Updated: Sep 25, 2020
Even before times got as strange as they are now, we were already living in an uncertain era in regards to cannabis. Cannabis products are being gradually legalized, but only in certain states in the case of THC products, while CBD is legal and available in all but three states (Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota) as of January of this year.
Along with this gradual legalization has come the phasing out of mandatory drug tests by many employers, but just as there are still restrictions and conditions on the sale and use of CBD and other cannabis products in many places in the United States, some employers do still insist on a urinalysis or saliva test before hiring, or at random after employment begins. Here’s what you need to know if you’re faced with this as a CBD user.
First of all, CBD itself will not show up on a drug test. However, there are different types of CBD, known as broad-spectrum and full-spectrum. Broad-spectrum is less likely to be contaminated with any THC, which is all taken out in the synthesizing process.
Full-spectrum CBD, on the other hand, contains all naturally occurring compounds of the cannabis plant, which means trace amounts (0.3% or less) of THC, which can conceivably show up on a drug test.
These tests (whether mouth swab, urinalysis, or the less common blood or hair sample) don’t check for CBD, but even these tiny amounts of THC that don’t get you high might still present an obstacle to employment. So if you’re a CBD user who may be subject to random drug tests, it’s best to opt for CBD with no THC.
If you do choose to use the full-spectrum variety frequently and have to take a drug test, you might want to opt for a detox plan, just to be on the safe side. The first thing you should know is that THC is stored primarily in fat cells, so a commonly held belief is that burning fat through exercise is a good way to detoxify.
This is true, but only if you have plenty of time before you have to take the test. If it’s coming up in the next ten days or less, though, you’re going to want to do the opposite. When fat burns, the THC stored in it is then dumped into your bodily fluids, which is what will most likely be tested. So if you’re on a short deadline, try to sweat as little as possible in the days leading up to the drug test.
Water is the main thing you need to cleanse your system, obviously, after discontinuing use of CBD or THC products. Tea with lemon juice is also very good because of the antioxidants, electrolytes, and vitamin C they contain. Don’t overdo the water on the days leading up to the test, though, as it only temporarily dilutes your urine anyway.
The time to drink more water than usual is the day of the test, and urinate accordingly throughout the day to give your system one last flush. Because drug testing labs are on the lookout for diluted samples, be sure to also take B2 or B12 vitamin supplements for normal color, and creatinine supplements to raise your body’s depleted natural levels.