What to Know About CBD and Drug Tests
Posted on April 7th, 2022
Alternative methods to deal with health issues, feel better, and improve one’s life have become very popular in the 21st-century. Methods such as massage, yoga, acupuncture, and consuming CBD are examples of alternative methods over traditional methods such as pharmaceuticals and surgery. However, when it comes to CBD and drug tests, some people are concerned about THC content.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a trendy alternative method for health. Sixty-four percent of Americans are familiar with CBD, and 33 percent have used CBD at least once, and those numbers continue to climb. (1) However, a common question about CBD is if drug tests are affected. This question becomes even more critical to those drug tested regularly for military or police testing, drug treatment programs, medical testing, athletic testing, etc. In this article, we’ll discuss CBD and drug tests.
What Is the Alternative Method Known as CBD?
Cannabis, another name for marijuana, is a plant that contains cannabidiol or CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. When people smoke marijuana or consume it in other ways, it’s the THC that creates psychoactive properties or the feeling of being “high.” Getting “high” is the main reason why people smoke or consume marijuana. The use of marijuana is legal in some states and illegal in others. If you use marijuana in a state where it is illegal the penalty for such use will depend on the particular laws of the state. However, this is not the case with CBD, because legitimate CBD is produced to be legally consumed in every state.
The primary ingredient in CBD is hemp, and it contains 0.3 percent or less THC. Therefore, people can take CBD to experience the benefits of cannabis without altering their mental state. These include benefits such as reducing insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, and more. This all ties in to more people going for natural methods of being healthy. (2) People consume CBD as gummies, capsules, sprays, or mixing it with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil, to spread on the body. Even though CBD use is safe when used in the correct dosage, no person should use CBD without consulting with a medical professional first.
CBD and Drug Tests
To determine if the CBD you consume will show up on a drug test has to do with where you get the CBD. CBD that contains mainly hemp contains only tiny amounts of THC. Therefore it is unlikely to be included in a standard drug test. However, medical marijuana has a high level of THC and can show up on a drug test. As a result, you need to know where your CBD is coming from. Particular methods used to extract CBD can contain THC, which can create a false positive. A false positive can lead to disastrous results depending on why you’re getting tested.
A Note About CBD and CBN
We described Cannabidiol, CBD, which typically doesn’t react with standard drug tests. However, cannabinol or CBN, a THC derivative, has been known to show up on standard drug tests. CBD is more popular than CBN, and CBN is not as readily available as CBD.
CBN is a weaker version of THC and is about 25 percent as effective as THC. Therefore, CBN in certain doses can get you “high.” For this reason, it’s important to know if you are using CBD or CBN. This is easily accomplished by understanding the product, knowing the supplier, and always reading labels. (3)
Third-party Testing for CBD and Drug Tests
A third-party lab tester can determine how much THC is present. This helps to solidify that the company you are purchasing your CBD from is legit. Unfortunately, one of the facts about CBD is that the industry is not regulated. This means that some companies are unethical about what they put in their CBD, such as heavy metals or pesticides. CBD manufacturers typically have their products tested for purity. So look for that on the product. In other words, with a reputable product, they will indicate that it is certified and third-party tested. (4)
Ask Your Supplier Directly. (5)
One of the things you can do to ensure better your CBD usage will not result in a positive drug test is to ask your supplier. Before you ask questions of a supplier:
Ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate, professional supplier.
When that’s accomplished, ask your supplier if the CBD is made from industrial hemp or if it is made from marijuana.
Ask where the hemp is sourced.
Order CBD Drug Testing Kits and Test For Yourself.
Another way to test how much THC is in your CBD is to take an at-home test before you are drug tested. Self-tests are also known as rapid tests or drug screening tests. These tests let you sample at home and then send to a laboratory with results coming through email, a website, or a smartphone. Or, some of them allow you to sample at home and get a confirmation right away at home.
It’s essential to keep in mind that such tests are just preliminary and should not be considered conclusive. However, they can give you a good idea of where you are. Keep in mind also that depending on the organization, some of them may accept at-home drug tests. (6)
How Much THC is Contained
Check the product to ensure how much THC is contained. THC comes in various concentrations. So take a look at the concentrations. Again, anything over 0.3 percent THC is not legal in most US jurisdictions. The Food and Drug Administration or FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD. Therefore, it’s important to know what’s in your CBD.
CBD comes as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum contains CBD but also other substances. There will be trace THC of less than 0.3 percent unless a state allows for more. Broad-spectrum contains no THC. Isolate also includes no THC. Therefore for CBD and drug testing, the Full spectrum is all you’ll need to question if you are concerned about THC. (7)
Be Upfront About Your CBD Use.
Another tip for CBD and drug testing is to be upfront with whoever is about to test you. As we have learned CBD with less than 0.3 percent THC is legal and should not interfere with drug testing. To better ensure that you have a positive testing experience, you can be upfront with your CBD use with your tester. Of course, you will need to determine if this approach will work for your situation. Trust your instinct before you take such an approach.
Refrain for a While.
Another easy way to ensure a positive drug test is to refrain from CBD use for a while before your test. With the amount of THC in good CBD, you shouldn’t have to refrain from using CBD, but it can be a full-proof way if you’re concerned. You should probably take a whole week off from CBD before testing to be on the safe side.
CBD is getting more and more popular with Americans, and many people have fallen in love with it. CBD and drug testing should not be a problem since there is not much THC in most CBD, but follow these guidelines in case you are up for a drug test, and you’re concerned. The most important thing is to know what is in your CBD before you consume it. Hopefully, this article has given you all you need to know about CBD and drug testing.
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