CBD has become a movement because of the advantages of this Hemp-derived medicine. With the products filling stores and online marketplaces, there are still question marks surrounding it. One of the biggest ponderings is whether the use of CBD will cause consumers to fail a drug test.
A failed drug test can result in the loss of your job, so it is in your best interest to know what you're consuming. An upfront answer to the question is: no, most likely CBD products will not cause one to fail a drug test. The problem appears when the ingredients are misconstrued to consumers, and they are consuming small amounts of THC from the product, as well.
CBD is a compound found in cannabis, but CBD's use is completely legal in the United States. However, since it is found in cannabis, there is a possibility it will show up in a drug screen. These products are sold as lotions to cappuccinos to vape cartridges.
Just because one feels no 'THC' effects like a lightness of the mind, it does not mean it is not in the product. Separating the CBD only from cannabinoids is not a simple method, so it is often left with traces of the other compounds in Hemp.
It is not unheard of for CBD to cause a failed CBD drug test. It will depend on the amount of usage and the time frame it's been in your system. It is not all that different than when using any hemp product.
Benefits of CBD Products
In 2011 study, Dr. Ethan Russo used his expertise in psychopharmacology and neurology to show the broad scape of the effects of CBD. It was found to aid in anti-inflammation, vomiting, anxiety, anti-convulsant, and even show slightly responsive to cancer cells.
Russo examines this further in 2017, featuring a thorough examination of the "Cannabidiol Claims and Misconceptions" in Trends in Pharmacological Science journal. Here it is seen that if CBD stays too long in the gastric acid, it can convert somewhat to THC.
This is not a new study at any means, it has been researched for decades which has prolonged the legalization of CBD. When tested in an actual stomach (which also contains gastric acid) this is shown not to be the case. Russo states, "There is no evidence that the reaction occurs in vivo in humans." So, pure CBD use will not produce false positives on a drug test.
The Bottom Line
Barry Sample is the director of science for Quest Diagnosis. Quest Diagnosis is a very large diagnostic testing agency in the United States, so they know all about drug testing, what employers look for in the test, and when false negatives can occur.
Sample says, "If the product contains only CBD and has had the THC removed, then an individual being tested would not be expected to test positive for marijuana or marijuana metabolite." Which brings us to our original question and point: No CBD will not cause you to fail a drug test.
The danger of failing a drug test from CBD is if there are traces of delta-9 THC in the product. This will build up with continued use. To be sure there is no chance of drug test failure, use products that are void of any amount of THC.
Research CBD merchandise prior to purchasing and using it. While it may be the main chemical, you could still lose a job opportunity by the smallest amount of THC making an appearance.
If there are other medicines that relieve the symptoms you are attempting to rectify, use those in place of CBD products, since the drugs are still unlicensed, and unregulated.