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San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney: Will using CBD Cause a Positive Result on a Drug Test?

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has been gaining popularity in recent years for its potential therapeutic benefits. However, not all CBD products are created equal. In this post, we will explore the differences between two types of CBD products: pure isolate and broad/full spectrum.


Pure isolate CBD is exactly what it sounds like: pure, isolated CBD. This means that the product contains only CBD, with no other compounds from the cannabis plant present. This is achieved through a process called "isolation," where the CBD is separated from other compounds in the plant, such as THC and terpenes.


One of the benefits of pure isolate CBD is that it is free of any other compounds that could cause unwanted side effects. Additionally, it is ideal for those who are sensitive to other compounds found in the cannabis plant or who are concerned about drug testing, as pure isolate CBD will not contain any other compounds that could cause a positive result.


On the other hand, broad/full spectrum CBD products contain not only CBD, but also other compounds found in the cannabis plant, such as THC, terpenes, and other cannabinoids. This is because these compounds work together to create what is known as the "entourage effect," which is thought to enhance the therapeutic benefits of CBD.


The benefit of broad/full spectrum CBD is that it allows the consumer to experience the entourage effect, which can enhance the therapeutic benefits of CBD. However, it should be noted that broad/full spectrum CBD products may contain small amounts of THC, which could cause a positive drug test.


Why Can Broad/Full Spectrum CBD Cause a Positive Drug Test


When using full-spectrum CBD products, there is the potential for these compounds to build up in the body over time. Full-spectrum CBD products contain other compounds from the cannabis plant, such as THC and terpenes, in addition to CBD. These compounds are fat-soluble, which means they can accumulate in the body over time. This is particularly true for people who use these products on a regular basis.


This accumulation can lead to a number of issues, such as an increased risk of side effects and a greater chance of testing positive on a drug test. It's important to be aware of these risks and to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.


Another reason why these products might show up on drug tests is because packaging for CBD products is not always reliable. Many products on the market contain different amounts of CBD than they claim, or contain other compounds that are not listed on the label. This is why it's important to do your research and purchase products from reputable brands that have been third-party tested for purity and potency.


In conclusion, CBD can show up on drug tests, particularly if you are using a broad/full-spectrum product that contains small amounts of THC. Additionally, using full-spectrum CBD products over time can lead to the accumulation of other compounds in the body, which can increase the risk of side effects and positive drug test results. Be sure to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen, and always buy products from reputable brands that have been third-party tested for purity and potency.

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