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Hemp and Drug Testing: Should You Worry?

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In 2019, the NCAA increased the thresholds for THC testing. Why? Presumably, inhaling second-hand cannabis smoke can cause some student-athletes to test positive for THC. And, over the years, famous athletes like Mike Tyson have resorted to creative means to avoid a positive cannabis test. As a result, many who are interested in the potential health and wellness benefits of phytocannabinoids avoid using Hemp Oil products. Even after learning that Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can’t cause intoxication, they still have reservations. While the therapeutic potential is clear, many would-be users worry that using Hemp Oil for its CBD and other potentially beneficial phytocannabinoids may cause them to fail a routine drug test.

That concern is understandable. After all, Hemp Oil is a cannabis product. Even in states where recreational use is legal, employers require negative cannabis test results for employment. That’s why it’s important to remember that there are two distinctly different types of cannabis plants. When using products sourced from industrial hemp, most people have far fewer concerns than they may realize. Once you have the facts, you’ll find it much easier to determine which Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products are right for you. And, you’ll worry far less about hemp and drug testing.

Commonly Used Drug Tests Don't Screen for Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids

While drug testing laws vary by state, most employers who require pre-employment drug and alcohol screening rely on a simple, inexpensive urine test to detect a range of prescription drugs and illegal substances. Urinalysis will reveal the presence of cocaine, opiates, methamphetamines, alcohol, and cannabis long after the effects have worn off. Some occupations require more frequent, randomized testing as a condition of continued employment. However, the employment landscape appears to be changing. In January 2020, Nevada legislators passed a law prohibiting employers from conducting pre-employment marijuana drug testing. And, in May 2020, a New York City law included the same prohibitions.

Whether an employer is relying on the results of blood tests, hair analysis, saliva sampling, or urinalysis, you’ll likely find it reassuring to know that positive or negative test results for cannabis use are based on the presence of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD and the other potentially beneficial non-psychoactive components in Hemp Oil aren’t considered. Essentially, pre-employment testing screens for levels of THC, the phytocannabinoid that causes a psychoactive high.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains only trace amounts of this potentially intoxicating cannabinoid. So, as long as you use high-quality, third-party tested products like Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil,  you’re unlikely to test positive on a standard immunoassay urinalysis test.

Understanding Why Moderate Serving Sizes Are Unlikely to Trigger Red Flags

While Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil does contain trace amounts of THC, most employers testing employees and job applicants for substance use abide by the guidelines established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Under the guidelines established by the organization, the cutoff limit for THC detection is 50 nanograms per milliliter. Health officials consider test results at that limit or lower, negative for cannabis use.

At that level of detection, the odds of obtaining positive immunoassay test results from Full-Spectrum hemp extracts are quite slim. A typical Hemp Oil user would have to routinely consume about 1000- 2,000 mg of a Full-Spectrum product each day to ingest enough THC to raise any flags. That’s the equivalent of two to four entire 500 mg bottles. Most Hemp Oil enthusiasts tend to use only a fraction of that amount each day. Although you’ve likely heard of positive drug tests from using high amounts of hemp-derived products, the risk of failing a drug test for light to moderate use is quite low.  

The Low Risk of Positive Test Results Confirmed by a Leading Diagnostic Testing Facility

Quest Diagnostic is one of the largest testing facilities in the US. According to its Director of Science and Technology, Dr Barry Sample, the minute THC levels in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil won’t be detected in routine drug tests. He also confirms that “CBD itself, on our tests, would not be confused with either THC or THC metabolite.” And, he further clarifies by stating that, “Analytically, we can clearly differentiate the two substances” quite easily.

Still, false positives can happen. While it’s possible to have low levels of THC show up and still pass a drug test, it’s nearly impossible to determine how much Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil every person should use to remain within those acceptable parameters. There are just too many variables to consider, including body chemistry, product integrity, metabolism, and serving sizes. While most people using Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil will likely pass a drug test, there are several possible explanations for an employee testing positive after using recreational cannabis.

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The Top Reasons for Getting Positive Test Results

  • The Testing Methods Used: Each type of drug test has a unique detection threshold. Some testing facilities process pre-employment drug tests using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). This testing method often uses test derivatization to improve the chromatographic separation of the analyte, which increases the accuracy of results. However, one particular reagent used in the GC-MS testing process, trifluoroacetic anhydride (TFAA), converts CBD to THC under acidic conditions. Cannabinoid conversion can theoretically result in THC concentrations above the thresholds set by the SAMHSA. This explains why an increasing number of facilities now rely on liquid chromatography and other more precise methods of cannabinoid detection.
  • Metabolism and Body Composition: Your body eliminates water-soluble substances like alcohol within hours of ingestion. However, THC is fat-soluble. This means weight and body fat percentage plays a large role in how your body eliminates THC. The body stores THC in fat or adipose tissues throughout the body. Over time, THC slowly diffuses into the bloodstream. If fat metabolization releases too much THC, a drug test can return positive results for cannabis use.
  • Lack of Quality Control Standards: Currently, the federal government doesn’t regulate Hemp Oil products. That gives far too many companies an opportunity to sell products that don’t measure up to manufacturer claims. In a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that 43 percent of the CBD products tested contained more THC than specified on product labels. Similarly, researchers at Penn State reported that nearly 20 percent of the products acquired through online merchants contained enough THC to cause impairment. This means unsuspecting customers unknowingly purchased products with enough of the psychoactive cannabinoid to ensure positive test results.

Hemp and Drug Testing: Topical Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Products Won't Influence Test Results

High-quality Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains only a small amount of THC (0.3% or lower). Although this amount is unlikely to show up on a standard immunoassay test, many people are concerned about ingesting any amount of THC. That’s why it’s important to recognize that the therapeutic potential of Hemp Oil can be utilized by the body in several ways.  Many Hemp Oil users appreciate the option of using Full-Spectrum Whole-Plant topical products.

When applied topically, CBD and other phytonutrients penetrate below the surface of your skin to deliver the therapeutic potential of hemp-derived phytocannabinoids wherever you need them most. More importantly, the cannabinoids in topical products target key receptors below the surface of your skin without circulating through your bloodstream. So, you can experience the True Entourage Effect™ of our Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil without worrying that the trace amounts of THC in it will result in a positive drug test.

Consuming large amounts of Hemp Oil can increase your risk of testing positive for cannabis use. With light to moderate use, however, the risk of testing positive is quite low. But, if testing positive is a concern, consider the potential benefits of topical use. Topical Hemp Oil products provide many of the same health benefits as Full-Spectrum tinctures and capsules. However, they won’t show up on a drug test.

Investigating the Health and Wellness Potential of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

If you aren’t quite sure how you’ll benefit from using Hemp Oil products, the health and wellness titles below may provide further illumination:

  • A Little Handbook About Topical CBD by Kayla Fioravanti. A cosmetic formulator with decades of experience in natural products, Kayla Fioravanti discusses using Hemp Oil topically. A Little Handbook About Topical CBD highlights industrial hemp and its therapeutic potential. In the book, Fioravanti credits CBD as the topical ingredient initiating the most change in the skincare industry.
  • The CBD Oil Miracle by Laura Lagano. The CBD Oil Miracle is written by a clinical nutritionist Laura Lagano. She’s also the co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy. The author details the many health benefits of CBD and helps readers identify which product types best suit their needs. Lagano’s book discusses both ancient and modern uses of CBD.
  • CBD-Rich Hemp Oil by Steven Leonard Johnson Ph.D. Written by a current member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, CBD-Rich Hemp Oil covers a wide range of topics. It discusses the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and the therapeutic potential of Hemp Oil. The author also explains how the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil work harmoniously with the endocannabinoid system. The latter is the largest regulatory system in the human body.
  • American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Protect Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change by Jen Hobbs. In the book, the author clarifies how hemp crops are identified. She also discusses the plant’s historical status as a wartime crop and highlights the environmental impact of expanding hemp cultivation on American soil.

Hemp and Drug Testing: Hemp Oil Quality Can Influence Test Results

Numerous companies are promising to deliver the many health and wellness benefits of Full-Spectrum industrial hemp products. Unfortunately, far too many fail to protect their customers by verifying the THC content of the products they offer. While hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to cause a high, Hemp Oil products of unverifiable quality can contain enough THC to impact a drug test.

So, if you’re concerned about testing positive for THC, buy only from manufacturers who can verify that their products contain 0.3% or lower THC.  This verification process is best achieved by testing products through an independent third-party testing facility.    

Relying On a Reputable Company That Routinely Outperforms the Competition

All Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil tinctures,  capsules, and topical products are produced in a CGMPC certified facility. Most importantly, they are third-party tested. CGMPC certification guarantees all production processes meet or exceed FDA enforced manufacturing standards. We are also registered with the CDA and CDPHE. By all indications, Functional Remedies Synchronicity™ Whole-Plant infusions are backed by more certifications than other brands.

But, that’s not the only reason discerning Hemp Oil users select our pure, potent products. We believe that it’s our commitment to preserving the natural composition of our Hemp Oil that sets us apart. At Synchronicity™, we use a unique LipidTrans™ Infusion process to produce our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products. This process allows us to gently infuse our Whole-Plant with organic coconut oil. Gentle hand pressing in small batches ensures that your Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products deliver the full therapeutic potential of the plant through a True Entourage Effect™.

Best of all, using moderate amounts of our Whole-Plant Hemp Oil tincture daily is unlikely to trigger unfavorable test results. That said, it’s important to examine the cannabis laws in your state and find out when an employer can request drug testing. Tell us: Do you worry about hemp and drug testing? If so, share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook. Or, write to us: We read all our emails and will provide thoughtful answers to your questions.