptability of illicit cannabis, and to differentiate low THC hemp seed foods from medicinal cannabis.
Workplace, sport and other drug testing programs
The sale of hemp seed foods was prohibited in Australia until 12 November 2017, when amendments to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Food Standards Code) legally permitted their retail sale subject to a number of requirements.
Hemp seed foods, marijuana and medicinal cannabis are all produced from the Cannabis sativa plant. The leaves and flowering heads of some varieties of Cannabis sativa produce high levels of the psychoactive chemical, delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and these plants are used to produce marijuana – an illegal drug. Other Cannabis sativa varieties contain very low levels of THC and are used to produce hemp fibre and hemp seed which do not have any psychoactive properties.
Research has shown that the minute amounts of THC present in hemp seed foods will not be detected by current police oral fluid-based (saliva) roadside drug tests. Accordingly, it would be difficult for anyone who produces a positive THC test result from a police roadside drug test to successfully argue the presence of THC in their oral fluid sample was solely a result of eating low THC hemp seed foods.
Other legislative requirements
It will not be an offence under the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld) for a person to be in possession of a low THC hemp seed food that complies with the Food Standards Code. However, offences in the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 enforced by the police still remain for cannabis products not regulated by the Food Standards Code, for example a food which contains high THC cannabis, such as a cannabis cookie containing cannabis resin as an ingredient.
Businesses in Queensland that manufacture low THC hemp seed foods (for example food oil production) require a food business licence from their local government under the Food Act 2006.