In the past few years CBD products have started to become the go-to lifestyle option for increased focus, feelings of balance, living in the present and finding calm. Whether taken as a CBD oil, CBD drink or an edible gummy, more and more people are enjoying the amazing benefits of this powerful plant (and if you haven’t tried it yet - read our blog about the CBD benefits you can experience). But, we understand that you may have concerns about whether CBD drinks could impact your chances of passing a drug test. Don't worry, we've got you covered! In this blog post, we'll provide you with all the essential information you need to know about CBD drinks and drug tests so you can continue sipping without any stress.
How do drug tests work?
Let's dive into the scientific side of things. Drug tests are designed to identify the presence of specific substances in your body, such as THC, the psychoactive compound that produces the classic cannabis high. Urine tests are the most common type of drug test used to identify this compound.
When you consume THC, it gets broken down in your liver and converted into a compound called THC-COOH, which your body then excretes in urine. Drug tests can detect THC-COOH in your urine, which indicates recent cannabis use.
Difference between CBD and THC
Now let's talk about the difference between CBD and THC. Both are cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but they have different chemical structures and effects on the body. THC produces psychoactive effects, whereas CBD is typically used to find presence, balance and calm. You can expect improved sleep, reduced anxiety, some improvements to inflammation and our favourite - laser focus!
When it comes to drug testing, the critical difference between the two is that THC generates THC-COOH, whereas CBD does not. Therefore, drug tests can differentiate between the two. Nevertheless, some CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, which could potentially lead to a positive drug test result.
Remember, in the UK, CBD products are legally not allowed to contain more than 0.2% THC, so make sure you buy your products from a high-quality supplier so you don’t get any unwanted surprises. All INTUNE CBD Drinks adhere to this UK regulation.
What factors influence drug test results?
There are various factors that could impact your drug test results. For instance, the quality and purity of CBD products vary, so it's crucial to opt for CBD drinks from high-quality brands that have second-party certification for purity and quality of their CBD. Additionally, dosage and frequency of use can also play a role. The more CBD you consume, the higher the chances of THC accumulation in your system. If you're drinking CBD excessively, trace amounts of THC could build up over time and potentially lead to a positive drug test result. Typically, a positive THC drug test identifies more than 50 nanograms of THC per milliliter.
Individual metabolism and body composition are also factors to consider. THC-COOH is stored in fat cells, meaning people with higher body fat percentages may have higher levels of THC-COOH in their system, even if they consume the same amount of THC as someone with a lower body fat percentage.
Will CBD drinks make you fail a drug test?
Here's what you've been waiting for: will your CBD drink cause a positive test result? The answer is...probably not! If you're consuming pure CBD isolate, there shouldn't be any THC present to trigger a positive result. However, full-spectrum CBD drinks that contain trace amounts of THC could potentially cause a false positive, especially if you're drinking them excessively. Our INTUNE CBD Drinks contain 10mg of high-quality CBD per can and < 0.2% THC, so they’re designed to drink throughout the day, but keep this in mind!
To avoid any unnecessary drama, ensure that you choose high-quality, pure CBD drinks from established brands. As always, we recommend starting with a low dose and gradually work your way up to observe how your body reacts and what amazing benefits you experience. And if you're ever in doubt, consult with your healthcare professional.
So there you have it, INTUNERS! CBD drinks can be a fantastic way to find balance and calm, but it's essential to understand the relationship between CBD drinks and drug tests. By selecting the right products and being mindful of dosage and frequency of use, you can sip away without any worries. Keep it chill, stay safe, and let’s live life #INTUNE.