Whether you are looking to land your dream job or if you’ve had an altercation with the law, you may be subjected to a drug screening. This practice has become quite commonplace in both the workplace and the correctional system, and its primary purpose is to test for past-use of illegal narcotics and prescription medications.
Marijuana’s popularity has increased over the years with its introduction into the legal spectrum, and as such, an influx of hemp products have saturated the market. One of these hemp products that is entirely legal and has become increasingly popular as a medical application is CBD Oil.
While CBD retains any THC, questions are raised as to whether the use of this healing cannabinoid will show up on a drug screening or affect the reading altogether.
First and foremost, a drug screening — more commonly known as a drug test — is a urine analysis that targets the presence of illegal substances and prescription medications in one’s system.
While urine is the most common form of drug screening, it can also be done with sweat, saliva, blood, and hair. Each form of drug screening has its own benefits as to determining the time since last use, minimum detectable amount and overall accuracy of the readings.
The most common substance that these tests look for is marijuana, however, on a 7-panel drug screening, they also have the ability to detect the use of opioids, opiates, barbiturates (tranquilizers), amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and alcohol.
Cannabidiol, more commonly abbreviated as CBD, is a cannabinoid found in hemp that is known for retaining all of the medicinal properties of cannabis without the psychoactive effects.
It has become increasingly popular as an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory — especially for those with nerve damage such as with Fibromyalgia — as well as a practical means to combat nausea, psychosis (as induced by substances), anxiety, cancer, seizures, and even, promotes cardiovascular health.
While many CBD products don’t contain any THC at all, there are some that are made with trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC for what is referred to as the “entourage effect.” This is essentially the use of the full spectrum of cannabinoids in order to give the product greater effect. While this is great from a medicinal perspective, what about from the perspective of the person peeing in the cup?
At first glance, No — CBD is not recognized by drug screenings. This is because a typical drug test that scans for marijuana consists of an immunoassay with antibodies that are made to detect the main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-carboxy-THC (THC-COOH).
So, according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) regulations, the antibodies technically shouldn’t register cannabidiol; however, there are exceptions.
For instance, since CBD Oil does retain very slight traces of THC, it is possible for those who ingest high quantities of CBD Oil (1000 mg - 2000 mg) daily to test positive for THC. While a false positive under these pretenses is entirely theoretical and highly unlikely, the possibility still remains.
When it comes to the above-mentioned circumstances, a false positive would be if one tests positive for THC under false pretenses. If this happens to you while you are using CBD, it is important that you inform the company who is providing the drug screening of the medications and supplements that you use.
What usually happens with a false positive is the implementation of a second test that is meant to either confirm or disprove the first test. So, if it truly is a false positive and you make the drug screening professionals aware of your CBD use, you should be able to squeeze past without too much trouble. If this is the case, however, you may want to ease up on your CBD intake before the second one in the case.
When all is said and done, CBD itself is not going to show up on a drug screening, but there is a slight chance that if you are ingesting enough, trace amounts of THC will make their presence known in your pee.
So, if you are trying to score a new job, playing professional sports, or are trying to pass through your probation unscathed, you may want to make sure that the products you are using are 100% CBD or use very small amounts in order to pass with flying colors.
Stay smart, stay safe, and micturate with confidence, my friends.