The Truth About Using CBD Hemp Oil And Passing A Drug Test

There’s growing trouble in the paradise of CBD hemp oil lovers across the United States and selected parts of the globe, and it’s been brewing for a while. Right beside the wonderful innovation that is CBD hemp oil has come a terrible conundrum for its fans: the possibility of failing a drug test after consuming it.

The confusion and fear is so widespread, and even though it’s mostly unfounded and based on rumors, it’s giving CBD hemp oil lovers a great deal of distress.


What is CBD hemp oil?

The whole debacle starts with CBD hemp oil and its wonderful abilities. If you haven’t heard of CBD Hemp oil, you must have been hiding under a rock these recent years.  The solution, made from the hemp plant’s flowers, is one of the many forms of CBD oil currently sold on the market.

It’s commonly associated with the CBD oil extracted from marijuana, more commonly known as just CBD oil. In recent years, the consumption of CBD hemp oil has skyrocketed across the United States.

This new found publicity can be blamed on the legalization of marijuana/cannabis across many states, and the recent unconfirmed claims by various individuals that CBD oils can offer temporary and permanent relief for certain ailments.

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The fact that CBD hemp oil and its consumption have not been correlated with significant side effects for human consumers yet is another plus.

For the past few years, most of the CBD hemp oil sold in the US has been imported or made from imported hemp plant flowers. Most of them are grown abroad, which also explains why CBD hemp oil can get pretty expensive.

But that hasn’t deterred users, naturally, especially those that find temporary relief in using it for their ailments, such as chronic pain and restlessness. It continues to fly off the shelves and get extremely popular.

Still, there are ripples in the water. The worry that using CBD hemp oil exposes you to the risk of failing a drug test, followed by all the negative repercussions that follow, is real, and many users are very confused.

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Passing a drug test

In the US today, drug tests are becoming commonplace. Even though they were still used years ago, they weren’t as prevalent and as randomly assigned as they are today.

They were more common in sport, and conversely, they were the scourge of other industries like entertainment. But today, with a tighter economy, the growing need for more business profitability and the killer that is the opioid crisis, drug tests are no longer sectioned off.

They are assigned everywhere, from hospitals to law firms to police precincts to law firms. Naturally, reading positive for one such drug test is like a death stamp on an individual; the repercussions aren’t always light.

Which explains the worry many CBD hemp oil users feel. Is CBD hemp oil a natural trigger for a positive drug test, based on its source material (hemp) which is comprised of a series of psychotropic substances?

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Does CBD hemp oil cause positive drug tests?

There are myths and truths regarding this question, and they need to be separated.

The Myth

Consuming CBD hemp oil automatically means you’ll test positive for a drug test since it’s extracted from a plant that is itself a drug.

While easy to believe, this statement isn’t quite true. Just because the source plant is a drug doesn’t mean the final result (the oil extraction) will be a drug too. Depending on a series of factors, it might or might not be.

The Myth

When you take too much CBD hemp oil, you automatically get a positive drug test.

This is also untrue. With safe CBD hemp oil, which contains zero to minimal amounts of the psychoactive substance THC (explained more below), even high amounts consumed wouldn’t expose you to the risk of a positive drug test.

In a similar vein, even the smallest amounts of poorly extracted CBD hemp oil consumed can lead to a failed drug test, if the oil has a high concentration of THC.

The Truth

CBD hemp oil can expose you to the risk of a positive drug test when you consume it, but only if you consume the kind that is improperly sourced, improperly manufactured or illegally made.

That’s because most of the CBD hemp oil commonly sold today is usually made from full spectrum industrial hemp, which is specially grown and carefully processed during oil extraction. As a result, the final product usually contains less than 0.3% THC or none at all.

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Tetrahydrocannabidol, commonly known as THC, is the psychoactive substance in both marijuana and hemp that’s responsible for the all-too-famous ‘high’ associated with either drug.

It is also the substance responsible for triggering positive drug tests when its presence in CBD hemp oil is found to be above the approved amount.

As mentioned above, properly extracted CBD hemp oil would have less than 0.3% THC, which isn’t high enough to trigger a positive drug test.

Read also: How To Identify High-Quality Hemp Oil With CBD

While consuming this kind of hemp oil, achieving the kind of high percentage that would trigger a positive drug test would require similarly high consumption of CBD hemp oil, up in the realms of over 1000 milligrams per day.

When compared to the average milligrams most individuals consume per day (20-40 mg), 1000 milligrams is truly an excess (and an unnecessary expense!).

So, yes, you can test positive for a drug test after taking your usual drops of CBD hemp oil, but only when the oil contains high amounts of the compound THC.

The bottom line

To quell your fear, most legally recognized CBD hemp oil manufacturers never let high amounts of THC in their oil extract, while others allow none at all. In other words, buying your CBD oil from safe sources is your safest bet at skipping danger. Finally, as a side note, do consider vaping your CBD hemp oil rather than ingesting it; the former is more effective and has minimal side effects. Otherwise, good luck with your ailments!

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