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Drug Testing and CBD – Be aware of the risks

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Is CBD Drug Testing an Issue?

Drug Testing has become a major player in today’s workplace in many countries. The question that is on many peoples’ lips is, Will CBD make me fail a test? The short answer is no, but like most things about drugs, there are complications. More and more people are now using cannabis oils for pain relief, insomnia, anxiety and a plethora of many other problems. 

Although its use is become accepted across the globe there is a lingering whiff of scandal about it. There have been a few reports of CBD users failing drug tests. So what is the issue? In short, like many things, it comes down to the source of the particular cannabis oil or other product.

CBD 

Cannabinoids is the blanket name given to more than 100 chemicals, which have been identified in the cannabis Sativa plant. CBD or Cannabidiol,  to give it its full name, was discovered in 1940. It for as much as 40% of the plant’s extract. In workplace urine tests, employers are not looking for CBD as it has never been found to impair motor skills or cognitive performance in any way.

However, Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC as it is commonly known does. It is the THC that gets you high, whereas CBD does not. The reason that a small number of workers have failed drug testing, is that THC can exist in small amounts in some CBD products. Whereas CBD will leave the body in a few hours, THC can persist in the human body for weeks.

So, heavy users of cannabis oil who are merely trying to alleviate pain, for example, can unfairly fail a drug test purely by accident. It is now more important than ever that you only buy from trusted sources. Some CBD products are incorrectly labeled for the amount of THC in them. Tests on oils bought from unlicensed sources have revealed some high amounts of THC.

How Much is Safe?

It has been found that heavy CBD users, around 1,000 Mg per day can fail tests purely on the residual THC in the product. This can and has had devastating effects on some people in the United States. 

Federal employees in America face the toughest tests. They will fail a drug test if for any more than a trace amount of THC-COOH, the THC metabolite. A trace here refers to just 50 billionths of a gram per milliliter of urine.

Greg Gerdeman, Ph.D., chief science officer at Colorado’s United Cannabis, said, “If you are liberal with your hemp CBD oil use, you could hypothetically test positive for THC.” Mislabeling of CBD products is rife, so purchasing from reliable sources has never been so important. As drug testing becomes more widespread diligence is ultra-important. 

Avoid the Pitfalls

If you are concerned that THC might be in your system, abstain from all use for a while. Forget a lot of the total nonsense about detoxing substances. Cranberry juice, detox teas, excessive water consumption, vinegar, and a niacin detox will NOT work. The only thing that detoxes the human body is the human body. Your liver and kidneys do that naturally but it takes a bit of time. 

The only surefire way is through abstinence and exercise. It is also important is to keep hydrated. A healthy nutritious, diet of vegetables, lean meats, fruit, and leafy greens will help the body’s metabolism and certainly help. Junk food has the opposite effects.

Avoid the whacky websites and instead trust doctors who have the knowledge and expertise to advise based on scientific facts rather than money-led myths. 

The Future

Generally speaking, drug testing is more and more moving away from testing for THC. However, it will take time. In the meantime, follow these guidelines and avoid THC if you know you are about to be tested. Check out the Mary Jane’s Garage website for updates.

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Virginia the 27th State to Decriminalize Cannabis

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On Sunday, Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia announced that the state is to become the 27th to decriminalize cannabis. From now on possession of cannabis for personal use no longer, means jail time and is simply a civil penalty carrying a fine.

To decriminalize cannabis is hopefully the first step towards full legalization.

This is not yet legalization of weed but hopefully, that will follow at some time in the future. Advocates for full legalization complain that as selling weed is still illegal, it makes buying it an offense.

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Marijuana Raids Still Going Ahead Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

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You would think that law enforcement has bigger fish to fry than conducting Marijuana raids during this crisis, but we are hearing differently. An article by Zach Harris on Merry Jane highlights that from coast to coast drug raids are still going ahead. 

Marijuana Raids in Oklahoma and California

Police in Oklahoma raided a home grow site in Harrah. Arresting two suspects they confiscated 2,600 cannabis plants. Meanwhile California police have carried out black market cannabis raids, despite an increasing number of their own officers testing positive for COVID-19.

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Call for Cannabis Prisoners to be Released Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

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An article appeared on the Leafly website this week arguing for the release of any cannabis prisoners serving time during the coronavirus outbreak. It is hard to argue against such a move.

As Covid-19 appears in Jail it’s time to release cannabis prisoners.

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There have been positive cases in rosins in four different states. A coalition led by the Last Prisoner Project has called for the immediate release of all inmates convicted of non-violent crimes in federal, state and local facilities. In addition, they want a total cessation of arrests, trials, and prosecutions for non-violent marijuana crimes.

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