I-TEAM INVESTIGATION: Using CBD oil? Be careful because it could show up on a drug test

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Monday, April 29, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Before talks of a marijuana farm, a CBD store opened for the first time in Augusta this year. Many people say CBD oil helps them with their pain, insomnia, and anxiety.

The demand is growing and it's popping up on shelves everywhere but it could get you popped on a drug test.

Bryan Robinson needed relief from back pain, anxiety, and all of the sleepless nights.

"I was prescribed Xanax," said Robinson.

His chiropractor told him to try CBD oil.

"I haven't had any anxiety attacks in a long long time in fact since I started taking it I haven't had any," said Robinson.

He says this helps with the back pain and he sleeps better too.

Dr. Robert E, Milhous, a chiropractor at the Augusta Chiropractic Clinic says a lot of his patients take CBD oil.

"Really and truly it's a lot, a lot. Patients, families, friends," said Milhous.

The numbers don't lie. Hemp and CBD product sales reached $821 million in 2017 and is expected to skyrocket to $1.9 billion by 2022.

"The more this gets into the mainstream the more you should be concerned about consuming this product," said Jimmy Lea, the scientific director of Forensic Drug Testing Lab at AU.

"CBD oil is an extract of a marijuana plant so you can get contaminants in there," said Lea.

Specifically, the psychoactive component, THC.

Lea says it is possible to test positive for marijuana if you only CBD oil.

The FDA does not regulate CBD oil so there are no set industry standards. It's hard to know exactly what and how much of something is in it.

News 12 tried using an over the counter test to test CBD oil that was bought online. The test results were negative but it doesn't mean you’re in the clear.

THC is stored in the body. Small amounts build up over time which could eventually lead to a failed drug test.

Robinson doesn’t believe he will test positive for marijuana. He believes the bigger risk would be giving it up.

"I can I could go back to that place, I don't really want to though," said Robinson.

The quality and purity of CBD products can greatly vary since it's not regulated. Choose a store or a clinic- where someone can tell you about the oil they sell. Be careful about ordering online.

Check the label. Some manufacturers will use a third party lab to verify the oil is THC free.

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