Can Vaping CBD Cause a Failed Drug Test or Get You High?
CBD has become hugely popular recently, especially among vapers. Whether you use CBD vape juice or take CBD oil sublingually, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the various types of CBD on the market.
Not all “CBD oil” is made for vaping. E-liquid contains no actual oil (even though it may be called oil), but some CBD products intended for oral use really are oil-based, and are not safe for inhalation.
CBD oil is extracted from hemp -– a cannabis plant that has been selectively bred to be high in CBD, and low in THC. Some hemp plants contain tiny, trace amounts of THC — the primary intoxicating compound in marijuana. However, vaping CBD oil will not get you high, because CBD is non-psychoactive.
If you’re wondering whether vaping CBD will cause you to fail a drug test, that is a legitimate concern. Imagine using CBD, then getting fired because you test positive for marijuana. It would be devastating, especially if you’ve never even used marijuana! The reality is, while it’s technically possible, the chances are extremely slim that you’ll ever fail a drug test from vaping CBD, especially if you follow these important tips.
Avoid marijuana-based CBD oil
CBD vape juice and CBD cartridges for vaping are often derived from industrial hemp (not marijuana). If you do not want to get high or fail a drug test, do not use CBD oil derived from marijuana. Stick with CBD isolate-based products. Hemp plants are rich in CBD, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. But most hemp naturally contains small amounts of THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana.
The good news is that while marijuana sold in dispensaries has anywhere from 10 to 30% THC, most hemp used for CBD oil is generally below the legal limit of 0.3%, which isn’t enough to actually get you high. Marijuana has roughly 20-100 times the amount of THC present in hemp.
Avoid full spectrum CBD
There are three main categories of CBD oil: full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD made from an isolate. If you’re concerned about failing a drug test, then avoid full spectrum cannabidiol! Only use broad spectrum and vape juice made from CBD isolate.
CBD vape juices made from pure CBD isolate typically contain the lowest levels of THC. A cannabidiol isolate is a powder that is at least 99% CBD — used for making CBD oil that has little to no THC. Broad spectrum CBD is also practically THC-free, but usually contains added terpenes and/or other cannabinoids. These terpenes can alter the experience and provide additional effects beyond those of pure cannabidiol. This interaction between CBD and other terpenes and cannabinoids is an example of what’s called the “entourage effect.”
- Full spectrum CBD – Can be derived from hemp or marijuana and may contain 0.3% THC or higher, plus additional cannabinoids and terpenes. They are generally made by CO2 extraction or a solvent-based extraction method.
- CBD from isolate – CBD crystal isolate is a fine crystalline powder that typically contains 99% pure cannabidiol. It’s mostly free of other cannabinoids (including THC) and residual plant matter. It’s generally used for making CBD vape juice that has little to no THC.
- Broad spectrum CBD – Gives you the “best of both worlds”. Broad spectrum CBD oils are also made using CBD isolate, so they contain virtually no THC, but they do contain organic terpenes and other cannabinoids.
What dosage should I take?
Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” dosage for CBD. It greatly depends on a range of factors, including the symptoms being treated, body weight and tolerance. In addition, everyone’s metabolism and the endocannabinoid system are slightly different, which can yield unique results for each person.
A typical CBD vape cartridge containing 100 mg of CBD delivers about 1-2 mg CBD with each puff. If you’re using a CBD vape pen or tank, you’ll be taking in a bit more CBD per puff, depending on your device and the strength of your CBD vape juice.
The average CBD user takes an average of 10-30 mg per day. For serious conditions like pain and inflammation, some users take as much as 200-1000 mg per day.
What are the side effects of vaping CBD?
Research into the side effects of CBD is still in its infancy. A comprehensive study was released last year that concluded there were, in fact, some side effects associated with CBD. The most commonly documented side effect of CBD is mild drowsiness. This is more common with first-time users and can subside with regular use.
This drowsiness is most often caused by high doses of CBD, whereas low to medium doses can actually produce the opposite effect. The other side effects observed were slight euphoria, hunger, and red eyes. Compared to many prescription drugs, the side effects of CBD tend to be much less pronounced.
Can you overdose on it?
The Americans for Safe Access stated at a 2016 medical cannabis conference, “To date, there has never been a single well-documented case of human fatality attributable to an overdose of cannabis or its components, and no experimental or non-extrapolated LD50 can be attributed to a toxic or lethal overdose.”
Research has shown that CBD is very low in toxicity. A study from 1981 determined the LD50 for CBD to be 212 mg per kg of body weight when given to monkeys intravenously. This suggests that humans must consume hundreds of times the average daily dose of CBD (30 mg) in a relatively short period of time to be at risk for overdosing. It is highly unlikely that anybody will ever take enough cannabidiol to induce lethal consequences.