What was once a controversial plant is now the latest health craze. It’s called cannabodiol, also known as CBD.
It’s recommended by many doctors and people are self-prescribing it. But one of the big questions surrounding CBD oil is – will it show up on a drug test?
“People get kind of freaked out because they see the marijuana plant with CBD and it’s actually not marijuana. It’s part of the plant but it’s a very specific part of the plant,” Kacy Korczyk, the owner of On Point Acupuncture, said. She sells different supplements of CBD at her office in Beckley.
CBD is one of many compounds derived by cannabis. Another is THC which is found in marijuana. Unlike THC, pure CBD products do not create hallucinogenic effects.
“If you get a good product that has been third party tested and the manufacturer knows what they are doing, then you are going to see benefits from it,” Korczyk said.
Those benefits are wide-ranging from relieving chronic pain, anxiety and depression to treating MS and Parkinson’s Disease.
According to cannabis industry analysts with the Brightfield Group, CBD is growing faster than cannabis in the U.S. and will be a $22 billion industry by 2022.
At Cramer Security and Investigations, Jennifer Canfield is the Director of Drug and Alcohol Testing. She says they do around 20,000 drugs tests a year.
“Each drug has a cut off level and if they level of the drug exceeds the amount of the cut off level then the test is positive,” Canfield said.
For THC, that cut-off level is 50 nanograms- set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“For a test to come back positive with CBD oil, the donor would have to take a very large amount, 1,000 or 2,000 milligrams of the product or be a regular user,” Candfield said.
Canfield went on to say if you take a drug test while taking CBD oil, you should tell the person administering the test.
“So that way if you do test positive for THC, you are able to supply that… Then when they send it off for confirmation that will be able to show whether it is the CBD oil or it is marijuana,” Candfield said.
To claim CBD, the product has to have less than 0.3 percent THC, which will not show up on a drug test. But CBD supplements are not tested, approved or regulated by the FDA.
“Since it is not regulated, people can put whatever they want to in the bottle so that’s why it’s really important to look at third party research because is not only that company doing the research, they’re sending it off to get a second opinion on it basically,” Korczyk said.
Most companies who get their products third-party tested will post their certificate of verification or lab results on their website. If you don’t see one, you can call the company directly.
Korczyk said all comes down to transparency with companies trying to establish a reputable name within the CBD industry. “If you buy it from someone who knows what they are doing or someone who is responsible then you shouldn’t have a risk.”
The FDA issued warning letters to three CBD companies they say made false claims in their advertising. Those three companies are Advanced Spine and Pain LLC, Nutra Pure LLC and PotNetwork Holdings Inc.
The FDA will hold a public hearing on May 31st to get more information on the production, affects and safety concerns regarding CBD oil.