The difference between many hemp products and recreational cannabis is that these can contain little to no THC, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis. A common concern among many who use CBD or hemp extracts is the possibility of testing positive for cannabis use.
Basically, what is done is that a urine or hair sample is taken from you. With this, labs can perform a number tests to see if you have consumed any illegal substances recently. If they find that you have, it can result in disciplinary action, or even you losing your job.
You may be asking, do drug tests target the whole plant, or just a specific component? Many constituents of hemp, such as limonene and beta-caryophellene, are found in other species of plants that do not carry social stigma from any intoxicating abilities.On the other hand, CBD is not only a non-priority of cannabis drug testing, but has a different molecular structure to THC.
So, the short answer: No, one will almost never test positive for CBD oils that contain almost no THC.
It is not expected that taking the recommended dose of a hemp extract containing less than 1% THC will give a positive result. Overall, evidence points to a conclusion that non-psychoactive hemp oils, extracts and foods are safe to consume even in circumstances where a drug test may be requested.
What About Heavy Consumers?
In fact, to get technical, it is actually the main metabolite of THC, THC-COOH, which urine tests normally screen for – through a process of immunoassay screening.
Fortunately, this metabolite has very little crossover with other cannabinoids, such as CBG and CBD, so they should not flag up. However, when CBD is taken in excess (around 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil a day), it can return a false positive during the initial screening.
If they simply do urine testing, then anyone taking large amounts of CBD could be in trouble.
When an initial test flags positive, a second, more accurate test called a GC/MS is administered to the urine sample to confirm if it is an actual positive for THC (false positives on the first, less stringent test aren’t completely uncommon). Because of this second, confirmatory test easily differentiates between THC and CBD, even the heaviest of CBD oil consumers can rest assured that they won’t lose their job because of this alternative treatment. As long as they don’t consume THC, that is.
What Does It Mean for CBD Users?
Well, if you use CBD, use a lot of it, and think you are going to be subjected to a drug test at work, the best thing you can do is ensure that you are buying lab tested, high-quality CBD products. These are more likely to contain much less THC and will have a lab proven reading on content for you to look at. If you use small quantities of CBD, then you don’t really need to worry.
One of the keys to ensuring that the CBD oil one is consuming lacks THC is to obtain it from a legal, regulated source.