Blood, hair and perspiration testing are similarly restricted in terms of the substances that they can detect, which at least partially explains why urine is the preferred biological specimen for employees.
If you commit to a urine drug test, this method will pinpoint active compounds that are indicative of a positive result.
After all, an employer would only be interested in outlawing potentially mind-altering substances or supplements that could impact negatively on your performance in the workplace. The non-psychoactive nature of CBD, therefore, makes it a safe and viable substance, and one that won’t raise any eyebrows.
What Substances are Screened During a Drugs Test?
Despite this, CBD is a relatively new supplement, and one that some people are naturally reluctant to consume.
Or in layman’s terms, it’s a test (which is carried out one of the ways below), that shows if you have certain drugs in your system.
We must also consider the fact that CBD is legal in the UK and most countries around the globe, it has also been approved by the World Anti-doping Association (WADA).
Most interestingly, different testing methods can be used to detect a variable range of substances, so employers will often select a viable technique that will help them to achieve their precise objectives.
They usually keep an eye on the entire process. Therefore, there’s less room for error from these sources.
Therefore, many of these tests are not looking for CBD in any form. That’s good news!
When in doubt, remember that you can always consult with a doctor or healthcare professional.
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Many suppliers release the results of these lab tests, alongside their products. This will tell you exactly how much THC is in the product, so you’re able to consume CBD safely, without the fear of failing any drug tests.
It’s also important to remember that it can take up to 30 days for THC to leave the body. However, this mostly happens with large doses of THC-rich cannabis.
This is especially important, as your genetic makeup can determine how much CBD you’ll need to take, for it to be effective. Thus, a CBD dose that works for a friend or family member might not work for you — even if you use the same strength or product.
Typically CBD products contain less than 0.3% of THC, and is taken in small amounts of 100-800mg a day. For a CBD user to fail a drugs test for the small amount of THC, they’d need to consume a lot of CBD, far more than is reasonably used.
That said at DNA Legal when testing hair we also test THC-COOH which is only produced through the consumption of THC and not CBD.
If someone consumed enough CBD, could they get a positive result for THC?
Yes, it is possible, but it’s unlikely. Certain impure CBD products may contain trace amounts of the other cannabis compounds, including THC. In hair, the heavy repeated consumption of highly impure CBD above 200mg/day may result in the detection of trace amounts of THC.
If hair testing was not conducted initially or it was not tested for THC-COOH then request DNA Legal to perform a hair test that looks for THC-COOH. This will confirm if the person was only positive for CBD or has consumed THC as well.
A urine drug test detects THC above 50mg/ml, which would require the user to consume more than 2,000mg of CBD product on a regular basis. Whilst this is only 2.5x the upper region of what a regular user might take, it is well beyond what is required to be consumed for the desired effects of CBD. This consumption would also need to be within a short time frame of the urine test for the test to produce a positive THC result. In short, it’s unlikely, but it is possible, and this would be considered a positive result, rather than a false positive.