We often get asked if smoking one of our hemp CBD pre-rolls will cause a positive result on a drug test. Let’s break it down and find out. We use hemp in our pre-rolls that is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm Bill changed the status of hemp from a Schedule 1 drug to being legal for commercial/industrial growth. In order for hemp flower to be compliant it needs to test under 0.3% of Delta-9-THC.
What is Delta-9-THC? Well, Delta-9-THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Among a plethora of benefits, Delta-9 is responsible for treatment of chronic pain and aiding in appetite stimulation. This is the cannabinoid most people associate with cannabis – it’s the part of the plant that gets you high. Beyond that, there’s a ton of different cannabinoids that have a whole host of potential beneficial properties. Some of these cannabinoids include CBD, CBDa, THC, THCa, Delta-8-THC, CBN, CBG, and CBC.
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Everyday we seem to learn more about the complex nature of this plant. For example, there’s been a large growth in production of both CBN and CBG focused cannabis flower. People are finding that these plants are providing very specific treatments.
For example, THC turns into CBN which is a great cannabinoid for sleep. You’ll often hear about letting flower mature on the plant will turn it brown – this could likely be the THC in the plant turning into CBN. They’ve found that CBN can still have mild psychoactive effects, but that the powerful sleep enhancing effect is more dominate than the traditional THC focused psychoactive effects.
With CBG based flower, they’re finding that it binds easier with the CB1 & CB2 receptors compared to CBD – so potentially you have the same benefits as CBD but the cannabinoid binds easier. There’s been a huge growth in segment and we expect to see more CBG hemp pre-rolls hit the market soon.
For us, we’ve focused primarily on CBD Hemp pre-rolls, but that hasn’t stopped us from searching for flower that’s high in other cannabinoids. We find that it’s a combination of all these elements that give you the best entourage effect. The entourage effect is when you smoke flower rich in different cannabinoids and how they work synergistically to provide the most optimum benefits.
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So now onto drug tests. Since we use flower that has a mix of cannabinoids, there’s a real possibility that one of these might cause a positive result on a test. We often like to reference this study done by John Hopkins. In the study, they tested 6 participants who smoked hemp via a vape. The vape they were smoking included delta-9-THC testing at 0.39%, which is 0.09% over the legal limit. They paired this with others who smoked pure CBD, people who took pure CBD pills, and people on placebos.
They found that the participants who had the CBD vape with delta-9-THC in it tested positive on their drug test. The others who smoked pure CBD, took the pure CBD pill, and on placebo all tested negative. It looks as though all of the of delta-9-THC use within the hemp based high CBD low THC vape pen caused a positive result.
Knowing this, if you’re subjected to urine tests, it’s important that you’re away of what can potentially create a positive result. While we want everyone to try our CBD hemp pre-rolls, we understand if it’s not for you or you can’t enjoy because of drug tests. In this situation, maybe find a CBD only vape that includes no delta-9-THC at all. If you, however, don’t have to take drug tests, then join us in firing up one of our delicious hemp CBD pre-rolls.