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Can CBD Cause You To Fail A Drug Test?

Can CBD Cause You To Fail A Drug Test?

We’ve been loving all of the responses we’ve been getting to our polls and questions over at our new Facebook Group, All Axis Pass. As we’ve been launching more CBD oil products, we’ve gotten lots of great questions about them and how you can be sure you’re getting the best quality product available.

Recently, a page member posted, "I'm interested in the many health benefits of CBD products but have been afraid to use them because I get randomly drug tested at work. Are these products safe and will they show up on drug tests? I can't afford to lose my job!"

We hear you. We certainly wouldn’t want you to find yourself in a tricky situation because of the CBD products you choose to use. Let’s take a look at this question in depth.

What Are Drug Tests Screening For?

In your standard drug tests, employers are looking for the presence of drugs like heroin, cocaine, and other illegal substances, including marijuana in many cases. There are a few different kinds of drug screens that look for certain drugs depending on how detailed the screen is. For instance, a seven-panel test looks for marijuana, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. The more comprehensive 12-panel screens test for the above, as well as methadone, propoxyphene, Quaaludes, MDA, and Percocet. Even the most rigorous of drug screens are not searching for any CBD in your system. Indeed, even tests that screen specifically for THC typically do not react to other cannabinoids, including CBD.

Is There THC In CBD?

According to the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, hemp can only be grown, cultivated, and manufactured into a CBD-based product if it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. This ensures that you cannot get "high" from the average CBD product. This means that drug tests will not be a concern for most average CBD users. If you take no more than the recommended dosage of CBD by your medical provider, or more than what’s suggested on the product packaging, you should be fine during a drug test.

Reasons You Could Fail A Drug Test After Taking CBD

While CBD isn’t being searched for in a typical drug screen, that doesn’t mean that in rare cases you can’t fail a drug test after taking CBD. If you’re wondering how you could or may have failed a drug test after taking CBD, the following issues have presented themselves to CBD on occasion.

Your CBD Was Sourced From Marijuana

Depending on which cannabis plant your CBD product is derived from, you might ingest more THC than you expected. If your CBD is extracted from a concentratedTHC marijuana plant rather than hemp, or if you’re using a CBD product made from a full-spectrum hemp extract, you might fail a drug test. You should always know what kind of plant your CBD is derived from, and if you have any doubts, always select CBD from a hemp plant.

Your CBD Product Was Mislabeled

Labeling CBD products can be more challenging for some hemp companies than others. While the label might say it’s "THC-Free" it might not be. In fact, mislabeling CBD products is so common, a report from 2017 found that nearly 70 percent of all cannabidiol extracts that are sold online are mislabeled. This is probably because the FDA does not regulate the CBD industry. It’s important then to only purchase CBD products from companies who test their products in a third-party lab and freely post their results on their packaging or their website.

You Were Exposed To THC In Another Way

Whether it’s through secondhand smoke, or through unknowingly ingesting a THC-based edible, you might have inadvertently ingested THC somehow. While non-smokers or those who do not use THC with any regularity will likely process the THC out of their system in a few days, others might have in their bodies for a longer period of time.

You Might Have Taken Too Much

While there’s no recommended dosage set for CBD as of yet, you should always follow the advice of "less is more" when it comes to using CBD. This is because you could fail a drug test if you take too much CBD. But you’d have to take a lot for this to happen. Consider this: it’s estimated that the average CBD user takes about 120 - 160 milligrams of CBD a day. To trigger a false positive on a drug test, you’d need to consume 1,000 milligrams a day. If you’re using your CBD oils and creams responsibly, you’re at no risk of failing a drug test.

CBD Turned Into CBD While Being Digested

This might sound almost impossible, but it’s been suggested that CBD can convert to THC when dissolved in your stomach. That’s because the CBD undergoes gastric stimulation when exposed to your stomach acids. While these minute amounts of THC won’t have any psychoactive effects, it may cause you to fail a drug test.

So What Should You Do If You’re Worried About Failing a Drug Test?

