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Does CBD show up on a drug test?

The short answer is that it should not, but like everything with CBD, the answer is a bit more complex because of the variety of the various CBD products that are being sold and lack of labeling standards.  

CBD is one of dozens of non-intoxicating cannabinoids that are naturally found in cannabis leaves, flowers and stalks.  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, cannabis also contains one intoxicating cannabinoid known as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).  In 2018, Congress authorized a new Farm Bill which formally defined and legalized “Hemp” as cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC.  

There are now dozens of CBD products on the market and they generally fit into one of three buckets in terms of their claimed characteristics:

  • “Full Spectrum”:  claim to contain CBD, some amount of other cannabinoids, and THC at/below legal limits
  • “Broad Spectrum”:  claim to contain CBD, some amount of other cannabinoids, and no detectable THC
  • “Isolate”:  claim to contain ONLY CBD

Since drug tests are searching for the intoxicating cannabinoid, THC, one would assume that any product labeled as #2 or #3 would be safe for consumption by those concerned with passing a

Does CBD really do anything?

Depending on who you ask, CBD is either the greatest thing to happen since sliced bread or it’s just a fad the size of which has rarely been seen anywhere in the world.  As with most things, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle given that anecdotal case studies indicate incredible health and wellness results for thousands of people across the globe.  While this is the case, FDA drug approval for CBD is limited to Epidiolex by GW Pharmaceuticals for epilepsy. 

In terms of the question “does CBD do anything”, most people begin to pay very close attention to the potential health and wellness benefits of cannabinoids like CBD when they learn two things:

  • Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids as part of our Endocannabinoid System (ECS).  Discovered in the 90’s – but still not taught in medical schools for some reason – the ECS is responsible for regulating the body’s homeostasis, or balance.  More practically speaking, the ECS helps to regulate the body’s central nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, immune, and skeletal systems; all of the natural bodily systems that we take for granted.
  • In 2003, the US Department of Health patented plant-based “cannabinoids as neuroprotectants and antioxidants”.  The benefits of plant-based cannabinoids are apparently so obvious that our own government acted to patent them as part of patent #6630507

When our body’s own production of cannabinoids becomes deficient due to our genetics, environment, diet choices, or other stresses, bad things can happen and the resulting calamities can vary greatly from person to person.  One person’s deficiency in cannabinoids might result in an inability to handle anxious feelings or pain while another person’s cannabinoid deficiency might make them more susceptible to inflammation or insomnia. While FDA approved research is limited and many more studies are required, it makes sense that we should consider introducing plant-based cannabinoids such as CBD into our diets as a way to maintain the balance and strength of our ECS.  This is especially true since there are no intoxicating side-effects associated with CBD.

So – yes – CBD really does do something:  CBD and other natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoids help us modulate our own internal, auto-pilot Endocannabinoid System in order to maintain a healthy balance for all of our vital life-giving systems. 

Beyond epilepsy (for which an FDA approved CBD drug now exists), there are no other FDA approved applications of CBD as a drug.  However, research is being done across the world to better understand if CBD for anxiety, CBD for pain, or CBD for insomnia, etc. are real opportunities. 

Is CBD a drug?

No and Yes.  

Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of dozens of non-intoxicating cannabinoids which are compounds naturally found in cannabis leaves, flowers and stalks.  When cannabis has less than 0.3% THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid), it is considered to be “hemp” and is then federally legal in the United States per the 2018 US Farm Bill.  Cannabis with intoxicating THC levels above 0.3% are considered to be “Marijuana” and is governed under individual state-level cannabis regulations. 

Demonstrating their potential to both support people as a dietary supplement and as a pharmaceutical drug, the United States Department of Health patented “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” in 2003 (patent 6630507).  CBD later became famous after CNN featured the miraculous impact a natural CBD oil had on a little girl’s life and it has now grown into a world-wide health craze that is helping to change the perception of cannabis itself. 

The reality that CBD does not yield psychoactive side-effects makes it an interesting potential cannabinoid for drug experimentation.  While comprehensive FDA approved research is currently limited for CBD, GW Pharmaceuticals was awarded official drug status for its epilepsy / anti-seizure CBD drug, Epidiolex.  To clarify, FDA approved drugs must always be isolated compounds so the FDA has approved “CBD Isolate” as a drug for epilepsy.  

