If you are interested in trying CBD but are not sure if it will show up on a drug test, this article is for you! CBD is extracted from the same plant as THC (cannabis or hemp), but it doesn’t have the same psychoactive properties or legal connotations. Read on to find out more information about CBD and drug testing.
CBD vs. THC
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids. Although CBD and THC come from the same plants, they have very different effects on the body. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a euphoric feeling or a high. CBD also does not create dependency and does not induce tolerance build-up.
CBD is different from THC in another significant way. In 2018 an updated version of the Farm Bill was passed. The new bill legalized industrial production of hemp and hemp-derived CBD. At the same time, the FDA removed CBD from its list of Schedule I illegal drugs.
This development inspired the creation of many CBD brands and products, but there is still one crucial thing to remember. Some CBD products contain traces of THC in them. This happens mostly with marijuana-derived CBD because industrially produced hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% of THC. Now let’s look at what this means in terms of testing.
There are many reasons why a person would be required to take a drug test. There are legal and personal reasons, as well as job requirements. Different types of drug tests include saliva, urine, blood, and hair/nail tests. All these could easily pick up THC in your system. If you have been consuming marijuana or THC products, the drug test will surely pick that up.
Not so with CBD. In a study of several commercial drug tests, it was recorded that none of them registered CBD. Does this mean you are in the clear? Not quite. Another compound in cannabis and hemp called CBN is different from THC and CBD. While it does not have any psychoactive effects, it is a derivative of THC, and when consumed - it creates antibodies in your system. The drug tests designed to spot marijuana in your system may look for CBN, and it could show up in your results.
Out of four commercial tests, only three picked up CBN traces, while others came back negative. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be in trouble. It is important to be upfront about CBD and other supplement use, which will explain CBN’s presence in your system, even if you haven’t been partaking in marijuana or THC.
In most workplaces or police situations, the testers are not looking for CBD. CBD does not cause drowsiness or impaired judgment, so it is not a top priority for drug tests to detect. With that said, the above information and research only pertains to pure CBD, so it is essential to do your do-diligence when picking a CBD product.
If a CBD product is not pure and has some THC contaminations, the results could reflect that and bring you unwanted results!