This part is up to you. You might consider discussing with your employer what kind of drug panel they’re using, as well as clarify their stance on the use of CBD. While your employer might simply follow your state’s particular drug laws, others might have different stipulations. Your employer might not even be aware of CBD as a product, and having a conversation with them might lead to a change in their internal policies.

Of course, the best thing to do if you’re still worried about failing a drug test is to simply stop using your CBD products leading up to the test.

So Can You Fail a Drug Test if You Take CBD?

So if you’ve read through this entire blog and you’re still wondering the answer to this question, here it is.

You probably won’t fail a drug test after using CBD.

If you purchased a CBD oil product that was third-party lab tested and contains less than 0.3 percent THC, and you used a reasonable amount, your chances of failing a drug test are very low.

Looking for high-quality CBD products? Axis Labs has exactly what you’re looking for. Made from some of the purest and most potent CBD available, we have a complete complement of CBD products that fit easily into your daily lifestyle. From oils for you and your pet to pain relief creams and even gummies, you can embrace the benefits that hemp-based products have to offer.

All Of Your FAQs About CBD (Part 3)

All Of Your FAQs About CBD (Part 3)

Since expanding our offerings of quality CBD products, we’ve been inundated with more questions about CBD than ever before. In order to address all of them, and to keep our customers informed, we’ve put together this multi-part blog series that address some of the most common questions we’ve gotten. In the last two blog posts, we covered things like what CBD stands for, and if you can overdose on it. Today, Axis Labs will explore a few more of your most pressing questions, offering straightforward and useful answers for you!

Which CBD Products Are the Best?

The obvious answer, of course, is the CBD and hemp oil products offered by Axis Labs, but there’s a little more nuance to this answer than that. Realistically, there are so many CBD products now available that customers have the luxury of asking, "Which CBD product is best for me?" From body oils and creams to capsules and gummies, there are dozens of ways to include CBD into your healthy lifestyle. You might find that one form of CBD is more natural for you to use, or that another type of hemp oil helps you get the results you’re looking for. It’s best to try a few different products and see how they help you achieve the results you want.

When Will I Feel the Effects of CBD?

There’s a lot of factors that influence this answer. Everyone’s body is set up differently, and that means we all react to CBD differently. Your friend who takes a CBD capsule might feel the effects in as little as an hour, while it might take a few hours for you to feel the same way. The type of product, the dosage, and your distinct body chemistry influence how quickly you react to CBD. Typically, CBD users have found that the effects set in somewhere between 15 minutes and two hours after taking their dose of a CBD product.

Can I Drive After Taking CBD?

While it’s strongly recommended to avoid driving after taking any THC-based product, you should be able to operate a vehicle safely after taking CBD. Of course, depending on your reaction to CBD, you might feel tired after taking a hemp-based product. Before you drive or operate machinery, it’s best to measure your reaction to CBD and make a sound decision. It’s a good idea to avoid driving until then.

Can CBD Interact With My Other Medications

Your body is naturally ready to absorb CBD thanks to your endocannabinoid system. However, that doesn’t mean it can cause a reaction to your other medications. When taken in low dosages, it’s like that CBD will not interfere with the intended effects of your other medications. However, any time you add a new product to your daily routine, it’s important to connect with your doctor and discuss the effects it could have and how it could change your body’s response to your existing medication regimen. In some cases, there are CBD-drug interactions that may cause unwanted side effects.

Can You Drink Alcohol While Using CBD?

There is limited research into the connection between CBD and alcohol use. However, one study found that when taken together, subjects who used CBD while drinking had lower blood alcohol levels. Another study found that using CBD while drinking resulted in less damage to the liver. But because both products are "downers" they can result in a greater feeling or sense of intoxication. This can lower inhibitions, which leads to a host of other problems. It’s advised that you avoid drinking alcohol or using CBD within four to eight hours of each other.

Axis Labs offers high-quality CBD oils, creams, and capsules that make use of lab-tested hemp oils. Order your CBD products today!