While CBD is also now being further researched as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as to determine if it has potential to deliver relief from anxiety, pain and several other conditions, the FDA does not currently recognize CBD oils containing other cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc. as dietary supplements.   The FDA’s view is that an isolated compound (CBD) cannot exist as both a pharmaceutical drug and as a dietary supplement, even though the dietary supplement version contains CBD along with many other cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc.   To illustrate this situation, it’s as if the FDA is saying “Vitamin C is now a drug, so orange juice can no longer label it’s Vitamin C content.”  This FDA drug reality is why many companies choose to label their products as being “Hemp Extract” instead of as being “CBD”; the theory being that “Hemp Extract” is potentially a more FDA-friendly label solution given the inconsistencies in governmental regulation. 

Given all of this, it’s nearly certain that CBD will be further researched and that the FDA will eventually consider CBD for anxiety, CBD for pain, CBD for Inflammation, etc. in many other future drug applications.  However, given that CBD is also naturally highly concentrated in a plant that can now be legally grown in one’s own garden, CBD will also continue to exist as part of “hemp extract” oils that contain CBD along with other cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc. and the FDA will eventually be forced to clarify it’s status.

Does CBD oil get you high?

No – CBD oil does not get you “high.”  While there are dozens of compounds, called cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant, only one, THC, has been definitively proven to result in an intoxicating high.  Since CBD does not result in psychoactive side-effects, it is an attractive compound to be studied for various health and wellness benefits. While FDA approved research findings are limited, CBD is actively being studied for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as for its potential to deliver natural support for anxiety, pain, insomnia and many other conditions.  

Despite the lack of FDA analysis, consumers should do their own research around the mountain of anecdotal evidence pertaining to CBD and wellness.  In fact, cannabinoids were patented by the United States Department of Health in 2003 as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants” (patent 6630507). CBD is now a global wellness phenomenon that is changing the perception of cannabis after it first became famous after being featured on CNN for the near miraculous impact it had on a little girl’s life. 

While some people report drowsiness with CBD usage, this is generally associated with other factors or with dosing that exceeds the recommended daily allowance rather than with being high.  That said, not all CBD is created equally and depending on the brand chosen could have unreliable levels of THC – the compound that makes one high.

Consumers should open their phone camera and scan the QR code shown on the CBD package to review the 3rd party test results.  These results should show that there is at least less than 0.3% THC present in the product.  If there are no test results available, then there is a good chance the product could have THC levels that are above the legal limit and which could be resulting in an intoxicating high.  H. Hemp products contain only trace levels of THC, meaning that there is no chance of them resulting in an intoxicating high.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of dozens of compounds called cannabinoids that are naturally found in cannabis and do not result in a high.  In 2003, cannabinoids were patented by the United States Department of Health as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants” (patent #6630507). CBD then became famous after the CNN feature on the miraculous benefits CBD had for little Charlotte Figi and it went on to become a world-wide health trend.  

Unlike the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, other cannabinoids and CBD are non-psychoactive in nature so they will not deliver the user a “high.”  Since CBD lacks the side-effects of psychoactivity, it presents a wide variety of health and wellness potential. While research findings and definitive proof are limited, cannabinoids including CBD are being studied for their  ability to be anti-inflammatory in nature as well as for their ability to deliver natural support for pain, anxiety, and other issues. Hundreds of studies about the benefits of CBD exist along with thousands of anecdotal stories; however, FDA approved drug status only exists for Epidiolex (approved by the FDA for epilepsy).

Cannabis that is called “Hemp” must contain less than 0.3% of the intoxicating cannabinoid, THC, while cannabis with more than 0.3% THC (regardless of its CBD content) is classified as being “Marjiuana.”   Given confusing FDA perspective and erratic State laws, many manufacturers choose to label their CBD products as “Hemp Extract” oil instead of “CBD Oil.” That is: “CBD Oil” and “Hemp Extract Oil” mean the same thing.  Further, already confused consumers must also be advised that “Hemp Extract” oils are unique products compared to those labeled as “Hemp Oil” products. While “Hemp Oil” products contain healthy proteins from hemp seeds, they do not contain CBD


“Hemp Extract” oil“Hemp Oil”
Extracted from the hemp plant; contains CBDContains healthy hemp seed oil; no CBD

CBD can generally be purchased in one of three ways:

  • “Full spectrum” oil:  contains CBD, other cannabinoids, and legal amounts of THC
  • “Broad spectrum” oil:  contains CBD, other cannabinoids, and no THC
  • “Isolate”:  contains only CBD

Most consumers are looking for a “full spectrum” CBD product so as to be as close to a natural whole-plant solution and because of belief in the Entourage Effect (theory that CBD in the presence of other cannabinoids works better than isolated CBD alone).  If drug testing is a concern, then “Broad Spectrum” or “Isolate” products are the best options. 

