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Does CBD Show Up on Drug Tests?

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CBD oil’s popularity is on the rise, and while these oils do provide therapeutic benefits to users, a lot of people are confused whether or not the oil will cause a positive drug test. Don’t worry, a lot of people, including experts, have debated this very topic.

Can a cannabidiol user test positive for marijuana?

Understanding Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD isn’t intoxicating, so when a person should not undergo a CBD oil drug test. Since CBD doesn’t provide psychoactive benefits, most employers don’t care if you’re using CBD oil – a drug test is not to find out if the person is using CBD oil. Cannabis makes a person high because of the THC content – not the CBD content.

When a person uses CBD oil, they’re using the compound from either the hemp or marijuana plants.

And CBD has health benefits that help millions of people. Studies are still being conducted on  the health benefits this oil offers, but people that suffer from the following have found life-changing benefits with CBD:

  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Inflammation
  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions

There are also studies on CBD linking it to being able to help with certain forms of cancer. When CBD oil is made, it’s extracted from the leaves, flowers or stalks of the hemp or marijuana plant. Taking this oil is done in one of a few ways:

  • Orally
  • Topically
  • Capsules
  • Tinctures

People apply the oil to their skin, and they find relief from their health issues shortly after. Some people will simply use CBD oil to relax and calm their nerves.

You’ll even find a growing trend with people giving this oil to their pets that have aches and pains. There’s definitely a lot of people and animals finding relief from using CBD oil. There’s also a trend of these very oils being used in new, innovative ways.

So, there’s a lot of great things coming with CBD oil, and studies are showing that people aren’t crazy – these products certainly work well.

With that said, you also have to understand how drug tests work. I won’t go into the scientific aspect of drug tests too much, but it’s important to know that a drug test will check for THC or carboxy-THC.

There is a small chance that some oils may contain THC, but this shouldn’t happen with high quality oils.

True extracts that are void of THC will not cause a positive result. If you use CBD oil, a normal urine test should not be positive. This is a statement that several of the leading experts in the field have deemed to be true.

And it makes sense.

Since the test isn’t testing for CBD, you won’t test positive. The problem is that there’s always a risk of some THC content, and sometimes this is on purpose. The idea is that THC works better with CBD content mixed in, enhancing the effects.

Regulatory agencies have also cracked down on several companies that sell CBD oil. The companies were given warnings because their labeling didn’t contain factual information. Oftentimes, the labels had the wrong amount of CBD listed, or there were times when improper medical claims were listed.

Agencies continue to crackdown on these violators, so the industry has become more “truthful” in 2017.

Your best bet, if you know that you have to take a drug test, is to research the specific CBD oil brand you’ll be using prior to your test. Do your research to see if anyone else has failed their test after using the oil.

Safety and potency are the key most important things to research.

Rumors and Theoretical Concerns

Since a CBD oil drug test isn’t much of a concern, there is still some rumors and theories to keep in mind. If a person is taking very large amount of CBD hemp oil, they may trigger a positive drug test. The amounts would need to be in the 1000mg to 2000mg range daily.

It’s not likely to trigger a positive test, and even if the test is positive, it will likely be considered a false positive.


The test will look for other THC compounds as well as non-THC metabolites. Most tests will look for all of these indicators before a positive is found, so you’ll likely not be hit with a positive test. CBD-rich hemp oil has very small amounts of THC, and these amounts are not likely to trigger a positive test when the oil is taken in smaller quantities.

You’ll also find theories that CBD will convert to THC, and while studies from the 1940s did show this to be true, there’s no concrete backing for this happening in vivo in humans.

What did occur is that the CBD converted to THC after a long period of exposure to gastric acids.

You’ll find that there are a lot of rumors and theories to sift through, and if you’re that concerned, you may not want to use your oil prior to a drug test. But, for the vast majority of people that use high quality oils at the right dosages, there’s really no cause for concern when using CBD oil.

Research lab reports and call the company providing your oil to make sure that you won’t be hit with a positive drug test – that’s always your best scenario. Forums and online discussion groups can also help you find a product that has been known not to produce positive tests.

A little research and the right product will provide you with health benefits while also ensuring that you don’t test positive on a drug test.

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Does CBD Get You High?

