Cannabis Drug Testing 101

Journal Back to Archive10.29.20

Hemp-derived CBD products may not show up on a drug test. Cannabis-derived THC products will definitely show up on a drug test if you consume enough in the right time frame. 

Studies and supported medical research prove that Cannabis products can support a balanced, healthy life. But, the fact remains that it is still a Class 1 substance and so will be included in a standard employer drug test. A common practice for jobs within medicine, aviation, government, construction, and sports. It is not illegal to request a drug test, nor a violation of your rights, so what does this mean for you if your employer requires a drug test. 

THE BASICS

There is a multitude of cannabinoids in Cannabis plants, but the ones you should know are CBD and THC. CBD encourages subtle effects in the body that keep it balanced and THC produces the psychoactive effects traditionally associated with consuming Cannabis. When you’re taking a drug test, THC is what the tester is looking for. 

All CBD products that are legal nationwide, must be derived from Hemp and contain no more than 0.03% THC. This is a trace amount and not nearly enough to show up on a drug test. If you are buying hemp-derived CBD, that is Full Spectrum, meaning it contains THC —make sure you buy from a company you can trust. All of Mello Daily’s products contain less than 0.03% THC and are derived from hemp.

The only way to test for CBD is with the Beam’s test. Developed in 1911, it detects hemp and is extremely uncommon —hemp is totally legal, why test for it? So don’t concern yourself with your CBD usage, it is highly unlikely your future employer will use this test, or even know about it. 

But, if THC, even in this trace amount, is still a concern for you buy CBD products that are listed as Broad Spectrum, meaning the THC has been removed. You can also ask your fave brand (we hope it’s Mello Daily) for their lab results. It will detail the exact amount of THC in each product.

Cannabis-derived CBD products, on the other hand, bought from a recreational or medical dispensary will absolutely contain enough THC to show up on a drug test. 

As far as THC testing goes, the moment it enters your system, it’s detectable. How long it’s in your system depends on how often you use it, how many mg of THC is in your Cannabis products, how efficient your metabolism is, and the amount of water you drink. So many many variables. And as far as we know there is no way to cheat the test. 

So how do employers test?

Urine

This one is super common. If you consume THC less than 2 times a week, you’re only at risk of testing positive for 1-3 days after your last consumption. Moderate users —more than 2 times per week, can test positive for up to 21 days. And heavy users can expect a positive test for over 30 days. 

Hair

If you’re applying for a high-stakes (perhaps government-related) job, you’ll probably get a hair test. This test is less likely to detect light use but will detect a moderate to heavy user. THC can be detected in hair tests for up to 90 days. 

Blood

The metabolites in Cannabis can be detected for up to 36 hours on a blood test.

Saliva

THC can be detected for up to 48 hours in saliva after the most recent use. 

 

At the end of the day, cannabinoids can be a really beneficial addition to your lifestyle. CBD products are very safe and have many health benefits. And THC is so much fun. But, be informed. If you are consuming Cannabis-derived THC products, avoid them for a month before your big interview. Just to play it on the safe side.

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