Drug testing is one of life’s unpleasantries and, unfortunately, a common occurrence for many. Whether it’s for a new job or part of a routine screening, most people have to undergo this at some point in their lives. Typical screenings for employment purposes require a saliva, blood, or urine sample to test for controlled substances like marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, nicotine, and alcohol.
Even as marijuana slowly becomes legalized for medical and recreational use throughout the nation, many employers still have a zero-tolerance policy. When screening for marijuana, the big ticket item that employers look out for on test results is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that causes users to feel high. It’s just one of 80+ of these compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant.
CBD oil & drug tests
If you feel like you’ve been hearing the word “cannabinoid” a lot recently, you probably have. Apart from THC, another cannabinoid has risen to popularity in recent years: cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. CBD, unlike its cousin, is completely non-psychoactive and does not produce any sort of intoxicating effect in users. And it’s currently trending globally as a dietary supplement due to its numerous health benefits and ability to regulate homeostasis† in the body.
You can find CBD oils and lotions everywhere these days. Many of the CBD oils on the market contain a full-spectrum hemp extract, which includes the entire array of cannabinoids plus the extra nutritional compounds in the cannabis plant like terpenes, flavonoids, ketones, omega fatty acids, and more. Per federal regulation, hemp extracts must contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. This limitation prevents most people from experiencing any kind of psychoactive effect from the THC.
The 0.3% limitation is also such a small amount of THC that it is very rare for it to turn up on drug tests. However, it is possible and does occasionally happen. In most cases, it happens when someone has been taking an extremely large amount of CBD oil for a long time.
Everyone also has a unique endocannabinoid system which makes everyone’s experience with the cannabinoids very different. Some people may find that they are extra sensitive to THC, or that it stays in their system for a longer time than others.
The body processes cannabinoids through metabolism, and metabolic rates vary widely among individuals. Even people of a similar age group and gender will process cannabis differently based on lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise.
THC-Free CBD Oil
In order to provide a lower-risk CBD experience without the possible complications of THC, Bluebird Botanicals has launched its THC-Free* CBD Oil. Most of Bluebird’s CBD blends use a full-spectrum hemp extract; however, this blend features a hemp CBD isolate with non-detectable levels of THC according to HPLC analysis by third-party labs. This isolate is emulsified in organic fractionated coconut (MCT) oil to provide a taste-neutral experience. We created this blend with civil servants, athletes, and customers with THC sensitivities in mind; however, this is also a great product to supplement your existing CBD intake.