Cannabidiol (CBD) should not be showing up on a drug test. But as it contains trace amounts of the main active ingredient of marijuana – delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), there are chances for it to be showing up on drug tests. Therefore, the use of CBD can often lead to a positive result in a drug test in some cases. But this also depends on many factors like the quality and composition of the product.
There are a few things to know about the ways to avoid a possible positive result on a drug test, what to look for while buying a CBD product, and so on. Read ahead to know more.
What to do when Certain Products Contain THC
It is often difficult to know what the ingredients are in a CBD product while choosing them even if the products are legal in your country because most of the CBD products are not been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The contamination of CBD products by THC is more likely while considering factors like the origin of the CBD extract, method of harvesting the extracts, etc.
Different Types of CBD
Cannabidiol is extracted from cannabis which contains hundreds of compounds that occur naturally including terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc. The chemical composition of these compounds varies according to the strain and variety of the plant.
Even though both hemp and marijuana products are been derived from the cannabis plant, both contain THC on different levels. Marijuana plants usually have varying concentrations of THC in them and this concentration is the reason for causing the “high” feeling when it is consumed. In contrast to this, CBD products that are derived from hemp are legally required to have THC content of less than thirty percent. For the same reason, the CBD products that are derived from hemp would mostly contain THC than CBD products that are derived from CBD.
The variety of the plant is not the only factor that decides the presence of compounds in CBD products. Refinement and harvesting techniques are also responsible for it.
Urine testing for cannabis is quite common, especially in workplaces. There should be a presence of THC-COOH at a concentration of fifty nanograms per milliliter in the urine to trigger a positive test for cannabis.
The detection windows for urine testing also vary and it depends greatly on the dose and frequency of cannabis use. The metabolites of THC are detectable for around three to fifteen days after its use.