Why using CBD might make you fail a drug test
Drug tests don’t screen for CBD, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
Danielle Kosecki is an award-winning journalist who has covered health and fitness for 15 years. She’s written for Glamour, More, Prevention and Bicycling magazines, among others, and is the editor of The Bicycling Big Book of Training. A New York native, Danielle now lives in Oakland where she doesn’t miss winter at all.
You nailed your cover letter and rocked the interview. All that’s standing between you and an awesome new job is a mandatory drug screening. Will that CBD oil you’ve been taking for pain relief cause you to fail the test?
This story discusses substances that are legal in some places but not in others and is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You shouldn’t do things that are illegal — this story does not endorse or encourage illegal drug use.
How cannabis drug tests work
When it comes to marijuana, drug tests typically only screen for THC — the compound in cannabis that gets you “high” — or one of the compounds created when your body metabolizes it. And by law CBD products can only contain up to 0.3% THC.
Different types of drug tests have different detection thresholds, but the type you’re most likely to encounter is the “pee test.” To pass a urine drug test, the amount of THC in your body must be below 50 ng/mL. That’s the cutoff recommended federally by the National Institutes of Health and clinically by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which helps set industry standards for lab certifications.
To hit 50 ng/mL of THC, you’d probably have to consume upwards of 2,000 mg of CBD products that contain 0.3% or less of THC, which is much higher than the average person is likely to take. Even in clinical trials and research studies, people are usually only administered 100-800mg/day.
So you’re in the clear, right? Not quite. There are two ways you could hit that 50 ng/mL mark.
Why CBD might cause you to fail a drug test
First, THC is fat-soluble, so when you ingest it — especially via edibles or a drop of oil under the tongue — it’s absorbed along with other fats and can be stored in your body’s fatty tissue.
Depending on how much CBD (and thus THC), you consume, how often you consume it, your body weight and your diet, it’s possible for THC to accumulate in your body in as little as four to six days and trigger a positive drug test. Research has found that THC can be detectable in your system for up to 30 days, but it’s usually only present in heavy cannabis users after the first week.
Drug Test Strips 10 x Synthetic Cannabis & 10 x Pure THC Testing Kits (20 Tests)
Synthetic cannabis is a designer drug consisting of natural herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals which when consumed are said to mimic the effects of cannabis. It is best known by the brand names K2 and Spice and Spice product. The test pack will also test for standard street Cannabis as well at test sensitivity of 20ng/mL.
This drug test pack will test your urine for Marijuana (cannabis), K2/Spice (Synthetic Cannabis).
Test Pack includes:
10 x Cannabis Test Strips
10 x K2/Spice (Synthetic Cannabis)
All tests are CE Marked and FDA Approved, with an accuracy level of 99%.
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What is synthetic cannabis?
Synthetic cannabis is a designer drug consisting of natural herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals which when consumed are said to mimic the effects of cannabis. It is becoming more and more common especially amongst young people. It will not be detected by pure cannabis tests so this new test is vital if you want to find out if someone has taken any form of cannabis. Similarly, if you are checking yourself for cannabis use then this new test would be safer for you because a lot of people may not realize whether they have taken pure or synthetic cannabis so you will need to use this test to ensure you are clean.
It is best known by the brand names K2, Spice and Spice product.
For more information about synthetic cannabis click here.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis is a natural substance from the cannabis (or marijuana) plant. Cannabis is also known as marijuana, skunk, draw, dope, puff, hash, pot, spliff, wacky backy or weed. Cannabis is the most commonly used drug among 11-25 year olds.
How good are these tests?
We are now one of the largest suppliers of drug tests to customers throughout the world and our tests are used in treatment centres, hospitals and by medical professionals. They are made specifically for us and comply with CE (European Community) and FDA (United States) rules and regulations and every pack has the approval details printed on them. We also supply large parts of the UK National Health Service (the NHS). The tests we supply to the NHS are identical to the ones we sell to you and every batch is checked religiously for quality and accuracy – they are more than 99% accurate. As for the expiry dates, they will always be at least 1 year away and more often nearly 2 years (which is the legal maximum).
Unfortunately a lot of eBay sellers claim to be NHS suppliers when they are not. If you click on the above link you can search “drug tests” in the box at the top and all the NHS suppliers of drug tests will be displayed under “brand” at the top of the page. You will see us (Home Health UK) but you will struggle to find many other eBay sellers – we could not find any!!
What is required to carry out this test?
We sell drug-testing kits for all types of drugs and the kits are available with different testing strips for you to choose which drugs you want to be tested for. All of the drug tests are simple to use and only involve taking a sample of urine. Results are accurate and rapid (in 5 minutes).
When should I do the test?
This test can be carried out at any time.
You will see 2 letters on the drugs test; ‘C’ this is the Control band and ‘T’ this is the Test band.
A pink coloured line should appear on the strip of the control band (C), this confirms that the test is working properly. If no line appears in the control band the test hasn’t worked properly and you may need to do a further test.
A second pink coloured line, no matter how faint should now appear in the test band (T), this is a negative result. If no further line appears in the test band (T) then the individual has tested positive for that drug of abuse.
The following table may help you understand the different drugs, their proper names and street names as well as the approximate detection times in urine after using that drug.
|Abbreviated name on test||Proper name||Other names||Approximate detectable time it remains in the URINE after use.|
|AMP||Amphetamines||Speed, amph or whizz.||2-6 days|
|BAR||Barbiturates||Depressants, Barbs, Downers||3-8 days|
|BZO||Benzodiazepines||Benzos, Rohypnol or roofies||2-14 days|
|COC||Cocaine||Coke, crack or charlie.||2-5 days|
|Ecstasy or E’s||2-6 days|
|MET||Methamphetamines||Glass, ice or meth.||2-6 days|
|MTD||Methadone||Dolly, Red Rock||2-8 days|
|OPI||Opiates||Heroin, smack or gear.||2-5 days|
|PCP||Phencyclidine||Angel dust or peace pill||3 – 8 days|
|TCA||Tricyclic Antidepressants||TCA||6 -10 days depending on duration of drug use.|
|THC||Marijuana||Cannabis, puff, spliff or hash.||Casual use 2-14 days heavy use up to 30 days.|
The amount of time drugs stay in your body depends on many factors such as, the amount of the drug taken, its strength, purity, your body weight and rate of metabolism and whether you are a casual user or a long term user.
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