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Do Herbal Blends Show Up on a Urine Drug Test?

Herbal Smoking Blend

The compounds that standard Urine Drug Test are looking for do not exist in herbal blends. But not all herbal blends are made the same.

Many clinical, employment, educational, and legal settings require urine, saliva or hair test. These test are looking for 8 to 15 chemical compounds which are:

  • Amphetamines (meth, speed, crank, ecstasy)
  • Cocaine (coke, crack)
  • Opiates (heroin, opium, codeine, morphine)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust)
  • Barbiturates (phenobarbital, butalbital, secobarbital, downers)
  • Benzodiazepines (tranquilizers like Valium, Librium, Xanax)
  • Methaqualone (Quaaludes)
  • Methadone (often used to treat heroin addiction)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon compounds)
  • Hallucinogens (LSD, mushrooms, mescaline, peyote)
  • Inhalants (paint, glue, hairspray)
  • Anabolic steroids (synthesized, muscle-building hormones)
  • Hydrocodone (prescription medication known as Lortab, Vicodin, Oxycodone)
  • MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy)

In addition to the most popular one THC (found in Cannabis as well as in synthetic Cannabis).

What to look for when choosing to consume an herbal blend?

First thing to look for is that they state they are using NO chemicals from the list above. From the growing process to the blending process, keeping the integrity of the plant as pure as possible will insure a negative drug test. If you strive for your food to be GMO, then wouldn’t you want your herbs to be GMO too?

Second, do not confuse Herbal Smoking Products laced with synthetic cannabinoid chemicals with Herbal Blends created by herbalist. Synthetic cannabinoids are chemical compounds that mimic the effect of THC, initially developed by pharmaceuticals as therapeutic agents for the treatment of pain. However, these psychoactive research chemicals are frequently being sprayed on herbal mixtures and sold as “fake weed” “legal high” or “synthetic marijuana.” Once again, a synthetically science lab made product that may show up on a drug test.

Why would an organic no chemicals added herbal blend not show up on a drug test?

Simply put, as long as the plant was grown organically and the herbs blended with no synthetic chemicals added, the standard urine, saliva or hair drug test is not LOOKING for the compounds that many plants have. Much research has gone to the Cannabis plant to understand why and how it effects human. From flavonoids to terpenes, everyone is a Cannabis chemist. The truth is ALL plants have compounds that assist us in shifting our mind state. And thankfully not all theses plant compounds have been deemed illegal by governments much less put on the list of trackable compounds during a drug test.

Take for example Mugwort, its most active compounds are one of the most highly researched in the Cannabis industry:

Alpha +Betta-Pinene
CamphorEucaluptolCampheneBeta MyrceneLimoneneTerpineol

Thankfully none of the above compounds have been labeled illegal since it would be impossible to enforce. Many of theses compounds exist in many consumable foods. And the plant itself Mugwort, is not on any governments illegal substance list.

How about CBD or Hemp?

Standard drug test are only looking for the compound THC. However newer drug test are looking for ALL cannabinoids which would then include CBD as well as THC. Unless you are told in advance of specifically what the drug test is looking for, All Cannabinoids or only THC, there is no certain way of knowing.

Hemp, according to the US government, must have less than 0.3% THC in order to not be labeled as “illegal marijuana”. There is currently no regulation on CBD percentage along with hundreds of other cannabinoid compounds that the Hemp plant has. Once again if the test is for any Cannabinoids, consuming the Hemp plant will definitely be detected in your drug test. If the test is only for THC, the cutoff for THC in the United States is 50 ng/mL. We can not predict how much consumption you would need to partake to remain below the 50 ng/mL THC testing threshold. But we do know all Cannabinoids stay in your system for 3–4 days with occasional usage and 7-15 days with chronic usage.

How about false positives?

Yes, even though it sounds like a oxymoron, false positives can happen. Specifically with Cannabinoid testing if you ingest too much Hemp Milk or Hemp seeds. Additionally with Opiate testing if you eat too much Poppy Seed bagels. Nope not kidding, even eating too much yeast can have you fail a breathalyzer test for alcohol.

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