In 2018, the FDA sent major shockwaves throughout the United States medical industry by allowing the use of a purified version of CBD, dubbed Epidiolox, for treatment of two rare and severe seizure disorders.
The approval from the FDA was momentous to cannabis activists and enthusiasts alike. Beyond allowing the cannabis plant to be used for medicinal purposes (a notion widely accepted by many states at the time), the compound CBD, which shares a partnership with the THC compound, was opened up to medical research facilities to expand on the potential health benefits.
Since the historic ruling, CBD has burst onto the holistic health scene. Rubs, capsules, ointments, tinctures, and my personal favorite — gummies have soared onto shelves across the country. Even the old video rental store (yes, they still exist) in my hometown relentlessly promotes their large selection of CBD items available for sale.
In fact, in just the one year since the FDA lowered restrictions on the plant, the CBD industry has grown into a one billion dollar industry.
With the meteoric rise of CBD products, many customers are left feeling unsure about the ramifications of utilizing CBD products. Many jobs still require drug tests, and marijuana remains on the banned substance list for many corporations.
Here are some helpful tips and answers for those of you feeling apprehensive about trying CBD.
How CBD Is Different Than THC
There are no shortage of stereotypes associated with people who utilize cannabis in their daily routine. Lazy, forgetful, giggly, nonsensical, easily overcome with a sense of profound amazement. All have kernels of truth, but they have a single source, as well.
All the stereotypes listed above stem from a single compound in the cannabis plant — Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short.
THC is the active component in the cannabis plant that gives users the euphoric feeling associated with the plant. The compound does this by triggering dopamine receptors to fire in our brains. Thus the giggly behavior.
The CBD compound has a very different effect on the brain despite it coming from the same plant. CBD (Cannabidiol, for you science nerds) does not trigger the dopamine receptors in our brain, so lacks the “high” that the THC compound produces.
Receptors in our brain for the CBD compound are found in a vast amount of areas in the brain — the substantia nigra, the basal ganglia, limbic system, hippocampus and cerebellum. While research is still in the early stages, this wide array of receptors have been credited to the calming, relaxed feeling people get when utilizing CBD.
Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?
Our Social CBD products contain only CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum CBD (from an industrial hemp source, required by law to test at under 0.3% for THC). We make sure our Social CBD products go beyond what’s required and test at 0.0% for THC.
The common urine drug screen for THC-COOH is known to have very little cross-reactivity to other cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, such as CBD. Positive THC-COOH screening results should be followed up with secondary confirmation testing.
There is anecdotal evidence across the industry that false positive results have happened to some CBD-only users. There is a growing concern about the accuracy of urine drug screening given that CBD is legal to consume in nearly every state, but we cannot offer much more guidance than to look online for further resources that may help you in your situation.
Finally, our verdict on the new, frequently asked question of “Does CBD Get You High?” is an emphatic no (with an asterisk).
While CBD does not produce the typical “high” associated with cannabis, it has been shown to produce a calming, relaxed effect on users. So while there is no high (and no sweat on drug tests), the unique effects of CBD are still worth trying out.