Does CBD cause false positives in a drug test?
Why broad spectrum is the way to go
With the World Health Organization stating that CBD is safe, does not cause dependency or have any potential for mis-use; CBD has gained a significant popularity as an alternative remedy for a variety of ailments. Lack of side effects, no addictive properties and a completely natural product, it is a game changer for modern medicine.
Research and widespread use of CBD has shown that it helps in a range of conditions- from pain control and anxiety, to promoting sleep. But just as the market has grown and the reach of the product has increased, there has also been a growing number of concerns over failing drug tests due to CBD oil.
The confusion stems from a lack of information of a certain product or just a poor quality blend.
It is essential to ensure you are consuming a quality CBD oil product. Look for certifications and a chemical analysis of a product before you purchase it. Even if you are consuming top quality CBD oil, it is important to know what kind of CBD oil you are consuming.
There are three types of CBD oil-
Full spectrum, Broad spectrum, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD extracts contain all the compounds, beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes that occur naturally in the plant they were extracted from. Sometimes referred to as whole plant CBD, full spectrum will contain trace amounts of THC, but not enough to get you intoxicated or “high”. If consumed in high quantities, Full Spectrum CBD extracts may show as a positive on drug tests. This type of oil is only sold in US, Canada and some other countries where THC contents are allowed. CBD isolate is comprised of only CBD, all other compounds are removed. Consuming this blend will not lead to a failed drug test.
Full spectrum products containing THC tend to be more popular. This is because CBD combined with other compounds of the plant is more effective for treating inflammation and pain than an isolate product alone.
The ideal solution is Broad Spectrum CBD, which begins as a full spectrum oil with the complete range of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes but is then refined through meticulous processes to remove all traces of THC.
THC is the chemical that is tested for, during drug tests. The primary and most common diagnostic test for the presence of cannabis is the urine test. This test detects the faintest traces of alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, opiates and THC. The test has been effective in detecting THC in the urine for 3 days.
While there are myriad questions about the identity and claims that CBD is making, the first and predominant clarification is that unlike its close cousin compound THC, which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is non-intoxicating and non-psychoactive, which plainly put, means that it does not cause a high in itself, and is not classified as a drug.
The bottom line is that both CBD Isolate and Broad-Spectrum CBD will not show on drug tests as they are completely THC free. If you are consuming Full Spectrum CBD oil, you should disclose it to your employer so that there is no confusion during drug tests.