Worried that you could fail a drugs test, by using CBD? Does your work or job mandate periodic or random drug testing? It’s a common question. Any responsible adult should be asking this before consuming anything new or unfamiliar.
We’ll look at what CBD is, the different CBD products such as CBD vape additives (those made from full spectrum and CBD isolate) and CBD isolate powder, but also how marijuana and the various drug tests work and what they test for.
We will also answer the question we get asked everyday: Does CBD Show Up on, or Cause a Positive, Drug Test? This article should prove invaluable to understanding the risks associated. Keep reading!
What Is CBD?
CBD – Cannabidiol – is one of the many chemical compounds in a class called “cannabinoids” that naturally occur in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is 100% legal in the UK and most of Europe.
While THC is the most famous of the cannabinoids for its ability to get people high, CBD does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. CBD is NOT going to get you high; YES CBD products contain 0% THC and our CBD is 97-99% pure as independently tested.
The different CBD products – Full spectrum vs CBD isolate
CBD isolate is exactly as the name suggests – it is CBD in the purest form, without any of the other cannabinoids and terpenes that may be found in hemp or cannabis. CBD isolate is odourless, flavourless and is a generally supplied as a white powder. CBD isolate is flexible in it’s uses, it can be used to create CBD vape additives such as YES CBD Pure Addition and topical balms and lotions that can be used for a CBD massage.
Full spectrum by contrast does contain other cannabinoids and terpenes (the aspect that causes the famous aroma) found in marijuana, for example CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin).
Full Spectrum CBD also contains small amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the aspect that causes a ‘high’ in cannabis and the aspect that drug tests typically look for, but in very low concentrations this should result in very minimal psychoactive stimulation. However, there have been some cases where suppliers are pushing the legal boundaries for the THC content of their CBD products.
The difference between the two is a matter of personal preference – YES CBD make all of our products using CBD isolate, as we believe it leads to a purer end product that is always odourless and flavourless.
We can also guarantee that the CBD isolate used in our products is 0% THC, meaning that our products will not show up on nor cause a positive drugs test. The CBD isolate we use in our products is tested by an independent lab, we have the test results on our website (yes, in our company name!) for all to see. Be very careful of CBD suppliers that do not have a laboratory test report or those who have one in a different company name!
CBD isolate is extremely easy to use, making it the favourite method for individuals making their own CBD products. Customers can make their own lotions and balms for a CBD massage, or their own CBD vape additives and CBD E Liquids.
Understanding a Marijuana or general drugs test
In order to understand whether or not CBD use is an issue for drugs tests, we need to first examine the different drugs tests that are available. Drug tests can take a variety of forms, the testing method used usually comes down to who is performing the test, how quickly results are required and of course cost.
Drug tests that test for marijuana usage, test for the presence of THC specifically – not CBD – CBD is not tested for on a drug test. The most common forms of drug tests are, from least to most accurate:
Instant tests are exclusively urine based, they were developed to allow concerned parents to test their children for drug use. Tests use a ‘dipstick’ and display various colours that can be compared to the supplied chart. They are usually used to determine if further, more accurate, testing is required.
Urine-based marijuana drug tests take a sample, often collected in a sealed plastic cup and then sealed with tamper evident tape. Tests are typically split into two portions. The first portion is screened using immunoassay analysers. If there is a positive, a confirmation is obtained through GC/MS using the second portion.
Saliva-based marijuana drug tests typically only test within a reasonably short timeframe. For marijuana products, this is no more than 24 hours unless a person is a heavy user, which can create a build up that can last a little longer. Saliva tests work like urine tests with immunoassay analysis first and GC/MS for confirmation of any positive hit on the first portion.
Workplaces lean towards saliva testing because of the fast turn around time for results, it can also better detect if drugs have been consumed whilst at work. Samples can be collected quickly and without the need for specialist equipment.
Road Traffic Police typically use such tests for a side-of-the-road test – and would then perform more accurate testing, such as a blood test, if a positive result is given. Saliva tests performed by the Police may provide a higher accuracy over a longer period.
Hair-based tests have a high degree of accuracy, they are also have one of the highest retention times because metabolites get deposited into the hair after going through the bloodstream. Hair tests have been known to measure up to 90 days.
Hair tests are much more expensive than some of the previously mentioned tests, for this reason they are generally only performed where a high level of accuracy over a longer period is required and when the person/company/authority has a reasonable financial budget to perform the test.
Blood used for a drug test works on the same principles as other tests but they have a higher degree of accuracy. Simply because of the purity of samples. Other tests take a substance and then process it to some extent to be fed into machines and devices. Most commonly these are liquids and gasses, which blood already is.
Blood testing is not a common form of drug tests, mainly because taking blood is viewed as more obtrusive than other methods. Blood is also a volatile fluid which is considered a bio-hazard and so has to be collected by trained professionals. Workplaces are generally not equipped to perform such tests, testing by the Police is probably the most common use of blood drug tests.
Does CBD show up on a drugs test?
All YES CBD products are made from CBD isolate, which is 0% THC. YES CBD products, such as Pure Addition CBD vape additive or our Pure Crystal CBD isolate will not cause a positive test for THC on a drugs test.
Our CBD isolate is tested by an independent lab and we provide the test results on our site – the test results are in our own company name, as they should be – should any of our tests come back with any traceable element of THC (this has never happened to date), then quite simply the CBD isolate would NOT be used in the creation of our products.
When using CBD isolate derived products, such as YES CBD products, these cannot cause the failure of a drugs test. Drug tests do NOT test for CBD, they do not even test for marijuana specifically – the aspect that causes a positive drug test for cannabis consumption, is the presence of THC.
CBD isolate products contain 0% THC (or should!), full spectrum products by contrast do contain an element of THC.