Here at CBD Life UK, we often receive questions and concerns from people who are hesitant to begin taking CBD in fear of them failing a drugs test. While they are so many great benefits of taking CBD, we wouldn’t want people losing their jobs from using our products.
In many workplaces drug testing is common, if not mandatory and more workers than ever before are being subjected to drug screening. Even before initial employment has taken place, some employers have drug testing down as a common condition before you get the go ahead.
As we’re sure many of you know, drugs tests aren’t just for cannabis. They are also there to detect things like cocaine, opioids, amphetamines and more. Depending on what it is that you have been taking and how often, detection of it through a drugs test can be possible from a few hours to weeks later!
We know how important it is to be confident in the company you are buying CBD products from by knowing the potency and safety of the products. So, here’s the facts:
CBD is a cannabis compound that doesn’t make you ‘stoned’ or ‘high’. When it comes to cannabis, drugs tests pick up THC (the compound that does make you high). Drugs test are carried out because THC is known for psychoactivity and feelings of euphoria and this is the illegal part!
Most hemp oil or CBD products are sold with much lower levels of THC so most consumers will never have a problem passing a drugs test.
Remember, CBD isn’t even being tested for and most work places aren’t going to have a problem with you using it- it’s non-psychoactive.
All of this said, individuals who take UNUSUALLY large doses of CBD (1000-2000mg of hemp oil daily) could theoretically fail a drugs test but let’s put this in perspective…
We suggest that our customers do not go over the recommended 200mg a day of hemp oil. Even if you took 3 of our CBD capsules morning, noon, and night (3x10mg) and then use our CBD oil spray 4 times a day (4x5mg) you are still only having 50mg of CBD. Nowhere near 1000mg or 2000mg to be able to fail a drugs test.
Although very rare, the urine screen in these cases would likely represent a “false positive”. This is good news for “normal” consumers of CBD/hemp oil.
Hemp contains anywhere from 1/10th to 1/300th of the THC concentration found in marijuana. An individual consuming 1000-2000 mg per day of hemp oil would therefore consume approximately 3-6 mg of THC.
All in all, since CBD oil derived from hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, a hemp oil routine shouldn’t cause a user to fail a drug test.
While research has shown that it’s unlikely that CBD products alone would lead to a positive result on a drug test, it’s important to note that CBD was found to interact with the body’s metabolism of certain compounds. What this means is that CBD users who also use marijuana may actually show higher levels of THC for a longer period of time than when using marijuana alone.
According to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, farmers in the United States are now allowed to grow and cultivate industrial hemp; it is removed from the controlled substances list if it contains a maximum of 0.3% THC (0.2% uk). CBD oils that fall within this range can be sold as food supplements and is legal.
Another example we can give to reiterate this is poppy seeds: While poppy seeds don’t actually contain morphine, the seeds can become coated by, or absorb, opium extract during harvesting. Research shows that morphine and codeine can sometimes be detected in the urine up to 48 hours after ingestion of poppy seeds from some pastries, such as bagels, muffins, and cakes.
USADA cannot predict the amount of poppy seeds you can eat and remain within a threshold to still pass a drugs test.