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By Glen Szczypka, Jessica K. Pepper & 1 more. See how monitoring social media platforms can help FDA achieve regulatory and consumer protection goals for emerging cannabis products like Delta-8. One of the most common questions from Eighty Six users is, "Will I fail a drug test on Delta-8 THC?" This is a totally valid question, especially with how recently the minor cannabinoid was legalized and classified as a hemp derivative. CBD doesn't show up on a drug test, but the CBD oil you use may cause you to fail a drug test. Our guide explains it all.

Introduction

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid that has recently grown exponentially in popularity across the United States (Fletcher, 2020). It has a similar psychotropic effect on the brain as the more common and federally illegal Delta-9 THC and is commonly referred to as “weed light” with users reporting less intense effects and less paranoia than Delta-9 THC (Lyden, 2021). Delta-8 THC is packaged as vaping cartridges (informally called “carts”), edibles, and tinctures at recreational and medical dispensaries; the products are sold at gas stations, vape shops, and at online retailers, often at inflated prices (Richtel, 2021; SF Weekly, 2021; Zhang, 2021).

Delta-8 THC is derived from cannabidiol (CBD), and CBD can be extracted from hemp (Leafly, 2021). The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp, removing it from the list of controlled substances and allowing the sale of hemp products in states where cannabis is illegal (Richtel, 2021). Thus, Delta-8 THC derived from CBD is federally legal. However, Delta-8 THC only occurs naturally in very small amounts within CBD. Therefore, producers extract Delta-8 from hemp at such high levels that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) considers it to be synthetically produced and, consequently, under its enforcement. Both producers and retailers have seen Delta-8 THC’s quasi-legal status as an opportunity to supply a market for individuals who want to “get high” legally (Fletcher, 2020). Some states have stepped in to enforce their own rules about cannabinoids and have explicitly banned Delta-8 THC. As of 2021, these states included Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah (Vaper Whole Supply, 2021).

There are few studies on the potential adverse effects of Delta-8 THC on humans when vaped, smoked, or eaten. Most Delta-8 products are sold at smoke shops and gas stations and not controlled by a state-licensed cannabis system. Use of Delta-8 THC is a risk, especially given its lack of regulation, wide availability, and questionable legality (Wenzke, 2021).

Background

Social media can be an important data source to understand emergent health behavior not captured by traditional public health surveillance systems. Surveys have limitations such as low response rates and time delays between data collection and data availability whereas social media is collected in real time and can therefore provide more up-to-date information on emerging trends. Paul et al. notes that because emerging drugs cannot be included in surveys until (typically several years) after initial use by the public, social media is more suited for the identification of rising interest in emerging drugs and the observation of fine-grained trends in real time.

Meacham et al. notes that online discussion platforms like Reddit are a novel tool to understand the temporal trends of and user experiences with emerging cannabis forms and can inform public health and regulatory practices to reduce potential adverse effects related to cannabis use. Furthermore, Chen et al. describes Reddit as having an enthusiastic hobby culture of sharing the latest information on methods of consuming tobacco products, such as vaping and using hookah pipes, and providing insight on health problems that might occur when engaging in such activities.

In October 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Data Acceleration Plan, which described the importance of using new approaches to address the rapidly growing market of cannabis-derived products (US Food and Drug Administration/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, 2021). As part of that plan, FDA specifically noted that consumer-generated online data from Reddit can provide rich sources of information to identify safety issues and adverse events from products like Delta-8 to complement its traditional surveillance systems. To better understand how Reddit data could help FDA achieve its goal of responding to rapidly evolving products and use patterns, we characterized the content of Reddit posts about Delta-8.

Methods

Using data from Reddit, we conducted an exploratory study of online conversations about Delta-8 THC that can provide researchers early knowledge about users’ experiences, perceptions, and reactions to Delta-8 THC. Additionally, we examined Reddit conversations about novel products that contain Delta-8 THC and how and where Delta-8 THC products are sold and purchased.

As of 2021, an estimated 18% of US adults use Reddit, with an estimated 36% of US adults aged 18 to 29 years using the platform. Reddit users were more likely to be male, have higher income, be college educated, and live in suburban areas (Auxier & Anderson, 2021). This social media platform is structured as a forum divided into various subreddits, or channels of content focused on specific topics; many of the subreddits are focused on knowledge-sharing, education, and establishing community among users rather than the branding of individuals or companies, which is more common for other social media platforms that include paid advertising and influencers. Compared with Twitter’s 280-character limit, Reddit allows up to 40,000 characters in a single post or reply. This provides a robust volume of long-form text to analyze on a topic of interest.

Reddit users post content that often includes questions or requests for recommendations or information, responses, and follow-up conversation between users. Thus, Reddit may facilitate more honest sharing because it allows for greater anonymity than platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, which encourage or necessitate more personal information sharing through one’s real name, photos, and other personal information. Additionally, Reddit includes features (e.g., downvotes by which users express dislike or disagreement toward a post; no reposts allowed, which minimizes the duplication of content and encourages more original content to be posted) that allow for more diverse reactions and subsequent conversations to be shared than what is generally seen on other social media platforms.

Brandwatch is a commercially available social media listening platform that connects directly to multiple social media platforms’ and forums’ application programming interfaces (APIs). Users can access all publicly available social media conversations using tailored keyword queries. Brandwatch provides users with access to Reddit posts, replies, comments, and other metadata in historic and real time, provided that the post, reply, or comment was not deleted by the account user.

We queried Brandwatch to capture Reddit post mentions of Delta-8 THC using keywords “Delta 8,” “Delta-8,” and “Delta8.” Initially, we examined the period from January 2020 through April 2021, but we discovered that after November 2020, the moderators of popular subreddit r/delta8 categorized it as NSFW (i.e., Not Safe for Work), making this subreddit inaccessible for data collection. Because of this, we narrowed our study period from January 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020. All mentions were filtered for English to limit social media posts to the United States as much as possible. However, captured posts may not have originated in the United States.

We applied Brandwatch’s topic clustering module to our collection of posts using their natural language processing tools. This identifies groups of recurring words and phrases within bodies of text and arranges them into topics. Each topic represents a group of posts with similarities in text. The module identifies each group by a frequently mentioned word or short phrase that best describes how that group differs from the others. We summarize the top topics in Reddit posts about Delta-8 and provide sample posts for these top topics.

Results

Posts and Subreddits

We collected approximately 47,556 Reddit posts from 11,333 unique users across 708 subreddits. The subreddit r/delta8, which was started in 2020, is specifically dedicated to discussions about Delta-8 THC; this subreddit had 28,019 posts, which accounted for 58.9% of all posts during this period. The next most popular subreddits were r/fakecartridges (3,316 posts/7.0%), r/hempflowers (2,640 posts/5.6%), r/oilpen (1,900 posts/4.0%), r/cleancarts (703 posts/1.5%), r/cbd (638 posts/1.3%), and r/weed (591/1.2%). The remaining 701 subreddits contained less than 21% of all posts related to Delta-8.

Trends in Volume of Post Mentions of Delta-8 THC

Reddit user posts about Delta-8 THC from January through March 2020 were low, averaging four per day. From April 1, 2020, through August 20, 2020, the average number of posts increased to 87 per day. The largest peak in conversation occurred on August 21, 2020, with 670 posts. On that day, 60% of posts discussed a DEA interim ruling regarding CBD and the 2018 Farm Bill (Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Department of Justice, 2020). Reddit users voiced concerns that the ruling was a potential pathway toward prosecuting hemp processors and producers of CBD and Delta-8 THC products. After August 21 through the end of the study period, posts continued to increase, with a daily average of 215 posts. (See Figure 1. Trends in Volume of Post Mentions of Delta-8 THC.)

Frequent Topic Phrases for Delta-8 THC

Prominent Delta-8 THC discussion topics included products that contain Delta-8 THC; how and where Delta-8 THC can be sold and purchased; overall safety and legality, including discussion of the Farm Bill; and users’ reactions to and experiences with Delta-8 THC. Table 1 includes the top 10 topic phrases and a representative post for each phrase. These topic phrases fell into four primary categories: description of available products, commerce and safety, the Farm Bill, and reactions and experiences. Some topic phrases were relevant to more than one category.

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Topic Phrase (Number of Posts) Category Typically Associated with Topic Phrase Excerpt from Representative Post
Hemp flower
(n = 236)
Available Products If this is in reference to D8 sprayed hemp flower, VERY FEW VENDORS provide a residual solvent laboratory on the final sprayed hemp product. It is highly recommended to only buy from sources that provide residual solvent tests on the final sprayed flower.
First time
(n = 202)
Reactions and Experiences, Available Products I bought two packs of treetop d8 gummies (159mg each, should get most people baked) but my first time I took some the night and the rest later and felt nothing. Second time I took them all and also felt nothing.
D8 carts (cartridges)
(n = 171)
Available Products What are the effects compared with delta9? For a daily heavy smoker? And also do y’all have any recommendations on best d8 carts?
Farm bill
(n = 152)
Farm Bill To everyone freaking out that there is a legal cannabinoid: They are all FEDERALLY legal (D8, CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG, etc) except d9 under the 2018 Farm Bill. D9 is what you’re used to when you smoke. D8 is very similar but has a slightly different high, it’s like an indica without many negatives except dry mouth and that it can be harsh asf.
Body high
(n = 147)
Reactions and Experiences Effects – ok so its been 55 minutes, Took 3 gummies wich is 60MG, and honestly im stoned as actually shit right now and yea im very high really high and yk its fun . id say its 60% Head high, 40% body high, Honestly i feel like my head is being gripped by a mothers arms, and my body feel like im a washer machine.
Delta 9 THC
(n = 121)
Reactions and Experiences It’s similar to delta 9 thc just one molecule off. It’s effects aren’t really as heavy but you will notice very close similarities. It’s often claimed to cause less anxiety and paranoia. It also lasts shorter, two tops would have effects lasting 30min to an hour. It is derived from cbd and therefore is not synthetic.
Test results
(n = 119)
Commerce and Safety Huh? Where you see poison in carts bud (other than bm). And you would have to name some of these companies “faking test results” seen 3chi? And it doesn’t matter if its cannabis derived Its isomerised from cbd isolate lmao.
Black market
(n = 93)
Commerce and Safety Another fake cart brand now switching from “d9” on the black market to “D8” sold openly?! I thought CannaClear was an aberration but this just goes to show that there is a lot of overlap since the online d8 industry is as shady as the fake brand industry.
Harbor City Hemp
(n = 84)
Commerce and Safety There are a lot of good brands out there but if you want tried and true stuff, aside from the one you have, try Skyhio or 3Chi or Triangle Trading Company or Harbor City Hemp. Those tend to be the most popular in the community and for good reason.
Clear headed
(n = 70)
Reactions and Experiences The clear headed feeling is definitely true, but 1/4 strength? I’ve been smoking for 25 years and d8 gets me just as blasted as d9. This is my experience of course, but I’d estimate it at 50 or 60% the strength without the fear inducing paranoia of high d9 concentrates.

Descriptions of Available Products

These Reddit posts described products with Delta-8 THC, including a combustible hemp flower sprayed with Delta-8 THC, vape cartridges with extracted Delta-8 THC, and edibles (e.g., gummies) infused with Delta-8 THC.

Commerce and Safety

These Reddit posts included descriptions of retail sales of Delta-8 THC. Users posted about trustworthy brands, including Skyhio, 3Chi, Triangle Trading Company, and Harbor City Hemp. These posts often included product photos. We noted from these posts an overall concern about the safety of Delta-8 THC products, given the lack of testing. Users compared the open sales of Delta-8 THC carts to black market purchases of Delta-9 THC counterfeit carts, because both types of products are untested.