More FAQs About CBD (Part 2)

More FAQs About CBD (Part 2)

When it comes to CBD, there’s a lot to learn about. While humankind has been utilizing hemp for a myriad of reasons for literally thousands of years, it’s only recently that we’ve been doing any serious research into the effectiveness of the compounds that can be derived from this plant. The result is that we’re now acutely aware of CBD, but not always familiar with what it does and how it does it. In order to offer better products, and equally important, better information to our customers, Axis Labs has continued our FAQ blog series on CBD and its uses and effects.

What Does CBD Mean?

CBD is the abbreviation for the term "cannabidiol," a compound that is found with plants in the cannabis family. Varying amounts of this compound are found in different plants, like hemp or marijuana. Recent studies have found more and more uses for CBD, and this research has discovered that CBD could help to treat issues like anxiety, chronic pain, and even insomnia.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found natively within cannabis plants. Within the human body are receptors set up specifically to accept cannabinoids. These are your CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are part of your endocannabinoid system, which helps to move energy and signals throughout your nervous system.

Is CBD Legal in the U.S.?

Yes, CBD is legal to produce, own, and consume in the United States. That said, not all forms of CBD are legal. Hemp-derived CBD is legal, thanks in part to the Farm Bills. But marijuana-derived CBD is not legal in every state. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with your local laws concerning marijuana. To avoid this hassle, it’s best to order only CBD products that have been derived from hemp.

Why Are the Farm Bills Important?

These bills, passed in 2014 and 2018 respectively, were instrumental in expanding the presence, production, and use of hemp products. The 2014 bill allowed for the cultivation and manufacture of industrial hemp and related products. The 2018 bill included the Hemp Farming Act. This act listed hemp as an agricultural commodity, allowing individual states the authority to review hemp production, taking that power away from the DEA. This made hemp legal nationwide.

Will I Be Able to Pass a Drug Test After Taking CBD?

Typically, drug screens are meant to detect the presence of THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana. While CBD is the major compound in hemp-based products, there is still a trace amount of THC in industrial hemp, usually less than 0.3 percent. That said, the chance that you could fail a drug test after taking a CBD product, even with that trace amount of THC, is very low. If you’re still concerned, it’s not a bad idea to ask your employer what the drug test is screening for.

What Does Taking CBD Feel Like?

There’s no strict answer to this question. Some report feeling a sense of relaxation after using a CBD product. Others find that they feel calmer and focused. A reduction in "thought-noise" is evident for some, while others find that their chronic aches and pains are dulled. Your experience after taking a CBD oil, capsule, or tincture really depends on how much you take, the concentration of the CBD in the product, and how often you use it.

Lab-Tested For Quality

Don’t settle for just any CBD or hemp oil product. Instead, offer your body the best. At Axis Labs, we’re committed to offering the highest quality products possible. It’s why we start with a premium grade industrial hemp, and then lab test all of our CBD for purity and potency in a third-party lab. Our CBD oils, creams, and capsules are among the finest available. Order today!

How Is CBD Tested For Purity?

How Is CBD Tested For Purity?

As the production, cultivation, and consumption of hemp and its products become ever more popular, a fleet of companies has opened their doors in order to cash in own this CBD revolution. But without much in the way of proper regulation for hemp-based products, how are you to know when you’re getting a quality product?

Over on our new Facebook Group, All Axis Pass, one of our members asked a great question: "Is [there] a system in place to test CBD to assure the customer that they are actually getting Pure CBD and not being ripped off [by] companies using any form of filler? Also to make sure [you’re] getting the proper mg as they claim?"

Nobody likes to get burned, especially on products that are meant to enhance their healthy lifestyles, not compromise it. So let’s devote some time to exploring how CBD is tested for purity and the lengths Axis Labs goes to ensure that you’re getting some of the finest quality CBD oil products available.

What Is Third-Party Lab Testing?

When seemingly anyone can start growing hemp and extracting CBD oil, the market has been flooded with products of questionable purity and potency. To distinguish quality products from lesser ones, most of the legit CBD companies are now making use of third-party lab testing.

