One of the big concerns for a lot of regular users of marijuana and CBD products is getting drug tested. It may be part of their employment contract that they have to submit to regular drug tests, or they may have to do an individual test for some other reason.
Whatever the case may be, it is always a nerve-wracking time for the person getting tested. Even if they know there is nothing in their system, people will often get paranoid that they may have inadvertently consumed something or other that might throw up a red flag on a test.
A lot of times, failing these drug tests can have severe consequences that they want to avoid at all costs.
There are many different types of ways in which drug tests are administered, which is something you will need to account for. Some people will have prior warning of the specific date when they will be tested, whereas some will be tested out of the blue and have no time to prepare for it.
One of the cannabis-related products that has become very popular over the past few years are CBD products. These come in many different forms, such as oils and sprays. A lot of people consume only CBD in this concentrated manner, not otherwise smoking weed or eating marijuana edibles, etc.
They only use CBD products in order to gain some pain relief, with an increasing number of studies being published which showcase the benefits that CBD can provide for a wide range of medical conditions.
However, there is still a lot of miseducation out there about the likes of CBD, and many people want to know whether or not CBD is going to show up as a red flag in a drug test, an issue that this article will look at.
Will CBD lead to a positive result on a drug test?
Cannabis use has many great benefits for people suffering with all different types of conditions. Some of its best uses are in aiding chronic pain, decreasing stress, and making people feel less anxious.
In very basic terms when answering this question, CBD is not going to show up on a standard drug test. However, if you have consumed CBD along with some THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, then you might fail the test.
It is THC and its respective sub-compounds that the common drug tests will be looking for when they are trying to identify signs that a person has been consuming cannabis.
Most of the time, drug tests involve urinalysis. This type of test is looking for metabolites of THC, and not the actual substance itself.
Metabolites are the products that result from a substance being broken down by the human body after undergoing a number of different processes. A urine drug test looking for the presence of cannabis will be trying to identify a THC metabolite in the urine known as THC-COOH.
There is no standard test that will try to identify metabolites of CBD unless this has been specifically requested by the employer, which would be extremely rare. This is why it’s a good idea to know, if possible, what exactly a given drug test is looking to identify if you are looking to pass it.
The other common forms of drug testing, such as hair, saliva and blood tests, will also look to identify this same compound. It is certainly not a standard practice for drug tests to be looking for CBD metabolites, but employers can request specific tests if they really want to identify the presence of CBD.
In the United States, there is no federal guideline in place meaning that government workers have to be tested to see if there is any CBD present. Therefore, if such a strict organization as the United States government does not look for the presence of CBD, it would be very strange for a private employer to go to the lengths as to specifically request a CBD test.
They are trying to find workers that are using cannabis and other drugs recreationally and usually would not have an issue with their workers using non-psychoactive compounds such as CBD, especially if it is for medicinal use.
If you think about it, if a person is suffering from chronic pain or other related issues and CBD helps to alleviate these problems, then the workers will be more effective and efficient in the workplace as they will feel better and be able to concentrate better.
Are there any exceptions to CBD showing up in drug tests?
You do need to consider what the source of your CBD is and what sort of quantity you are consuming when making considerations for drug tests.
There are certain types of CBD products that will have small or trace quantities of THC continue in them. For example, if you are buying a marijuana strain that is high in CBD, there will probably still be at least 1% in THC as part of it (depending, of course, on the laws in your state).
If you consistently use this product and use high doses, then even a tiny amount of THC could cause you to ultimately fail your drug test. The current federal standards in the US is that, for urine testing, labs interpreting the results will flag a given sample as being positive for the presence of cannabis is there are more than 50 nanograms of THC-COOH in each milliliter of urine.
It is up to the individual testing centre as to exactly what cut-off they will determine a sample to be a positive test at. This is why the likes of hemp CBD products and CBD isolate usually will be okay with drug tests, as there is not near enough THC contained within them, if any at all.
You need to do your research to ensure that there is no THC in the CBD product you are using and also take further precautions in case the product has been contaminated with THC but does not list it as being part of the ingredients.
Hemp CBD products are legally required to have less than 0.3% THC. A lot of them will have even lower levels, closer to the 0.1% mark. This means it would require very large doses throughout the course of your day to be at risk of testing positive for metabolites of THC in a drug test. It would be cause for concern if you were consuming more than 1,000 milligrams of CBD hemp oil each day.
There are urine tests you can buy that can be administered at home if you are still a bit anxious about testing positive. This will give you reassurance that you will not test positive. CBD crystalline and CBS isolate are pure forms of CBD and will not trigger as a positive presence of cannabis. There are still a lot of ongoing studies looking at what happens to CBD once it enters the body and how it is broken down.
The main metabolite is 7-COOH-CBD, which is not the same as THC’s main metabolite THC-COOH. There is no evidence therefore that CBD will turn into THC when it enters into the body, despite rumours claiming something else.