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CBD vs THC are two main ingredients that are found in marijuana plants. And these two ingredients have a different result when smoked or applied with oils and the like. A lot of people wonder if CBD can get them high, and we’ll be answering this question shortly.

What is CBD?

What Is CBD

CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of 113 cannabinoids in cannabis. And what makes this cannabinoid so special is that it accounts for 40% of the plant’s extract. As a result of its high concentration, CBD is a main focus of research in the field.

CBD has been shown to have a lack of side effects, and it has a lack of psychoactivity, too.

Numerous studies in Brazil have been conducted on CBD, with a 30-year investigation being of major importance. This study found that:

  • CBD is an antipsychotic
  • CBD prevented psychosis
  • CBD does not have the psychotomimetic effects of THC

Another major study found that CBD is a non-psychotropic.

CBD on its own will not cause you to get high. This is why so many people will use oils and the like as a form of medicine for various conditions (more on that soon).

What is THC?

What is THC

THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol.  And this is the principal psychoactive in cannabis. If a person wants to get high, they’ll want a strain of cannabis that has a high level of THC.

The good news is that there is a very low risk of a person becoming dependent on THC, and addiction is very low.

People can take THC either through topical applications, inhaling it or orally. Most people choose to smoke it, but there are obviously other options if you fear that the smoke will have an impact on your breathing or lung function.

A lot of studies on THC have been done, and there is no doubt that this is the component responsible for getting people high. The study linked talks about concentration levels and how these levels will vary depending on a range of factors.

Medical Uses for CBD and THC

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CBD and THC both have their own benefits when used for medicinal purposes. It should be noted that different strains of cannabis will have different levels of both CBD and THC. And these different levels will provide a mild or stronger high, depending on their concentration.

CBD has a wide range of medical benefits, and a study released by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology outlines many of the medical benefits of CBD:

  • Reduces and fights against cancer cells and tumors
  • Helps a person relieve anxiety
  • Shows a strong benefit for people with depression
  • Combats inflammatory diseases
  • Helps to combat psychosis disorders
  • Works to prevent and relieve seizure activity
  • Reduces vomiting and nausea

There are also studies and drugs created using CBD as the main ingredient to help fight schizophrenia and epilepsy.

And when using CBD, this will also reduce the effects of THC.

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Memory impairment and paranoia that can be brought on by THC usage is reduced when there is a high level of CBD content in cannabis. This is obviously negated with pure CBD oils where there would be little-to-no THC content.

Numerous studies for CBD have been done that show the following:

  • Reduction in central nervous system inflammation
  • May prevent disc degeneration
  • May fight off epileptic seizures

But what about its THC counterpart?

Getting high may be shunned, and this is the main reason people argue against marijuana usage – both recreational and medical. But there are actually a lot of cases where a high THC content strain may be used for medicinal purposes.

  • Pain Relief: A person with intense pain will often turn to THC because it can reduce nerve-related pain and neuropathic pain, too. Pain signals that are sent from the brain can be blocked with THC, which makes it ideal for cancer patients or diseases that result in severe pain.
  • PTSD: Painful memories, such as those that result in PTSD, are often treated with a high level of THC.
  • Appetite: People with eating disorders that are very severe may be prescribed THC to help stimulate their appetite.
  • Asthma: Research from the 1970s shows that marijuana may actually help patients that have asthma. The trials that were conducted showed that asthma attacks were able to be calmed with THC.

THC is primarily used as a pain reliever. The different strains of cannabis have been grown and altered to allow for higher or lower levels of THC and CBD respectively. This allows for one plant to produce enough THC to help combat the pain from cancer after chemotherapy and enough CBD to be able to combat the “high” a person feels.

The goal of many medical THC users is to find a way to combat their symptoms while still remaining functional after taking a dose.

There are also cannabis plants with high THC content that are meant to put people into a very intense high. This is mainly used for people that have severe pain that may not be able to be treated with traditional means. Marijuana has been shown to be less addictive than other pain relievers, such as morphine.

CBD vs THC really isn’t a fair comparison. People that have pain will want to choose a cannabis plant with high THC levels, while a person that wants relief from anxiety, inflammation and other medical conditions and doesn’t want the high will want to consider CBD.