Farm Bill

These Reddit posts contained discussion of the legality of Delta-8 THC as it relates to the 2018 Farm Bill. Most posters believed that Delta-8 THC is federally legal.

Reactions and Experiences

These Reddit posts included reports of intoxication, altered consciousness, and physiological effects after consuming Delta-8 THC. Users often reported their first-time experiences. Many observed a “body high” and clear-headedness, which they described as different from the effects from Delta-9 THC.

Discussion

In the first 11 months of 2020, there were almost 60,000 Reddit posts about Delta-8 THC, primarily concentrated in the r/delta8 subreddit. The peak in daily posts occurred after a DEA interim ruling regarding CBD and the 2018 Farm Bill, suggesting widespread interest among users in the legal status of Delta-8 products. Main topics of posts included descriptions of available products, commerce and safety, the Farm Bill, and user reactions and experiences. These topics reflect a wide range of consumer interest in the products themselves (e.g., types of products, user experience) and the contexts in which they are sold (e.g., legality, locations for purchase).

Delta-8 THC products should be a concern for health officials, given their wide availability at retail and online locations, the lack of product regulation and testing, and Delta-8’s questionable legality. There is precedent for unregulated THC vaping products causing serious disease and death. In 2019, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported numerous cases of severe lung illness related to e-cigarette and vaping products, known as e-cigarette or vaping product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) (Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Department of Justice, 2020). As of February 18, 2020, there have been a total of 2,807 EVALI cases reported across the United States. The CDC identified Vitamin E acetate (an additive in some THC vaping cartridges) as “strongly linked” to EVALI (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020). Dank Vapes, a counterfeit brand of THC-containing cartridges, was linked to EVALI outbreaks in Wisconsin and Illinois. Officials reported the Dank Vapes brand was widely available online and used by black market distributors to market THC cartridges (Aubrey, 2019). Although scientists linked EVALI only to Delta-9 THC products, the unregulated and untested nature of Delta-8 THC products puts users at risk for future problems like EVALI. Like Dank Vapes, Delta-8 THC products are cheaply produced, do not undergo required testing, and are sold in unregulated markets with conditions similar to a black market. As with Delta-8, Reddit users frequently discussed use of (and concerns about) Dank Vapes, reinforcing the value of this platform for getting up-to-date information on cannabis products (Pepper et al., 2022).

Monitoring social media posts about available Delta-8 THC products and users’ experiences can inform future research, regulations, and health surveillance, particularly given the substance’s questionable legal status. Social media posts can shed light on what populations (e.g., youth or adult) are most interested in Delta-8 THC products and reasons for use. For example, are Delta-8 THC products more popular because of their legality in markets where Delta-9 THC products are illegal? Do users prefer products with lighter psychotropic effects than those of Delta-9 THC? Additionally, if the legality of Delta-8 THC changes, will the marketplace evolve, causing Delta-8 to become more of a public health concern?

Limitations

This study has several limitations. First, although Reddit has become more popular in the United States, with use growing from 11% of adults in 2019 to 18% in 2021 (Auxier & Anderson, 2021), Reddit users are not representative of the general population. Second, this study does not represent all Delta-8 THC users because not all are on social media or use Reddit in particular. Third, some posts may have been deleted by Reddit users or moderators before we began our query of Reddit posts.

Implications

Reddit users post about Delta-8 frequently, sharing valuable insight about health concerns and experiences with use and giving advice on brands to use or avoid. Given that Reddit’s enthusiastic community openly and anonymously shares information in long-form text, Reddit is a valuable social media platform to identify novel cannabis, hemp, and CBD consumer products and brands and their potential misuse and health effects. Social media monitoring can be advantageous relative to traditional, survey-based social science research because it can follow conversations in real time in a rapidly changing market with less concern about the impact of social desirability bias. Continued surveillance of subreddits to detect consumers’ concerns about health effects and brands could provide early intelligence about Delta-8 THC and other emerging products. Monitoring discussions of Delta-8 on Reddit could help FDA achieve its goals of understanding the market landscape to inform enforcement and rapidly identifying safety issues.

