If you are thinking of taking CBD or using any CBD-based products, you might wonder how this will impact any drug tests. Many employers have random drug tests and you do not want any potential issues. While there is some good news, there is also some bad when it comes to CBD and drug tests.
CBD should not show up on any drug tests. This is not a controlled substance and it does not cause any of the psychoactive effects experienced with cannabis use. The compound that does this is THC and it is important to understand the difference.
While the good news is that CBD will not usually show up, there is a bit of bad news. Many CBD products have trace amounts of THC. If there is enough THC present in the body when the drug test is taken, it will show up. This means that there are cases where CBD products produce a positive drug test.
A lot of people do not realize that their CBD product could have traces of THC. This is more common than many imagine because most CBD products are not regulated by the FDA. The lack of regulation makes it harder to know what is in each product and whether it is legal in your state.
Fortunately, you can determine how likely it is that your CBD product has trace THC based on the type of CBD being used. Where the CBD extract comes from plays a big role in this as does the harvesting method.
CBD is a compound that comes from the cannabis family of plants. These plants contain hundreds of different compounds including CBD and THC. The levels of each compound will vary based on the strain of the plant and the variety. Hemp and marijuana both come from this plant species, but they contain very different levels of THC.
Marijuana plants have high concentrations of THC which is the element that causes the positive drug test. However, hemp will generally contain less than 0.3% THC. This means that any CBD that comes from hemp plants are less likely to contain trace elements of THC. To reduce the chance of a positive drug test after CBD use, you need to look for products that are hemp-derived.
While the plant the CBD comes from is important, the harvesting and refinement processes are also important. These processes can change the compounds found in the CBD product and their levels. There are three CBD extract categories that you need to know about when looking at this.
CBD products that are labeled as full-spectrum will have all the compounds that naturally occur in the plant the CBD comes from. This means that these products will have CBD, flavonoids, terpenes and other cannabinoids including THC. The full-spectrum products could be derived from either marijuana or hemp plants.
If you have a full-spectrum marijuana-derived CBD product, it will have THC. However, the exact level of this will vary depending on the manufacturer. This is something you do not have to worry about with hemp-derived products. Any full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD product has to legally have less than 0.3% THC content.
One problem you will face when trying to get the right full-spectrum product is the fact that manufacturers do not always disclose where the extract comes from. If you do not know what plant was used, you can have a hard time assessing the THC levels.
As the name suggests, broad-spectrum CBD products will have a lot of compounds in them. These products will generally have terpenes and other cannabinoids mixed with the CBD. The good news is that they will not have any THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD products have the THC removed from them before they are sold. While this means they are less likely to have any THC, there are some products that do still have trace elements. This will depend on the manufacturer and the processes they use.
The problem with broad-spectrum CBD products is the limited availability. They are not as widely available as full-spectrum and do not come in the range of product types. This CBD is generally sold as an oil.
If you never want to worry about trace THC in a drug test, you need to look for CBD isolate products. These products are pure CBD and will not have any other compound from the plant in them. Most of these products will use hemp-derived CBD. This lowers the chances of any trace THC being found in them.
Unlike the broad-spectrum CBD products, CBD isolates can be found in different product types. It is most commonly sold as a powder or in a solid slab that you break apart and eat. You will also be able to find tinctures and oils.
While you can reduce the chances of trace THC in your CBD products, you still need to know how much THC is required before it shows on a drug test. Drug tests will look for THC or THC-COOH which is its main metabolite. Federal workplace drug testing does have a cut-off value for both these elements to avoid trace amounts causing a positive test.
Urine tests are the most common and they have a trigger limit of 50 nanograms per milliliter of THC-COOH. The detection window will vary depending on the frequency of use and the dose taken. Use of CBD products with small trace amounts of THC should not provide enough THC for a positive test. However, this will depend on the frequency of use.
CBD will not show up on drug tests because these tests are not looking for the compound. It is possible to have a positive drug test if there is enough THC in the CBD products. As these products are not fully regulated, there is no way to tell the exact amount of THC in them. To avoid THC as much as possible, you should look at CBD isolate products from a reliable manufacturer.