Are you dying to give CBD a try? With claims of anxiety reduction and inflammation control, it's not a wonder so many people are turning to CBD for its amazing health benefits. But before you pop those delicious hemp gummies, there’s one important question we need to address: Does CBD show on drug tests?
The last thing you want is to be busted for something as innocent as taking a few drops of CBD oil. But fear not, we’ve got all the answers you need right here in this article.
Let’s get started…
Here’s the good news, drug testers aren’t looking for CBD. They’re looking for illegal substances like THC. This is because THC is an intoxicating cannabinoid. It’s responsible for getting its users high [¹].
CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive. In fact, studies show that CBD can actually counteract the intoxicating effects of THC.
Now let’s explore how drug tests work regarding cannabinoids…
Urine drug tests, like Immunoassay tests, are the most common drug tests to detect THC and other cannabinoids. This is because they use special antibodies to attach to THC’s metabolites.
These diagnostic tests are required by the government to detect a certain concentration threshold of substances like THC. If the substance is detected below this level, you’re in the clear. However, brace yourself for a possible follow-up test if it’s above the threshold [²].
Now, here’s the issue with THC… It loves to make itself at home in our fat cells, which can be a real problem if you have to take a drug test. But as we burn fat, the THC is forced to come out of hiding, and our kidneys work hard to eliminate it and its metabolites [³,⁴].
That sounds like a good thing, right?
Not so fast. Even just one hit of THC can leave traces of its metabolites in your urine for up to three days. And if you're a frequent user, you could be looking at more than a month of detection time.
For these reasons, we urge you to choose CBD products that have been tested by an accredited third-party laboratory. This extra step ensures that the product you're using is free from potential toxins and meets all legal requirements set by the government.
Now, there’s one other thing to look out for…
Here's how it happens: Some tests use Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and add a chemical called Trifluoroacetic Anhydride (TFAA) to help with the process [⁵].
But unfortunately, this can make CBD and THC look super similar in the results, leading to a false positive for THC even if you've only been using CBD.
That's why it's important to choose trustworthy hemp brands and avoid tests that use TFAA and GC-MS.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, CBD is highly unlikely to trigger a positive result for THC on select drug tests [⁶].
And here’s why…
You see, employers often want to make sure you're not taking any illegal substances like THC or narcotics. While CBD is federally legal and typically not screened for, it's important to know that some CBD products can still contain THC, which could show up on a drug test. This could happen because of contamination during the manufacturing process or an error in labeling.
To avoid any mishaps, it's crucial to choose high-quality CBD products from trustworthy companies that provide third-party lab test results. So, next time you're shopping for CBD, be sure to look for those test results on the label. That way, you can enjoy the benefits of CBD with peace of mind!
Here at Leaf Remedys, we take pride in offering the best hemp-derived CBD products on the market.
Our secret? Third-party testing! That's right, our products undergo rigorous testing to make sure they're labeled accurately and highly effective. We don't mess around when it comes to the safety and satisfaction of our customers.
At Leaf Remedys, we use only the best hemp-derived THC, so you can trust that our products are pure and potent. We work with trusted labs to ensure that the potency and purity levels on our labels are accurate.
So, what are you waiting for? Experience the benefits of CBD with Leaf Remedys. We're dedicated to providing safe, effective, and enjoyable products that will help you feel your best! Reach out to Leaf Remedys team for additional questions or concerns. Happy to help!