Can CBD Make You Fail A Drug Test?

Do you take CBD oil? Do you also have a drug test coming up? Here's everything you need to know about CBD and drug testing.

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CBD has become both a buzzword and a staple across a host of industries, including athletics, nutraceuticals and wellness, not just for humans but also for animals.

Though the rise of CBD hasn't been unwarranted. CBD provides many of the medicinal benefits of cannabis without getting consumers high, and has shown promise in treating issues such as epilepsy, arthritis, anxiety, and inflammation.

As well as cosmetic uses, CBD is doing well on the beauty side of the wellness industry, with products such as skin cleansers and hair treatments nestling their way into people's daily routines.

Unlike with cannabis, people can simply place a few drops of CBD under their tongue, put it in liquids such as coffees and juices, or add it to edibles. CBD can also be used topically, for example by applying ointments and creams directly to the body or simply on the affected area.

Though the ubiquity of CBD has left many people wondering; will I fail a drug test if I've taken CBD?

Testing for Cannabis

A typical drug test would screen for THC in your system, which is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets you high. It's also what can get you into trouble if found in your system.  By law, full-spectrum CBD products should only contain up to 0.3% THC.

Based on the law, if consumers are taking CBD products that contain the legal limit of THC, then it is unlikely that they will fail a drug test.

However, it is a different case if consumers are using untrustworthy CBD products that fail to meet the government's legal requirements.

Different types of drug tests can produce different results, and the most commonly used drug test—especially in the workplace—is done through testing samples of urine.

To safely pass a urine drug test the amount of THC in your body should be up to 50 ng/ml or below. This is the official "cut-off" limit suggested by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"Clinicians should be aware of federal cut off values for substances of abuse, higher cut off concentrations may be necessary to avoid false-positive results," the organisation stated

The majority of legal services and employers follow the SAMHSA guidelines as the standard, as it is more likely to hold up in court if needed.

Even if CBD products are being used daily, 50 ng/ml shouldn't be something to worry about; to reach 50 ng/ml a person would have to use more than 2,000 mg of CBD products that contain the legal maximum of 0.3% of THC. This is much more than the average daily intake of CBD.

Pass or Fail?

The popularity and demand for CBD products in the market has resulted in companies rushing to get their merchandise on the shelves, which can lead to lower quality products.

One of the most recent cases of this involved CBD-infused edibles in New York, with retailers being found to have frequently exaggerated the contents and benefits of their products, to the point that New York announced a plan to ban CBD edibles.

There are a lot of inconsistencies with the making of CBD products, which can make it difficult for consumers to know exactly how much THC they are consuming, or if they're even consuming pure CBD at all.

The findings from Penn Medicine researchers found that 1in 5 CBD products purchased online had up to 6.4 mg/ml of THC. This could be a common reason as to why people are failing drug tests.

Research has shown that THC is fat-soluble, which means that it is absorbed with other fats that have been consumed in the day when consumed orally, and then stored within your body's fatty tissue.

Therefore, depending on body weight and diet, there is a high chance that previously consumed THC has collected in your body from anywhere between 4 days to a week. This can then cause the drug test to show as positive.

If you're not entirely sure, it might be a good idea to test yourself with a home screening kit. It's anonymous, affordable, and could help you avoid potential problems caused by failing a drug test requested by the employer.

Careful Enough?

Even if you are being mindful of what you're consuming a few days before the test, remember there could be drugs stored in your body from the past week.

According to the National Drug Institute, THC can be detectable in your system for 30 days, and different types of drug tests will be able to detect this. However, if you're asked to pee in a cup, the test will typically show what has been consumed within the week.

In summary, if you're worried about failing a drug test, try to opt for isolate-CBD, which is supposed to contain zero THC. While you may miss out on the Entourage Effect, you also won't be risking losing your job.

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Niki Mohazeb
Niki Mohazeb

Niki is a Sydney based writer, with a passion for promoting the health benefits of medicinal cannabis. Niki also enjoys researching and writing about the future of cannabis along with the many other benefits that the plant provides, such as the diverse utilities of hemp.

There are 3 Commentsin this post

    1. Good question. Depending on the test and how much you're consuming, THC can stay in your system for up to 30 days.

      If you're only taking CBD, then THC levels should be at 0.3% which firstly wouldn't be in your system as long, and may be a low enough level to not be detected via drug test.

      Having said all that, CBD products are becoming notorious for being mislabeled, so there's always a risk in taking it. Try Isolate-CBD which should have 0 THC in it if you need it for medicinal purposes.

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