Whether you work in construction, transport, policing, the armed forces, or professional sports, you may at some point be required to take a drug test by your employer. As CBD becomes more commonly used by those seeking respite from pain or mental illness without resorting to typical prescription drugs, people are becoming interested in the properties that it possesses and whether CBD based products could show up on a drug test.
CBD is one of nearly 70 compounds found in cannabis and it has no psychoactive properties. Unlike THC (cannabis’ psychoactive compound, responsible for the ‘high’ that smoking cannabis causes), it is legal in the UK when extracted from hemp. Because it has no psychoactive properties, it is not searched for on any drug test, and will not show up as a banned substance.
In 2018, CBD was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency Banned Substances list, so it is also now freely used in sport for its neuroprotective and muscle relaxing qualities.
The legal maximum limit of THC in CBD products sold in the UK is 0.03%. However, the majority of CBD products sold in the UK, and all of Canavape’s products, contain 0% THC content.
Drug tests that are looking for THC will not show up as positive after you’ve taken CBD products that contain 0% THC.
If you are likely to take a lot of a CBD based product and are concerned that a small amount of THC may show up on a drugs test, just make sure you’re choosing products with 0% THC in them.
CBD is used to reduce seizures in epileptic children, muscle stiffness in MS patients, and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. There’s also evidence (both scientific and anecdotal) to prove that it can help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, PTSD, stress, depression, and insomnia.
It also gets used by athletes as an anti-inflammatory in a range of sports, as it’s known to have properties that can reduce pain and swelling after strenuous physical activity.
There are several ways to extract CBD from industrial hemp, but here at Canavape, we use CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is usually done with a closed-loop extractor – a machine with three chambers. The first chamber contains pressurised CO2, the second chamber has the dry hemp, and the third chamber will hold the finished product.
Solid CO2 is pumped into the second chamber causing it to become ‘supercritical’ – in a state between a liquid and gas. Then, the CO2-cannabinoid mix is pumped into the third chamber where the CO2 gas rises to the top of the chamber whilst the oils from the hemp can be collected from the bottom.
This is the method that a lot of professional CBD manufacturers use, as there is less risk of contamination.
Last updated: Tuesday 05th March 2019