There are so many products with different strengths of CBD. What strength of CBD should I take?
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract vs. CBD Isolate…what’s the difference?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. That’s why we’ve created products that start out at a lower naturally occurring amount, so you can start low and test out what works best for you. Also, be sure to check with your doctor. And don’t forget to look at the “suggested use” statement on the label to make sure you aren’t taking any more than what’s stated there. But if you’re pregnant, nursing or under 18 you should not be using these products.
It doesn’t…marijuana is a drug containing more than 0.3% THC that gives a “high” feeling while hemp extract contains a low level of THC and without the high.
Now what’s the difference between Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract?
Best bet: Consider products that are claimed to be “CBD only” and have COAs showing that they contain zero THC. Also, you can try tracking your own THC levels with an at-home drug test, says Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, who has studied the medicinal use of CBD. If you test positive but need to be THC-free, consider taking a two- to three-week break from the product to clear THC from your system, he says.
Koi CBD told Consumer Reports in a statement about the lawsuit: “Koi prides itself on providing the highest-quality products while being a leader in the industry. We take claims regarding our products very seriously. We are investigating this matter and the allegations, which at this time, are unproven and unverified. We remain focused on continuing to carefully craft and offer a full array of beneficial cannabinoid products.”
Last, some states allow medical CBD products obtained through permitted channels to contain more than 0.3 percent THC. For example, the cutoff in Georgia and Virginia is 5 percent, Sample says, a level that is definitely high enough to cause impairment and a failed drug test.
Small Amounts of THC Can Build Up
And once CBD is turned into a “finished” product, such as an oil, a lotion, a tincture, a pill, or a vape liquid, few states dictate how those should be tested for THC, save for Oregon and soon Vermont. State agriculture departments, DeLucia says, don’t have jurisdiction over testing these products for safety.
That’s because THC is fat-soluble, says Norbert E. Kaminski, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University in East Lansing. So THC that isn’t immediately metabolized by the body will be stored in fat tissue. And “over time, THC and THC metabolites will be slowly released,” Kaminski says. As a result, it’s possible to test positive for THC and not pass a drug test, even after you’ve stopped taking the product.
But as more people try it, one unexpected “side effect” could be failing an employer’s drug test, and even losing a job as a result.
After losing his job because of the failed drug test, the lawsuit says Horn purchased a sample of the CBD product, had it tested, and found that, contrary to the claim, it did contain THC—enough, the lawsuit alleges, to cause a THC level in his urine of 29 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). That’s double the amount that typically triggers a positive result, says Sample at Quest Diagnostics.