CBD’s Many Different Forms

An Oregon woman is speaking out for being denied a job after trace amounts of THC were discovered in her blood test. The woman, a nurse practitioner, told her story to the media saying it should serve as a warning to others that not all CBD oil is created equal.


The woman said she was taking hemp protein and CBD oil for its calming effects, and that her urine test came back positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives users that “high” sensation.

As the popularity of CBD continues to grow, it’s imperative that users educate themselves about what is contained in the CBD product they choose and how that might affect them.

CBD products are identified as isolate, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. Here’s a quick overview.

CBD isolate is pure, isolated CBD. It is the purist form of cannabis. As its name suggests, the CBD is isolated from other cannabinoids, so it contains no, terpenes, waxes or flavonoids. However, there also are varying degrees of purity, so look for the +99 percent variety if you are at all concerned about even a trace amount of THC. This type of CBD also may not provide all of the benefits from the cannabis plant that other forms deliver.

CBD full-spectrum, on the other hand, is not pure and contains a full range of cannabinoids including THC. This has become the preferred CBD for many people because of what has become known as the “entourage effect,” meaning that all of the chemicals work together to maximize the therapeutic effects. On the other hand, there’s a chance that traces of THC will show up in a drug test.

CBD broad-spectrum contains other compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes, but no THC. This type of CBD gives you the entourage effect, but without even trace amounts of THC that may be found in isolated CBD.

If you’re considering using CBD, keep in mind that the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp-derived CBD legal in all 50 states. However, CBD derived from marijuana is not legal and varies from state to state.

It’s also important to note that every person will react differently, depending on their chemical makeup. Like the nurse who flunked her blood test, you will want to consider which one works best for you and whether you might need to adjust your use, depending on your circumstances.

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The information provided is meant to be a guide and not meant to be a substitute for professional advice. Readers are responsible for making their own assessment of the information presented here and any use of our products based on such information.

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