Although many countries around the world have legalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis, CBD oil still faces certain restrictions in the United States. Whereas cannabis is completely legal and often smoked by adults, CBD is not. People may be arrested if they are caught using CBD without a medical prescription.
Although CBD-based cannabis products are widely available in many countries where recreational marijuana is not legal, some individuals may be concerned whether their regular use of CBD oil could show up on a drug screening. Even in countries where it’s legal to purchase THC-laden cannabis from a licensed store, some employers continue to screen potential employees for cannabis usage. “It’s very possible that even if you have a legitimate reason for wanting to use this kind of oil that your prospective employer could find out about it,” says Chase Coleman, executive director of the National Marijuana Association. “You also don’t want to assume that every single time you use this product you’re going to be law-abiding and not breaking any laws.” If your life is suddenly being turned upside down because of a positive drug test, or a failed test, you may want to consider whether CBD can help you. You may also be surprised to learn that many current legal marijuana products contain CBD.
Some strains of cannabis contain only a small amount of THC, which has been compared to the amount found in a small quantity of coffee, or a small amount of tea. When taken in reasonable doses, CBD has been shown to reduce certain symptoms of seizures and under the influence of THC, and may even prevent the onset of an attack in some patients. Though both cannabis and CBD products are considering herbal medicines in most countries, some manufacturers are producing small amounts of CBD oil that is available for personal use in low dosages, usually for children with epilepsy or other debilitating medical conditions. Many parents prefer to use this less potent form of oil for their children when they are suffering a seizure or other negative symptoms, but many medical professionals caution against using small amounts of CBD oil to treat medical conditions.
Even if a small amount of CBD is present in the product, experts say that there is still a great deal of research needed to definitively prove that CBD can reduce the harmful effects of the THC in a person’s body. Even if a doctor prescribes small amounts of CBD oil to a child or adult suffering from epilepsy, the effectiveness of the treatment is highly unlikely to be noticed. “There have been very few, if any, studies testing CBD for refractory epilepsy,” says Dr. Michael Schlossman, editor-in-chief of The Schlossman Report, an online publication on medical topics. “We’ve known for decades that marijuana and other psychoactive substances are not helpful in the treatment of epileptic seizures,” he continues. “There’s no data at all to suggest that CBD works differently than these other substances.”
However, there are some types of medical conditions for which CBD seems to have less effect. For example, Schlossman notes, “There are no significant differences in the levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in non-psychotic patients who receive CBD compared with those who receive placebo.” In other words, the CBD does not seem to have a different effect on people who are not suffering from some type of psychotic condition. However, there have been some interesting case studies, showing that CBD may actually help relieve symptoms related to schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. People diagnosed with either disorder have been shown to benefit from the use of CBD.
If you think that a drug test would turn up anything, it might turn up something like a negative result when testing for CBD oil. It is possible that a low amount of CBD is present, because many plants do not produce enough of the ingredient. In addition, CBD itself is not physically present in the oil. In addition, CBD and THC are two very different things, with CBD being more similar to THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. Therefore, a positive test would turn up nothing but a negative result.