Does Full Spectrum CBD Show Up on A Drug Test?
The answer to that question greatly depends on a few things. What type of drug test are we talking about? A drug test for probation or a drug test for a casino job? There is a big difference as one is commonly a urine test and the other a hair follicle test. Drug tests aren’t always for employment. There are several reasons one may have to take a drug test and several different types of drug tests.
Full spectrum extraction or FSE CBD produced from hemp should not show up in a drug test for probation unless you’ve been consuming extremely high titrates daily for a substantial amount of time. It’s estimated that you’d have to be consuming 2000 milligrams of CBD or more daily before you “might” fail a drug test.
How could you fail a drug test for THC if you were only taking CBD? The answer is because hemp does contain minute trace amounts of THC (0.003% or less) in it. So, in theory if you were using full spectrum hemp CBD, it would contain all terpenes and compounds from the hemp plant including THC. Very large titrates (estimated dosages) of full spectrum CBD could show traces of THC in certain people.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD from hemp contains terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, THCV and even trace amounts of THC. When full spectrum CBD is derived from marijuana it will contain a higher level of THC that is easily detectable in drug test.
Sometimes full spectrum CBD is referred to as whole plant CBD. With full spectrum CBD you get essential vitamins, fatty acids, minerals, chlorophyll, protein, terpenes, and fiber. In all you get all the incredible offering cannabis has to give you vs. isolated CBD.
When it comes down to making the choice between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate it’s up to you. Research and consumer testimonials are leaning towards full spectrum CBD having more benefits and being a better option. But that would seem common sense being all the extras you get from full spectrum CBD vs. CBD isolate.
What Are the Effects of Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD offers a wider array of health benefits because of the terpene and cannabinoid profile that accompany it. CBD by itself has many different reported ways that it can help the human body. Take a look at these common ways that CBD is helping people.
Reduces convulsions and seizures
Acts as a neuroprotective
Promotes bone growth
Is an antibacterial
Suppresses muscle spasms
Slows bacterial growth
Reduces nausea and vomiting
With full spectrum CBD you get the added benefits from essential vitamins and minerals that aren’t present in CBD isolate. While you may get some of the same effects from an isolate they won’t be nearly as potent. When CBD is isolated it lacks the entourage effect from other cannabinoid and terpene interaction.
Research studying the effects of CBD shows that traditional extraction is more effective than isolate extraction. The study is titled, “Overcoming the Bell‐Shaped Dose‐Response of Cannabidiol by Using Cannabis Extract Enriched in Cannabidiol” and the pdf can be viewed here. The study concluded the following: “In conclusion, we recommend standardized plant extract of the Cannabis clone 202 for treatment of various inflammatory conditions.”
Different Types of Drug Tests
There are several different types of drug test. CBD alone shouldn’t show up on any of them unless it is being looked for. Lets take a quick look at some of the different drug tests used today. Keep in mind that most drug test don’t test for CBD.
Hair Test - A hair follicle test shows everything and can detect just about anything a screener is looking for. These types of test are generally for positions in casinos, private security, and government.
Blood Test - Blood test will show any toxins in your blood. These type of tests are usually only conducted for medical reasons or after accidents and crimes. CBD can be detected in a blood test if it is being looked for.
Urine Test - These tests are most commonly used for probation or employment. CBD should not show up in this test as they are designed to look for THC, Cocaine, Meth, Benzos and other abused drugs. The only way you could fail a urine test with CBD is if you were taking extremely large amounts of it daily over a prolonged period like mentioned above.
Saliva Test - A saliva test can only detect THC for up to 24 hours on average. More employers are favoring this form of testing as it tends to target at work use vs. use on one’s own time at home. It’s virtually impossible for you to fail a saliva test from CBD.
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Currently in the U.S., CBD from industrial hemp is not against the law. Though you may have a hard time explaining the difference between hemp and marijuana to police officials. There is a test to detect CBD (the BEAM test), but it isn’t currently in use as it would serve no purpose.
As more people embrace the health benefits offered by CBD, more questions about the legality of it are bound to surface. CBD can come from both hemp and marijuana. It’s important to know where your CBD comes from. Having a certified lab test with results accompanying any CBD product you buy is a good idea.
With all the good things CBD has to offer it’s hard not to want to give it a try. Be sure to only purchase CBD and CBD products from a trusted source. There are bad people doing bad things to what is supposed to be a safe compound. If you ever feel a high or buzz from CBD discontinue its use and report it to the location you made the purchase at and/or local authorities.