Remember, CBD is still largely unregulated. There are a few terms that have come to represent the various types of hemp-derived CBD and how they’re processed. 


Full-spectrum hemp products contain cannabidiol and other compounds, including 0.3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This trace amount is within the federal limit. CBD researchers4 believe full-spectrum hemp benefits from the “entourage effect,” a theory that the combination of compounds has a more powerful impact. 

Because it includes trace amounts of THC, full-spectrum hemp CBD is the most likely to trigger a positive drug test. 


While this type of hemp contains other compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids, it is filtered to contain 0.0% THC. 

THC is filtered out of broad-spectrum products, so they’re less likely to produce a positive drug test. Still, it’s not impossible. Broad-spectrum users should take extra care to read third-party lab results. These results will confirm whether the product label is accurate.  


Isolate is the most basic form of CBD. It’s been filtered to contain cannabidiol without any additional compounds. 

CBD isolate products are least likely to produce a positive drug test, as they don’t include any amount of THC. Still, as with broad-spectrum products above, it’s imperative you double-check the lab results for the product you plan to use.

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