So, we have all heard about the incredible benefits of using CBD oil to benefit many medical conditions. CBD oil seems like a miracle substance for everything from headaches to skin problems and even shows promise as a cancer elixir. CBD oil is extracted from Cannabis sativa, better known as the cannabis plant. Here lies the problem concerning the grey area in the fact that CBD oil is legal in many parts of the world, while using marijuana medically or recreationally features different legal status in seemingly every jurisdiction. So what are the potential problems in drug testing resulting from the use of cannabis products?
After all, no truck driver wants to risk their livelihood as a result of using CBD oil to treat their arthritis. And no lawyer wants to lose their license from using CBD oil to treat their migraines. This article will outline the risks in using CBD oil concerning drug testing systems and discuss how to avoid any problems with drug testing while using CBD oil.
CBD vs. THC
Have you ever wondered why people who smoke a joint (a “marijuana cigarette”) get some sort of buzz, while the use of CBD oil is not accompanied by any sensation of feeling “high”? Both the joint and CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, after all. But the marijuana that people smoke and the CBD oil that people use derive from different strains of the cannabis plant.
The reason why there is no accompanying psychoactive sensation with the use of CBD oil is that it features a different active ingredient to provide its effects. People who smoke marijuana experience the high due to the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), while CBD stands for cannabidiol. Both THC and CBD are known as cannabinoids, and the marijuana plant contains at least 113 different cannabinoids. Many cannabis products involve either the active ingredient THC or CBD.
THC is contained in the marijuana plant, which has a much higher THC content than other strains of Cannabis sativa. In fact, growers of marijuana selectively breed strains with higher THC levels in order to produce a stronger product (i.e., containing higher levels of THC). Conversely, CBD oil is generally extracted from industrial hemp, which features a different chemical composition compared to the marijuana plant, including much lower levels of THC. The level of THC in industrial hemp is so low that you are unable to smoke enough to get any sort of psychoactive reaction from smoking it.
Legal Issues Involving CBD and THC
Given the many benefits of CBD oil in the treatment of various medical conditions, many countries, as well as U.S. states, have legalized its use. In fact, for the most part, CBD oil is legal to use in most countries and U.S. states.
However, legal issues regarding CBD oil is more complicated than it first appears. Though it is true that the use of CBD oil is legal in most states and countries, THC remains banned in many of these areas. The trace amounts of THC found in many CBD oils, while not sufficient to give you that sensation of “feeling high”, are enough to cause you legal problems.
CBD Oil VS. THC – The Drug Test System
Drug testing systems are looking to detect THC in the blood. That is, drug tests and drug testing centers are concerned only with the psychoactive THC compound when they scan your blood. After all, THC is what remains banned globally, and it is this compound that drug tests are looking to detect and can give you all sorts of problems with your employment status.
Only at extremely high doses of CBD would a drug test come back as ‘positive’ for marijuana. Experts from the drug test centers in the United States estimate that a CBD user would need to ingest over 2,000 mg per day in order to produce a ‘false positive’ on a drug test. For reference, the average CBD user typically ingests 120 to 160 mg per day.
The safest way to avoid problems with standard drug testing is to minimize the THC content in your CBD oil. Many companies are responding to consumer concerns by labeling “THC-free CBD Oil” on packaging and marketing materials. So sleep easy and live healthy by enjoying the amazing health benefits of CBD oil without any fear of facing problems with drug testing.