It’s the million-dollar question.
Everyone wants to know if CBD will show up in a drug test.
And it’s completely understandable. You want to know what you’re dealing with, especially if you have a job that requires drug testing.
CBD terminology can get confusing, and that’s why we’re here to break it down.
Keep reading to find out how your favorite CBD product may show up on a drug test, and more importantly, how to avoid it.
Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
The short answer—it shouldn’t.
But it also depends on a few other variables.
For instance, if the CBD product contains full-spectrum oil, it will continue to hold trace amounts of THC. With those trace amounts still present in the oil, there’s a slight chance it could produce a false positive on a drug screen.
Seeing how there’s still room for false positives and other drug screening misinterpretations, cut-off values were implemented back in 2017. This means you can still pass a drug test even if you have minuscule amounts of THC because you’re below the cut-off level.
If you want to avoid these misinterpretations altogether, look into products made with broad-spectrum CBD oil. We’ll elaborate on how these products differ in manufacturing and effectiveness. Nevertheless, the main point here is that all trace amounts of THC are removed.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains zero THC, and for this reason alone, it’s becoming a favorite among CBD enthusiasts.
Full-Spectrum or Broad-Spectrum—How Much Does it Matter?
By now, you know CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is non-psychoactive.
Furthermore, you probably know about the three main types of CBD oil—full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
When it’s time to extract oil from the crops, the plants are basically crushed down into an oil. This oil contains the full spectrum of the plants naturally occurring cannabinoids, which include CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and those trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%).
Some people prefer full-spectrum oil because those trace amounts of THC produce the “entourage effect.” This happens when all the compounds in the plant have the opportunity to synergistically provide a more profound therapeutic benefit.
Some people feel full-spectrum is stronger and more effective for this reason, but it’s not that it’s stronger, it’s that those compounds are now working in synergy.
Broad-spectrum products go through the same extraction process, but the trace amounts of THC are removed. You’ll still feel the effects of CBD, but you won’t have access to the “entourage effect.”
Try both products—full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. This way, you’ll be able to gauge the difference for yourself. Some people say there’s no difference, while others say it’s slight. We’re all different in many ways, so genetics plays a huge part in what you feel from your product.
You have to take into account how often you take CBD, the potency, weight, body fat, metabolism, and the last time you took CBD (compared to when your drug test will occur).
Still, if you’re concerned about a false positive on a drug test, it’s best to play it safe with broad-spectrum products.
You might think this stipulation limits you in some way, but that’s not the case at all. Companies understand the “zero THC” concept is appealing to consumers. This means you can still find all of your favorite products made with broad-spectrum oil.
Do All Employers Drug Test?
No. All employers don’t conduct drug tests, but some require it when you get hired. When it’s needed in this manner, it’s part of the pre-employment process.
But in certain professions, they are required randomly throughout employment to ensure the safety of others. This is most common with those working in healthcare, transportation, childcare, and other similar professions.
Though, it’s been noted fewer employers are requiring drug tests as a part of the employment process. A study from the American Addiction Centers found that only 1.47% of job postings on Glassdoor mention drug screenings as a part of the onboarding process, etc.
Suppose you work for a company that requires drug testing. In this case, most companies run five-panel or ten-panel tests that check for THC-COOH (what THC becomes after the body metabolizes it) and other substances.
How Can Third-Party Lab Results Help?
Third-party lab testing provides consumers with precise information about their products. These tests focus on the product’s purity and potency.
You can see the total amount of THC, CBD, and any other toxins, chemicals, or pesticides. Hopefully, you don’t encounter any of the latter, and if you do, find another product.
Still Concerned About Testing?
Now we know drug tests aren’t screening for CBD. It’s looking to pick up on THC and THC-COOH.
If you’re still worried about an upcoming drug test, maybe you also enjoy cannabis products or take substantial amounts of full-spectrum products—detoxify your body at least one week before the test.
Don’t fall into random remedies that might be harmful to your health. Our bodies go through their own detoxification process naturally.
Make sure to drink plenty of water, exercise, and cut out any products with THC for the time being.
Things To Keep in Mind While Shopping for CBD
If you’re job hunting or currently working, drug testing is an issue that may come up. In these circumstances, products made with broad-spectrum oil are the safest option for you.
Although it’s highly unlikely you’ll test positive for THC, the slight possibility remains.
Make sure to check the product’s third-party lab results to confirm the potency of the product, even though hemp-based CBD products contain less than 0.3%. There are so many different products available on the market. You want to make sure you don’t mistake a standard cannabis product with a hemp-based product.
Some of your standard cannabis-derived CBD products contain up to 30% THC—which can present unnecessary issues.
At the end of the day, no, it’s not likely your hemp-based CBD products will show up on a drug test, but it’s nice to have all the facts.
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