Full Spectrum CBD Products
Full spectrum CBD is extracted from the seeds and stems of hemp plants. It contains CBD as the major active ingredient, terpenes and cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and less than 0.3% THC all of which occur naturally in hemp. Products made with full spectrum CBD include oils, topicals, softgels and a few other options.
Full spectrum CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC which is really trace amounts. First, this level of THC will not give you a “high.” Secondly, if you are concerned with drug screenings, you may still have something to worry about. In January 2018, the WADA raised the urinary threshold of THC from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 nanograms per milliliter. However, depending on how long you have been using full spectrum CBD products, you may have too much THC in your urine. It is advisable to avoid these products so that you do not violate doping regulations. That is, unless the THC has been removed as the case with products that we sell on this website in which all traces of THC have been removed. These are terravidaonline.com softgels, vape, capsules, pet products and other products.
CBD Isolate Products
If you are faced with routine drug screenings, you are better off using CBD isolate products. During extraction, CBD is actually isolated from other compounds and what remains should be almost pure CBD and nothing else. The word “almost” here is significant because trace amounts of THC and other compounds still remain. You have to rely on what the numbers on the label say. Any product that contains 99.9% CBD is less likely to have discernible amounts of THC. Any product that contains 99.5% CBD or less is likely to have higher amounts of THC that can be identified during the test. While 99.9% CBD cannot be guaranteed, drug tests are less likely to pick up any amounts of THC.
How drug screens work
There are several types of tests used but here we will discuss the urine drug screen (UDS), the most commonly used test. It is a low cost, convenient and pain-free procedure that is used to analyze urine. It tests for prescription and illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, PCP, barbiturates, methadone, benzodiazepines, opioids (narcotics), methamphetamines and amphetamines. Urine tests come in two forms, the immunoassay test and the gas chromatography/mass spectrometry test.
The immunoassay test gives rapid results and is more affordable. Unfortunately, it is likely to give false positives, i.e. a person can test positive for drugs that are not in his/her system. Also, it does not pick up all forms of opioids. This test does not measure drugs by the way. It tests how the drugs act in the person’s immune system to determine if it builds antigen-antibody complexes. It has a cutoff that is stated in nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). If the amount found in the urine is above the cutoff number, you get a positive result. The test involves using a simple test strip that is dipped in the urine and turns a different color to indicate the presence of a particular drug. The person who administers the test does not add the numeric values of the findings but simply sends a simple positive or negative result to the people requesting the test.
The more thorough UDS is the gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) test. It requires more time and it usually gives true positives. These are two tests that work together. Gas chromatography (GC) separates various components in the urine to identify a specific compound or to test the purity of the urine. Mass spectrometry (MS) classifies ions based on their mass. Together, the two tests measure the quantities of chemicals in your urine by comparing your sample to a clean sample.
Both types of test can give a false negative, meaning that a person may have the tested drugs in their system but they are not detected.
Here is an important tip for people who go through these tests. You are now aware that the tests have potential for false positives. Therefore, if you know clearly that there are no drugs in your system and you get a positive result, find out which UDS was used. In fact, if the result is instant, they have most likely used the immunoassay test but ask to be sure. If indeed they have used the immunoassay test, request a second screening using a GC/MS.