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Will CBD show on a Drug Test?


(September 19, 2020)--Theoretically speaking, CBD Oil has little to no chances of showing up in a drug test.

But, in case the CBD product consists of THC or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in a significant amount, the drug test result might come up to be positive. Screen Shot 2020-09-19 at 12.59.40

Read on to find more about what CBD is, how CBD can be detected in a drug test and is it legal.

What Is CBD?

Cannabis Sativa, a variety of the cannabis plant, is utilized for different remedial and recreational purposes. 

There are around 400 chemical substances present in the cannabis plant in total. Eighty of them are biologically dynamic according to research.

Cannabinoids are the most naturally dynamic. These incorporate THC( Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBG(cannabigerol), CBD(Cannabidiol), and so forth. 

Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of the hemp variety of the Cannabis plant. A 2018 study has revealed that CBD in a limited extent can be used as an antidepressant and can aid in depression or anxiety.

Is CBD Legal?

The 2018 Farm bill has announced that the Hemp-derived CBD containing only 0.3% THC or less is legitimate on a federal level. But you should also read the different state medical laws to know about the legal status of CBD in various states. 

Presence of THC exceeding the mentioned amount is illegal as per the Food and Drug Administration FDA.

This sparse amount of THC will not probably be able to get someone high but people may still fail in various drug tests and can lose their jobs.

Still, people fail in various drug tests and have even lost their jobs.

Different Types of CBD Extracts

There are different labels given to various extracts. Let's check out a few details about them.

  • Full-Spectrum CBD

This CBD consists of all the naturally extracted compounds straight from the cannabis plant. They are commonly extracted from the subspecies of Marijuana.

This is the purest and unprocessed form of hemp without any filtration.

However this marijuana-derived CBD oil might include a range of THC. In the legal scenario, the digit is 0.3% or less.

This Full spectrum CBD product line can range from oils, serums, or edibles to various topical creams.

Majority of the manufacturers don't even disclose the origin of their full-spectrum extracts. Thus, it is pretty tough to determine the amount of THC present in them.

However CBDPure offers fully tested full spectrum CBD products extracted from organically grown hemp. It is in fact rated as one of the best CBD creams for pain by Observer Magazine.

  • Broad-Spectrum CBD

Apart from CBD, these products consist of additional compounds, including terpenes and other cannabinoids. 

In the broad-spectrum CBD products like oils and tinctures, all of the THC is eliminated. Thus THC free CBD oils provide you all the benefits of the different compounds present in the product minus the hallucinatory effects of the psychoactive compound THC.

  • CBD Isolate products

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. This does not include any additional compounds as such and is typically extracted from hemp plants. 

Hemp-based CBD isolates should be your best choice if you are considering getting a drug test any time soon. 

Which CBD products might contain THC?

It is pretty hard to tell which CBD product might contain THC. This is solely based on the origin of the CBD and where exactly it is reaped. The manufacturing and extraction process might play a significant role in THC contamination.

Some of the other factors that can affect your chances of getting a positive on a drug test are dosage, personal chemistry of the user, and length of use.

Also, if somebody who smokes high-THC cannabis on a daily basis and then stops for a month or so, he/she can still fail a drug test. This is because the THC is basically stored in the fat cells and later burns into THC-COOH.

Of course, in case if you are consuming significant amounts of CBD on a daily basis, depending on the source, there is a high probability that you could test positive for THC.

Different Testing Methods of CBD

There are various testing methods of CBD with different recognized cut off levels as follows:

  • Hair

This is one of the most uncommon testing methods out there. Thus, there are no specified cut-off limits. Although, private industries follow the cut off level of 1 picogram(pg/mg) of THC. CBD can be  detectable  through this method for up to a duration of 90 days.

  • Urine

You might have dealt with this in your workplace since this is one of the most common methods of drug detection in your body. The cut-off level is around 50 nanograms per ml

  • Blood

THC is eliminated from the bloodstream at a rapid pace, so these are much less common in comparison to the urine tests.

The duration of detection of THC in plasma accounts for only up to five hours.

In the states where cannabis is considered to be legitimate, the cut off values are 1,2, or 5 ng/ml which suggests declension. 

And, zero-tolerance policies for other states. 

  • Saliva

This is another unusual way of testing just like hair, and thus it does not have a specific cut-off range. A study published in the journal of Medical Toxicology indicates a cut off value of 4 ng/mL.

The detectable duration of THC through saliva is around 72 hours but can vary with heavy use.

How to check if my CBD product consists of THC?

  • Do your homework beforehand. Check out the origin of and the type of CBD before purchasing one. This information should be present in the product description segment. If it's not, then ditch that manufacturer.
  • Start with a low-dose product. This will make sure that you don't exceed your limits while starting out. Also, this way, you will have a habit of checking out the concentration of CBD beforehand.

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How can I pass a drug test for CBD?

First and foremost, the main thing is you will not get tested for CBD. You are likely to get tested for THC. 

In case you are still concerned, you can try exercising, dieting and of course discontinue the usage of CBD with values of THC higher than the legal value of 0.3% by dry weight.

Wrap Up

Drug Tests do not test for CBD in your urine, blood, saliva or hair since CBD is not illegal in most states and do not have any intoxicating effects post-consumption.

Although what the drug tests do test for is THC. So make sure to choose the right CBD product with the legal amounts of THC.

But before opting for any of the products, make sure to consult your doctor, especially if you are undergoing any treatment, suffering from any disease or taking any medications.