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Will CBD Oil Show Up On A Drug Test?

By Bota HempSeptember 2, 2018CBD Education
results of drug test on CBD oil

CBD oil is becoming more and more popular as a supplement, and many people are adding it to their daily routine. Research has shown signs that CBD oil reduces pain, anxiety, depression, and can help reduce inflammation, and improve overall health.  With so many reasons to take CBD, you may be wondering if CBD  will show up on a drug test. It’s a common dilemma, and the answer requires a little explanation. Read on to learn more about what CBD oil is, how drug tests work, and if CBD oil will cause a positive result on a drug test.

How Are Drug Tests Given?

A drug test can also be known as a drug screening, and they are used for a variety of reasons. These tests analyze substances from your body like your blood, urine, hair, sweat, or saliva to check for the presence of certain drugs. Urine drug testing (UDT) is the most commonly encountered type of drug test, as it’s simple, effective and minimally invasive. There are two kinds of UDT. The first type screens your urine with an immunoassay, which is a biological test that uses antibodies to detect if the drug is in your body. If the first screening comes back testing positive for the drug, a second type of test is used to confirm that the first test was correct. This confirmatory UDT uses gas-chromatography and mass spectrometry, which is more accurate. These chemistry methods can be used to confirm the presence of the specific drug found in the first screening.

Drug tests look for past use of drugs, and depending on the drug type, amount and the frequency at which it’s used, it could be present and detectable in your system anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks after the drug has been used. Chronic users will have the drug in their system for longer, while casual users will flush it out of their systems faster. Also remember that, though drug tests are sensitive, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) sets cutoff levels for the amount of a drug found in a test. If a trace amount of that drug is found and is smaller than the cutoff level, some testers won’t consider it a positive result.

When Are Drug Tests Given?

Drug tests are given for a variety of reasons, and depending on your lifestyle and profession, you may run into them frequently. Many jobs require you to pass a drug test before you can be offered a job, and other jobs will test employees regularly. Drug test laws depend on the state where you live, and state when you can and cannot be tested for drugs or alcohol. They are mandatory for federal government workers, and more and more private employers are implementing them. Employers usually follow SAMHSA guidelines, as it provides legal guidelines that can back them up.

In addition to employers screening for drugs, competitive athletes are often given drug tests throughout their careers, because certain performance enhancing drugs are prohibited in certain sports (think steroids, hormones, and stimulants). In addition, all levels of competitive athletes (including college or armature) may need to pass a drug test in order to continue competing in their league or organization.

Also, if you’re been in jail or have been arrested in the past, drug tests can be used as a part of probation or parole to monitor substance abuse problems.

What Exactly Do Drug Tests Look For?

Different drug tests look for different drugs, and the type of drug test you’ll encounter is usually based on the concerns of the person or group that is testing you. Employers will look for substances that affect your job performance, usually. Although marijuana is often thought of as the drug that’s tested for most, drug tests also screen for more than just that. Sometimes they also look for opioids like prescription pain killers or heroin, alcohol, methamphetamine, barbiturates, cocaine, and more.

If you’re taking a routine drug test for your employer, it’s usually designed to detect marijuana, and more specifically the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana. THC and its main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH) are the psychoactive compounds that give you the euphoric “high” associated with marijuana use. This is what gets many people concerned. Because both marijuana and CBD oil come from hemp plants, some are worried about CBD oil drug tests.

Can CBD Oil Show Up On Drug Tests?

Though CBD oil and marijuana both do come from hemp plants, there are only trace amounts of THC found in CBD, which is extracted from hemp oil. In most cases, CBD oil will not turn up on a drug test that tests for marijuana and THC. If you take CBD oil in suggested amounts, the chances of a positive drug test are slim, as most tests don’t look for CBD at all.

CBD (also known as cannibidol), is not psychoactive like THC is, and therefore doesn’t cause any sort of high. Luckily for CBD users, the urine drug test that looks for THC does not usually react to cannabinoids that aren’t psychoactive, like CBD.

High quality CBD oils contain much lower levels of THC than marijuana, but they still contain a tiny bit. If you are consistently taking the recommended does, or less, than there should be no problems with your drug test coming back positive.

There have been rare instances, however, when consuming hemp oil or hemp seeds has caused a positive result in a urine or blood test. In addition, if you find yourself consuming amounts of CBD that are higher than the dosage listed on the product, this could increase your chances of a positive result. Anyone who is tested for drugs often, or is concerned about the possible positive drug test result should avoid consuming CBD oils unless they are labeled “isolates.”

Keep in mind that you can also purchase home drug testing kits if you’d like to test for THC in your urine, though the test you buy at a pharmacy aren’t necessarily as accurate or as sensitive as ones given by professionals.

How To Use CBD Isolate Products

CBD oils that are completely free of even trace amounts of THC are called isolates, and are more refined than other oils, which are often referred to as “full spectrum” oils. These hemp oils have the CBD compounds removed from the rest of the parts of the oil, which means they’re completely THC free, and are perfectly safe to use if you’re worried about testing positive on a drug test.

Just like regular “full spectrum” CBD oils, CBD isolate can be dabbed, mixed with other extracts, or added to e-liquid to use in a vape. In addition, CBD can be taken orally by itself or mixed with food or beverage. It’s already been decarboxylated, which means that it’s been pre-heated to make it active by mouth.

CBD isolate, when used as directed, is a good choice for anyone who is regularly drug tested but still wants the benefits of CBD oil. You won’t have to worry about testing positive for THC, or lose sleep over potentially being fired from your job because you decided to take CBD oil.

Which CBD Oil Is Right For You?

Some studies have concluded that a full spectrum CBD oil is more effective at treating certain conditions than an isolate one, but if you’re looking for some benefits without any risk of testing positive on a drug test, then try the isolate to start, and then adjust types and dosages from there. If you find that CBD isolate isn’t having the desired effect, then you can always try a full spectrum oil.

What will work best for you will also depend on if you are regularly drug tested in your daily life, and what symptoms you’re experiencing that you want CBD oil to treat. While scientific evidence is still somewhat lacking in CBD research, more and more interest is being taken in the subject, and more and more research is being done. As long as you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients in CBD oil, there is no harm in trying it. If you have a bad reaction, you can simply discontinue your use.

CBD oil is available to dab, smoke, or simply swallow, and many companies are also offering edibles, especially gummies. These products are available in different strengths, so it’s always best to try a few to determine which is right for you. Because there are so many strains of hemp, and every person has different chemical receptors in their bodies, it’s hard to know how exactly a certain brand of CBD oil will affect them.

When it comes down to it, it’s about experimenting and find what works best for your body and your situation. If you’re curious about CBD oil, give it a try, but be aware of the potential drawbacks.


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