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Will CBD Lead To A Positive Drug Test?

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 8/13/2019 Darwin Malicdem

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the chemicals found in cannabis plants. There has been a growing use of the extract in the U.S. after the federal government approved its use for certain medications. 

However, the trend has sparked concerns among Americans about CBD appearing in drug tests and making them test positive for cannabis. But a new study suggests CBD users or those taking medications with the extract may come clean. 

CBD has lower amounts of THC, another chemical that gives marijuana its psychological effects and the "high" feeling. In 2018, lawmakers removed a decade-old ban on growing hemp in the country. 

Licensed farmers can now grow the cannabis plant but should maintain its THC levels to less than 0.3 percent. Following the government’s decision, many manufacturers started to add CBD to their products, including oils, lotions, coffee and cookies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recently allowed the sale of the drug Epidiolex that contains the cannabis extract to treat seizures. CBD is also known for its effects that could help treat insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain, according to WebMD

CBD And Drug Tests

To help the public understand how CBD will affect their health and daily life, researchers explored whether the extract would interact with drug screening tests. A new study showed that it is safe to take the drug and not worry about the results of drug tests. 

CBD was found not to react to two commercial tests commonly used to detect marijuana use. The findings come from the analysis of cannabis chemicals CBD, CBN, cannabichromene and cannabigerol in urine samples of study participants. 

However, researchers noted they used pure CBD for the tests. Many products to date use processed cannabis extracts that may have different effects. 

"It would depend on the purity of the product," said Robert Fitzgerald, a professor at the University of California. 

A separate study in 2017 found that seven out of 10 cannabis-based products lack information on CBD amounts on the label. The researchers said a false-positive on a drug test may affect an individual’s work and health care. 

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