The truly miraculous compound found in the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (or CBD for short), has increased in popularity in recent years. A recent study projected CBD to become a 20 billion dollar industry by 2024. The study noted the significant investment that companies have made in CDB production and marketing as well as the astounding scientific research that continues to put a spotlight on this compound and the many health applications that it has for its users.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to CBD, how it works in the body, and whether it will show up on a drug test.
What Is CBD?
CBD is one of the hundreds of compounds found in the versatile and impressive cannabis plant. This compound was previously overlooked for many years in favor of its glamorous cousin compound, THC (more on that later). However, interest among holistic health practitioners in this compound has piqued in recent years on the heels of study after study showing its remarkable health-repairing properties.
If you live in a marijuana-friendly state, chances are you’ve encountered CBD in some form. Coffee shops sell handcrafted CBD drinks. Trendy spas perform CBD facials on customers. Nearly any food that comes to mind can be infused with CBD. Vaping with CBD is popular among the younger crowds.
The age of users might surprise people unfamiliar with the industry. Everyone from the elderly retired couple to children battling seizures can be candidates for CBD therapy because it does not get the user “high” and carries minimal risk. CBD is generally considered very safe, and no death from CBD use has ever been recorded. Overdosing on CBD is virtually impossible.
Health Benefits of CBD
Why do so many people swear by CBD? What is fueling the massive growth of this industry? The answer lies in the hard scientific research that has shown just how effective CBD therapy can be for a variety of health conditions.
CBD first ascended into the public consciousness as a remarkable breakthrough treatment for epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition characterized by frequent seizures that make life miserable for those battling in. Prior to CBD, the most common treatments for epilepsy were pharmaceutical drugs like benzodiazepines that carry substantial risk of dependence and a nasty collection of side effects like decreased cognitive ability and even increased chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Many parents of children with epilepsy were relieved when a new, more effective, safer method of treating their child’s condition was discovered.
One of the most exciting developments in CBD research has been the tsunami of studies that CBD treats anxiety. Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety. Like epilepsy, conventional treatments for anxiety carry many side effects and risks. Enter CBD, which has taken the mental health profession by storm. Anecdote after anecdote, backed up by clinical research, has testified to the amazing power of CBD to heal patients battling anxiety.
Inflammation is a major marker of disease that CBD can treat. Systemic inflammation, meaning inflammation throughout the body, has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other serious health conditions. Research has shown CBD’s ability to stop systemic inflammation in its tracks through pathways previously poorly understood or undiscovered.
Does CBD Get You “High”?
As we discussed earlier, CBD will not get the user high because it does not exert psychoactive effects in the way that cannabis products loaded with THC do. The confusion is easy to understand because popular culture has long painted the cannabis plant in a cartoonish light as a simple recreational drug. In reality, marijuana is so much more than a fun way to pass the time, as the evidence from scientific research above indicates.
CBD can definitely trigger a state of increased relaxation and general well-being. Still, it will not cause a user to experience any “high” the way that smoking THC-loaded marijuana does.
Will CBD Show up on a Drug Test?
The answer is complicated. Common drug tests do not look for CBD. It is a legal compound to possess, so there is no reason for potential employers or law enforcement to try to look for it.
However, just because drug tests aren’t looking for CBD, specifically, does not mean that users are in the clear. In most cases, CBD will not trigger any positive drug test results. In some instances, though, CBD products can cause a positive drug test because of the tiny amount of THC that it contains.
THC is another compound found in the cannabis plant. This is the compound of marijuana that causes the “high” in users, creating feelings of euphoria, intense interest in certain subjects, relaxation, and sometimes paranoia, among other effects. THC is illegal federally and in many states, so this is the compound that testers are looking for.
However, the amount of THC (.3%) in CBD products makes it very unlikely that you would fail a drug test because of CBD. Regardless, you should be aware of the risks if you expect you might have to take a drug test in the near future. THC can stay in the urine for up to 30 days, making it one of the longest-lasting substances that drug tests can detect.
CBD is an amazing, health-promoting compound that is available in many forms. Marketers have cleverly designed ways to package CBD for consumers in attractive ways, and you’ve likely seen many common products like candies that are “infused” with CBD. The natural question of whether CBD will show up on a drug test comes to most people’s minds when first learning about the compound. In short, CBD will appear on a drug test only in rare cases where the tiny THC content triggers a positive result. Exercise caution when using CBD if you have an upcoming drug screening.