This is a common question among CBD users who are not also marijuana users. It’s important to consider as the answer could mean the difference between keeping or losing a job, or even possibly being charged with a DUI violation. And it’s fair to ask considering CBD comes from cannabis, and marijuana is a type of cannabis.
This question also raises other questions, such as: Do drug tests test for the presence of CBD? Is there THC in CBD oil? How much THC would it take to trigger a positive result (meaning you test positive for THC)? And, can CBD cause a false positive on a THC drug test?
Today, drug testing is a common practice among U.S. employers hoping to increase productivity and reduce employee absence due to illness. In fact, the U.S. government requires drug testing of all employees. And, of course, one of the drugs for which employees are tested is marijuana.
While drug testing has been on the rise for some time, the number of companies that test for THC is actually falling. The reason for this is that as of writing the U.S. job market has become highly competitive, and many employers can’t afford to rule out employees who test positive for THC—especially in states where medical marijuana use is legal. More and more employers are coming around the idea that the use of cannabis can provide legitimate health benefits.
(In fact, CBD may actually help employees become better focused, more alert, and healthier overall resulting in fewer days missed due to illness and greater productivity. But that’s a topic for another day.)
Refraining from marijuana use in order to keep your job doesn’t do you any good if you’re fired for testing positive for marijuana use as a result of using CBD.
Another major issue of contention has arisen in states with legal cannabis is how to accurately test drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana to determine their actual level of impairment.
So, let’s take a look at how drug tests work, and whether or not CBD use is likely to trigger a false positive.
What do drug tests actually test for?
There are a number of illicit drugs for which employers and law enforcement agencies commonly test. These include cocaine, heroin and, of course, marijuana. Each illicit substance has its own method of detection. Here we are only concerned with the detection of marijuana use.
Marijuana use is easily detectable by a number of methods including urinalysis, hair analysis, and saliva tests. What these tests are all looking for, as we mentioned, is previous use of a compound called THC, which is short for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. The metabolites of THC can remain in a user’s system for many days, even weeks.
What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
THC and CBD are very similar compounds. They belong to a family of compounds which are produced by cannabis called cannabinoids.
(Technically, cannabinoids found in plants are called phytocannabinoids, and those produced naturally by our bodies are called endocannabinoids.)
Like THC, research results suggest that CBD offers a wide range of health benefits.
There are only slight differences in these molecules, but that slight difference makes a big difference in how the body reacts to each molecule.
Neurons (brain cells) in the human brain are outfitted with receptors that respond to a wide range of signaling molecules such as hormones and cannabinoids. A particular receptor called the CB-1 receptor has an affinity for THC. When THC binds with the CB-1 receptor it alters the way your neurons behave and causes an altered state of consciousness.
Interestingly, CBD does not bind with CB-1 receptors, but actually blocks them, reducing your susceptibility to THC effects. In fact, supplementation with CBD has been shown to reduce the recovery time from THC effects.
So, as you can see, it would be meaningless for drug tests to test for CBD.
How does marijuana/THC drug testing work?
There are a number of methods that test for THC use. The most common test used by employers is urinalysis—or testing for traces of THC metabolites in urine.
There are also THC use tests which use saliva and hair follicles. Saliva tests are more common for DUI testing since there are obvious challenges with obtaining a urine sample at the scene of possible DUI.
The vast majority of employers that test for drug use are using urinalysis.
THC’s primary metabolite THC-COOH is fat soluble. That means it may be detectable in urine for up to three weeks after last use depending on how frequently you use it.
THC use can be detected for up to 2–5 days after exposure for infrequent users, while for frequent users it can stick around for as much as two weeks, and for those who smoke marijuana daily, it can be as high as 30 days.
On a side note, urinalysis does not actually detect the presence of illicit drugs. It can only identify the presence of drug metabolites, and therefore cannot be used to determine levels of intoxication.
Marijuana use is also detectable with hair follicle tests. This test can provide a detection period of up to 90 days. (If an individual’s hair is shorter than 1.5 inches, this detection period will be shorter.) Hair drug testing measures THC metabolites embedded inside the hair shaft. Occasional marijuana use may go undetected in a hair follicle test.
Saliva testing detects the presence of THC itself rather than its inactive metabolites. Because only tiny amounts of the drug are secreted into saliva, THC is extremely difficult to identify in oral fluids. For this reason, most saliva tests typically only detect the presence of THC one to two hours following use. This can be useful in cases of suspected DUI. It cannot, however, be used to determine actual levels of impairment.
THC is detectable in blood for 12–24 hours for infrequent users and as much as seven days with heavy use. Because blood tests are invasive and difficult to administer, they are used less frequently, and typically only in criminal investigations such as DUIs.
