Will vaping CBD affect drug test?


Testing for drugs is becoming a more and more common practice within the work place. As we know cannabidiol, CBD is a compound found in cannabis therefore it is fair to think that it may affect the drug tests. The results will decide whether you keep your job or your head rolls...

However, Failing a drug test because of CBD will not happen! While Marijuana use is likely to put you in trouble, using cannabidiol, 'CBD only' products does not lead to the same results.

One of the main psychoactive compound of cannabis is considered to be THC, and this is what drug tests look for. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC. As a matter of fact, CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high! Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia. Cannabidiol also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness. 

It is actually the main metabolite of THC, THC-COOH, which urine tests normally screen for - through a process of immunoassay screening. These tests tend to have a cut-off point of 50 ng/mL, and anything above this will return a positive result. 

Fortunately, this metabolite has very little crossover with other cannabinoids, such as CBG and CBD, so they will not flag up. However, when CBD is taken in excess via traditional oil extractions or CBD products that carry trace elements of THC (around 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil a day), it can return a false positive test during the initial screening. This is because when used in large amounts, other non -THC metabolites can trigger the immunoassay response. When taken to the next level of GC/MS screening, the test should return negative, as it is a much more accurate and specific test. 

Additionally, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC! 

 So what does it mean for CBD users?

If you think you may be subjected to a drug test at work and you use CBD a lot always make sure that your cannabidiol is the highest quality and lab tested with non detectable traces of THC. Simply because these specific CBD products DO NOT have THC - you will then have a lab proven analytical reading for you to go by. 

If you only use 'CBD only' products, you DO NOT need to worry about failing a drugs test. 

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