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Will CBD Oil Show Up on a Drug Test? Here's How to Know for Sure...

There is no longer any real doubt that using CBD oil, with its high concentrations of the compound it can have a positive effect for those suffering from a range of illnesses. Scientific studies have shown that this product can have real therapeutic uses for people suffering from epilepsy, anxiety, depression, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and a whole range of other chronic conditions.

However, many people still have concerns regarding the usage of this oil particularly when random examinations at work are involved, because many people fear the same thing. Does CBD show on a drug test, and how long does CBD stay in your system? It must be one of the most asked questions we have about this product. People are still wary of using cannabis based products like this medicinal oil because in some parts of the world, the marijuana plant is still considered taboo, or even illegal and people still try to dis-associate themselves with it as much as they can, at least to the public eye. Let's face it, people do not want to risk their livelihood, even if they are convinced of the medical benefits.

Many employers conduct these procedures to ensure their employees are fit for work, especially in industries where lives are on the line or heavy equipment is being used. We are all for an employer ensuring everyone’s safety in this way, but it does pose an issue for those using marijuana as a medicinal herb.

To be 100% clear, this oil will NOT, in the vast majority of cases, give you a positive result. Of course we do not expect you to just take our word for it. This is why we are here writing this article about CBD drug tests. I'm about to go deep into the specifics of how these examinations work, to show you that you have nothing to worry about when it comes to consuming cannabidiol. 

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Complete User Guide: CBD Oil and Drug Tests

If you have been in the US workforce for some time already, then you are pretty likely to have encountered a drug examination by now, either as a routine review or as you begin a new job. It is fairly common practice for employers to assess for psychoactive drugs due to the effect they have on people’s cognition and behaviour and THC, which is one of the active ingredients in cannabis is certainly among them.

The oil itself is not psychoactive, but this product can have trace amounts of THC, which can be concerning to some people using it for the first time. Just to be especially clear, THC is a compound that CANNOT make you high. But can it show up in an examination?

How it Works in The Labs

Almost every one of the 40-50 million work related drug tests done annually are urine checks, which are conducted by specialist laboratories contracted by individual companies to complete the task.

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These laboratories examines people for THC and other psychoactive drugs and while the sensitivity of these assessments can vary, the standard detection level for a compound is 50ng/ml. The reason they do not set the level at 0 is that this would create way too many false positives, causing a whole lot of pointless work and anguish for all involved.

It should be noted that even though this is the standard, the laboratory can be asked to change the sensitivity of the assessment. The detection level can be set as low as 20 ng/mL or as high as 100ng/ml.

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When we are talking about CBD oil, the standard level of THC is around 0.3%, which is so low that you will never have any kind of reaction to it. This level is also so low that it would not show up on a urine or CBD blood test.

One problem that users of this medicinal product can face is that cannabinoids other than THC can return a false positive on the first stage of urine samples.

What happens is, if you do result positive on the first stage there is a more accurate second stage of testing and if it is not detected here, then your results will not return a positive at this point of analysis. 

If you want to be super cautious and just stop taking cannabis based products before your scheduled check up, then it is important to know how long does it stay in your system. However, a range of studies has concluded that there is no definitive answer, simply because each person metabolises cannabinoids at different rates.

Some people have resulted in zero traces of THC after as few as 12 days, but the average is generally from 20-30 days.

How To Avoid Being Detected

Here's the good news. There is actually a very minor chance of a positive result while using CBD oil and on the second round of confirmation testing you will not show a positive.

The only situation that can cause difficulties is using a large amount of cannabinol oil. To ensure that you do not fall foul of the tiny percentage of THC found in this product, you should look to always use only the recommended dosage, which is so low that the THC will not be detectable. There is no such thing as CBD testing, so if you consume too much, you might be at risk of endangering your position.  

If you're unsure, best play things safe.  While we would never condone cheating a urine test, there are indeed synthetic, clean urine samples available on the market.​

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Also, you should always source your cannabis based products from a reputable manufacturer that can confidently provide the details of exactly how much THC is present.

The Final Verdict: Are You Safe To Test?

It is extremely important to be aware of the regulations and use of drug assessments in your industry. Getting a positive result in many professions can lead to dismissal or loss of licensing and accreditation. You should however rest assured that with such a low level of THC present in these medicinal oils, you will not give a positive result when assessed for THC.

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The bottomline is that you can put your fears to rest and stop asking yourself, "does CBD show up on a drug test". Now you know CBD is not a psychoactive compound and is completely safe to use. If you feel like your health would be improved by trying this product, you should use it with confidence knowing that your job is safe and that you will stay clean.

To find out more about a range of cannabis based product and the science behind them head over to our homepage where you will find articles on everything weed related.




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