CBD and Drug Testing


CBD and Drug Testing

Although hemp products (including CBD) have been federally legalized, the possibility of failing a drug test is a legitimate concern for many people. While CBD itself will not cause a failed drug test, some CBD oils contain a little bit of THC. There is a possibility that these small amounts of THC could show up in a drug test.

What Shows Up in a Drug Test?

The main drug test concern among CBD users is that they will test positive for marijuana use. The chemical in marijuana responsible for the “high” is THC, and that is also what is tested for in marijuana drug tests. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but the two plants contain different amounts of THC. The difference can be substantial. Generally the THC amount in each plant is the following:

  • Hemp contains only 0.3% or less THC 
  • Marijuana usually contains about 5 to 20% THC. 

While the amount of THC in hemp is not enough to feel any psychoactive effects, it is still technically present. If enough THC is consumed, even from legal hemp, it can show up in a drug test. On the other hand, marijuana drug tests do not detect CBD. Therefore, using a CBD source that does not contain THC should pose no risk of a failed drug test.

Which CBD Products Do Not Contain THC?

The best bet to stay THC-free is to use products made with a CBD isolate. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, with all other cannabinoids and terpenes removed. Popular broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD oils may contain THC unless specifically labeled as THC-free. Many CBD fans like full-spectrum oils because of the potential benefits of the other cannabinoids that are present. Full-spectrum oils also contain terpenes that can impart pleasing aromas and flavors ranging from pine to citrus and more. The trade-off is that these full-spectrum oils can contain small amounts of THC among the other cannabinoids, making it possible to test positive for marijuana on a drug test.

Does Your CBD Pass the Test?

In addition to checking the product type and ensuring that you are using a CBD isolate or THC-free full or broad-spectrum CBD oil, consumers should be sure that their CBD has been to contain no THC. Reputable companies will make certificates of analysis readily available to their customers so that they can have peace of mind that they are not consuming anything that may cause a failed drug test.

Drug Testing: Another Anxiety Pain Relieved by Pure CBD

Especially when using CBD to treat stress and anxiety, users should not have to experience anxiety related to drug testing. By using products with ingredients that have had CBD removed like pure CBD isolate, and by verifying this with a certificate of analysis, people can enjoy CBD with no worries of testing positive for marijuana use.

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