These test results can separate fact from hype and are the most surefire way to ensure you’re getting a high-quality hemp-based product at a glance. Plus, these tests are good for both the consumer and the producer. By being transparent in what ingredients are being used and the quality of the CBD oil being infused into tinctures, creams, and capsules, consumers are treated to better products while producers are held to higher standards.

What Does Third-Party Testing Accomplish?

It should go without saying that having the government inspect your facilities, examine your products, and then pull them from shelves is a costly process, one that all by the largest food and drug companies can’t afford to have happen to them. So, this is where third-party testing comes into play.

Simply put, third-party testing isn’t required, but it’s a great way to protect your products, your brand, and more importantly, your customers. This is why many of the high-end CBD companies, Axis Labs included, choose to have these expensive tests performed on their hemp oil-based products. It helps them stand out from the crowd and also serves as a selling point for their products.

Other Factors To Consider

While the "third-party tested" label on the side of your favorite CBD capsules might be a quick way to separate quality from crud, there’s more to your CBD than just that sticker. The quality and purity of your CBD doesn’t start in a lab. It’s based on a wide variety of factors. If you want to make a more informed buying decision when looking for your next CBD tincture, keep the following in mind.

Where is the CBD Sourced From?

Hemp has been an agricultural mainstay for thousands of years. Indeed, it’s suggested that the fibers of hemp were used to make some of the earliest textiles. More recently, hemp has become the focus of fascination for the chemical compounds that can be extracted from the plant. Simply put, the quality of your CBD really starts with the quality of the hemp its sourced from.

Hemp is a "hyperaccumulator," which is a fancy way of saying that hemp readily absorbs anything in the soil it was grown in. It’s one reason that hemp readily grows basically anywhere, but it also means that the final purity of your CBD is affected by the soil its grown in. So, if you purchase CBD from a company that grows their hemp in a farm field behind a chemical plant, you’ll likely ingest some of the heavy metals that are in the soil in which the hemp was cultivated.

One of the best ways to guarantee you’re getting a pure and high-quality CBD product is to look into where the company sourced their hemp. A good rule of thumb is to buy products that make use of American grown hemp. That’s because U.S. farmers are held to high standards by the department of agriculture in whichever state they’re raising crops in. You can find out more about where a company gets their hemp on their website. For instance, Axis Labs proudly sources its hemp from only farms in Kentucky and Colorado.

Is It "Whole Plant" or "Full Spectrum?"

Another way to determine the purity and quality of your CBD product is to investigate just how much of the plant was used. CBD isolates are a popular choice for many companies, but whole plants are considered more effective. By using the whole plant, the CBD oil extracted from the plant has the related compounds that are also derived from hemp. That means you get all of the terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids that affect taste, aroma, and character. Not only that, but these other compounds actually affect the effectiveness of the CBD itself. Check the label to see if it’s whole plant or full spectrum as others call it.

How Much THC is Present?

Within any cannabis plant, you’ll find varying amounts of compounds like CBD, as well as THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component in cannabis plants that leaves you feeling "stoned" or "high." Marijuana has a much higher concentration of THC than hemp does. Conversely, there’s more CBD in hemp than in marijuana, hence why manufacturers mostly use hemp when creating CBD products.

To get a more pure, and more potent CBD product, you’ll want to ensure there is little-to-no THC present. In fact, the optimal level of THC in your CBD oil should be more than 0.3 percent. Not only that, but you may run into legal issues if you source your CBD oils from marijuana plants anyway, as hemp is legal in all 50 states, but marijuana is not.

How is CBD Oil Made?

Finally, you’ll want to take a look at how the CBD is extracted and how the oil is made. There are a few methods for doing this (don’t panic, we’ll cover this in a future blog post), and each of them can affect the final purity of the CBD.

Typically, the lower the price on the CBD oil or capsule, the cheaper and faster the method of extraction. These methods use solvents like propane, hexane, and butane, which are harmful to your health. Other companies use pharmaceutical-grade ethanol to process their CBD. The ethanol removes toxins from the hemp plant. Many agree that this process extracts the most CBD from the plant, and is regarded as yielding the safest product. Finally, some companies make use of a supercritical CO2 extraction process. Use high-pressure CO2 in a cold environment, the CBD is removed from the plant, maintaining its highest purity in the process.

