How Can You Know If CBD Is in the Marijuana You’re Taking?
Although many hemp-based CBD products are readily available in countries where recreational marijuana is not legal, some individuals may worry whether their regular use of CBD oil may show up on an employment drug test. Even in legal states where it’s perfectly legal to purchase THC-laden cannabis from a licensed retail outlet, some employers continue to screen potential employees for potential cannabis use. For this reason, many people are opting to instead purchase CBD oil products, which may show up much less on a urine test than THC-derivatives. But whether or not CBD oil can be used by current or potential employees, the general opinion is that it doesn’t do anything for current cannabis users. And while CBD isn’t exactly a magic cure-all, the drug does have its own, very real side effects, and any potential benefit should be weighed against the risk.
When it comes to peeing in a drug test, “the king is not necessarily dead,” as the saying goes, but sometimes the weed is not what you think it is. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that the amount of THC in your body when you pass a drug test can vary significantly based on the dose you’ve taken. In recent years, labs have developed more sophisticated analytical methods for measuring the concentration of THC and so the potency of cannabis used by criminal defense attorneys may not necessarily be close to the amount present in a patient’s system at the time of a traffic stop. It’s important to note that although the NIDA advocates that medical marijuana use should be legalized, the organization also discourages the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. For most people, the cost of legal cannabis is a better investment than the risk of getting caught with a pot test.
To illustrate how these new tests work, consider this example: A police officer pulls over a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence. After performing a series of chemical tests, the officer finds that the subject has indeed been smoking cannabis. The court then decides whether or not to file charges. If the court does so, it will require the arresting officer to administer a blood test before charging the man; the results would then determine if the man had been exposed to illegal drugs, which could result in a false positive drug test.
These days, blood, urine, and saliva drug tests are much more accurate than they were a few years ago. However, despite the accuracy of these tests, they still draw some controversy. Most people are familiar with the false positive and false negative results that appear in standard drug tests. For instance, the random breathalyzer test commonly performed by law enforcement officers has a high rate of false positives, as many people are guilty of this simple test even though they do not actually possess a criminal record. Also, many employers screen background checks on potential employees using a similar method. It is highly unlikely that a person with only a single DUI will ever be hired, but people with a history of this disorder may be denied employment over false positive results.
So just how can you tell if the substance you are testing has CBD, or Cannabidiol in it? If the substance shows up on a drug test due to a high concentration of THC, then you are probably looking at cannabidiol. A small amount of cannabidiol, or CBD, will show up in a small amount of the substance. But, a small amount of CBD is also present in smaller amounts of other substances, including some other types of cannabis, and will not show up on any test. This means that a person could have a small amount of CBD, but large amounts of other substances, which could all be Cannabidiol, all rolled into one.
So how can we know if CBD is in fact the substance in the Marijuana that caused all the fuss in the first place? It’s not as difficult to find out, since CBD is not as highly active as THC. In fact, less than one percent of the Cannabidiol in marijuana is CBD. A lab experiment done at the University of California showed that trace amounts of CBD can jump-start the body to produce its own chemicals, such as dopamine. This explains the strange effect that a little bit of CBD has on people who take it for certain medical problems, since CBD doesn’t work by itself, but rather works when combined with certain other substances, such as marijuana or hemp. This is why many people claim that they have no side effects while taking hemp or marijuana; it’s just the combination of the two that produces the ‘bad effect’ of the drug.