Does CBD Show up on a Drug Test?
Does CBD Show up on a Drug Test?
Does CBD show up on a workplace drug test? It’s a good question for adults considering the use of CBD to enhance their health. Especially adults working in professions that are subject to workplace drug testing. This includes first responders, some clinicians, government employees, pilots, and others. In this article, Natural Wellness Organics will answer the question while providing helpful background information.
Most drug tests only test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) since CBD has no psychoactive effect like its sister compound THC. Drug tests are normally used to identify alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, and opiates. It’s the amount of THC in a CBD product that can be problematic for adults subject to drug testing.
What is CBD and How’s it Connected to Cannabis?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-toxic and naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of the Cannabis plant. CBD is one of the plant’s 120 phytocannabinoids along with THC, the plant’s only psychoactive compound.
CBD is promoted for easing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, among other ailments. More research is underway about these uses, but there’s plenty of science behind the efficacy of CBD. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug containing pure CBD called Epidiolex for treating severe seizures. Natural Wellness Organics presents what research says about CBD and 40 health conditions in its free eBook CBD Naturally posted on its website.
More on Hemp, Cannabis & Marijuana
Hemp and Marijuana are broad classifications of Cannabis. Hemp is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC. This definition was set with the Agricultural Act of 2018, a law allowing American farmers to cultivate hemp. Hemp has been harvested for thousands of years. It’s used to make rope, clothing, paper, building materials, plastic, food items, and more.
Hemp and Cannabis are cultivated differently. Hemp is grown to maximize its size and yield while Cannabis is bred to produce female plants that yield budding flowers, which are the primary source of THC. CBD can come from Hemp or Marijuana. Hemp produces more CBD and Marijuana produces more THC. CBD manufacturers like Natural Wellness Organics use additional extraction methods to ensure their CBD products are THC-free.
Overcoming Reefer Madness
Few professionals involved with the Cannabis or Hemp industry use the term Marijuana given its negative connotations. The campaign to besmirch Marijuana began in 1910 when the U.S. government promoted racism against Mexicans migrating into the U.S. seeking refuge from the Mexican Revolution. The federal government’s war against so called “reefer madness” led to laws imposing heavy taxes on the possession, sale, and transportation of Marijuana.
The ongoing federal ban of Marijuana explains some of the negative perceptions about Cannabis and Hemp. These perceptions have also influenced how some people perceive CBD. Marijuana is still regulated as an illegal controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) although many states have legalized Cannabis for medicinal or recreational use.
CBD and Drug Testing
CBD products with less than 0.3% are unlikely to show up on a drug test, but what if the product label is incorrect and the amount of THC is 5 or 10 percent? That could result in a failed drug test and especially if an adult is using CBD products with a higher percent of THC on a regular basis. Compounds like THC accumulate in the body.
A 2017 study found that about seven out of 10 CBD products did not contain the amount of cannabidiol stated on the label. And about one in five contained THC. False labeling and poor quality manufacturing increase the possibility of a failed drug test since the CBD product might contain more THC than noted on the label. The lack of quality control is a good reason not to buy CBD products at gas stations. The CBD industry has plenty of reputable product companies that adhere to high standards.
Choose Broad-Spectrum CBD Products
The best way to make sure you don’t fail a drug test from using CBD products is to use broad-spectrum CBD that’s independently tested by a third-party lab. These tests generate a Certificate of Analysis for each product. The certificate will note the name of the product, its strength in terms of milligrams, the lot number, and its potency. The report will also note if the lab test found any harmful microbial items, heavy metals, or residual solvents.
Companies like Natural Wellness Organics remove the THC while retaining the product’s helpful cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These components of the whole plant work together to provide greater therapeutic benefit. The natural synergy between these compounds is called the entourage effect.
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