Will CBD show up on a drug test?
CBD shouldn’t show up on a drug test since most do not screen for cannabidiol. The traditional drug testing for marijuana use is testing for THC in your blood, hair or urine. Understanding the difference of Broad-spectrum and Full-spectrum is central to understanding drug testing within the CBD market.
Broad-spectrum, THC free CBD, like Alpine Pro Blend, does not have a risk of a positive THC drug test result. On the contrary, when taken in the suggested amounts, Full-specturm CBD shouldn’t meet the threshold to test positive on a drug test. This “shouldn’t” wasn’t enough for us as pharmacists and is not assurance enough for professionals who’s livelihood relies on negative drug testing. The professionals in our lives do not want ANY chance of a CBD use causing a positive drug test.
Full-spectrum Hemp CBD oil products do contain trace amounts of THC (no more than 0.3%). In most cases, the trace amounts of THC found in hemp CBD oil will not cause a positive drug test when consumed at suggested servings. However, if enough THC is present in a person’s systems, a positive drug test could result. This means that there is a rare possibility that a hemp-derived Full-spectrum CBD products could trigger a positive test result of THC. This risk of CBD oil causing a positive drug test is higher with the use of unregulated, untested products that contain unreliable levels of cannabinoids and should be avoided by discerning professionals.
Will CBD get you high?
No, it should not. Properly produced CBD oil from hemp, with or without trace THC, does not contain high enough concentrations of THC to cause a high. Remember CBD from hemp is different than CBD from marijuana, be sure what you are purchasing and read labels closely.
THC, the cannabinoid that is responsible for eliciting a high, acts upon specific CB1 receptors in the brain, which changes brain chemistry and therefore alters consciousness. CBD does not trigger these receptors and therefore can not produce a high on it’s own.
CBD oils produced by some manufacturers, however, can contain trace amounts of THC, up to 0.3% by law. Alpine Pro Blend CBD oil products are produced using a technology that extracts ALL THC while leaving the other cannabinoids and terpenes intact, with absolutely no way to produce a high.
CB1 in brain and spinal cord, neuronal response, reduction in pain
Emotion, memory, anxiety, motor coordination
No cannabinoid receptors in breathing
CB2 in peripheral, white blood cells, immune cells and inflammation
In T-cells, B-cells and macrophages
Centrally In gilal cells
Is CBD legal?
United States Congress voted at the end of December 2018 to pass the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly referred to as the Farm Bill. This legislation made CBD products legal to purchase in all 50 states. Under the Farm Bill, industrial hemp (where CBD products are derived from) must contain less than 0.3% THC. The power over industrial hemp regulation is shared by the state and federal governments. The Farm Bill also gave the FDA the authority to regulate cannabis products.
Previous legislation, namely the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act and the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, failed to make any distinction between the cannabis and hemp plants - as a result, hemp was banned and classified as a Schedule 1 drug alongside cannabis , in the same schedule as heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Drugs, substances or chemicals that are Schedule 1 are defined as those with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Not making the distinction between marijuana and hemp plants became a stopping point for us in the pharmacy world, a non-starter to stock or recommend any product with this distinction. With the passing of this Farm Bill, that difference has now been officially recognized and the prohibition lifted allowing industrial hemp derived CBD it to be sold and manufactured in all 50 states.
Let's Talk Dosing!
In our experience there is so much confusion around dosing of CBD. How much, how often, what’s my dose. So here is the thing….it’s classified as a dietary supplement and so there is no perfect dose or recommended dose for anyone. We can though demystify how to understand how much you are taking. First the labeling is important and isn’t standardized. There is mg per serving with varied serving sizes and mg per bottle and varied bottle sizes.
First step is to look on the bottle and see what IS labeled on the bottle. Does the company list mg/serving or mg/bottle. If it’s mg/serving, then look on the side and see what the serving size volume is. Many times it is per ML but that could vary also. Alpine Pro Blend has a standard 1ml serving size and a 30ml standard bottle. The bottle is labeled with mg/serving (ie.mg/ML) and mg/bottle.
Bottle labeled 450mg in the 30ml bottle = 15mg per ML
Bottle labeled 45mg per serving in a 30ml bottle and 1ml servings on the supplemental facts = 1350mg in the bottle
Bottle labeled 30mg per 1 ML serving in the 30ml bottle and you take ½ ML each time = you are consuming 15mg each time
Bottle labeled 900mg in the 30ml bottle and you ingest 0.25ml = you are consuming 7.5mg CBD
PCR Rich Hemp:
Phytocannabinoid rich (PCR) hemp oil is also referred to as "whole plant extract." It contains all the beneficial elements of the plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, chlorophyll, flavanoids, fatty acids, etc. Of the 80+ cannabinoids, the most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp is the non-psychoactive element known as cannabidiol or CBD. Unlike another well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD will not get you high.
All of the elements work better together, in synergy within your body, like nature grew it and intended.
Cannabis oil: oil made from marijuana
Marijuana: made from Cannabis Indica, cannabis sativa and hybrid strains, high in THC content, Federally a schedule 1 controlled substance since 1970 under the controlled substance act, varied approvals by state for medicinal use.
Hemp: negligible amounts of THC content, grown in industrial crops for use of the fibers in textiles, smaller concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes.
PCR Hemp (Phyto Cannabinoid Rich Hemp): negligible amounts of THC content, 10x the concentration of CBD as in industrial hemp
Cannabidiol: CBD is a naturally occurring chemical compound (cannabinoid) found in the cannabis plant. CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, with the atoms in a different arrangement.
THC: tetrahydrocannabinol is one of many compounds found of the marijuana plant. It is secreted in the resin and is the primary psychoactive component
Cannabis Sativa: taller and produce more fiber making them perfect for hemp cultivation
Cannabis Indica: shorter and bushier and better for making medical marijuana
Full-spectrum CBD oil: retains the natural balance of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the original plant, includes the cannabinoid THC
Broad-spectrum CBD oil: contains a variety of active compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes
Isolate CBD: cannabinoids that have been isolated and purified, no terpenes or other beneficial cannabinoids