Drug tests are usually designed to detect the presence of THC, or its metabolite THC COOH, to be precise. There’s no point in testing anyone for CBD because this compound doesn’t have intoxicating properties or impact psychomotor functions — however, in theory, drug tests could be designed to test for the presence of CBD and its metabolites.
CBD (cannabidiol) oil is a popular supplement for symptoms like anxiety, pain control, and sleeping difficulties. While CBD alone doesn’t show up on a drug test, with the rise of CBD products comes the concern about testing positive for another cannabinoid — tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when using CBD oil.
Does CBD Oil Contain THC?
The best way to verify the credibility of your manufacturer is to check whether they provide third-party testing reports to prove what’s stated on the label. This way, you know exactly how much CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are in the product you choose.
This is where CBD gummies help me out. I take one gummy before, during, and after work to keep myself calm in demanding situations, or when I’m tense and tired after the whole day.
So, does CBD show up on a drug test? What should CBD users be aware of before taking a drug screening at work, and what can they do to prevent a THC-positive result?
While some CBD oils claim to be isolates, they may be full spectrum oils and actually contain more cannabinoids (such as THC) than they claim.
In fact, one study discovered that almost 70 percent of the CBD products sold online were not labeled properly, “causing potential serious harm to its consumers.” The reason for this widespread mislabeling is that CBD products are not strictly regulated by the FDA.
1. Using Product With THC
Some sources report that in rare cases, false positive test results have come from CBD oil that breaks down into very small amounts of THC in the stomach. Other studies, however, have refuted this.
Cannabis is the umbrella term describing hemp and marijuana plants—two different varieties of the cannabis genus. Both marijuana and hemp can be described as cannabis plants; however, it is important to note that they are still two separate plants.
CBD is one of many active chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. One reason it’s gaining momentum in popularity is because it is said to lack the component of the plant that causes a person to get high, which is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
If you’re open to trying cannabis products that are high in CBD and low in THC, you may be interested to know that CBD has the potential to mitigate the intoxicating and potentially adverse effects of THC, while THC may contribute to or enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD. THC and CBD elicit responses from the human body by binding to cannabinoid receptors.
It’s possible to take CBD oil that has trace amounts of THC, which you’re unlikely to sense any intoxicating effects. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
If you take CBD oil, will you run the risk of ingesting THC?
In short, whether CBD oil contains THC depends on how it is made. Raw CBD oil is an isolate, so it won’t have any trace amounts of any other cannabis compounds, including THC. CBD oil extracted from hemp may have trace amounts, and there are high-CBD/low-THC concentrates, oils, and tinctures available in legal cannabis markets. If you want to avoid THC, look closely at the labels on CBD products you’re thinking of buying, and read all information relating to dosages and methods of extraction.
The short answer is, yes, it’s possible to take CBD oil that has trace amounts of THC, which you’re unlikely to notice. Understanding why, and how to avoid it, requires a basic knowledge of what CBD oil is, how it’s extracted, and how it works in your body.
CBD has the potential to mitigate the intoxicating and potentially adverse effects of THC, while THC may contribute to or enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Products labeled as CBD oil could be one of the following: