Will Using CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?
Will Using CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?
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Hundreds of employees in various sectors of life are encountered with specific questions when it comes to CBD and drug testing in their different work environments. Will CBD show on a drug test? What about military personnel…will CBD show on a military drug test?
Unfortunately, some people who decide to use CBD to address anxiety, insomnia, pain, or other several symptoms, can unfairly fail drug tests for cannabis.
There is a lot to discuss about CBD and drug testing so let’s get started.
Can You Fail a Drug Test for CBD?
You could fail a drug test for any residual THC in a CBD product, but you won’t fail a drug test for CBD itself. How does a drug test work?
Employers collect and transfer samples, most commonly urine, to companies who run drug tests via a machine that has the potential to measure trace chemicals in the liquid. The technicians search for evidence of a by-product of the main active cannabinoid in cannabis, THC.
It is rare for employers to test hair, saliva, or blood from their employees.
A federal worker can fail a drug test if their urine test positive for any trace amount of THC metabolite (THC-COOH). When we say ”trace”, we mean only 50 billionths of a gram per mL of urine.
That is such a small number that I can’t really imagine such a small size.
The common reason a worker may fail a drug test is THC content. According to popular cannabis website Leafly, “In 2018, about 2.3% of all US drug tests came out positive for the use of cannabis.”
There is a potential that an older, and common type of analytical method falsely identifies THC in a sample containing only CBD.
A reporter by the name of Amanda Chicago-Lewis estimated that thousands of false positives might result from this error, annually. CBD and drug testing obviously has some errors that it needs to address, as Amanda says.
Some users of CBD have challenged a failed drug test for THC successfully if the laboratory-made use of this particular method, which can result in a false report of CBD as THC.
The cannabis plant produces both CBD and THC. Medical cannabis and industrial hemp can be likened as both can create hundreds of similar compounds called cannabinoids.
CBD derived from federally legal hemp can still possess up to 0.3% THC by dry weight. If you consume very high CBD doses (thousands of milligrams) per day from the federally legal hemp oil, it implies that you may also be consuming at least 1 mg of THC.
If a user of CBD tests positive for THC, the test can either be inaccurate or, most likely, the zero THC product possessed some THC. It would be best if you tried to avoid accidental exposure of THC by using certified, tested, and well reviewed CBD products.
A urine test is the most common workplace drug test. In this test, employers are not looking for CBD, as CBD hasn’t been found to affect judgment or motor skills – at all.
According to Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, “Out of users in this study, no side effects included effects similar to being intoxified.”
Employees fail workplace drug testing for THC, which is the main active ingredient for marijuana. THC can be found in trace amounts in some CBD products and then remain in the human body for a period of time.
Some CBD products may be mislabeled, whereby, the amount of THC in some CBD products is understated. The quality of even premium CBD oils can vary in some unregulated markets, except for state-licensed adult-use and medical cannabis stores that are regulated by product testing.
CBD product testing from unlicensed stores have returned positive for THC. You get what you pay for when it comes to CBD, so please make sure you are buying from a reputable source, or you may find yourself on the wrong side of CBD and drug testing results.
Additionally, if you consume a lot of CBD, for instance, 1,000 milligrams per day of CBD, some residual amounts of THC could endanger your test results.
This is quite important because a failed drug test can bring about a denial of loss of job, income, or even both. This can also result in a loss of individual access to vital resources such as welfare and education benefits, prescriptions for pain medication, and also child custody.
Once again, it is not because of CBD use that you failed a drug test. It’s about failing a THC drug test because you consumed CBD with THC in it.
This failure depends on the source of your CBD, the amount you took, how long you took it, your metabolism, and other several factors such as hydration levels.
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