CBD seems to be everywhere and cure everything. One would assume an oil based product that claims to treat a number of ailments would hail from the serpent family of reptiles. CBD on the other hand comes from a plant. A plant that blurs the lines of legality depending on where you live. So it’s logical to think, “Can CBD oil make me fail a drug test?”
What The Tests Look For
According the WebMD, Healthgrades and Medicalnewstoday.com any and all drug tests do not search for CBD. That should mean that chugging down some oil before your big job interview to take care of the jitters will not sabotage your drug test result. That’s only the case if the oil you ingested is pure CBD with no traces of THC.
With the legality of marijuana becoming more mainstream there are still occupations that will test you for THC. The White House made headlines for turfing a few people who tested positive for marijuana (INT LINK). While there isn’t a ton of details available such as how much was found in their system, there lies the possibility that CBD was used and they found traces of THC. I’m only using that story as an example but it’s a scenario millions of people could face if their occupation requires a drug test.
The rule of thumb is this: All CBD do not fret about your pee. A sliver of THC and unemployed thou shalt be.
I Take CBD For Anxiety, Not To Get High. What gives?
A high percentage CBD strain will have a very low THC percentage. A flower rich in CBD comes from the male plant and is bred to produce CBD. However there can be traces of THC in that flower depending on the manufacturing process. If you are going to make your own oil (for more info check out How To Make Your Own CBD Oil guide you’ll need to extract it from a dry flower. If you go through the whole process and produce oil you will most likely have traces of THC in your oil. Even though it doesn’t get you high at all it can show up in a drug test.
But that’s if you absorb it by inhalation or digestion. If you convert the oil into a cream that you use for arthritis for example, any trace of THC will not reach the blood stream.
Should I Just Forget About CBD? Is It Worth It?
If you are in a situation where you fear the dreaded drug test, no you don’t have to flush your CBD oil. The most important thing is to do a little research into what exactly you’re taking. I’m a captain of the high seas and answer to no one; not everyone is so lucky.
What about an athlete that needs CBD for anxiety and/or muscle pain? In pro sports drug tests are part of the job. Imagine using CBD to cure some muscle ailment and then getting suspended and smeared for being on dope. There’s a lot to unravel here in terms of performance enhancement and cannabis but for now we’ll focus on how to use CBD and not test positive.
Like mentioned above if said athlete were to use CBD in the form of ointment to alleviate muscle pain he/she will have nothing to worry about. The problems arise if it is inhaled or ingested. The best way to avoid a THC positive result is to use CBD as a cream that’s applied on the skin or to use 100% pure oil that’s THC free. But how does one know if it’s really THC free?
The Devil’s Lettuce In The Details
Here’s what you should be looking for when shopping for CBD and are concerned about THC. Currently there are three types of CBD products on the market.
Full Range CBD: Products that can contain up to 0.3% of THC
Wide Range CBD: Similar to full range in that it contains multiple plant compounds such as terpenes but a low THC percentage. The THC make up should be >0.3% to 0%.
CBD Isolate: 100% pure CBD extraction with no other plant compounds included. A verified CBD isolate product will have 0 THC.
So what’s the difference? According Medical News Today Full range CBD is better to treat more chronic issues such as:
- muscle spasm relief
- pain relief
- treatment for psychotic disorders
While wide range and isolate can be used similarly it can require a much higher dosage.
At the end of the day if you are interested in CBD to treat pain but are concerned about a drug test stick with CBD isolate. While there are a lot of companies out there that claim their CBD products are THC free it’s important to take a few minutes to research the companies website and check that their products were tested by a third party. This is called a Certificate Of Analysis (COA) and will list all the cannabinoids listed in a product.
CBD can be a wonderful product for pain relief so if you are interested, know that there is a way to enjoy it’s benefits without worrying about a drug test. It only takes a little research to find the right product for you. Hopefully new regulations will be recommended to make it easier for the customer to make an easier more informed decision.