How Long Does CBD Oil Stay In System And Will It Show Up On Drug Test
If you are an experienced cannabis user, you have already heard about CBD oil, which is gaining popularity because of its numerous health benefits. However, a lot of people who are interested in this product still refrain from using it thinking that it may cause them fail a drug test. The questions “Will CBD oil make me fail my drug test?” and “How long does CBD oil stay in your system?” are the most frequently asked among them nowadays. Below we take a closer look at CBD and drug tests, and answer the questions above.
- What is CBD?
- How long does CBD stay in your system?
- Can you be drug tested for CBD?
- Will CBD show up on your regular drug test?
- Can CBD turn into THC?
- How to avoid being detected
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, abbreviated as CBD, is one of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is often used in the form of oil. CBD is very different from the more famous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a main psychoactive chemical compound found in marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD does not make you feel "high". Instead, it gives your mind and body a sense of relaxation.
CBD is increasingly being used for medical purposes today. The main reason for that usage is that CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it does not change your state of mind.
In the past, medical professionals overlooked CBD, because psychoactive properties of cannabis were better known, but this is rapidly changing. These days they are popularizing the medicinal properties of CBD for general public. Patients suffering inflammation, epilepsy, cancer and other dangerous conditions are now being encouraged to use CBD oil obtained from high CBD strains of cannabis.
How long does CBD stay in your system?
For cannabis users, it is vital to know how long it takes the chemical compounds to leave the body so that you can determine when to stop using before a scheduled drug test.
Since CBD is not very reactive, it will take 3-4 hours to stop feeling its effects. How do you know that the effects are wearing out? Well, if you are using it to attenuate some symptoms, say pain, you will start feeling the pain once again. The reappearing symptoms will give you the green light to use another dosage of CBD, or do as your doctor instructs.
As earlier indicated, CBD has not been in use for long for medical purposes. Therefore, there is not enough certified information on how long it stays in your body. Experts, however, say that it takes 3-4 days to leave your body if you use it in low dosages.
Several studies have been conducted to find out how long CBD stays in your system. In one such study, patients were given extremely high doses of CBD. For six weeks, they took 700 mg of CBD per day. After these 6 weeks, they stopped the doses for a week. After the week of not dosing, their blood was tested for CBD.
It was found that the CBD had nearly cleared out of the body. The levels seen in the blood averaged 1.5 mg/ml after the week of not dosing, and were undetectable after that. The study also found that CBD does not contain any THC as none was detected in the patients.
The half-life of CBD is 2-5 days for all genders. In the study that we have explored above, extreme levels of CBD were administered and they still left the body after a week. This study, therefore, justifies the findings that CBD will stay in your system for 3-4 days if you use it in low doses. The absolute maximum time for small doses of CBD is a week. The half-life is 2-5 days meaning that CBD can be in your body for up to a week depending on a few factors such as body weight and the amount you use.
Can you be drug tested for CBD?
Since we have uncovered that CBD will be in your body for up to one week, you might be worried about your upcoming drug test that is in less than a week. There is no cause for alarm. Companies do not test for CBD in drug tests. Employers, usually, test for THC which is the most active chemical in cannabis, as well as other hard drugs.
Because CBD is nonpsychoactive, it is excluded in drug tests. What employers want to know from drug tests is if you are using anything that could impair your performance/judgment on the job. As earlier noted, CBD does not interfere with the state of mind hence there is no reason to test for it.
Will CBD show up on your regular drug test?
THC is the only cannabinoid that is tested for therefore CBD should not show up in any drug test. However, we know that CBD is extracted from a plant that contains THC, even if it is just a low percentage, say 0.005. This percentage cannot show up on a regular drug test unless it is concentrated.
So, how can you concentrate the amount of THC in CBD oil to the extent that it is detectable? Simple, just take high dosages, 1000-2000 mg/day. Theoretically, this large amount could trigger a positive of THC on a urine test. This positive, however, would be a false positive. An original drug test conducted in a study of patients using CBD hemp oil proved that using immunoassay triggers a false positive. Upon verification using accurate Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry tests (GC/MS) the samples came back negative. These negative results proved that subjects were under the testing limits for THC.
Can CBD turn into THC?
Some rumors have it that CBD can turn into THC and this can cause panic for any CBD user who is about to undergo a drug test. This rumor is true, but only under certain conditions that are only achievable in a scientific lab but not in the human body.
Several lab experiments conducted on CBD prove that, if exposed to lab simulated gastric acid, and for a long period, CBD can turn into THC. There is no evidence that this can happen in the human stomach once CBD comes into contact with gastric acid, as it has never occurred.
How to avoid being detected
Ensure that you buy CBD oil from a reputable manufacturer whose company has a good image. Also, ensure that the amount of THC present in the oil is specified.