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When you take CBD, the last thing you want to worry about is if your CBD pills will show up on a drug test.
The relationship between your CBD intake and drug screenings boils down to the type of CBD oil your capsules contain.
There are three main types of CBD oil used in formulations, which we’ll take a closer look at individually in a moment.
Understanding the basics of cannabinoids, including THC, is vital in grasping how CBD can affect drug tests.
Let’s start with some of the basics and work out way into the question at hand.
CBD is one of many compounds found in the hemp plant—the cannabis Sativa plant, to be exact. Over one hundred different cannabinoids are found in the hemp plant, and they all have their own benefits to bring to the party.
CBD, specifically, is non-psychoactive and produces therapeutic benefits many have found great satisfaction with.
Hemp is sourced nationwide, with some states being more popular than others due to the soil’s composition. When the crops are ready for harvest, the fun begins as they extract oil from the plant.
When the plants are processed into oil, they’re pretty much pulverized and crushed into a thick oil containing all the plant’s natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils.
There are three different oils produced for product formulations: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
They all start as full-spectrum, containing everything the hemp plant naturally possesses, including all of those naturally occurring cannabinoids. This includes CBD, some traces of THC (less than 0.3%), and any others present like CBG, CBN, etc.
Having access to the “full-spectrum” of the plant’s compounds allows you to experience the entourage effect. What happens is all of those compounds work together synergistically to provide more profound levels of therapeutic relief.
Broad-spectrum oil undergoes another extraction process that pulls all traces of THC from the oil. It still has some of the other natural compounds, giving you a little action towards the entourage effect. Still, it’s completely free of THC—which some depend on.
CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD. You don’t get any of the other cannabinoids, but some people prefer this.
When you shop for CBD products, pay attention to what type of CBD oil it’s made with. A good portion of CBD capsules on the market contain full-spectrum oil. Nevertheless, many look for broad-spectrum options (specifically for the topic at hand), so companies see the benefit of creating more products with broad-spectrum.
If you’re someone who has to take routine drug tests, you’ll want to go with the broad spectrum or the CBD isolate option because there is zero percent THC.
Now you’re probably wondering what happens with the full-spectrum option.
Let’s jump to the next section and discuss it.
When you have a product with less than .3% THC and take a drug test, you run the risk of a false positive. CBD is still relatively new, so there’s not any specific test for it.
Most drug tests are looking to pick up on THC, among other substances, but most tests aren’t designed to pick up on the differences between CBD and THC. This is how you get a “false positive.”
The majority of drug tests aim to pick up on one of THC’s primary metabolites, THC-COOH. It used to be the slightest detection of this metabolite that would cause you to fail the test.
However, back in 2017, the federal workplace drug testing cut-off values were implemented.
Currently, for a urine drug test, 50 nanograms per milliliter will prompt a positive test.
You may not want to shy away from full-spectrum CBD. This is understandable because full-spectrum CBD provides a deeper level of benefits.
The next logical question you may run into is how long CBD stays in your system. Although CBD is legal, we know a tiny bit of THC can trigger a false positive. By now, you know how CBD affects you, depending on several factors—the same applies to how long it stays in your system.
The main factors include metabolism, how often you use CBD, the concentration of your serving amounts, and the type of product you use.
The thing to keep in mind is there aren’t any tests designed to detect CBD, and it’s legal, but there’s a chance the .3 percentage of THC can trigger a false positive.
Now that you understand CBD and drug testing’s relationship, you can pay close attention to your product’s THC amount.
Sometimes people run into products that happen to be mislabeled or misrepresented—as far as the THC content goes. Checking out your product’s certificate of analysis is a good practice to adopt.
Third-party lab results tell you exactly how much THC and CBD the product contains, as well as other cannabinoids or ingredients you want to avoid like toxins, pesticides, etc.
Many reputable companies have their lab reports right on the site so you can take a peek before you purchase the product.
If you have to take drug screening regularly, it’s only normal to wonder if your love for CBD will show up on one of those drug tests. You can opt for a broad spectrum of CBD isolate to be free and clear from this concern.
Overall, being familiar with your company’s stance on CBD and aware of the type of CBD oil in your product are the two most important things. When you know where your company stands, it makes life a little easier because you don’t have to guess or assume their thoughts or feelings about CBD.
There’s an abundance of CBD products out there capable of providing what you need, especially if you’re looking for something THC-free. As discussed, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate options are a great choice.
When you go this route, you don’t have to worry about CBD pills showing up on any screening type!
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