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by NIDA and FDA Center for Tobacco Products (Award number: 3R33DA044377-04S1). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or the Food and Drug Administration.

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Delta-8 and Drug Tests: Will You Pass? Or Will You Fail?

One of the most common questions from Eighty Six users is, “Will I fail a drug test on Delta-8 THC?” This is a totally valid question, especially with how recently the minor cannabinoid was legalized and classified as a hemp derivative.

Can you fail a drug test if you’re a Delta-8 user?

For both legal and employment matters, this is an especially important question and one we want to answer fully in our guide today. We’ll help you figure out if you’ll fail a drug test while using Delta-8, how long it stays in your system, and much more. First, let’s find out exactly how drug tests work and why testing for cannabis-derived products is so difficult to understand in the first place.

How Do Drug Tests Work?

Before we talk about Delta-8 THC and drug tests, it’s important to recognize how drug tests actually work, especially when it comes to THC. That starts with understanding how a drug test detects that someone has THC in their system. While employers and legal entities may have you think otherwise, drug tests are not the finely-tuned instruments they’re made out to be.

On the contrary, most labs in the nation are not yet advanced enough to be able to differentiate between the various cannabinoids from hemp or cannabis plants. What drug tests look for, instead, is the chemical signals in the body that THC has metabolized.

Unfortunately, the CBD, Delta-8, and Delta-9 THC that drug tests are actually searching for are almost molecularly identical. This can cause problems for those using CBD and Delta-8, causing a false positive when testing for Delta-9 THC because your body is releasing similar chemicals.

How Is Delta-8 Different from Delta-9?

We’ve explained the differences between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC in a prior blog, so make sure you check that out before you read further. If you’re unfamiliar, Delta-9 THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the full name of the THC found most abundantly in traditional cannabis products. Delta-8 is a minor cannabinoid that is less potent in comparison, though it is a cannabinoid that can still get you high.

Can Delta-8 THC Make You Fail a Drug Test?

Now, onto the meat and potatoes of the guide — will you fail a drug test on Delta-8 THC? Well, unfortunately, the answer is likely yes. As we’ve mentioned previously, drug tests aren’t perfect, and the room for error is wide. The chance of Delta-8 showing up on any generic drug test is not zero, simply put.

In fact, if you’re taking an at-home test, Delta-8 THC is even more likely to show up. This is because at-home testing is typically the least advanced of all drug tests. These types of tests are not able to differentiate between cannabinoids, which is why you’ll likely pop off hot from even nonintoxicating cannabinoids like CBD, as well.

Whether you’re consuming Delta-9 THC from your local dispensary or Delta-8 online, the cannabinoids metabolize into the same THC metabolites in your body. That means consuming any amount of any THC can cause you to fail a test.

The legal limit is 0.3% Delta-9 THC in a CBD or hemp-derived product. You can, however, be taking more than the recommended daily serving sizes, which means the 0.3% THC has the ability to build up in your system. There is a real possibility that your Delta-8 use will show up on a drug test, depending on how often you consume it.

Yes, you can fail a drug test on Delta-8 THC, but fortunately, there are still options. Keep reading below to see how to pass a drug test even after you’ve consumed Delta-8.

How Long Does Delta-8 Stay in Your System?

While it’s less potent than Delta-9, Delta-8 is still THC, which means it lingers in your body just like any other substance would. Even for first-time users, THC has the potential to stay in your urine for 4 to 8 days. That’s one reason to learn about Delta-8 THC and drug tests before you get started.

Heavy Delta-8 users should expect to stay positive on a drug test for 30 to 60 days — sometimes even longer! This varies from person to person, namely due to other factors that determine how long THC stays in your system. Since THC clings to fat cells, how active you are and your current lifestyle will play a role in how long this cannabinoid will remain in your body. Other variables include cannabis tolerance, length of use, and more.

