In order to answer this question, we first need to understand the different types of CBD and the compounds each one contains.
Full-spectrum CBD contains the phytocannabinoids cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in concentrations of <0.3%, and other beneficial compounds such as terpenes, flavonoids, and omega fatty acids. The compounds of a full-spectrum product work together synergistically to create an “entourage effect,” increasing the overall therapeutic value of CBD.
Like full-spectrum, broad-spectrum CBD contains the whole hemp plant’s extracts, but excludes THC. Because broad-spectrum contains multiple beneficial cannabinoids, it can also deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” though to a lesser degree than a full-spectrum CBD product since it excludes the beneficial attributes of THC.
A CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD, in which all of the other compounds, including THC, have been removed. An isolate product will deliver the benefits of CBD on its own, but does not provide the enhanced benefits of a full or broad-spectrum product. If avoiding THC in any amounts, then a CBD isolate would be a good option.
Which form of CBD is the best?
No one type of CBD is necessarily better than the other, and each one has its value. Every individual has different needs and can choose a CBD type that’s best suited to their own health situation and unique needs.
Does CBD show up in a drug test?
There is no drug test that currently exists that tests for CBD. Most standard drug tests used for employment and other purposes are testing for the cannabinoid THC, not CBD. A full-spectrum product that contains a minimal amount of THC (<0.3%) may test positive for THC on a drug test. Broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products should not test positive on a drug test, as the THC has been isolated and completely removed. However, it is important to purchase THC-free CBD products from a reputable company that has accurate labeling and published lab reports.
There is an unfortunate epidemic of CBD products on the market who’s product labelling does not match the actual levels of THC or CBD present after the product has been analyzed by a third party for labelling and claim accuracy. This could inadvertently cause someone who is avoiding THC to fail a drug test, among posing many other risks to the consumer.
What to look for when buying a THC-Free product
Below is a checklist of what to look for when searching for a reputable CBD company to ensure your CBD product is labeled accurately, safe, and of high-quality:
- Organic hemp that is grown in the USA
- CBD oil that is extracted and bottled in the USA
- Limited ingredient list, which avoids unnecessary “filler” ingredients (causing active ingredient dilution)
- 3rd Party Certificates of Analysis (lab reports) published on website or provided when asked for.
- Lab reports (COA) that include:
- Product name and strength (in milligrams)
- Batch code
- Photo of the product at the lab
- Test Certificate ID
- Company name and address
- Does the lab report (COA) test and validate for the following claims?
- Correct potency
- Pesticide Free?
- Solvent Free?
- Heavy Metal Free?
- Mold/ Microbial Free?
- Does the company offer refunds or guarantees?
- Do they have a secure website that uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and encryption?
- Have they been in business for 5 or more years?
- Do they use PayPal? If yes, beware. CBD is prohibited on the PayPal platform and PayPal will withhold the transaction from both sellers and buyers if they become aware of a CBD transaction.
- Is all of the above information publicly displayed and easy to find?
This criteria should help guide you in making an informed decision on the trustworthiness of the CBD and the company from which you’re purchasing. Always do your research. It’s important to choose a properly labelled CBD product from an honest and transparent company that offers lab-verified products.