Understanding the difference between the these two types of CBD products (Full Spectrum and Isolate CBD oil - THC Free), is an important steps on your CBD journey, if you're subject to random drug tests. Once you understand the difference between Full Spectrum and THC Free (Isolate), you’ll be better equipped to make an educated decision on which CBD oil product to buy for your needs.
Full spectrum (or "whole plant") CBD Oil contains CBD, as well as terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and trace amounts of THC.
The federal government defines trace amounts of THC in Hemp cannabis as having no more than 0.3 percent by dry weight. This is also typically within the threshold for drug tests.
Usually the terpenes and cannabinoids in Hemp will be in ratios that were naturally-occurring, and extracted from the plant and specific strain.
Full spectrum products are by far the most popular. With full spectrum CBD oil products, you have the advantage of the "entourage effect." This is where all the cannabinoids and terpenes are working together in synergy, something an isolate product will lack.
Those subject to drug testing should be diligent when taking a full spectrum product. The THC found in full spectrum hemp oil products is minimal (less than 0.3%) and typically does not exceed the threshold on drug tests, but there can be an outlier test that may still trigger a false positive result.
Isolate (THC Free)
Isolates or THC Free CBD are typically the CBD oil product of choice for those who get drug tested.
While there is debate over which form is better, this 2015 study leans in favor of full spectrum CBD oil products. There are many who believe that other cannabinoids, THC especially, are necessary to take full advantage of what hemp cannabis has to offer. Ultimately, however, we are all different, and it comes down to the individual user and their needs. If drug testing is a concern, you’re encouraged to seek out a CBD isolate product (THC Free), instead of full spectrum.
If you prefer to use the full spectrum CBD oil, it's recommended that you contact the agency requiring the drug testing first for information on their policy with CBD.
The graph below shows the potential health benefits of the cannabinoids in Hemp cannabis. All of the benefits can be found in a high quality, full spectrum CBD Oil, and only the CBD cannabinoid is found in the isolate or THC Free version of CBD Oil.
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