Marijuana is going mainstream as more and more people realize that not only is marijuana not harmful, but it is actually a very effective medicine. Marijuana is made up of various cannabinoids, the most well known of which being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is what provides the euphoria that comes about when you have consumed enough marijuana. Another cannabinoid has been getting a lot of attention lately.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been on the news a lot lately because of its ability to treat various ailments, especially epilepsy. But CBD can provide a lot of other benefits to people too. A common product that is high in CBD that I hear people use a lot is topical rub. I prefer topical rubs that are high in THC, but I have used some that are high in CBD that also provide a lot of relief.
I also know a lot of people that have been smoking high CBD flower. Most of these people are newbie cannabis consumers, and quite frankly can’t handle the high THC strains. Sometimes it gets them too high for their comfort level. A CBD that has a 1 to 1 ratio with THC is a great option for people like that, or even cannabis with a higher CBD count compared to THC is desirable to them too.
Whatever the reason, the fact of the matter is that there are a lot more people consuming CBD than there was a decade ago, or even five years ago. There are various reasons for the spike in consumption, all of which I think is great. I have tried a high CBD pre-roll before, and it wasn’t for me. But if it provides relief for other people and/or makes them smile when they consume it, I say knock yourself out.
But the rise in CBD consumption has resulted in a question being directed towards me more and more as the days go by – can someone fail a drug test for consuming CBD? The answer is yes and no. No, in that drug tests usually are only looking specifically for THC in a person’s urine, hair, or saliva (depending on the test). So the presence of just CBD is not going to result in a positive test result because the test is not designed to look for CBD.
However, a good CBD product is derived from a whole plant extract process. There are a lot of products on the market that are just CBD and contain no THC. That’s because they were probably made in a foreign country from really, really crappy hemp plants, with the CBD being isolated and infused into a lotion or vape pen or whatever other product. Those products are harmful more often than not, so I don’t suggest that people use them, as they contain all kinds of funky stuff.
A good CBD product will have CBD, but also other cannabinoids because they were created using a marijuana strain that is high in CBD, but that also has all of the other cannabinoids found in the plant too. That’s where things get problematic for drug testing purposes. I have used a topical rub that was made using the whole plant that was high in CBD. The ratio of CBD to THC was overwhelmingly CBD, but it also included small amounts of THC.
When I used that topical rub, it soaked into my skin and into my system. Was enough THC absorbed to put me past the threshold of a drug test? Possibly. Every drug test has a threshold of THC. A person can have a little THC in their system, but too much and the threshold is crossed, and the drug test shows a positive result (which has negative consequences for the test taker!). There are many factors at play when it comes to THC and your body, with body weight, metabolism, and frequency of use all playing a role.
All situations are different, and just because you consume marijuana (high CBD or otherwise) doesn’t mean that you will fail a drug test. However, it is certainly possible. If you have to take drug tests for employment, probation, or other reasons, it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of whole plant extract CBD products. Y9u may be able to use them and get away with it just fine, but you also could use CBD and fail a drug test for THC. It’s not fair, and it’s not something that I support, but the drug testing industry is ruthless and if you need your job or freedom or whatever the case may be, you may want to refrain. Drug testing is inhumane, but it’s unfortunately an evil that is common in our society.
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