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Does CBD Show Up in a Urine Test?

The use of CBD has dramatically increased in recent years, in no small part because of the millions of retailers and manufacturers that are now producing products thanks to recent relaxations in American marijuana legislation.

With more people than ever using CBD oil and CBD products, it is no surprise that the world feels somewhat unprepared for its acceptance – does it fall under specific regulations as to what you can do in the workplace? What about if you can use it by driving?

Though many of these questions can be easily answered, there is still one big problem concerning CBD use in the workplace: Urine tests.

No-one enjoys being tested in this way, but people especially do not like having their CBD oil flag up on a drug test when it shouldn’t do. But does it register on the test at all?

What Exactly is a Urine Test & When Are You at Risk of Being Forced to Take One?

When you think of a urine test, the first situation that probably comes to mind is one of a dangerous criminal being tested to determine their drug use and whether or not they should be arrested.

Well, urine tests and drug tests, in general, are incredibly common across the world, as well as being commonly used in the corporate world by many companies. A drug test doesn’t have to be about arresting you at the end of it; instead, it is often just a precaution for many companies. They use the results to determine what kinds of substances you are regularly using, and whether or not the administrators of the tests want you in their employment.

Despite how crazy it might seem for a government to have that much control over what you do in your personal life, the fact remains that it is perfectly legal to do. What makes this even more annoying is the fact that it is incredibly common for mistakes, commonly known as ‘false positives,’ to occur with alarming regularity. 

Sometimes the test is mistaken, and the testing methods don’t work, but most commonly, the test picks up on something that it shouldn’t have. For example, many different over-the-counter or prescription medications contain similar compounds to harder, more illicit substances and, when you are tested while using them, they have a habit of suddenly making you look like a hard drug user.

Nowhere is this more of a problem than with marijuana, as there are now thirty-three US states that allow the use of medicinal marijuana. However, despite the fact that the majority of states have made it legal to allow marijuana for treatment purposes, many companies still choose to discriminate against those users.

This can cause you to lose your job or be further discriminated against in the workplace, or even fail a drug test administered by your state police, despite the fact that your use of the substance is legal. Marijuana is typically considered even more tricky than other substances like Amphetamines and false positives because marijuana has the ability to remain in your hair and urine for a surprisingly long 90-day period.

However, what about CBD oil itself? As so many of the manufacturers and retailers of CBD oil try and tell you, it contains no THC or marijuana traces whatsoever, so why on earth would it get registered as marijuana on a urine test?

CBD & Urine Tests

There is a bit of a problem when trying to talk about urine tests and CBD because there isn’t actually one single urine test that everyone in the country uses. Despite the fact that the actual government uses the same method in most of their examination methods, such as if you are applying for a job with a high clearance level in the military or government, many individual companies can use whatever drug testing companies they like.

This means that the exact parameters for passing and failing are completely and totally arbitrary, and there is very little that you can do to predict what might happen.

However, there is one saving grace; when you are urine tested, it is doubtful that your employer or whoever is testing you is looking for CBD. Instead, they are likely directly scanning for trace remains of THC or other elements of the marajuana plant.

Although a urine test seems a bit daunting, it is nothing more than a matching experiment. Your urine sample is measured up against other chemical compounds to prove (within a reasonable margin of error, something that frequently goes wrong) that your urine sample contains those trace compounds.

Concerning marijuana, your employer is thus testing for traces of THC, but not any other cannabinoids. Why is this? Because many of the chemical compounds within the marijuana plant are also present within other plants. This can include many of the fruits and vegetables that you consume daily, such as terpenes or even chlorophyll.

This means that you are generally okay with using CBD oil even when you are at risk of having your urine tested. However, there is one thing you need to consider, and that is the fact that there may be traces of THC within your urine that you don’t realize.

The Risk of Traces of THC in Your CBD

The primary problem with imbibing oil is that it does not have any regimented or easily recognizable systems whereby all manufacturers can conform to the same set of rules. The CBD oil market is so disorganized and disparate that two CBD oils produced in two different states can vary wildly in different content.

Although all CBD oils go through a variety of processes that ensure that they filter out lots of cannabinoids or other filler chemical compounds, it is still possible to get a tiny trace amount of THC or other cannabinoids within your oil. It is even possible to get enough to be a legal problem.

This issue comes from when states and even different countries regulate the acceptable quantity of THC within each sample of CBD oil differently. For example, in the UK, CBD oil must contain less than 0.2%, or it is at risk of being treated as regular marijuana oils, and the holder of the CBD oil would then face the same penalties as if they were using regular marijuana.

This can happen in different states in the USA as well, as different products can have varying percentages of THC, thus making some CBD oils technically illegal when taken across state lines.

However, most CBD oil retailers will offer their products with their total THC content advertised, so make sure that you pay attention to this visible and useful sign so that you know exactly what ingredients your product contains.

Just make sure you watch out, as you could be taking CBD oil that is entirely non-psychoactive and not at all considered a drug, yet you might still flag up on a drug test.

So, How Are You Supposed to Ensure You Pass a Urine Test?

On reading this, you might assume that you are entirely out of luck; just what are you supposed to do if your CBD oil registers on someone’s urine test results as containing enough THC to be considered marijuana?

Unfortunately, other than not using CBD oil whatsoever, the only things you can do that reliably ensure that you won’t get flagged on a test is to speak to the person administering the test. Although there is a tendency to want to keep your medical history private, it can be beneficial to tell the person administering the test that you are using CBD oil, as well as exactly what CBD oil is.

Despite how popular CBD oil is becoming, there are still plenty of people that still don’t understand what it is, what it does, or how non-harmful it is.

Speak to your boss or your examiner, explain what it is, and ask what the THC margin of error is like on their test – you might be able to get through the test without any risk.

If that’s still a problem, you could claim that you have been eating hemp seed oil or using a CBD-infused topical product, and you are concerned that it might register that on the test.

Failing all that, the best thing to do is to stop using any CBD oil product as soon as you find out that you will be forced to do a urine test. Although THC can stay in your hair for up to 90 days, it can pass quite quickly in your urine, so as long as you give it a few days, you should be fine.

Final Thoughts on CBD Showing Up on Drug Tests

It might seem incredibly unfair that your boss, your government, or just a particularly judgmental friend with a urine sample kit can find out your private medical habits and treatments, and then judge you for it.

It might seem like it is a total invasion of privacy, an utter disgrace of personal liberties – but, sadly, it is merely the way of things at the moment. It is pretty unavoidable, so the only thing you can do is to try and deal with it.

As long as you make sure that you don’t use CBD products several days before your test, as well as speaking to your boss or whoever the person doing the testing is, there is a good chance that you will be fine.

Additionally, your CBD oil will likely be within the narrow confines of the allowable THC content, especially if you bought it from within the same state that the test is being administered.

Don’t stress too much, as it is pretty easy to verify it after the urine test, so the worst thing you will have to do is a lot of explaining that no, you don’t actually smoke marijuana – you just use CBD oil.

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