cannabidiol oil eases pain, CBD oil

More than half of the states in the US now have some provision for the medical use of marijuana. In addition, 18 states have specific legislation about cannabidiol oil (CBD oil). In most cases, these authorize doctors to recommend its use for treating people (especially children) with refractory epilepsy. What should you know about CBD oil?

Is CBD Oil a Drug?

Q. Is cannabidiol oil considered a drug? You’ve written that it can relieve pain. Will it show up on a drug test?

A. Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from Cannabis sativa (marijuana). Unlike THC, which makes people high, CBD does not have this effect. Some data suggest that CBD could be helpful for pain relief (Palmieri, Laurino & Vadala, Israeli Medical Association Journal, Feb. 2017) or hard-to-treat seizures (Koo & Kang, Journal of Epilepsy Research, June 30, 2017).

Urine Tests for Marijuana:

Drug tests for marijuana use identify THC and its metabolites in the urine. This provides a generally accepted marker that a person has consumed cannabis.

Theoretically, a pure CBD oil used medicinally would not lead to a positive drug test. But that depends entirely on how carefully the supplier works to remove the THC. One study of a urine test for CBD found that 14 out of 15 patients using CBD products also tested positive for a THC metabolite (Wertlake & Henson, Journal of Pain Research, online Feb. 12, 2016).

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  1. Danette

    I take CBD for tremors and inflammation. I took three drug tests in September…. two of which were DOT drug tests, which I’m assuming I passed as I was able to renew my CDL. However, the third one was for employment and it came back positive for marijuana. I didn’t think CBD was supposed to show up as marijuana…now I’m always going to have to worry whenever I have to take a drug screen. Has this happened to anyone else?…just seems really weird to pass two others taking the same CBD I took for the failed one.

  2. Laura

    From what I understand, a 50 is a positive for marijuana. My mom tested at 40 and her pain management doctor accused her of using marijuana when she was using CBD oil. I read that’s a false positive and you need to ask for a different test. In any case, CBD oil helped her tremendously with her pain She was using Charlotte’s Web from the Stanley Brothers. (They’re the ones who developed it without THC for the little girl with seizures.) They make it in an FDA approved lab. (Not that I have faith in the FDA, but I figure it’s some oversight.) Just use your search engine as there are many places you can get it online.

    • Maya

      This just happened to me. I was taking CBD oil and tested positive when my doctor did a routine urine drug screen. I explained that it must have been the CBD oil but they didn’t care as they said there is no way to differentiate that on a drug test. They told me to stop taking the oil because if I turned up positive again, they would drop me as a patient.

  3. Lori A

    How does one get CBD Oil?

    • Chaela

      Search online quickly for CBD only suppliers in Boulder, CO. Check ratings on the web. Bluebird Botanicals now sells through
      and is my favorite choice for value & efficacy. There are no laws, federal or state, preventing the sale and shipping to any state in the USA.

    • Sammy
      El Paso, Tx

      You should be able to find CBD oil at any of your local smoke shops in your city. My om has fibromyalgia and she has told me that CBD oil has been the absolute best treatment for her. And if you are worried about it showing up on a drug test I would recommend taking a detox drink. I recommend using an extra strength detox drink because from my experience I have seen that these work the best. We live in a small town so there are not too many smoke shops or places to buy these kind of drinks so me and my friends by them from The one that I have personally used myself and know works is this one-
      Hope this helps!

    • Tim

      Try – Theirs is organic, fully tested and available in a number of formats.

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