You have almost certainly noticed it: CBD is everywhere these days. Its popularity has boomed, growing to the point where the industry now appears likely to generate $22 million in under three years. This is unsurprising, considering that a recent poll showed nearly 1 in 7 Americans have tried CBD.
Numerous governments have legalized CBD, having come to the scientifically accurate conclusion that CBD and marijuana are not the same thing.
However, because CBD is so new, many questions about it remain. Among those is whether or not CBD use can show up on a drug test. The answer to this is that it is extremely doubtful, but possible. Here’s the circumstances under which that could happen.
How Drug Tests Work
Drug tests don’t test for marijuana or CBD, per se. Instead, they test for levels of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical component of marijuana responsible for a high. If an individual tested has more than a certain threshold of THC, the test will be positive.
Three Different Types Of CBD
All CBD is not created equal, and there are three different types:
Full spectrum: CBD which contains all naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids and trace amounts of THC.
Broad spectrum: The same is full spectrum CBD, but with all THC removed.
Isolate: Pure CBD with every other chemical component filtered out. It contains no THC.
In the United States, legally produced CBD should have no more than .3% THC. However, only full spectrum CBD will have any THC, and it may have even lower amounts. Thus, only full spectrum CBD users will risk a positive drug test (provided that the CBD is properly labeled, which has been an issue in the past).
So, Can CBD Use Show Up On A Drug Test?
Most likely, no. CBD contains barely any THC, thus making it extremely unlikely that CBD users would test positive for CBD. However, it is possible, and a positive test result depends on a few factors, including:
- Overall use: Using a large amount of CBD increases the chances of a positive drug test.
- Sensitivity of the test: The more sensitive, the greater likelihood.
- Time from last use to time of testing.
- Method of testing: Some methods are more sensitive than others.
- Previous history with cannabis products: A long history of cannabis use makes one more likely to test positive for THC.
In order to eliminate the odds of testing positive on a drug test, users should use broad spectrum or isolate. Additionally, users should always ensure that the products they use have been verified by a third party. This ensures that the ingredients listed on the label – including THC labels – are accurate.
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