The legalization of marijuana continues to be a highly contentious and oft-pursued topic of discussion. In fact, the conversation surrounding marijuana has gained so much traction in the last ten years that it’s hard to draw a clear delineation between proponents and rivals of legalization.
Marijuana is often recognized for its potential as a rehabilitation drug. But, it is also heavily criticized for making users lazy and less focused. The pros and cons have been heavily debated for years, and the jury is still out on the verdict. Questions continue to arise over the drug’s safety and medicinal abilities. But, amid the controversy is a more pressing concern regarding drug testing. Users want to know: will CBD oil make you fail a drug test?
Do drug tests test for CBD?
A drug test is administered in order to test the presence of illicit drugs in one’s system. Tests are often taken as a stipulation for employment or as part of a routine check-up in probation cases. Samples are generally taken through urine, but they can also be taken through blood, saliva, and hair. In most cases, home drug testing kits will pick up on any abnormality in a urine sample.
However, only a lab can confirm with absolute certainty the presence and quantity of illicit drugs in a sample. Labs conduct comprehensive testing through a Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) machine – the same device used in explosives investigations and airport security.
CBD vs THC
CBD and THC are the most prominent compounds derived from the cannabis plant. They are known as cannabinoids. Both compounds are activated through the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Though THC and CBD are derived from the marijuana plant, they each have different properties and side-effects.
THC has been shown to ease inflammation and pain. But, it is also the psychoactive component of the plant and is therefore responsible for giving users the feeling of being “high.”
CBD, on the other hand, does not have psychoactive properties and is instead used to treat anxiety, depression, migraines, paranoia, and seizures.
Does CBD oil show up in a drug test?
Drug tests look for more than just the presence of marijuana. They also detect several other illicit substances like cocaine, meth, alcohol, and opioids. But this leaves many wondering whether or not CBD is detected through testing. The answer is simple, but not foolproof. In short, no, CBD is not detected in testing.
However, users who take excessive amounts of hemp-based CBD oil (1000-2000 mg daily) do run the risk of testing positive for THC. Hemp oils do contain trace amounts of the psychoactive THC. So, if the oil is taken in large doses, it is possible that is will return a positive report. This is, however, a very rare occurrence. Most CBD users take between 120-160 milligrams a day. On the other hand, CBD strains of marijuana still contain enough THC to trigger a positive report on a screen.
Know your employer and be smart
Most employers abide by the guidelines set forth by the Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Under those guidelines, the “cut off” level for a positive urine sample is set at 50 ng/ml. Anything higher will turn out a positive result. Individuals using excessive amounts of CBD oil should scale back on doses and abstain from CBD strains of marijuana.
If a urine sample does come back positive, it will be sent to the lab for a GC/MS test, in which the results will come back negative. GC/MS tests do not detect CBD and other cannabinoids. Just be mindful of the products and drugs you use. If there is a legitimate amount of THC in your system, testing will find it one way or another. For more articles like this, check out our blog.