Updated: Dec 23, 2022
Why is there so much confusion associated with the cannabis plant? It’s hard to keep up because the plant is magical and continuously keeps revealing new attributes and capabilities. Interestingly, hemp is the only plant that can feed you, clothes you, house you, and heal you.
And that’s why we’re addressing the difference between Full Spectrum CBD vs Broad Spectrum CBD in order to provide clarity about the CBD.
How does CBD get you fired?
This article explains the three popular forms of CBD, CBD legality, and the entourage effect. One CBD extract includes THC and that one can get you in trouble if you are drug tested.
Here are the three distinct CBD extracts:
Full-spectrum – Also known as whole-plant CBD, full-spectrum CBD oil is a hemp extract that contains the full range of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and up to 0.3% THC. in the hemp plant. There are over 400 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. It’s reported that these compounds work synergistic and this process is called the entourage effect.
Broad-spectrum – Broad-spectrum CBD is further refined in the CBD extraction process to remove all THC. It contains the same selection of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
CBD Isolate – This THC-free alternative is made by isolating CBD and then refining it into a single compound, which results in a nearly 100% pure CBD compound. CBD isolates are mostly found in a tasteless crystalline form.
Reasons for Failing a Drug Test
The most common reason for a failed drug test is THC. Because the Full Spectrum extract contains up to 0.3% THC, it will normally trip a test. Sometimes, though, it could be a low-quality isolate product that contains a small amount of THC.
Each CBD extract comes with a COA. The COA is the lab test that shows what is in the product. Quality manufacturers will offer the analysis of the CBD and it will provide details of what is in the extract. Normally a QR code is attached to the packaging and allows for access to the test.
Why the Entourage Effect Matters
Just like drug combinations are used to treat major illnesses, the entourage effect amplifies the efficacy of certain cannabinoids and reduce the side effects of others for a better cannabis experience.
A study conducted at Lautenberg Center For Immunology and Cancer found that CBD was more effective at addressing inflammation and pain when used with other cannabis plant compounds.
Is CBD legal? Yes, CBD is legal. And according to the 2018 Farm Bill hemp-derived CBD containing .3% or less THC is legal.
NOTE: If you purchase a hemp-derived CBD product from a reputable company, who is transparent about the source of their products and provides lab results verifying the levels (or in many cases, the complete absence) of THC, you have nothing to worry about.
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