How Does Axis Labs Test For Purity?

As a leading provider of sports nutrition supplements and products, Axis Labs understands better than most the importance of quality control and testing. That’s why we diligently test all of our CBD products to ensure the highest level of purity and potency.

That’s why we trust Botanacor to perform our third-party lab testing. Based in Denver, just down the street from the Axis Labs headquarters, Botanacor is a specialty lab that works with all types of hemp-derived products. We submit a sample of each of our products to their lab. There it’s tested to ensure it’s within the allowable limits for THC, and its potency is measured thanks to an HPLC method with spectral analysis. To check for purity, our sample is also subjected to a solvents analysis to make sure nothing is left in the CBD from our extraction process. Finally, our CBD sample is given a microbial contaminant test to check for things like unwanted yeasts and molds.

The result is a clean and pure CBD product that is naturally effective and easy to use. We’re always pleased with the results of these tests from Botanacor. It’s why we proudly list the results right on our website!

So there you have it. Now you know how we ensure that our customers are getting the best CBD products possible. Ready to try them for yourself? Check out our complete line up of CBD products, including tinctures, capsules, gummies, and even CBD oils for pets! Order today!

FAQs About CBD (Part 1)

FAQs About CBD (Part 1)

With the passage of the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, hemp products have proliferated in the market. Now that more farms can cultivate hemp and more companies can utilize it in their work, new products have exploded onto the scene, and the public awareness of hemp, and it’s compound CBD, has expanded dramatically. But awareness isn’t the same as understanding, and as such, there are a lot of questions surrounding CBD and hemp oil. Since we produce some of the finest quality CBD products on the market, we at Axis Labs thought it best to offer some answers to your most pressing questions.

Aren’t CBD and THC the Same?

When people hear about cannabis products, their minds immediately jump to marijuana and its most notable compound, THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a psychoactive compound that is found in higher concentrations in marijuana than in hemp. CBD, however, actually counteracts the effects of THC. CBD is found in all cannabis plants but can be found in much higher concentrations in hemp plants. These two compounds achieve different effects when taken in varying amounts and combinations.

So You Can’t Get "Stoned" On CBD?

Correct! CBD is a non-psychoactive compound within cannabis plants. In fact, there is so little THC in hemp that you can’t get high from it at all. Indeed, for it to be legal for agriculturalists to grow hemp in the U.S., that particular strain of hemp cannot have more than a 0.3 percent THC count. While you won’t feel stoned after using CBD, you might feel more relaxed and focused, and some have even reported finding relief from pain after using hemp oil products.

How Long Will I Feel the Effects of CBD?

This is a seemingly simple question with a kind-of complicated answer. The fact is, CBD affects everyone differently for different reasons. Generally, you’ll feel the effects of CBD for up to 12 hours after taking or using a hemp oil-based product. The duration of the effects will vary based on how much you take and in what concentration of CBD.

Is There a Risk of Overdosing on CBD?

With the near-constant news coverage of the opioid crisis, many people are now concerned about the threat of an overdose. A reasonable concern, but fortunately one you do not have to share when taking CBD. In 2011, a study found that even when subjects took more than 30 times the recommended dosage (for a total of 1,500 mg of CBD-based products in a day), that there was no sign of an overdose or adverse effects on the subject. That said, you might experience some side effects if you take too much of a hemp oil product.

Are There Side Effect to Using CBD?

When you take CBD products in a dosage that is tailored to your needs, you likely won’t experience any side effects. However, should you take too much in a day or a single dosage, you might experience some minor effects. These include things like:
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Grogginess

These effects will fade with time.

Are CBD Products Safe?

Absolutely. At Axis Labs, we prioritize the quality of our CBD products by subjecting them to a rigorous battery of tests performed by a third-party lab. For those interested, you can find all of our lab results for each and every one of our products on our website.

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