CBD and Drug Tests: Will Your Results Come Up Positive? Here’s What You Need to Know
Millions of people are using CBD for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, and so on. There are just as many people thinking about jumping on the CBD bandwagon as we continue to seek out healthier alternatives to prescription pharmaceuticals.
If you’re one of the many thinking about welcoming CBD into their lives, you’ve probably been doing your research. So, you probably know where it comes from, how it works, and already have a product in mind. There’s just one looming question in the corporate workplace: how do CBD and drug tests get along?
The answer: it’s complicated. In this article, we’ll uncover the truth about CBD and drug testing, so keep reading!
CBD and Drug Tests: The Results
There’s no such thing as “CBD drug testing,” in case you were wondering. Conventional drug tests that require urine or hair are targeting a metabolite of THC known as “THC-COOH,” as well as other narcotics. CBD metabolizes into “CBH-OOH,” which is not what shows up on a drug test’s radar and is not what your boss is checking for.
However, it’s necessary to consider the fact that CBD does come from the same type of plant as THC, and so do all the other cannabinoids.
There are two specific varieties of the Cannabis Sativa plant currently in the limelight: marijuana and hemp. The difference between the two is the concentration of the particular cannabinoids THC and CBD. Hemp has a higher concentration of CBD, while marijuana has a higher concentration of THC. Both have minimal concentrations of their cannabinoid counterparts.
Legally, CBD products can contain up to 0.03% of THC, which is merely a trace amount with no psychoactive effects. However, CBD product quality can vary significantly as the market is mostly underregulated. Depending on the company you purchase your CBD from, the THC content on the label may be much more concentrated than stated.
Will CBD Show Up On a Drug Test?
So, will CBD show up on a drug test if it contains a higher concentration of THC than stated on the label? If you’re ingesting 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of CBD per day, it’s entirely possible, but still a rare occurrence.
Another caveat is the type of CBD you’re using. Both full and broad-spectrum CBD products are stacked with other cannabinoids—cannabinol (CBN) being one of them. In some cases, although rare, CBN can trigger a false positive for THC on a drug test.
CBD isolates, on the other hand, are a complete CBD extract. Isolate products contain absolutely no THC or any other cannabinoids other than CBD. Of course, you want to be sure that you’re buying your CBD isolates from a trusted source to ensure quality and purity.
How Can I Avoid Issues With My Employer?
CBD is a Federally legal substance, and most companies base their drug guidelines on federal rules and regulations. Of course, federal law also varies state to state, so it’s best to check your state’s federal laws regarding CBD and THC.
You’ll need to speak to your HR department or your boss about CBD. You’ll also need to check your employee handbook for specifics on CBD as well as THC. If you have a medical condition, your doctor should be able to write you a recommendation.
It’ll also help to provide HR or your boss with literature about CBD and its legalities. A certificate of analysis (COA) of the CBD in question will also make a difference. A COA is proof that you’re using a pure and high-quality product. This should clear up any notion of mislabeled THC concentrations.
(Side note: You should never buy a CBD product from a company that isn’t transparent with their COA and lab-tested results!)
Better to Be Safe Than Sorry
Remember, drug testing targets the metabolic byproduct of THC. But that doesn’t mean that CBD and drug tests will always run parallel lines. Knowing your workplace’s stance on drug testing and CBD is your best line of defense for job security. It also doesn’t hurt to have a doctor’s note.
At Dr. Strains CBD, we’re always transparent with the lab tests of each strain, and we only sell 100% organic CBD. If you have any questions about our CBD products, whether they be general or about lab testing, feel free to contact us.