Can CBD Be Detected in an Employer Ordered Drug Test?

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Over the past couple of years, CBD has become an increasingly popular holistic product because of its many wellness benefits. It seems that everyone is clamoring for this plant-based supplement. However, many CBD’s avid users have become aware of news stories involving employees and famous athletes who have tested positive for drugs while using CBD. Because of these stories, CBD enthusiasts may wonder if CBD will affect an employer drug test.

What Shows Up on an Employer Drug Test

A typical employer drug test looks for illegal drugs like amphetamines, marijuana, opiates, methamphetamines, and legal drugs like nicotine and alcohol. You will notice that CBD is not on the list of screened drugs. This is because, by itself, CBD does not have a psychoactive component and will not negatively affect an employee’s ability to perform their job. Therefore, most common drug tests do not look for CBD.

What employer drug tests do look for is the presence of THC, which is associated with marijuana use. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid found in the marijuana and hemp plants from which CBD is extracted. Now, most CBD that you will find in the US is derived from the hemp plant. This is because the hemp plant contains significantly less THC than the marijuana plant. To be legal in the United States, the THC content in a CBD product must be no more than .3% TCH by weight. Although this amount of THC is not known to cause psychoactive side effects, there is a chance it may show up on an employer’s drug test.

According to an article by the Mayo Clinic, the Department of Health and Human Services has established certain drug test cutoff levels. So it’s possible that THC in CBD products will not show unless it is above that cutoff level. However, THC lingers in your system and can be detected for up to 15 days in a urine test. So if you ingest a large quantity of CBD that contains tiny amounts of THC over a week or a month, the THC may build up a bit in your system. This could potentially result in a drug test coming back positive for THC.

Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD

As you shop for CBD products, you will likely find the terms “full-spectrum” and “broad-spectrum” in product descriptions. This is important for our drug testing discussion because it addresses the amount of THC in a CBD product.

When hemp is harvested and processed using scientifically advanced methods – like those used by The Hemp Doctor – the resulting compound contains many beneficial elements. The extraction will include cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, THC, and beneficial terpenes and flavonoids. This potent combination of substances is present in CBD products labeled “full-spectrum.”

CBD products labeled “broad-spectrum” or “THC-free” contain all of the beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as the full-spectrum products. However, during processing, all traces of THC are removed. Therefore, if you work for an employer that conducts mandatory drug testing, using a broad-spectrum or THC-free product maybe your best option.

While a standardized drug test will not test for THCP, most drug tests will test for a
delta 9 THC metabolite which THCP will most likely have.

The Importance of Third-Party Laboratory Testing

As you can see, knowing the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum is vital if you are concerned about drug tests. However, this information is useless if the label on the CBD product you are purchasing is inaccurate.

One thing is sure. There are many CBD products on the market today. These products are created by CBD manufacturers that may or may not adhere to the highest industry standards. Unfortunately, some studies suggest that many of these products are labeled inaccurately, and products marked “THC-free” actually contained significant quantities of the substance. In other words, there are shoddy manufacturers out there providing shoddy products. But how can a consumer know which products are high quality and labeled correctly and which are not? We can answer this question with a few simple words.

Third-party laboratory testing.

This is where the rubber meets the road. Quality CBD retailers subject all of their products to third-party laboratory testing. They publish these laboratory findings on their website so customers can easily verify that what is on the label is precisely what is in the bottle. Third-party lab testing also ensures that your product does not contain pesticides or other harmful chemicals that can show up in low-quality items. So the bottom line is this: If you want to be confident that what is on the label is actually in the bottle, you must purchase your CBD from a high-quality manufacturer that provides third-party laboratory testing data on their products. And this data should be readily available on the company’s website.

We Carry CBD Products That Are THC-free

Suppose you are a current CBD enthusiast or are just considering a journey into holistic wellness. In that case, we at The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, have the THC-free CBD products you are looking for! Our broad-spectrum and THC-free products will give you all of the benefits of CBD without the worry of ingesting even trace amounts of THC.

Take our Orange Flavored CBD Tincture, for example. Each bottle contains 16.67 mg of CBD per 1mL serving so that you get the exact dose of CBD you need without any trace of THC. If CBD in a convenient, pre-measured amount is more to your liking, our THC Free CBD Softgels are a great way to get all of the benefits of CBB without worrying about ingesting any THC that might show up on an employer drug test.

You can count on all our products’ quality and consistency because they are tested through a third-party laboratory to ensure that our label is in the product. We make these results available to you to not take the risk of ingesting an inferior, mislabeled product.

Shop or contact us online today! We have the CBD and hemp products you are looking for!