Can CBD trigger a false positive on a drug test?
As we pointed out above, drug tests are designed to look for traces of THC. They are not designed to detect CBD. Thankfully, cannabinoids which are non-intoxicating, such as CBD, will not trigger a positive result on a THC test. However, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
Unless purified, CBD oil products sourced from marijuana are likely to contain some amount of THC. CBD oil products which are sourced from hemp can also contain THC but in extremely small amounts. The legal limit for THC levels in agricultural hemp is less than three parts in 1,000, or 0.3%. So for every 1,000 mg of CBD there is less than 0.3 mg of THC.
What this means is that if you’re taking very large doses of a CBD oil product (1,000 mg/day or more) which contains even tiny amounts of THC, you may be susceptible to a false positive result during an initial urinary screening.
However, a dose of 0.5mg of THC—the amount you might find in a daily serving of hemp-extracted CBD oil—produces a false positive rate of less than 1 in 500.
Is there THC in your CBD?
As mentioned above, some CBD oils out there do include tiny amounts of THC. It’s important for those who are undergoing drug screenings to be fully aware of the contents of their CBD oil. There are a few rules you can follow to avoid false positives due to THC in your CBD oil.
First, don’t use CBD oil made from marijuana. No matter what anyone tells you, you have no way of knowing that the product is THC-free unless you have a lab at home. Don’t use any CBD product that does not actually specify that it was sourced from agricultural or industrial hemp.
Most CBD oil brands will tell you exactly how their product is sourced. Some may even provide lab tests which show the exact percentage of THC in the product.
Some CBD oil products are made with a purified form of CBD called CBD isolate. This CBD has gone through a distillation process which removes all other compounds, leaving behind a product that is over 99% pure CBD. These products are generally better suited for consuming high doses of CBD. Using these products reduce the chance of a false positive due to detection of THC to near zero.
In conclusion, drug tests do not test for CBD. CBD cannot produce a false positive for THC use. CBD which contains small amounts of THC, on the other hand, when taken in large doses might potentially cause a false positive, but even the chances of that are small.
If your livelihood depends on passing a drug test, then you should be using CBD sourced from hemp for normal daily dosages. And if you’re taking large doses of CBD, use a product which contains CBD isolate.
If you are taking high doses of full-spectrum CBD oil and you’re deeply concerned that you might trigger a false positive, it’s a good idea to test yourself using a home test kit so that you can have some peace of mind.
Gummies, those yummy little jelly candies that tickle your tongue and warm your tummy. What could be better than gummies? Well, CBD-infused gummies, of course!
CBD-infused gummy candy is one of the hottest selling edible CBD products in the world. They’re easy to pack, convenient to use, and, of course, they are delicious and fun to eat.
Unless they contain THC, CBD gummies will not get you high. And, unless you eat pounds of them, CBD gummies are free of side effects. Also, they are non-addictive and do not require a doctor’s recommendation.
Here’s our ultimate guide to CBD Gummies.
What’s a gummy?
The gummy bear was the first form of gummy candy. It originated in Germany where it is popular under the name gummibär or gummibärchen. The original gummy bears were made from gum arabic, hence the name.
A confectioner from Bonn, Germany named Hans Riegel, Sr. reportedly invented the gummy bear. In 1920, Riegel formed the Haribo company. A couple years later, inspired by trained bears he had seen at street fairs, he developed a product he called the Dancing Bear (Tanzbär)—a fruit-flavored gum candy which was much larger than the gummy bears we know and love today.
Seeing the success of gummy bears, other confectioners began to develop their own gummy candies in the form of, worms, snakes, fish, fruit, rainbows, lobsters, octopuses, and even Smurfs.
In recent years, gummy candies have been adopted by dietary supplement brands and infused with everything from multivitamins to CBD!
Today we can enjoy a vast variety of CBD-infused gummies.
What’s in CBD gummies?
Gummy bears today are typically made from gelatin rather than gum arabic. The gelatin is mixed with sweeteners, flavors, colors, and often citric acid for a little tartness.
CBD-infused gummies are made in the usual way. CBD is simply added into the mix. Some gummies contain a concentrated CBD-rich hemp extract, while other contain just pure CBD that has been isolated from the extract altogether.
This purified CBD is made by extracting the essential oils from agricultural hemp. Hemp is a non-buzz-inducing form of cannabis which is used for textiles and food as well as building materials, biofuel, plastics and much more.
Once the essential oil is extracted, it goes through a dewaxing process to remove solids, and then a distillation process to further concentrate the oil. Various levels of purity can be achieved in this way. They range from full-spectum—meaning it still has all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the raw extract—to pure CBD isolate.
