One of the most common questions we get asked is whether CBD gummies can cause you to fail a drug test - and with good reason.
The simple answer is no. CBD gummies contain less than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis) in line with current legislation. This amount is insufficient to show up on a drug test.
However, there are some factors that could complicate this simple answer:
- Poor quality CBD products that are not pure may contain a higher percentage of THC. Using quality CBD products is always recommended.
- If you are using large doses of CBD regularly, this can result in larger amounts of CBD in the body which could be sufficient to be detected by a drug test.
- A drug test that screens for CBD will return a positive result. These tests are becoming more widely available. However, a positive result on a CBD test is not a cause for concern if CBD is legal in your location. It is also not the same as testing positive for THC.
The Difference Between CBD, THC, Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana
The culture surrounding cannabinoids can often be misleading and confusing. Most people are still under the impression that marijuana, hemp, Sativa, and cannabis are simply different names for exactly the same product. An even greater number of people are unaware of the important differences between THC and CBD.
To dispel the misconceptions, let's start with proper definitions for each of the above-mentioned terms:
Cannabis is a plant that has two main categories - Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica.
Marijuana is a product that is derived from the buds, heads, or flowers of the Cannabis Indica or the Cannabis Sativa plant. While marijuana can be derived from both the Sativa and Indica varieties, hemp is only derived from the Cannabis Sativa family of plants and primarily uses the stems and leaves of the plants.
Although there are many similarities between marijuana and hemp, there are also many differences. The most important of these from a legal and consumer point of view is the concentration of THC. Hemp contains nearly zero concentration of THC. The current legal limit for hemp plants is 0.3% THC.
There are also some differences between CBD oil and hemp oil. Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant and is often used for skin care as it contains Vitamins B, D, and E as well as omega-6, omega-3 fatty acids, and GLA. It also contains a very low concentration of CBD which means it is in fact entirely different from CBD even though it has a number of health benefits.
Over and above the multiple health and medicinal uses of hemp, it has also been found to be a sustainable resource for manufacturing products that are environmentally friendly such as biofuel, paper, textiles, and building materials.