Cannabidiol, or CBD, has recently taken the spotlight as a natural, alternative form of medicine. As CBD gains more traction in the medical community, consumers have a lot of questions. One top concern is:
Will CBD will show up on a drug test?
Even in states where medical and recreational marijuana is legal, your employer can still determine what they will and will not tolerate. This can be confusing for both employees and employers. We hope this article makes it easier to navigate this puzzling issue!
Let’s explore which CBD products will show up on a drug test, the different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant species, and full spectrum vs. broad-spectrum products.
Plants in the cannabis family include both hemp and marijuana.
Both plants have cannabinoids:
- Endocannabinoids – Compounds produced naturally in the human body.
- Phytocannabinoids- Compounds produced by the cannabis plant species and other plants
There are over 85 known cannabinoids including CBG, CBN, THCA, CBDA. As research shows, each cannabinoid has many benefits. The hemp plant is known to have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC while the marijuana plant has high levels of THC and lower level of CBD.
Most people believe that CBD is THC free. However, this is not always the case. While CBD itself won’t test positive on a drug test, the infamous THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis) can. Many CBD companies offer full spectrum products. These products include the legal amount of THC, which is 0.3%.
Full spectrum products are promoted as “better than” broad-spectrum products (which we will talk about soon) as they promote the entourage effect. The entourage effect is where the different cannabinoids work together to increase the effect of one another.
While full spectrum products contain CBD and possess its’ associated benefits, it could result in testing positive on a drug test. Why? If you are administered a drug test, it is testing for something specific. When a drug test is performed, the active chemical in marijuana that gets detected in a positive screening is THC. If you are consuming full spectrum products, it is possible you will fail the drug test due to THC being present. It’s also possible that over time, the small amounts of THC allowed in full spectrum products could build up in the body to a detectable level.
This is where broad-spectrum products come to the rescue. Broad-spectrum products have all the THC removed.
(Side note- Some companies will say their products are full spectrum without the THC…THIS IS NOT TRUE. Be wary of these companies.)
Ergo Hemp Co. offers broad-spectrum products meaning our products contain ZERO THC. The extraction process ensures all THC is removed and the rigorous 3rd party testing confirms no THC is present.
As a transparent company, Ergo Hemp Co. wants you to know exactly what is in our products, so we have posted our Certificates of Analysis (COAs) on our website. A COA is the document showing the results of a company’s testing for THC, CBD, and various contaminants. We are also more than happy to send you a physical copy.
Key point - If a company can’t provide you with a COA, look for another product!
If you consume Ergo Hemp Co.’s products, you are safe! You will not test positive on a drug test. We understand some consumers can’t afford to test positive on a drug test and that’s why we offer broad-spectrum products, so everyone can use CBD to achieve better health and wellness!