Can You Pass a Drug Test After Using Delta-8?

Okay, so you’ve taken Delta-8 THC and a drug test is coming up. There’s no need to panic! Delta-8 is a legal, hemp-derived product, but THC showing up on a test is still hard to explain. Luckily, there are a variety of methods out there to help you pass the test.

How you’re going to pass this test will mostly come down to how long you have to prepare. If you know about the date in advance, your chances of passing are much better.

Wait It Out

The first, and most obvious option, is to simply avoid Delta-8 when your drug test date approaches. Depending on your tolerance level and size, among other things, the THC may stay in your system for upwards of 2 months, so you’ll want to plan around that accordingly if abstinence is going to be your method.

Exercise and Stay Hydrated

Then, there’s the second method of passing a drug test after using Delta-8 THC. Remember when we said THC clings to fat cells? It’s time to work up a sweat! Burning fat, getting healthy, and staying hydrated in the weeks or days leading up to your drug test are some ways to increase your pass rate.

The Morning of the Drug Test

The morning of the drug test, make sure you pee when you wake up to clear out the THC metabolites that have built up as you rest. Drink some diuretics, like coffee or cranberry juice.

A Couple Hours Before the Test

This is the time to take some B12 vitamins before chugging lots and lots of water! Crunch time means getting as hydrated as possible. Now, this may cause the test to be invalid because you’re too hydrated, but this will give you a chance to retake it at a later date. If you’re worried about not passing a drug test because of Delta-8 THC, this is a golden opportunity to have a little longer to take the test.

Getting Drug Tested as a Delta-8 User

It’s not the end of the world to have Delta-8 in your system and be required to take a drug test. There are always options around failing that test, especially when it comes to this special form of THC. We hope this was informative in answering your questions about Delta-8 THC when it comes to drug testing.

Have you tried Delta-8 yourself? Look through our variety of cartridges and gummies to see which feel right to you. You may find more than one is calling to your taste buds, so feel free to try them all until you’ve discovered your perfect Delta-8 product.

Does CBD Show on a Drug Test? Everything To Know

As CBD becomes more widespread and accepted, it’s raised many questions on if CBD will show up on a drug test. Given CBD’s association with cannabis, many make the mistake of connecting CBD with marijuana.

So does CBD show up on a drug test? What about if CBD oil shows up on a drug test? The answer is a bit complicated.

How CBD oil affects a drug testing screening mainly depends on the type of CBD product, but there’s a lot more to unpack. Let’s take a look at how CBD can affect a drug test and if you can fail.

Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?

Yes, CBD can show up on a drug test, but that’s only if the drug test screening tests for the cannabinoid CBD. However, that’s never heard of because it’s not something employers or law enforcement look for by default. Drug tests are designed to look for illicit substances, like THC, narcotics, steroids, etc.

Since CBD is federally legal and doesn’t impair or artificially improve athletic performance, there is no reason organizations need to test for CBD. It would be a waste of time and money.

Does CBD Oil Show Up On A Drug Test?

While CBD itself doesn’t trigger a drug screen, the CBD oil you use might do so. In this case, the issue isn’t CBD, but if THC is present or not. Some hemp CBD extracts, such as full-spectrum CBD oil, contain up to 0.3% THC that a drug test may show positive for THC.

However, don’t worry because you can easily avoid that awkward situation if you choose a broad-spectrum CBD oil.

How to Not Fail a Drug Test Using CBD Oil

Since CBD isn’t a concern, the issues about drug testing come from any THC your oil might contain. While hemp CBD extracts can legally carry up to 0.3% THC, there are plenty of THC-Free options.

THC content – if any – depends on the CBD oil you choose. There are three possible options:

  • Full Spectrum
  • Broad Spectrum
  • CBD Isolate

All of these CBD products differ in fundamental ways.

