Written By: Sunil Alvarez
Can I fail a drug test from taking CBD? A common misconception with CBD oil is that if you are drug tested, you’ll most likely fail. That’s simply not true. It all depends on the type of CBD product you use.
If you’re using an Isolate product, like our 500mg CBD Isolate, then you have nothing to worry about. If you’re using other types of CBD products, like our full-spectrum CBD tinctures, then there is a chance that you will test positive because it contains trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less). Let’s dive into the details.
CBD products come in three different spectrums: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. The three labels refer to the cannabinoid profile found in the product, and if you’re concerned about failing a drug test then this is important.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are organic chemicals that occur naturally in the Cannabis plant. Researchers have discovered over 110 cannabinoids, including Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the two most popular cannabinoids. THC is famous for its psychoactive effects and CBD for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
As the federal government and states loosen restrictions with respect to Cannabis and Hemp, more and more research is being funded. Which is fueling powerful innovation within the space.
This innovation has led to the recent availability of over the counter health and wellness consumer products that are derived from Hemp and Cannabis. These popular CBD products that you see on the market today can be categorized into three different spectrums: Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and Isolate CBD products. Here’s the breakdown of each.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full-spectrum CBD products contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. This means that most full-spectrum CBD products contain some THC, but it’s a very little amount. In order for a full-spectrum CBD product to be federally legal, it must contain less than 0.3% in THC.
You can always verify by viewing the lab tests.
Full Spectrum CBD products, specifically Tinctures, are extremely popular because your body gets access to the full spectrum of cannabinoids found in the Hemp plant. These cannabinoids combined with the terpenoids, also found in Hemp, contribute the pharmacological effectiveness. Also known as the “Entourage Effect.”
If you are concerned about failing a drug test, then we suggest you purchase a broad spectrum or CBD isolate product to avoid any risk. Even though full spectrum tinctures contain only small traces of THC, there is a possibility of testing positive if enough is ingested on a daily basis.
This is due to the half-life of THC which is 1.3 days for infrequent users and 5-13 days for frequent users. Keep in mind that is half-life is referring to a much higher dose of THC which is commonly found something like a marijuana cigarette or “joint.”
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad-spectrum CBD products contain most cannabinoids found in the Hemp plant, except THC. Some folks prefer a Broad Spectrum CBD product to an Isolate CBD or Full Spectrum CBD product because they want the compounded benefits of absorbing most cannabinoids while eliminating the potential for any of the psychoactive effects that are caused by THC.
If you’d like to take advantage of the entourage effect while playing it safe, then this is the spectrum for you. There’s absolutely no THC found in our Vegan Broad Spectrum CBD Gummies and they’re an excellent choice for those that enjoy a little sweetness with their relaxation.
CBD Isolate products contain only one cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD). In order to Isolate the CBD compound, the original raw oil extract must go through a winterization and refinement process, and then mixed with a carrier oil like medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil.
The extraction process is quite complicated and we won’t get into it at length in this article, but a good rule of thumb is to purchase products that have gone through a CO2 extraction process, as opposed to a solvent extraction method which most don’t recommend because it is dangerous and inefficient. More on CBD Isolates in this article titled, “How to use CBD Isolate.”
In summary, if you are concerned about failing a drug test from taking CBD, then make sure you purchase broad-spectrum or isolate CBD products. We always encourage you to review the 3rd-party lab tests to verify that the product is free from THC and other contaminants.
However, if you are not concerned about failing a drug test for THC, then we recommend you try a full spectrum product so you can benefit from all cannabinoids found in the Hemp plant, including CBD.
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