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Will CBD Oil Result In A Positive Drug Test?

CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, is becoming a top cannabis product, used for anything from pain and anxiety management to helping promote a better sleep schedule. Long before legalization, drug testing has been a requirement that comes with some jobs. In some places, mostly in the United States, people are subject to voluntary and involuntary drug tests by their employers, doctors or law enforcement officials for a myriad of reasons. Passing or failing one of these tests can mean big, catastrophic consequences – firing, or even jail time. 

Now, with the advent of CBD oil-infused products, the question on everyone’s lips is: can CBD products make me test positively on a drug test? It’s tough to ignore when there are stories emerging in the news about famous athletes, employees of companies and others who have had tested positive on drug tests. It’s important that everyone knows the ramifications of any drug or substance before you consume, especially if there is a potential for dire consequences. With that in mind, we will do our best to provide you with an honest answer to an important question, primarily because there can be a wealth of misinformation out there on the web. 

Before we start on this topic, it’s important that you understand that if you are unwilling to accept the potential of a positive on a drug test, then you should probably reconsider the use of any CBD oil product. 

Yes, we understand that this could sound a bit harsh, but while there is a low risk, there is still a risk. Similarly to jumping behind the wheel of a car, or crossing the street, there is an acceptable amount of risk with every activity – including consuming CBD oil for pleasure or medicinal use. Truthfully, many, if not most, people will test negative despite using for a prolonged period of time, but there are still some cases of the presence of the psychoactive component, THC when CBD oil is purported to be THC-free.

Despite being marketed as THC-free, many CBD and broad-spectrum products, while THC-free, may still contain amounts of THC. During a drug test, you are undergoing a drug test, the active chemical in marijuana that is detected in a positive screening is THC. Despite this fact, many people still believe that CBD oil is THC-free. It begins with where people are getting their information. Being told my companies and people online or on social media that there is no risk of testing positive during a drug screening, particularly if the product is said to have 0% THC, many people run the risk of falling into a trap – one that could lead to heavy consequences. 

To be absolutely clear: depending on where your cannabis is sourced from, or the processing of the plant used to produce CBD oil, there is a chance that some products contain trace amounts of THC. This includes full-spectrum tinctures and low-quality isolates. Even low levels of THC are enough to trigger a positive on drug tests.  

Now that we have broken that down, let’s get to demystifying more about CBD oil or drug testing. 

Left: Hemp Plant Right: Marijuana Plant

To understand how 0% THC can actually contain THC, it’s key to understand a little more about cannabis. Cannabis contains two plants: the marijuana and hemp plants. These are two different varieties of the cannabis genus and are both described as the cannabis plant. While they both are “cannabis” they are, in fact, two separate plants. Within that, CBD is one of many chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. And the fun, psychoactive aspect of the cannabis plant, known as THC, is found only in the marijuana plant – the hemp plant is entirely devoid of any THC. 

Further down the line, a cannabis plant that tests out at less than .3% THC is classified as hemp. Because of this, hemp has been marketed and sold as non-psychoactive products. Most, if not all, CBD products are made of hemp, not marijuana. But, to complicate the matters even more, while hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, marijuana can contain both THC and CBD. Hemp can also contain many other cannabinoids, not just CBD. 

To get the sweet, sweet CBD oil from the cannabis plant, you can employ several techniques. Earlier, we mentioned the terms “isolate” and “full-spectrum oil” – these are both the product of CBD extraction processes. CBD isolates are the pure compound and contain no other cannabinoids or active compounds. Full-spectrum oil, on the other hand, can contain other active compounds along with CBD. 

Many products claim to be either isolates or full-spectrum, and in many cases, they can contain more THC than they are marketed to. The distinction between full-spectrum and isolates can mean all the difference to you passing or failing a drug test.  

While there may be some trace amounts of THC in the CBD products that you use, not everyone who uses it will test positive on a drug test. Just as with any drug or substance, it is important that you are aware of the risks that come with it. Read on to learn our four tips for avoiding testing positive on CBD drug tests.

Calm Collectiv’s 4 Tips On Avoiding A Positive CBD Drug Test

If you’re keen on taking CBD oil or have it as part of your health or wellness routine, here are some steps you can take to avoid testing positive on a drug test in the future:

  • Research, research, research!
    By thoroughly researching which products you use prior to consuming, to determine whether or not they are pure and if the company is legitimate, you can make sure you are enjoying safely.

  • Isolate or not?
    By doing research, you can uncover if your CBD oil of choice is an isolate product that is extracted from legitimate sources and that it’s from a viable industrial hemp industry. Avoid low-quality tinctures and you can lower your risk of testing positive.

  • Question everything
    By questioning or understanding processing techniques, you can avoid cross-contamination that may lead to trace amounts of THC entering the CBD.

No secondhand exposure
To further lower your risk of testing positive on a CBD drug screening, avoid secondhand exposure to marijuana by not smoking pot or consuming other marijuana products.

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