What are CBD gummies good for?
Over the past 25 years, research into CBD’s health benefits has ramped up exponentially. Today, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that CBD may have a variety of medicinal and supplemental uses.
For a complete list of CBD’s potential benefits, check out our article, “The Ultimate CBD Benefits List.”
Now, let’s take a deeper look at some of the ways CBD is being used to improve quality of life.
CBD gummies may help you sleep
According to research, CBD can help to balance and stabilize circadian rhythms (daily activity and rest cycles). Many people who use CBD gummies claim that they not only help them to sleep better at night, but also have more energy and alertness during the day.
CBD gummies might chill you out and cheer you up
People suffering from mood disorders such as anxiety and depression commonly have low serotonin levels. Increasing serotonin levels generally increases feelings of wellbeing. CBD mimics a signaling molecule called anandamide, which is produced by the nervous system to stimulate the production of a hormone called serotonin in the brain.
CBD gummies fight toxins and free radicals
CBD is famous for being a powerful antioxidant. In fact, studies show CBD to be up to 10 times more powerful as an antioxidant than vitamin C. Antioxidants can be thought of as molecular mines. They attach themselves to dangerous molecules and destroy them.
CBD gummies might reduce your pain
Pain is associated with inflammation. In fact, most over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen all work by reducing inflammation. CBD has shown the ability to reduce inflammation and pain in numerous studies.
There are a myriad of other ailments for which researchers are studying CBD’s effects. Check out our comprehensive list of CBD’s potential benefits here.
Another interesting benefit of CBD gummies is that they can sometimes be used to reduce the effects of THC. They do this by blocking the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, making them immune to THC. If you were to consume enough THC to make you feel uncomfortable, anxious, and paranoid, eating a few CBD gummies might bring you down more quickly and lessen THC’s side effects.
How do CBD gummies work?
The human body is an unfathomably complex machine. That machine is controlled, for the most part, by the brain. Your brain cannot connect to every single cell in your body to figure out what’s going on and fix potential problems—it needs a messaging system. The central nervous system is a vast network of nerves found throughout your body that connect directly to the brain. This system monitors all bodily activity and reports back to the brain.
The brain then decides what changes need to be made to maintain health. When the brain detects that a system has gotten out of balance, it releases signaling molecules—such as endocannabinoids—which fit into receptors on the cells and instruct the cells to change what they are doing.
There a variety of types of receptors with corresponding neurotransmitters, each with its own particular set of functions. As it turns out, CBD and other cannabinoids have the ability to mimic some of these signaling molecules (such as anandamide, which we mentioned earlier). So, supplementing your body with CBD can have a wide range of effects.
Some of the non-endocannabinoid receptors that CBD interacts with include opioid receptors, serotonin receptors, and dopamine receptors.
Opioid receptors are the key targets of pharmaceuticals such as morphine, heroin, and fentanyl. CBD’s ability to interact with opioid receptors may be partly responsible for its pain reducing properties.
Dopamine receptors regulate certain aspects of behavior by rewarding behaviors upon which survival depends, such as eating and sex. A naturally produced hormone, dopamine is known to regulate moods.
Serotonin plays a vital role in reducing anxiety. CBD’s influence on serotonin levels is thought to be responsible for its anxiety-reducing properties. Serotonin is also thought to reduce cravings and addictive behaviors.
How do I use CBD gummies?
CBD gummies are just about the easiest way to get your CBD. Just pop them in your mouth, chew, and swallow. Done. The important question you need to answer is how many CBD candies should you eat?
Because they provide a pre-measured dosage or CBD, gummies are actually a great way to assure a consistent dose of CBD. This allows you to calculate how much CBD you’re actually consuming and how many gummies you need to reach your desired dosage.
For example, if your gummies each contain 10 milligrams of CBD, and you’re aiming for a dosage of 50 milligrams per day, then you would simply consume five gummies over the course of the day.
Most CBD gummies list their potency on the package. They generally range from 5 to 20 milligrams each.
How long do CBD gummies take to take effect?
CBD gummies can start to take effect within minutes of being eaten. Because CBD gummies are made from gelatin, they dissolve almost immediately in your stomach. This makes CBD gummies a much faster acting method of taking CBD than, say, CBD cake, for example. However, the full effect may take some time to come on and depends on how much food is in your system to begin with.
Once they take effect, CBD gummies’ effects typically last for 4 or 5 hours.
It’s best to use CBD gummies on an empty stomach if you want fast effects, and take them with food if you want more long-lasting effects.
When you hear about edibles, you typically think about the marijuana-infused edibles that have become so popular in states that have legalized weed for recreational purposes.
