The reality is, many professionals may encounter a drug test at some point in their career. Recreational marijuana users, or those seeking the health benefits of CBD may be concerned about the risks associated with taking these sorts of tests. It’s important to be aware of the factors involved if you’re going to use CBD before taking a test. First, it’s important to remember that drug tests are looking for traces of THC, as opposed to testing for any amount of CBD. Additionally, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that will not cause you to fail a drug test if found in any concentration. That being said, if a CBD product contains THC, it will always contain very low amounts that are under the legal limit of 0.3% THC content. THC is typically used in CBD products in order to enhance its medicinal benefits by increasing the biological absorption of the solution. This is known as the entourage effect.
It’s also true that each company produces their CBD solution in a different fashion. Some manufacturers implement varied amounts of THC in their products while other companies don’t use any THC at all (full spectrum CBD vs. isolate CBD). It is important to pay attention to the products you buy and monitor the cannabinoids you consume being that the industry is still very young and that products may vary largely from company to company. Additionally, make sure to pay attention to the potential drug screenings you may encounter in your career, and build your CBD usage around this knowledge. At the end of the day, it would take a considerable amount of CBD, containing traces of THC, to impose a risk on your ability to pass a drug test but it is a risk that everyone using full spectrum CBD must be aware of. Isolate CBD does not contain any THC and will not pose the same risk. This is an important distinction to understand when using CBD products.
Take It Easy
It turns out the real indicator of whether or not CBD, containing THC, will result in a positive drug test is quantity. For daily users, many cite that consuming anywhere from 1000-2000 mg may increase your chance of testing positive for marijuana. In reality, consuming this much CBD daily would be excessive. To put this into perspective, one of our soothe™ Puff Vaporizers, a full spectrum product, contains 125mg of CBD oil. It would take 8 vaporizers a day to begin reaching a daily consumption rate that would increase your risk of testing positive for THC. You would likely have to spend a few hundred dollars per day on full spectrum CBD products in order to reach these levels. Additionally, with the biphasic nature of CBD, higher doses are recommended for use as a sleep aid, which means any excessively large doses may result in excessive drowsiness or exhaustion.
In summation, it would take a whole lot of CBD, containing THC, to cause a problem at your job. In order to avoid any potential complications, the most important thing you can do is monitor your CBD consumption and learn about the different products offered. By taking note of the cannabinoid content in your products, and managing your consumption in conjunction with your work schedule, CBD can be an extremely low risk to no risk at all product with no negative effect on your ability to pass a drug test in any given situation. Remember, CBD can exist without THC, or containing such low amounts that it is extremely rare to trigger a positive result on drug test (The legal limit of THC tested for is 0.3% and usually full spectrum CBD comes in at 0.08% or less). The key here is to stay educated and to stay soothed!