Now, to make things even more confusing just when it was starting to make some sense.  Consumers need to also understand that many unethical CBD companies exist who use just a small amount of the far more expensive “full spectrum” oil and then spike it with much cheaper CBD isolate (often from China) to elevate their claimed CBD levels.  Doing this allows them to produce products at the lowest possible cost and then pass them off as being “full spectrum” or “broad spectrum”.

So how to know if what you’re buying is what it says it is?  By scanning the QR code on all CBD packages. Simply open your phone camera and use it to scan the QR code shown on the CBD product package.  3rd party test results showing the CBD percentage, the percentage of other cannabinoids, and the absence of pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins should be viewable here if the product is to be trusted.  All H. Hemp products are tested for quality and purity.

Whole Foods to sell cannabis products…someday.

It was reported in the Boston Globe and many other media outlets this week that Whole Foods co-founder and CEO, John Mackey said in a press conference that he sees no reason why products containing cannabis should not be sold at a retail grocery outlet like Whole Foods, once they have federal clearance to do so. He made the remarks without be prompted by a question from a reporter.

This is consistent with the company’s stance on hemp products. While, they have long stocked products that contain hemp hearts and hemp seeds, it makes sense that they are looking forward to a time when federal and state law would permit them to sell CBD products and eventually products containing THC. In late 2019, the company’s own blog posted an article listing CBD oils as one of the top ten food trends for 2019.

At H. Hemp, we could not be more excited to see someone like John Mackey come forward and take a stand on the efficacy of CBD. We look forward to a day when anyone in the US can easily purchase CBD products to help manage anxiety and stress.

Big props to John Mackey and Whole Foods for the innovative and forward-looking stance they have chosen to voice.

How Much Hemp CBD Oil Do I Need?

How much hemp CBD oil to take is a great question — and one that most companies further confuse by providing so many complicated strengths and forms. H. Hemp Company’s hemp oils are different.

H. Hemp Co. provides whole-plant, full-spectrum hemp tinctures containing all cannabinoids patented by the US Department of Health. All of our Hemp CBD oils contain 500mg and are designed for simple use with each full dropper containing ~8mg:

– Take 1-2 full droppers in mouth per day for health and wellness
– Take 3-4 full droppers in mouth per day to address more difficult issues
– Take 5-6 full droppers in mouth per day to manage more severe issuesHow much hemp extract a person needs depends on his/her endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how far out of balance it is due to genetics, environment, diet etc. These “out of balance” situations can often manifest themselves in our bodies being unable to effectively manage pain, anxiety, or other issues relating to the central nervous, immune or digestive systems.

By better understanding the ECS, researchers hope to better understand the role that hemp CBD oils can play as a natural way to address pain and anxiety. H. Hemp Co. products are designed to restore balance to your ECS by adding the natural, whole-plant phytocannabinoids found in hemp into your diet. By using natural hemp extract oil to regain balance — or homeostasis — your body is then able to better restore and defend itself against a variety of issues.

While positive results occur for many with consistent use, not everyone’s ECS responds to hemp cannabinoids in the same manner; some get immediate results while others require at least 7-10 days of consistent usage.

To best find the right balance for you, we recommend starting with 1-2 full droppers consistently each day for at least 10 days before increasing the serving if necessary. To make things more affordable for those who must consume several full droppers, H. Hemp Co. offers a 30% bulk savings discount when 4 or more bottles are purchased (code: “bulksavings”).

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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What’s in Your Hemp CBD?

Today, most hemp CBD or full-spectrum hemp extract oils are made from hemp grown in China or Europe. While many of these products might be of satisfactory quality, shockingly the FDA found that half of the CBD products they sampled contained no CBD at all — and that most of the samples had toxic contaminants of some sort. Given this, it’s no surprise that trying hemp cannabinoid products can be scary for many people.

