Topical products that claim to contain CBD—like shampoos, cosmetics or creams—should not cause any reaction during a drug test because they do not enter the bloodstream. In the case of CBD oils, gummies, teas or transdermal patches, the situation is more complicated. In a test of 84 CBD products obtained online, 18 contained THC.
CBD products can still be problematic, however, when it comes to drug testing. Though drug tests screen for THC, not CBD, many CBD products contain a trace amount of THC which will be detected in your bloodstream during a drug test.
Factors in CBD Oil Showing on Drug Screen
THC can be detected in a urine test for up to 15 days, depending on how often and how much you use. It leaves the bloodstream in about five hours, but substances your body makes from THC (THC metabolites) can show up for as long as 7 days. CBD tends to stay in the bloodstream from 2 to 5 days, depending on dosage and frequency. If you have been using CBD for a while, it can stay in your body for up to 30 days or more.
CBD has taken off as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. CBD products like CBD oil can be made from either the hemp plant or the cannabis plant, which are closely related varieties of the same cannabis species, Cannabis sativa. CBD products contain a cannabinoid—a chemical—called cannabidiol, which does not make you high. The substance in marijuana that causes a buzz is a different cannabinoid, called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
If you are concerned that THC in your CBD oil or other CBD product may show up on a drug test, you may be able to reduce the chance of that occurring, though there is no guarantee. Some of the factors that may increase the likelihood of a failed drug test are:
Chewables have to go through the GI tract before entering the bloodstream, so effects take a little longer to kick in with peak blood levels being reached at around three hours after ingestion. This method of consumption has a more prolonged effect lasting up to eight hours. People often over-consume edibles because the results aren’t instant.
In general, substances such as CBD can be detected in hair up to about 3 months after they were last taken. Trace amounts of THC will likely not show up in a hair test.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pure CBD has no abuse potential. But CBD products can cause psychological dependence. And THC can cause marijuana use disorders and withdrawal symptoms which negatively impact users’ health and productivity.
How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last?
These molecules support our immune systems and are broken down when they’ve completed their function. There are receptors for endocannabinoids all over the body including the central nervous system (CNS). And as it turns out, THC binds to them and CBD does so weakly or not at all. CBD may in fact reduce the effects of THC by blocking it.
In some cases of heavy use, CBD can stay in the system for up to a week, and windows of detection extend to more than a month. In the case of single exposures, THC and its metabolites are detectable in urine for about 3 days after the last time taken.
Cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the most well-known compounds in cannabis plants. The latter has psychoactive effects and causes the high marijuana is famous for. THC use impairs judgment and coordination.
Smoking or vaping causes the substance to enter the body rapidly via the lungs. Two teaspoons of a concentrated CBD tincture taken sublingually can also take effect within an hour. These fast-acting modes of administration tend to wear off sooner too.