Can CBD be detected in urine? Complete guide to testing

Can CBD be detected in urine? Complete guide to testing

Urine tests are used following a positive saliva test, but also by health professionals, consumers, or their families to maintain vigilance.

Reliable and fast, they allow us to determine the active consumption of THC with a detection threshold of 50ng/ml. In the form of a urine strip, it detects the consumption of cannabis by joint, pipe, or ingestion. 

It should be noted that for occasional use, THC can be detected up to 2 to 3 days after consumption, 5 to 15 days for regular use, and up to 4 weeks for chronic use. Unlike the saliva test, the urine test is not designed for road safety.

Is CBD detectable in the urine test?

The consumption of CBD is legal in most American countries. CBD has no psychological impact on the user. The law states that this molecule is legal when it contains a level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) lower than 0.3%.

THC is the substance with the psychoactive effects of hemp. When consumed in high doses, it can have serious health consequences for the consumer. Therefore, it is classified as a drug subject to regular testing. In addition, THC is the subject of urinary screening. 

It is the molecule sought during a urine test for cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD is not associated with drugs. Therefore, the legislation approves its legality and is not subject to drug controls. As mentioned above, it is not cannabidiol that is sought in a urine test. 

Therefore, the control devices are not programmed to detect it. CBD is, therefore, not detectable in a urine test, although it contains traces of THC. 

Be positive on a urine test after CBD consumption.

Generally speaking, there is no risk in consuming CBD (cannabidiol). However, whether on a one-time or a regular basis, CBD is not detectable in the urine test. And this, whatever the form of consumption.

On the other hand, it is necessary to take care of the rate of THC, as it should be well calibrated in your CBD product, or it is null. 

Yes, it is possible to test positive on a cannabis urine test when the CBD includes excess THC. This can happen with products from countries with higher THC than in the USA. 

But also with some dishonest retailers who do not hesitate to lie about the THC content of their products. Thus, it is more than essential to supervise this point and opt for high-quality, traceable, and legal CBD products.

What does the CBD urine test detect

What does the CBD urine test detect?

The CBD urine test only detects the THC molecule if it is present at more than 50 ng/ml of urine. Thus, it will detect the use of weed (marijuana), cannabis resin (pot), or cannabis oil. It can be used as a joint, pipe, inhaler, or combined with other foods. 

In the form of a strip, you must dip the test in the urine. The result appears after 5 minutes. If it is negative, it means that there is no trace of THC in the urine. If it is positive, THC use has taken place. Please note: the urine test excludes any positive result for passive consumption.

The purpose of the test is to reveal the presence of drugs or metabolites of the drug being tested for in the urine. Urinalysis appears to be the only drug testing procedure used by the federal government. 

Many federal agencies currently use urinalysis. For example, the Department of National Defense currently uses urinalysis. Urinalysis will also be a vital component of the testing strategies announced by federal departments.

Urinalysis itself, however, is not a single, well-defined procedure. It may include several different "elimination" and "confirmation" tests. In addition, the drug being tested for often determines which urinalysis method is used.

Methods are more effective than others in detecting certain drugs. Other factors that will influence the choice of a method are its relative cost and the degree of professionals to administer it and interpret the results.

How long does CBD stay in the urine?

How long does CBD stay in the urine? 

The CBD spreads in the blood after its absorption by the body. It passes through the kidneys, which filter the blood to rid it of toxins and undesirable substances. These are then eliminated through the urine, hence the presence of traces of CBD. 

According to a study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website, CBD remains, on average, 24 hours in the urine of a single user. Tests were carried out on 15 patients who consumed foods dosed with cannabidiol. 

After a few hours, the first test reveals this molecule's presence in the urine of 14 patients. The second urine test carried out 24 hours later shows that all patients have 0% CBD levels.

In regular users, CBD remains more or less long in the urine. However, as shown in another study published on the same site, it takes one week for the CBD to disappear in case of regular use and high dose. 

The tests involved 14 patients subjected to high amounts of CBD over six weeks. The time taken for CBD to disappear from the urine of all participants varied between 7 and 15 days. However, during a possible urine test following a police control, it is the detection of THC (the psychoactive molecule) that is sought. 

There is, therefore, very little chance that it will be tested or even detected in the urine. And there is nothing illegal about this molecule.

Time to stay positive for CBD

Traces of CBD THC can be detected in the urine for varying lengths of time depending on individual use and metabolism. In terms, THC is retained in the urine for an estimated:

  • 2 to 3 days for occasional use; 
  • 5 to 10 days for chronic smokers (3 to 4 smokes per week); 
  • 14 to 30 days for daily use; 
  • As long as 40 to 60 days for some continuous users ( multiple regular daily doses). 

Moreover, it should be noted that the ingestion of THC (space cake, infusion...) makes it detectable for up to 5 days. Moreover, if the THC is well calibrated or absent from your CBD product, you have no risk of coming out positive. 

When should you use the CBD urine test? 

There are multiple urine tests for drug use. The one that interests us is the urinary test for cannabis. This test can be performed after a positive salivary test. It determines if the person is a cannabis user but does not confirm addiction. It is used as a first-intention test.

As opposed to the saliva test, it is not considered a preventive measure for road safety. Recognized as reliable and quick, it is often used in hospitals, laboratories, or drug treatment centers. But recreational cannabis users can also get one, as well as the family, to monitor the consumption of their loved ones or their children.

The only purpose of urine testing is to assess abstinence in a person known to have a cannabis use disorder. 

A positive result should always be followed by a confirmatory method (e.g., a blood test by a more robust non-immunological method). Conversely, a negative result should always lead the clinician to question the clinician about the result and perform additional tests if necessary. 

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