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Full-spectrum (“whole-plant”) CBD oil is the densest option. Manufacturers try to extract and retain all the cannabinoids and terpenes from the host plant. Granted, a significant amount is lost during extraction, but the diversity remains.

Having so many other critical compounds is vital for the “entourage effect” – a synergistic relationship where cannabinoids and terpenes complement each other. The process helps increase CBD oil’s potency.

Unfortunately, full-spectrum contains up to 0.3% THC , so it’s best to avoid these types of CBD products if you don’t want to risk failing a drug test.

Full-spectrum extracts also carry the complete flavor profile of their source plant. Many people like it, but for some, the “hempy” taste is hard to overcome, even when mixed with food or drinks.

CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate is the complete opposite of full spectrum. While the latter extracts and keeps as much as possible, the former is processed to remove everything but CBD.

Although this leaves behind a product that contains up to 99.9% CBD, don’t let these numbers fool you. Isolate may offer incredibly high purity, but the lack of terpenes and other cannabinoids wipes out the critical entourage effect.

Consequently, isolates are less effective than full-spectrum.

But it’s not all bad news. Many people prefer isolates because they contain no THC. They’re also flavorless, making it easy to mix with juice, smoothies, dressings, and more. Flavor-focused vendors may also prefer isolate in their edibles.

Broad-Spectrum

Broad-spectrum CBD oil is a happy medium between THC-laced full-spectrum and THC-free (but rather hollow) CBD isolate.

Like full-spectrum, the broad-spectrum oil extraction process aims to keep every cannabinoid and terpene except THC, making it THC-Free. With compounds to fuel the entourage effect and no THC to trigger a drug test, broad-spectrum offers the best of both worlds.

Admittedly, you’ll still notice the “hempy” flavor. But it’s a small price to pay for being able to have your cake and eat it too.

So the best way to pass a drug test when using CBD oil is to avoid products with THC. Sounds pretty straightforward, but this is where “buyer beware” should always be at the back of your mind.

Unfortunately, the CBD industry’s lack of regulation means labels can still be deceiving. When shopping around, you have to keep a sharp eye on minor details. We’ll cover these tips and tricks shortly.

For now, let’s see why THC could still make its way into allegedly “THC-free” products.

Factors That Can Lead to A Positive Drug Test with CBD Oil

Even if you choose a THC-Free product, that’s no guarantee. A company can follow the correct extraction process yet still ship a product with detectable levels of THC.

There are three main ways this can happen.

Using A CBD Product That Has THC

Using a CBD product containing THC, such as full-spectrum CBD, is the most common way to fail a drug test. Despite THC being found in minor amounts, it definitely can trigger a positive for THC.

Many manufacturers still claim their products are THC-Free when they do, so it’s crucial to buy CBD from a reputable company.

Mislabeling of CBD Products

Mislabeled CBD products were (and likely still are) a huge issue. When the Food and Drug Administration tested several CBD products , about 70% contained more or less CBD than advertised, while some didn’t have any CBD.

Even worse, many of these products “contained a significant amount of THC.” This is a huge problem considering CBD oil is famous for treating certain forms of childhood epilepsy. Inadequate or deceptive labeling means some parents could be accidentally giving THC to their kids.

You’re also going to have a hard time telling an employer that you consume no more than 0.3% THC when a drug test seems to say otherwise.

Cross-Contamination

With cannabis being semi-legal in the U.S., you’d think this is a positive thing for hemp and “marijuana” advocates. However, it’s proven to be a double-edged sword – and complete nightmare – for hemp producers.

There’s a massive issue with having high-THC and low-THC cannabis chemovars growing in the same state. The layout often leads to cross-pollination, affecting THC levels of industrial hemp.

Hemp farmers have no choice but to destroy any crops exceeding 0.3% THC. If producers don’t consistently test their plants and products, you could receive something with substantially more THC.

How Can You Make Sure That a CBD Product Doesn’t Contain THC?

The best way to make sure that a CBD product doesn’t contain THC is to inform yourself. Checking for THC is easy if you know where to look. Once you know what makes a good CBD product, buying your first one will be a breeze.

