Published on: 04/11/19
CBD is fast becoming the go-to natural alternative medicine for thousands worldwide. And it’s no wonder when CBD has been attributed to aiding an increasing amount of health issues and counting. While many forgo cannabis products that contain high amounts of THC, many are left in the dark as to whether CBD will show up positive on a drug test. So we thought we’d answer the often asked question, ‘Does CBD show up on a drug test?’
- What is CBD?
- Can CBD show up on a drug test?
- What about the results?
- The takeaway
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol also known as CBD is a cannabinoid similar to THC, however, it doesn’t cause a high. It’s one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that have been found to interact with a system of endogenous cannabinoids and their receptors. This system is what is known as the Endocannabinoid system (ECS).
These endocannabinoids and their receptors are responsible for maintaining balance at a cellular level and regulating many of our biological functions, such as:
- Cell growth
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How does CBD effect the body?
Well, when our ECS is out of balance, cannabinoids such as CBD have been seen to help stimulate the ECS and enact internal balance.
Nowadays, CBD products are being used the world over to potentially aid in a range of health conditions, and has shown potential benefits helping with:
But for those subject to drug testing, the question ‘Does CBD show up on a drug test?’ may be something you want to answer before commencing your CBD journey.
Can CBD Show up on a Drug Test?
How does CBD show up on a drug test? Well, CBD products these days will more often than not be extracted from hemp. This is because hemp contains less than 0.3% (in the US and 0.2% in the EU) THC in it for it to be considered legal (and won’t get you high).
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll pass that looming drug test. Even with legal amounts of this psychoactive compound, THC can be retained within the body’s tissues and fat cells for some time after its effects have worn off.
How THC is Metabolized?
While your CBD hemp product may contain legal amounts of THC, this doesn’t mean it won’t be picked up by drug tests. In fact, consumerlab.com, a web-based company that tests nutritional supplements, stated that up to 10% of CBD users test positive for THC after using CBD products with legal amounts of THC.
So, how does this work? Well, once in the blood, THC is bound to blood proteins and carried throughout the body. After which it is either absorbed into body tissues like the brain, heart and fat cells or transformed by the liver into the water-soluble metabolites and excreted out through urination.
The Redwood Toxicology Laboratory (RTL) explains:
“Because THC tends to be stored in fatty tissues, it accumulates faster than it can be eliminated in chronic repetitive smokers. This leads to extended retention of THC which is then eliminated from the body at a relatively constant rate with an average elimination half-life being estimated at 18-30 hours.”
And although RTL reference smokers, the same can be said for repetitive uses of CBD products containing legal amounts of THC.
Further RTL findings showed that urine samples could test positive anywhere between 1-21 days after cannabis use, depending on amounts taken and repetition of use.
So when you ask yourself, ‘does CBD show up on a drug test?’, the answer really depends on how your CBD has been extracted, and where it’s extracted from.
However, there is no reason to fear. When you ask ‘Does CBD show up on a drug test?’ the answer is: it doesn’t have to.
What about the Results?
The more educated you are, the more likely you are to make choices that will result in a positive outcome – or negative when it comes to buying CBD.
The fact is, the cannabis industry is wholly unregulated. This means companies may get away with putting almost anything into their products or leaving things out entirely. So, let’s look at ways you can ensure that your products are safe.
Try our article on ‘how to choose the right CBD product for you’, better to be safe than sorry!
CBD isolate or CBD crystals are pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. While Endoca believes the whole plant extracts are better than the sum of its parts, buying CBD isolate will determine whether there is THC in your CBD product or not.
Many CBD products on the market will say that they are ‘full spectrum’. This means that co-factors of the hemp plant, such as terpenes, flavonoids, plant waxes, and other cannabinoids, are left in during extraction.
While this is great for some, full spectrum CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC in their extracts.
CBD Products with Hemp Seed Oil
As mentioned above, hemp has many beneficial components including essential fatty acids and low saturated fats.
Hemp seeds may contain only very small amounts of THC compared to their fragrant flowers, however, THC can still be found in its oil. So, when searching for CBD products this is also something to consider.
Look for 3rd Party Lab Reports
As previously mentioned, the CBD industry is majorly unregulated. This means the onus of responsibility is on you, the consumer, to ensure your CBD products are safe and contain the ingredients advertised.
One way to do this is to ask your CBD company to provide you with 3rd-party lab reports that contain information on the quantities of:
- Heavy metals
- Other cannabinoids like THC
This way, you’ll be sure that your product contains the correct amount of CBD, and THC or any other extras.
Disclaimer- This is not a surefire way to ensure your products are THC free. We do not recommend nor deter people from using CBD in any form. Please note: that if you take CBD products its at your own risk, and Endoca cannot give legal or medical advice. If you are obliged to take drug tests for work, please be aware of the risks.
However, when buying your next CBD products, maybe you could consider if you can check these three boxes if you need to take a drug test:
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Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).