H. Hemp Company products are different. Our products contain only hemp that is sustainably grown in the United States. In addition, H. Hemp Co. products are tested by a third party to ensure the utmost quality and safety standards.

While China and Europe can be fun and adventurous spots to explore, it’s clear that many quality and safety controls are quite different in these regions.  In addition, hemp is a very effective crop at cleaning up contaminated soil, and while this may be acceptable for many industrial purposes after harvest, it isn’t acceptable for hemp to be used in ingestible, full-spectrum hemp products, hemp-derived CBD oil or hemp CBD capsules.

By using only US-grown hemp, H. Hemp Co. is not only producing safe, effective products, but also helping create American jobs in areas that need them. Our hemp is sourced from rural areas of Colorado and Kentucky where the economies are being revitalized by the hemp oil and hemp CBD trends. These areas also have high rates of opioid and anti-anxiety medication abuse and are encouraging research of hemp CBD to determine how it might be used effectively for pain and anxiety.

This year several more states began hemp growing operations under the US Farm Bill specifications. This is welcome news for the industry and for consumers, as it means that there will soon be even more high-quality, US-grown hemp available to those looking to try its therapeutic benefits.

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Hemp CBD: True or False?

Hemp CBD oil is a timely topic that has been featured in many recent documentaries, including a piece by Sanja Gupta of CNN, who explored the miraculous effect hemp oils rich in cannabinoids are having. Since that time, many more have become aware that the US Department of Health has patented “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”

Perhaps you heard about hemp CBD from your chiropractor or pharmacist and are considering giving it a try, but are concerned given the lack of honest information. If so, then hopefully this post can be of help to you separate myth from truth.

True or False. Hemp CBD will make you high?

FALSE. Even though hemp is derived from cannabis and looks and smells the same, hemp only has trace amounts of THC – the stuff that gets you high. So if you’re looking for a buzz, don’t waste your time with hemp.

True or False: The Marijuana And Hemp Plants Are The Same?

FALSE: Maybe the most prevalent question that we see. While they both come from the same plant species, Cannabis Sativa, they are very different plants based on their chemical composition. The difference is specifically in terms of how much THC is present. THC is the psychoactive compound that results in a “high” and hemp must have less than 0.3% THC.

True or False. Hemp Cleans Radiation From The Soil?

TRUE. Hemp is so effective at cleaning up soil that it was used to clean up the disaster at Chernobyl and is being considered by Japan to help at Fukushima. This fact is also the reason why it’s so important to understand the origination and quality of the hemp CBD oil that one is consuming. Imported hemp often has far more contamination than hemp grown in the United States.

True or False. Hemp CBD Oil Is Legal In The US?
TRUE. In 2014, the Farm Bill defined the differences between hemp and marijuana for the first time and made hemp legal in all 50 states without a prescription or medical card. Hemp extracts produced from hemp grown under these federal programs are legal in the US.

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Hemp CBD, Cannabinoids and the Human Body

Most people don’t know that (1) humans naturally produce cannabinoids and (2) the US Department of Health patented the cannabinoids found in hemp (including CBD) as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”

Each human has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which naturally produces endocannabinoids found in numerous areas of our body, including our brain, central nervous system, immune system, digestive system, glands, connective tissue and other organs.

When our bodies become deficient in cannabinoids due to diet and environmental stresses, our bodies become more vulnerable to illness, stress and disease.

Fortunately, nature gave us the gift of hemp to address cannabinoid deficiencies. When hemp phytocannabinoids are introduced into our diets, they literally fit like lock and key to fill any cannabinoid deficiencies and restore homeostasis, or balance.


Homeostasis keeps our immune system functioning properly to defend us against abnormalities that we encounter. However, homeostasis also regulates our physiology by regulating our response to inflammation, pain, memory, mood, sleep, appetite, digestion, and metabolism.

ECS receptors literally line our bodies. By adding hemp CBD superfood supplements to our diets, we introduce natural compounds to restore homeostasis which allows our bodies to more naturally defend and heal.


Not only are hemp-derived CBD supplements not bad for us, our bodies naturally produce the key beneficial elements found in hemp: cannabinoids. Since hemp cannabinoids fit perfectly into our ECS to support its healthy functionality, it only makes sense then that H. Hemp Co. products can support a variety of wellness applications.