Drug tests are common practice in a lot of areas. Police officers in many cities and states often have to submit to drug tests. Employers in the private sector might also request them as well, either for safety reasons or just as a matter of organizational ethics.
If you happen to work for a company or public sector department that does routine screenings, failing a test could put your career in jeopardy. If you’re a professional athlete, one failed drug test could send your career down the tubes.
Drug tests are also common in the criminal justice system as a condition for parole or probation. Here, however, the stakes are even higher. Detecting THC or any other illicit substance in your system is a one-way ticket back to jail.
The only thing that could make either of these scenarios worse is if you fail a drug test due to a false positive. Imagine losing your job or even your freedom just because something in your system skewed the result. Poppy seed bagels anyone?
Considering the importance of remaining drug-free in such instances, it’s understandable that you might feel a bit nervous about using CBD. After all, CBD does come from cannabis – the genus to which marijuana (cannabis sativa) belongs.
So will CBD make you fail a drug test? To answer this question, we’ll need to look at how CBD is obtained, how drug tests work and also cover some preventative steps that you can take.
What is a Drug Test?
In this case, the name says it all – it’s a test done to detect the presence of drugs in your system, plain and simple. But how do common drug tests work and how are they conducted?
We hear about urine drug tests a lot, especially when it comes to professional athletes. The way a urine test works is fairly simple.
Certain drugs can be detected as your body eliminates them through your urine. These types of tests are effective at finding a variety of illicit drugs, including marijuana.
The tests vary in complexity. Consequently, some are more reliable and efficient than others.
Blood tests use blood samples to detect the presence of a variety of different drugs, such as amphetamines, cocaine, and opiates. Although they are capable of detecting marijuana use, they’re not very reliable in this respect. THC – the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – only lasts about six hours in the bloodstream for most users. People who use it heavily, however, could test positive for up to 24 hours.
Blood tests are the most accurate of them all, according to Addiction Resource, a substance abuse organization. However, they’re the least preferred because they cost more than any other method and are “the most invasive of all the drug tests.” They also require high-tech medical equipment and trained lab techs.
Saliva tests are becoming more common for a variety of reasons, and are effective at detecting marijuana use.
One big advantage is that saliva tests are very difficult to cheat. Anyone can slip a clean urine sample into the container from behind the privacy of a bathroom door – not so much with saliva.
Using saliva also allows for much faster detection, since testers don’t have to wait for your body to pass the drug through urine.
These types of tests are also non-invasive and allow for quick collection and processing of samples. This makes them particularly handy if law enforcement wants to draw a clear connection between impairment and the presence of certain drugs in your system.
Hair Follicle Tests
Hair tests can detect the presence of marijuana (and other illicit substances) 90 days or even more. They rely on trace amounts of the drug being collected in the hair follicle, which can then be easily detected.
It’s important to note, however, that these tests generate more positive results than any other. This is due to the wide timeframe that other tests simply don’t cover.
Understanding the Source of CBD Oil
When it comes to marijuana testing, THC is the culprit that gives you away. Drug tests are testing for the presence of THC. This is where the fundamental difference lies – and why CBD shouldn’t create a positive result.
The oil we write the most about, CBD hemp oil, is extracted from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis genus that contains only minute traces of THC. The level is so low, in fact, that CBD hemp oil isn’t treated as a controlled substance.
Regular CBD cannabis oil, on the other hand, comes from the cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant and is guaranteed to contain enough THC to trigger a test. That’s why it’s only available in states with medical or recreational marijuana laws.
Will CBD Hemp Oil Cause a Failed Drug Test (i.e. a False Positive)?
On the surface, you’d think that something with so little THC wouldn’t show up on a drug test. And for the most part, this is true. However, there can be exceptions.
One reason why people using CBD hemp oil fail drug tests is that the product they bought wasn’t exactly sold as advertised. Remember, hemp does still contain a minute amount of THC. It’s possible that the plant used in their particular brand had a bit more THC than intended. Some manufacturers might not care about compliance in this respect – a serious legal gamble.
The reason above is why we always stress getting you CBD products from a reputable brand who provides lab reports indicating exactly how much THC is in their finished products.
The second reason why a CBD hemp oil user could fail a drug test for the presence of THC is due to heavy use. Full spectrum CBD hemp oil products are allowed to contain up to 0.3% THC. The more of these products you use, the more THC you are taking in to your system.
Sure 0.3% THC is pretty insignificant when you compare it to the common 10 – 20% THC levels of recreational cannabis products. But think about it. If you ingest large amounts of 0.3% THC CBD hemp oil on a regular basis, you are going to be taking in significant amounts of THC.
Another factor to consider is your individual metabolism and lifestyle. The way your body processes THC will likely vary from the way any other person processes THC. There’s too many variables to be able to predict how long the THC will stay in your system.
The people who need to be especially concerned with this information are those who ingest large amounts of CBD hemp oil on a regular basis.
Fortunately, there are solutions which we will share with you below. Keep reading.
Make sure you evaluate your CBD hemp oil source. Just because a website has pretty pictures and nice testimonials doesn’t mean they’re not peddling a substandard product.
Ask your CBD oil provider for recent lab reports if they’re not provided for you on their website. Evaluate the cannabinoid profile and make sure the THC levels are not above 0.3% THC.
When it comes to professional or legal matters, it’s critical to have your bases covered. You could advise your employer or parole/probation officer, for instance, of your CBD use. Since this product is a supplement, it’s no different than a multivitamins in the eyes of the law. But there’s no guarantee that this will be satisfactory. Your best bet is to let the powers that be know ahead of time and get their permission first. A doctor’s note will be helpful to back you up.
Finally, consider using a CBD isolate and products made from CBD isolate. CBD isolate is pure CBD with no THC. The CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and isolated to be packaged into finished products.
With the increasing popularity of CBD, you can find just about any products (tinctures, capsules, edibles, vape, and topicals) made only with CBD isolate. These products are ideal for athletes and workers who are subject to regular drug tests.
With CBD isolate products we still suggest you check the lab report to ensure the product is truly free of THC.
I’ve said it a million times and I will continue to say it again: using CBD isolate products with zero THC is the best way to avoid testing positive for THC in your system.
Considering the growing anecdotal and scientific evidence for CBD as a therapeutic supplement, it would be a shame if you lost your job or went to jail for using CBD to improve your life.
In this article, we covered the following information:
– Common drug screening methods include urine, blood, saliva and hair tests.
– The foolproof way to avoid failing a drug screening is to use ZERO THC products
– Tests vary in terms of accuracy, cost, application and timescale.
– When searching for marijuana use, drug tests look for THC in your system, not CBD.
– CBD hemp oil contains little THC (0.3%) but any product which contains THC carries the risk of coming up on a drug screening.
– Some reasons why CBD hemp oil users might fail a test are:
1. The CBD product is mislabeled or improperly processed and contains more than 0.3% THC.
2. The user is regularly taking a high dosage of CBD hemp oil.
– Be careful and think ahead if your employer or organization requires regular drug testing.