The goal of this blog is to answer a few simple questions. The main question being, does CBD show up on a drug test? We will discuss what type of drug test you will be tested with and what drug testers are looking for when tested. First, it's important to understand more about cannabis and the different types of cannabis products on the market.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis is the botanical name of a plant species. There are many strains of the Cannabis plant, making it easy for some individuals to confuse certain strains with others. Of the many species, there are two that stand out the most. Cannabis indica is commonly known as the marijuana plant and is popular due to its high THC content, which is used for medicinal purposes and psychoactive effects.
Cannabis sativa is commonly known as the hemp plant and is popular due to higher cannabidiol (CBD) levels. CBD is most abundant in the hemp plant and can be found in the plant's leaves, stems, and flowers. Because CBD comes from the same plant species as the marijuana plant comes from, many people question whether it may show up on a drug test. In this article, we discuss why CBD may or may not show up on a drug test.
Does CBD show up on a 10-panel drug screen?
The short answer is it depends. The standard 10-panel drug screen test for the following: cocaine, Marijuana (high THC levels), PCP, amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, & Quaaludes. Because Marijuana has a close relationship with the hemp plant, many people wonder if CBD might show up on a drug screen.
Just because it says it is a CBD product, it doesn't mean that it does not contain high THC levels. An easy way to know if the CBD product you are taking will show up on a drug screen is to understand what type of CBD product you are taking. The different types of CBD are as follows: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD products contain all of the cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the same psychoactive ingredient in Marijuana, which is why so many people choose Full Spectrum CBD products for its entourage, psychoactive effects, and potential benefits.
True Full spectrums products contain THC, the risk of testing positive on a 10-panel drug screen increases. Unless the CBD company you have bought from specifically states that their products have had the THC removed and provides third-party lab tests to confirm their statements, the CBD product you are taking will most likely cause you to fail a drug test.
Broad Spectrum CBD products contain all of the cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant, with the exclusion of THC. These products contain all the natural plant terpenes and flavonoids that are originally found in the hemp plant. Additional compounds such as the 20 essential amino acids, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, B complex vitamins, iron, and potassium are also present in their original compositions. All of these compounds are synergistic, meaning that they interact with each other to enhance their components.
Broad Spectrum CBD products ensure that you are getting all the possible benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC. As long as the company you are buying your CBD from provides third-party lab tests that show no trace (0.0% or ND) of THC, then you will pass a 10-panel drug screen.
Isolate products contain only the desired isolated cannabinoid and none of the additional compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant, which means that THC is not present. All cannabinoids and plant terpenes besides the desired product are removed through a process called chromatography, resulting in a white isolate powder.
This isolate is flavorless and odorless and offers very focused therapeutic results compared to Broad Spectrum CBD products that contain the additional hemp plant compounds. CBD isn't the only cannabinoid that can be isolated; other isolate products include CBN Isolate, CBG Isolate, and CBC Isolate (CBC Isolate is an oil rather than a white powder). Because isolates do not contain THC, they will not show up on a drug screen.
If you want to avoid failing a drug test, make sure whatever product you are purchasing does not contain THC. If you are looking to avoid THC, make sure the CBD product you purchase is a Broad Spectrum or Isolate. It is also wise to request a third-party lab test for the product you purchase. It is recommended to be upfront with whoever requires you to take the test that you have been taking CBD.
Will CBD ruin a drug test?
CBD will not ruin a drug test because it does not contain THC. CBD will only ruin a drug test if THC is present. As mentioned above, the only CBD products that should have THC present are those that are labeled "Full Spectrum." These CBD products contain all of the cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant and the psychoactive compound THC, which is commonly tested for in drug testing. Unless your CBD product specifically says "THC Free" and provides third-party lab tests for you to view, the CBD you are taking may cause you to fail a drug test.
How long does CBD stay in your system?
The amount of time that CBD stays in your system depends on several factors. However, the general understanding is 2-5 days. Here is a breakdown of just a few factors that can affect how long CBD stays in your system.
- A high dose of CBD
- Taking CBD more frequently
- Taking CBD with a full meal
- BMI, rate of metabolism, and water content in the body can also play a role
Can I take CBD if I am in the military?
It is best to check with your commanding officer before taking CBD to ensure that the form of CBD you are taking is compatible with your branch's policies and regulations. If you are worried about failing a military drug test, you are safe as long as your CBD product does not contain THC or meets acceptable limits.
Can you take too much CBD?
The World Health Organization has stated that "CBD has been found to have relatively low toxicity." At extremely high doses, users may experience extreme drowsiness, stomach pains, diarrhea, and other unpleasant side effects. However, these doses are not considered lethal. The amount of CBD you should take is different for everyone. The chart below is a recommendation but can be adjusted based on your individual needs.
If my CBD contains THC, what is the least amount I should take before it is too much?
According to a World Health Organization report, the lethal dose of THC alone in an average human has been calculated to be around 4 grams. This THC amount could not be realistically achieved, especially if you are consuming THC in a lower dose in combination with CBD. If you are taking a CBD product that contains THC, it is recommended that you follow that company's suggested use guidelines for their products.
Will regular hemp oil show up on a drug test?
No, regular hemp oil will not show up on a drug test. Hemp oil generally comes from Cannabis sativa seeds that have been cold-pressed. Hemp oil does not contain any cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, and therefore does not contain CBD or THC and will not show up on a drug test. You may want to request a lab test for the hemp oil you purchased because it may be a CBD oil. Some company's label their CBD products under different names like hemp or hemp extract.
As mentioned above, when you see a product that is labeled as hemp oil, it is most commonly referring to Hemp Seed Oil. Despite Hemp oil not containing CBD or any other cannabinoids, Hemp oil is an excellent superfood that contains high levels of omegas, vitamins, and nutrients that are beneficial for general health and wellness.
Why buy from Zatural?
Zatural's CBD products do not contain THC. At Zatural, we utilize Broad Spectrum CBD Oil. Our products contain all the powerful cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and additional compounds that provide the most effective therapeutic results without the psychoactive effects of THC. We provide third-party lab tests, so our customers know what they are purchasing. Our products are free of additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, fillers, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and mycotoxins. For these reasons, Zatural's CBD will not show up on panel drug tests.
At Zatural, our customers come first. Our mission is to help increase the standard of health through natural means. All of our products are natural, organically grown, and handcrafted. We offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee that allows you to return your product for a full refund if you are not satisfied.