* DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is for educational purposes only. It does not exploit or provide medical advice of any kind. Therefore, any reliance you place on the information below is strictly at your own risk. Please check with your medical provider before starting or changing a CBD routine.
There are plenty of reasons why a person might need to undergo a drug test. Perhaps a new job requires drug screening prior to hiring, or maybe those who have recently been released from jail must prove that they remain drug-free while on probation. Others might have been involved in an accident and need to show evidence that they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
Whatever the reason, drug testing is pretty common. That said, those who undergo such screening need to pass the test in order to avoid any repercussions. Drug testing is not always mandated but when it is, employers and law enforcement will almost require that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines are followed in order to keep cutoff levels standardized and to legally protect themselves.
Certain drugs will certainly show up in a drug test, especially when consumed in larger quantities. This includes THC from marijuana.
But can CBD show up on a drug test? The short answer is that it depends on the source of your CBD oil.
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Not All CBD Oil Manufacturers Are Created Equal
THC is often consumed for its psychoactive properties. However, THC also comes with a slew of health benefits, from alleviating anxiety, to reducing nausea, to minimizing epileptic seizures.
Like THC, CBD oil also offers all sorts of benefits but without the euphoric effects. For those who are seeking the therapeutic properties of cannabis but without the high that comes with medical marijuana, CBD hemp oil is the solution.
But given the fact that CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant family, some users may be concerned that they will fail a drug test.
Although high-quality CBD oil derived from hemp has very low levels of THC, some CBD oil may contain higher levels depending on the variant of plant.
The truth is, some manufacturers are not entirely honest about the amount of THC that is contained within their CBD products. As such, users of these products may be completely unaware of the fact that they may have illegal amounts of THC in their system.
In addition, not all CBD oil manufacturers make their products the same way.
While some companies create CBD oil that is entirely void of THC, others produce products that feature a tiny trace of the cannabinoids in order for all of the compounds in cannabis to work together to boost the medicinal properties of the plant.
The idea that cannabis compounds can work much better together than in isolation is known as the entourage effect. Even still, these products usually only have no more than 0.3% THC.
Having said that, it's so important to purchase and use CBD products that are produced by manufacturers that use high-quality extraction methods and are completely transparent about the precise levels of THC and CBD.
Not only could you exceed the limit without knowing it, you could also be vulnerable to a false positive drug test should you be required to take one.
Drug tests aren't looking for CBD — they're only looking for the metabolites that come from your body breaking down THC. As such, CBD shouldn’t cause a positive result on a drug test because the metabolites vary between all cannabinoids.
However, if you have enough THC in your system as a result of a low-grade CBD oil that's manufactured poorly and not derived from high-quality hemp plants, you could wind up failing the drug test.
Quantity of Consumption Makes a Difference
All CBD oil products can contain some trace of THC, no matter how minuscule. However, you could test positive for THC if you consume very large quantities of CBD oil. Even if the plant that the CBD oil was derived from contains 0.04% THC, that percentage can rise exponentially if you ingest unusually high doses of CBD oil.
Farmers in the US are allowed to grow industrial hemp, according to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. This type of plant will not be part of the controlled substances list if it contains trace amounts of no more than 0.3% THC. As such, CBD oils that are classified within this range can legally be sold as food supplements all across the country.
But if you consume 2,000 mg of CBD oil with this maximum legal limit every day, you'd be consuming 6 mg of THC. As a result, you stand a much higher chance of testing positive for marijuana at this consumption level. As such, it's not only important to consider the type of CBD oil you are consuming, but the amount you are consuming as well if you are concerned about testing positive for THC.
If you purchase pure CBD oil products from a trustworthy manufacturer and do not consume large quantities, you should have no problem passing with CBD on a drug test.
Make sure to do your homework about where you buy your CBD oil from and read labels very carefully regarding THC levels, if any.
Application x CBD
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Cannabinoid options of application:
Transdermal (Skin)-Topical Salve: This application is typically used for acute and direct application. Such as an ankle sprain, arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and migraines. Full-spectrum salves provide a whole panel of cannabinoids for increased potency.
Tinctures: Tincture oils are utilized in full-spectrum form (whole plant derived) and Isolated forms (Pure CBD) that are applied directly under the tongue or mixed in water. This form is typically used for direct application to the central nervous system and the entire body for ailments like anxiety, stress, epilepsy, insomnia, depression, PTSD, autoimmune responses, ADHD, cancer, systemic inflammatory disease such as, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. All applications are available as CBD isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum.
Soft Gels: Full-spectrum soft gels essentially have the same application as tincture oils. The difference is that each soft gel is measured to a specific milligram to provide a consumer with a perfectly measured dose of CBD. This would be used for any ailments one might use CBD for, including all the ones listed above.
Superfood powder: Super food green powder has a broad range of greens, phytonutrients, vitamins and of course CBD. This application is great to give some a nice, clean energy boost before a workout or just to get your day started naturally with improved focus.
Kai Pattison, M.S.
Athlete Relations x Physiologist
Kai Pattison was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Kai graduated with a Master’s degree in clinical physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University. He is very passionate about human physiology and the applications in sport performance, recovery and clinical diagnostics. Kai has specialized in cardiopulmonary diagnostics, exercise induced energy expenditure and metabolism. Kai has also gained extensive research experience at UCSD on Parkinson’s disease. He enjoys educating and informing people on the importance of exercise to reduce risk of multiple inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. His passion for alternative medicine enables him to strive when promoting health and wellness.