If you’re reading this post, you are probably already familiar with CBD. For those of you who are not and for clarity purposes, CBD (more formally known as cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive element found in cannabis plants. It has proven beneficial in many areas including health, pain, sleep and skin.
Individuals are taking CBD for a variety of health and wellness reasons, and it seems to be working wonders overall, providing significant relief without the high cannabis users get from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in the plant responsible for getting users high.
Although CBD is a natural and non-psychoactive (or non-toxic) supplement, many people wonder if taking it will show up on a drug test.
This post takes a look at CBD in relation to drug testing explaining what types of substances test administrators look for, what substances actually show up in tests, and if CBD is safe to take if you know you are going to be tested.
First, let’s go over what drug testing is, and why people get drug tested.
What are drug tests and who gets them?
A drug test (or drug screening) analyzes your urine, blood, hair, sweat or saliva to check for the presence of illegal or prescription drugs, with the most commonly used screening being a urine drug test (UDT).
Drug tests detect past drug use, not actual impairment or intoxication the moment you are taking it. Depending on the type of drug, the amount taken and the frequency of use, signs of a drug may be detectable for a few hours to a few weeks after it has been consumed.
Drug tests are typically given when someone has just been offered a job and/or on a regular basis during your period of employment, depending of course on the company and your role within it. Also, whether you can be tested for drugs or alcohol at a job depends on the laws in your residing state.
In addition to job candidates and employees, every type of competitive athlete is given a drug test to screen for any prohibited substances. This includes professional, collegiate and amateur athletic organizations.
Drug tests are also used as part of probation or parole requirements for those with substance abuse problems.
Common Substances Tested in Drug Tests
Different drug tests screen for different drugs — and they vary depending on why they are being administered in the first place. In addition to testing for marijuana, drug administrators check for opioids, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine and other hard drugs.
Most workplace drug screens designed to detect marijuana use look specifically for THC, the main component found in the marijuana strain responsible for getting users high, and are not necessarily looking for the CBD compound.
Rarely are drug administrators concerned with whether or not the person taking the test has CBD in their systems, seeing as CBD is non-psychoactive and physically unable to get users high.
Does CBD Show Up in Drug Tests?
Because there are only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) found in CBD-rich products, in most cases, it will not cause a positive drug test. Most tests do not detect the presence of CBD, given its non-toxic and non-psychoactive properties.
In order for CBD to show up in a drug test, the person would had to have consumed between 1000-2000 mg of CBD, which is a ridiculously large amount, comparable to an entire bottle (or two) of CBD oil. Individuals taking this much CBD, if at all, are undergoing serious treatment for conditions like schizophrenia and epilepsy, and were probably prescribed to take that amount by their MDs.
Also, if this large amount would result in a positive test for marijuana, it would be a false positive.
And furthermore, CBD is legal. So if it does show up on a drug test, there is probably very little the person administering the test can do as far as getting you into trouble goes.
Obviously, the only way to completely be sure that you will pass a drug test is to refrain from both THC and CBD. But again, even with CBD oil or other CBD products that contain THC, you are not likely to fail a drug test so long as you stick to the recommended dose on the label.
Another thing? Not every company makes CBD products the same way. Some companies produce CBD products that are 100 percent free of THC, and others formulate products that contain a slight amount of THC in order to enhance the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant.
But, in most cases, even those products containing small amounts of THC only carry 0.3 percent or less. So, it really is rare for you to test positive as a CBD user, but we can’t speak on behalf of what every drug test out there is going to detect.
If you are worried that even the slightest amount of THC will cause you to fail a drug test, then your best bet is to select CBD hemp oil products that contain 0 percent of THC. The label will say “THC free.”
This product is 100 percent THC-free, and is also the first cannabinoid supplement to hit the market that “meets the rigid drug testing restrictions set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency.”
- THC will show up on drug screenings. CBD most likely will not.
- The risk for CBD showing up on a drug test is minimal, but it is still there
- If you want to be 100 percent sure you will not test positive for marijuana, choose CBD products that are completely THC-free
- CBD is legal in all 50 states, so this should be a non-issue, but there is still grey area in the cannabis industry on what constitutes a CBD product as legal