A growing number of medical cannabis patients across United States and beyond are putting their faith in CBD. The market for medical cannabis with a high THC content is huge, but the speed at which the CBD product market is expanding is extraordinary.
From oils to edibles to lotions to vape cartridges, CBD is finding its way into a wide variety of therapeutic products. More importantly, CBD products are legal in dozens of countries where therapeutic cannabis is prohibited. Or at least, cannabis products that contain more than trace amounts of THC.
But what are the risks associated with therapeutic CBD products, as far as drug testing is concerned? Are reports indicating failed drug tests after using CBD products to be believed? Or is it simply hearsay with no scientific basis?
The Truth About Cannabis Drug Testing
Realistically, you could argue that using CBD products for therapeutic purposes with no psychoactive properties is harmless. Even if CBD was detected in your system, it would in no way impair your judgment or your capabilities to carry out your normal tasks.
However, what many CBD product users fail to realise is that the vast majority of CBD products on the market do contain trace amounts of THC. Not nearly enough to get you high, but it is there.
Cannabis tests are routinely carried out by police officers and employers in the United States. When cannabis tests are performed, the current screening method looks for THC metabolites in the person’s system. Or to put it another way, they’re not looking for traces of CBD, and they wouldn’t be able to find them even if they were present.
However, any THC that is in your system at the time can and possibly will show up on that test. This means that if there was even a small amount of THC in the CBD product you’ve been using, it could make for a positive result.
This would suggest that it is indeed possible to fail a cannabis drug test, even if you’ve exclusively been using CBD products. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot afford to fail a drug test, experts advise abstaining from cannabis-related products of all kinds in the meantime.
That is, unless your doctor has instructed you to take them, in which case your health is more important than the results of any cannabis drug test.
Monitoring Your THC Intake
If you’re in any way concerned, the most effective approach is to simply keep a close eye on your THC intake. Rather than selecting CBD products at random, try to choose those that have the lowest possible THC content. The maximum THC content allowed in legal CBD products is .3%, but this could still be enough to show up in your system. If in doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist for their recommendations.
After the Test
Should it come to pass that you fail a drug test having exclusively consumed CBD products, it’s worth pleading your case accordingly. One of the many reasons why it’s useful to keep copies of proof of purchase, along with any formal recommendations from your doctor or care provider.
On the plus side, accounts shared by those who have (supposedly) failed drug tests by using CBD products are few and far between. This would seem to suggest that the likelihood of it happening to any one person is minimal, given how many millions of people are using CBD products worldwide right now.
Still, if in doubt, speak to your doctor for more information, or to discuss the alternative options available.