Check the Label

Check the label to see if the CBD product is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or pure CBD isolate. If it mentions “CBD” but does not mention if it’s full-spectrum or broad-spectrum, then it’s most likely a CBD isolate.

For the most effective results, purchase broad-spectrum CBD over CBD Isolate for the very reasons we talked about earlier.

Also, purchasing broad-spectrum won’t have you asking, “Does CBD show up on a drug test” as it’s THC-Free while containing a spectrum of other cannabinoids and terpenes.

Check Third-Party Lab Reports for THC

Third-party lab reports are a must-have before you buy from a CBD company. Having no lab reports is a huge red flag. Never buy from a company that doesn’t prove what they’re selling.

Full-spectrum results shouldn’t show any higher than 0.3% THC. Isolate and broad-spectrum should show non-detectable levels of THC or “ND.”

Tests are typically categorized by batch and product, so it’s easy to find the information you need.

Below is a picture of a third-party lab report on a full-spectrum CBD oil. As you can see, it contains THC.

Below is an image of a broad-spectrum CBD oil. As you can see, it contains non-detectable levels of THC while containing other cannabinoids, fueling the entourage effect.

Buy from a Reputable Company

For the most part, CBD is an untamed land. We have to have faith that the company we buy from is honest about being “the best.” Of course, this is impossible to quantify or prove, so to truly find the right source, you need to read between the lines.

A reputable CBD company offers some key signs of quality. They don’t all have to be there, but enough to create a well-rounded, potent, safe, THC-free CBD oil.

When you research, look for the following:

  • Updated Third-party lab reports
  • CO2 extracted
  • USDA Certified Organic or “organically grown”
  • No chemical pesticides or herbicides
  • Grown locally or in-house
  • Sustainable farming
  • THC-Free

How Much CBD Will Make Me Fail a Drug Test?

No amount of CBD will make you fail a drug test unless that test is modified for CBD. The real issue is whether your product contains THC.

A CBD oil with small amounts of THC may not be much on its own. But if you consistently consume a full-spectrum product, your body could build up THC and test positive down the road.

The best way to guarantee safety and get the same benefits is through broad-spectrum CBD oil.

How Long is CBD Detectable in Blood?

Blood tests aren’t the primary choice, but they still get used to testing for illicit substances like THC. No test exists explicitly designed for CBD. Unfortunately, this means we can only guess based on THC.

A 2012 study in the Iranian Journal of Psychiatry found THC detectable in the blood for three to four hours. However, this doesn’t mean it’s out of your system – not by a long shot.

Depending on several factors, CBD could remain inside you for days or weeks.

How Long is CBD Detectable in Urine?

According to one 2018 study from Frontiers in Pharmacology , CBD has a half-life of two to five days. However, all this means is you’ll eliminate half of the CBD within that time period.

Although we don’t know how long CBD will show up in a theoretical test, THC can show up anywhere from three to 30 days .

CBD might follow the same range. However, this all depends on things like dosage, metabolism, size, body fat, and more.

How Long is CBD Detectable in Hair?

Hair tests are rarely used for THC, and they’re unheard of with CBD. There haven’t been any studies because it’s not really of interest to researchers.

Follicle tests have the longest range, with THC metabolites detected up to three months after consumption. CBD’s timeframe, however, remains a mystery.

Video to Summarize CBD and Drug Tests

So Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?

Again, CBD won’t show on a standard drug test because it’s not a concern for employers or law enforcement. However, choosing the wrong CBD oil, such as full-spectrum CBD oil, could show positive for THC.

Stick with a broad-spectrum as it’s THC-Free to save yourself potential complications down the road. Remember to do your research and know how to read the CBD product labels. Look up the vendor’s reputation and make sure they’ve never had issues with inaccurate labeling.

CBD is a tricky area to navigate, but with the right tools and information, you’ll be able to avoid failed drug tests with CBD oil contaminated with THC.

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