However, edibles infused with just CBD – no THC present – are also becoming increasingly popular and are a very effective way to take CBD.
While edibles don’t typically take effect as quickly as other methods of taking CBD, such as vaping or using sublingual tinctures, they tend to last quite a bit longer (roughly four hours), making them ideal for a number of applications. They’re especially useful for non-acute symptoms that don’t demand immediate relief, and, as a bonus, they usually taste great and serve as a nice snack.
That said, if you’re looking for a CBD wholesale partner for edibles, it can be hard to know who to trust.
The CBD world has become exceptionally popular as of late, meaning there are a lot of people trying to cash in on the opportunity. Some of them have the best intentions in mind while others are just looking to make a quick buck, which speaks to why some recent studies of CBD products have shown just how inconsistent the quality is of CBD products on the market.
So how do you tell the difference between the CBD wholesaler you can rely on and the one that’s just trying to capitalize on a fledgling and largely unregulated market?
Here are five things to keep in mind, the first two of which relate to the product itself while the final three look at the business side of things.
It all starts with the product.
When it comes to CBD, this means a few very tangible things:
- Full spectrum: Full spectrum means that the edible contains not just CBD but a host of other phytocannabinoids. This “full spectrum” of cannabinoids, typically including CBDA, CBG, CBN, and CBC, along with terpenes, has been shown to be more effective than CBD isolate products that contain only CBD.
- Free of pesticides and other contaminants: While it might be hard to prove this without lab testing, it’s important to look for a CBD supplier that at least talks about the purity of their product. Look for the word “organic,” and be wary when businesses don’t talk about how their hemp is grown.
- THC-free: The last thing you want from a CBD wholesaler is a product contaminated with THC. Not only is it likely illegal in your state, but it’s false and misleading for consumers who want the benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC. This is especially concerning considering CBD products are being used by children. Ultimately, this would reflect poorly on your own business and could lose you loyal customers.
It’s not always easy to tell if what you’re ordering is a quality product, and there are bad companies out there who know the right things to say. That’s why, if any of the above points are missing, it’s almost certain that a supplier isn’t reliable.
Because of the lack of regulation in the CBD industry, consumers largely have to rely upon CBD companies to police themselves.
Companies who take their position in the industry seriously and are looking to build a long-term business understand this situation. Generally, that means they have their product tested by a third-party lab to ensure a number of things, including those we just talked about above.
If a wholesaler’s website or marketing materials don’t mention third-party testing, they might be pushing out a product that doesn’t match what their labels claims.
In truth, third-party testing isn’t cheap and no CBD supplier is excited about the prospect of spending money to essentially regulate themselves. But again, those who are serious understand the legitimacy it brings to their product and won’t think twice about doing so.
If a CBD company claims that they offer a wholesale product but then doesn’t offer a great deal on purchasing in bulk, they likely have a short-term view of their business. It signals that they want to make money quickly or don’t understand good business practices – both of which signal that it’s a company not to take seriously.
What kind of pricing should you look for?
Typically it’s on a scale, meaning the percentage of how much you get off the shelf price is related to how much you purchase.
That said, there are some CBD wholesalers that give their wholesale customers up to a 50% discount. So, if you inquire about buying a product in bulk (it’s rarely going to be listed right on a company’s website), and you get pitched 5% or even 15%, chances are you’ll find a better deal elsewhere.
Fast & free shipping
When you plan to resell CBD edible products, you need to be able to rely on your supplier to get you product as quickly as possible. Generally, that means at least a few days, with more time allotted for first-time orders and less time for reorders.
So, if a company is telling you that it’s going to require weeks of notice for an order to be shipped, it might signal that they don’t have a very sophisticated operation.
As with a lack of good wholesale pricing, this says as much about the company itself as it does the inconvenience it could cause you from time to time. Meaning, if a company can’t make quick turnarounds happen for their orders, chances are they’re a poorly run operation that doesn’t have good systems and processes in place.
The same can be said of free shipping, which is very common in the wholesale world. While the lack of free shipping doesn’t necessarily signal a shoddy operation, you should absolutely run in the other direction if a company tries to gouge you with shipping costs (think 10% or above).
Depending on what your goals are with buying CBD edibles in bulk, this one might not be a deal breaker.
Regardless, having the ability to white label the product your buying is a fantastic offering for many companies that want to sell CBD edibles with their own packaging.
Do Your Research & Run from Shady Operations
Ultimately, it’s a pretty good idea to follow your instincts, provided you’re taking enough time to adequately research and talk to different CBD wholesalers. If a company seems shady or there’s anything that feels weird when you read through their marketing materials or talk to them on the phone, you probably want to look elsewhere.
And, if you’d like to chat with us about our wholesale offers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!