July 5, 2018

Will Cannabinoid Oils Get You High? Or Cause You to Fail a Workplace Drug Test?

The concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol found in cannabinoid oil should be lower…especially if it’s extracted from hemp

Reality: Drug testing by private employers is a legal option in the United States. It’s mandatory for federal employees.

We’re somewhat protected from misuse of this right because employers are required by law to follow SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) guidelines.

Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactivity or euphoria generally associated with the “high” from cannabis.

A urine drug screen can detect delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, and SAMHSA has set the cutoff level for a positive urine screen in the immunoassay at 50 ng/mL.

This urine screen can only detect delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, which means that it’s not looking for the non-intoxicating cannabinoids.

Here’s the issue, though: Are you confident that the phytocannabinoid oil you’ve purchased is free of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol?

Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol in cannabinoid oils

High-quality full-spectrum hemp oil products will always contain much less delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol than marijuana. That’s because hemp contains anywhere from a tenth to a three-hundredth of the delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration found in marijuana.

What’s more, the receptors in our bodies that connect with delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol simply don’t work with other cannabinoids.

So, even if you ingest a considerable amount of isolate oils, you won’t get high. That’s because other cannabinoids aren’t psychoactive and there’s likely not enough delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol to get you high – but there still might be enough to fail a drug test.

Regardless of whether it’s extracted from hemp or cannabis, there can be trace amounts of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol in isolate oils. That can be extremely bad news if you use the product and then undergo a drug test.

Ongoing research is starting to show that phytocannabinoids are an effective option for use in numerous conditions with a wide array of natural health properties. Current studies show that cannabinoid oil consumption is relatively safe. It is also legal to purchase without a prescription.

Playing it safe with cannabinoid oils

Again, the concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol found in cannabinoid oils should be less – especially if it’s extracted from hemp. But as they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is a controlled substance. Your best choice is to avoid cannabinoid-based products from an un-vetted manufacturer if there’s even a remote possibility that you may be drug tested. Here’s why:

Cannabinoid researcher – Marcel Bonn-Miller is a Ph.D. and adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He recently tested 84 cannabinoid products, only to discover that 26 percent contained fewer cannabinoids than claimed, while 42% had more.

That’s troubling news if your goal is to seek health solutions with cannabinoid oil – but here’s what should concern you more: Bonn-Miller discovered that at least 17 of these 84 cannabinoid products contained sufficient amounts of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol to show up on a drug test.

Here’s how to make sure you don’t get more than you bargained for when choosing a cannabinoid product:

  • Vet the source carefully when you’re shopping for phytocannabinoid oil. Consider narrowing your search to Colorado, Iowa, and Minnesota. These three states regulate the production of these products, which must be tested for strength, purity, and content.
  • Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol isn’t your only concern. You want a trustworthy source that has been tested by a third party to be free of harmful elements like solvent residues, pesticides, bacteria, mold, and other toxic substances.
  • Do your research on extraction methods. Some companies may cut corners and use extremely unhealthy solvents like hexane, propane, and other hydrocarbons.

Phytocannabinoid oils are such promising health solutions that they are trending to become a $2 billion industry by the end of this decade. It remains a mostly unregulated industry – and that means it’s up to you to be diligent in your research before you decide on a purchase. This homework is crucial if you’re at risk of losing your job because of a drug screen.

While some of our products do use delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, we do offer pure options that give you all the benefits of cannabinoids without the risks of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. Discover how we process phytocannabinoid oil certified to be free of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.