Since the federal legalization of hemp farming, the CBD craze has swept across the country.
However, many of those looking to try CBD for the first time are rightfully questioning whether by taking this chemical compound derived from cannabis plants could potentially lead to a failed a drug test.
So can you safely take CBD and come out clean on a drug test?
Pure CBD Will Not Show Up On a Drug Test
Traditional drug tests aim to detect CBD’s closely related cousin THC, which is a psychoactive chemical compound associated with marijuana.
Since hemp strains of cannabis only contain 0.3% THC, by taking CBD you shouldn’t have any problems with failing a drug test either at work or for medical purposes.
Researchers have put CBD through the two commercially-available drug tests and found that neither test reacted with the CBD.
However, there is a caveat to be mindful of.
Only Pure CBD Will Remain Undetected on Drug Tests
Researchers have proved that CBD will not result in a failed drugs test, you should be aware that they were using only the purest forms of CBD.
In the real world, loosely-regulated manufacturers can formulate products such as CBD oils and CBD flowers while using other compounds during processing. It is possible that these added compounds could cause issues for those worried about failing a drug test.
The most respected purveyors in the industry release the results of purity tests undertaken on their products, a 2017 study revealed as much as 7 out of every 10 CBD products tested did not contain the amount of cannabidiol stated on the label.
A further 1 in every 5 contained THC, which is worrying considering that’s what commercially available drug tests are detecting for.
Why Use CBD in The First Place?
With the potential risk outlined above, it begs the question why people would want to take CBD in the first place.
Yet millions of happy customers do so every day.
It has a wide-variety of purported healing properties; from helping with depression and anxiety, to relieving chronic pain symptoms, but none of these claims have been backed by any empirical evidence yet.
The majority of clinical trials involving CBD are still ongoing, the FDA did recently approve a drug named, Epidiolex which contains pure CBD and is used for treating rare forms of epilepsy.
So if you’re currently taking CBD for its medical benefits, what should you do if you have a drug test coming up?
What to Do If You Have an Impending Drug Test?
Firstly, it would be a wise decision to buy your CBD products from retailers and brands that publish their purity testing results from a trusted third-party, so that you can verify exactly how much CBD and THC there is within the products you consume.
If you want to make absolutely sure, there is the simple option of refraining from taking your trusted CBD leading up to the drugs test. Without it in your system, it will be impossible to produce a positive test.
Finally, if you depend on the medical benefit the CBD provides for you and refrainment is not an option, it may be wise to be upfront with your use of CBD. That way your tests can be interpreted in that manner ahead of time, instead of trying to explain anyway adverse findings after-the-fact.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) has been negatively affected by the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is even true when it comes to memory. THC has been studied for far longer than CBD. As a result, we know how THC negatively affects cognitive functions.
Long term use of THC has been proven to cause the hippocampus to shrink. This is the part of the temporal lobe that is associated with memory. As a result, THC is blamed for people who partake often to have a bad memory.
Short term memory loss is the main culprit caused by extensive use of THC. Studies actually suggest that users who experiment with THC products will not be affected in the long term. Any damage caused will be repaired in a matter of weeks.