CBD has become popular as a natural treatment for a wide range of diseases. CBD products, such as CBD oil, can be manufactured from either hemp or cannabis plants, both of which are near relatives of the same cannabis species, Cannabis sativa. CBD products include cannabidiol, a cannabinoid (a chemical) that does not make you high. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a distinct cannabinoid found in marijuana that produces a buzz.
However, when it comes to drug testing, CBD products can still be troublesome. Despite the fact that drug tests look for THC rather than CBD, many CBD products contain a trace amount of THC, which can be show up in your bloodstream during a drug test.
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What Is CBD?
Cannabis sativa is a very adaptable plant that is grown for a variety of purposes, including food, hemp seed, hemp-based construction materials, and therapeutic and recreational applications.
More than 400 synthetic mixtures have been found in the cannabis plant, with around 80 of them being organically dynamic, as indicated by researchers. Cannabinoids are the most physiologically dynamic synthetic substances in cannabis. These substances are special to the cannabis plant and can’t be found elsewhere in the world. THC, CBD, cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabichromene are a portion of the more normal cannabinoids (CBC).
CBD appears to connect to different receptors than THC. CBD’s effects are yet unknown, although scientists believe it may increase endocannabinoid levels or bind to serotonin receptors. The hormone serotonin governs mood, happiness, and anxiety.
It has been shown to have various possible therapeutic effects in animal and preclinical human trials, including:
- Pain Relief
- Controlling Anxiety
- Controlling Psychosis
- Promoting Neuroprotection
How Do Drug Tests For Cannabis Work?
Urine drug tests often target the following chemicals, according to a 2020 article:
The most well-known cannabis indicative test is a urine test. The pee drug test is an “immunoassay test,” which utilizes antibodies to lock on to specific substances or their metabolites — for this situation, THC and its metabolites.
In the event that the antibodies perceive a medication, a sign is delivered, demonstrating that the test is “positive.”
The national government sets drug fixation guidelines for pee drug screening, as indicated by an article in American Family Physician (AAFP). A test will produce a negative result on the off chance that it recognizes a substance below the concentration level. In case an individual’s screening test results are positive, they might be advised to take a subsequent test.
When assessing the findings of a positive cannabis test, doctors must exercise extreme caution because false-positive and false-negative results are possible
Reasons For Failing a CBD Drug Test
Given below are the reasons why you would fail a CBD Drug Test:
You use a THC-based product
The most prevalent reason for failing a CBD drug test is using a CBD product that contains THC. This could be due to the fact that you purchased a low-quality product with a trace amount of THC. Many companies claim their products don’t contain THC when they actually do.
Product Labeling Errors
CBD oil derived from hemp isn’t supposed to have more than 0.3 percent THC in it. However, it’s not uncommon for vendors to mislabel products as THC-free hemp when they’re actually low-quality oil that contains THC due to the fact that they’re extracted from marijuana.
Tiny levels of THC in the material from which CBD is extracted could end up in high enough concentrations in the CBD product to cause a positive drug test. This is more likely to happen if the CBD product is purchased from a cannabis dispensary in a legalized area.
THC Exposure from Others
Inadvertent marijuana exposure (through secondhand smoke) is unlikely to result in a positive drug test result. However, spending a few hours in a room with heavy marijuana users may cause you to inhale enough THC smoke to result in a positive drug test.
A positive hair test for marijuana as a result of actually encountering marijuana paraphernalia or someone with THC on their hands is a more plausible secondhand exposure scenario. If someone who had come into contact with marijuana then turned around and touched your hair, you could get a false positive drug test if the test was a hair test.
CBD Oil Breaking Down in the Digestive System
CBD oil breaking down in little levels of THC in your stomach can cause a false positive test in rare situations. When you consume “less-purified CBD productions,” it’s theoretically feasible that you’ll have traces of THC metabolites in your stomach acid.
How To Circumvent A Positive CBD Drug Test?
If you use a CBD product, there are a few things you can take to avoid failing a drug test. These are some of them:
- Conducting extensive research on the CBD product to guarantee it is pure and comes from a reputable source.
- Inquiring about the CBD product’s manufacturing process and the possibility of cross-contamination.
- Ascertaining that the CBD product is an isolate taken from a credible and viable hemp source and is not of poor quality.
- Avoiding secondhand marijuana exposure from THC users through hair contact or pot smoking.
In principle, if the product employs pure CBD with less than 0.3 percent THC, getting a false positive on a CBD drug test should be nearly difficult. However, because CBD isn’t fully regulated yet, there’s no way to know if a product contains pure CBD oil or if the content is at an effective or safe level unless the company provides a certificate of analysis (COA) from an independent third party.