Although hemp-derived CBD products are available in states where recreational cannabis isn’t legal, some people might worry whether their use of CBD oil will show up on a drug test. Even in states where it is legal to buy THC-heavy cannabis from a retail store, some employers still screen employees for cannabis use. It’s a valid concern considering that even CBD products derived from hemp are legally permitted to contain traces of THC, 0.3% or less to be exact, perhaps leaving some consumers to wonder whether there’s a small amount of THC in their CBD oil — and whether that will show up on a drug test.
Under the SAMHSA framework, the cutoff limit for the presence of THC is 50 nanograms per milliliter. Following these guidelines, if an extremely high dose of 2,000 milligrams of CBD oil that contains 0.3% THC was consumed, there’s a slim chance of receiving a “false positive” result on a urine screening.
While it’s possible that small amounts of THC that exist within a CBD product could accumulate and show up in a drug test, it’s still highly unlikely. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
There are also different types of drug tests that can be used, all of which present different detection thresholds. For instance, a hair test is made to detect habitual substance use, so it will probably not raise any red flags even if you are consuming CBD oil that has low levels of THC.
To obtain a CBD oil drug test, an employer or entity would have to pay a testing company an additional charge to change their testing regimen to include CBD. When you consider that this non-intoxicating compound won’t get you high or impair your ability at work, there’s really no need for a CBD oil drug test.
So, does CBD cause you to fail a drug test? The simple answer is maybe.
Consuming pure CBD, also known as a CBD Isolate, which has no THC or other cannabinoids, will NOT result in a positive test. The reason why CBD isolates do not contain THC or other cannabinoids is because they are removed during the extraction process, and just the CBD is isolated resulting in pure CBD.
Now, if you consume Full-Spectrum CBD oil, which means the whole hemp plant including THC is used to produce the CBD oil, then you need to be cautious during a drug test. Full-Spectrum CBD oil can legally contain 0.3% THC or less, which has great medicinal benefits when combined with CBD and other cannabinoids. However, that 0.3% THC will leave trace amounts of THC in your body, which can accumulate over time depending on an individual’s metabolism. If the typical drug test is looking to detect 50 ng/ml of THC to be a positive result, then the THC level from a full-spectrum is below that threshold. To understand the exact levels of THC in your Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, always verify the test results.
This is a common question asked by many customers and a topic worthy of elaboration. First off, drug tests are performed to test for the presence of illegal or prescription drugs. Drug tests are often administered when an individual is starting a new job, they could be conducted randomly by your place of work, or could be given if you were involved in an accident during work hours. So, it’s important to understand your companies drug testing policies.
Typically, one of the panels tested is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a prevalent cannabinoid found in marijuana. Common drug tests must detect at least 50 ng/ml of THC for it to be considered a positive result. Therefore, it’s important to mitigate the risks that could potentially cause a positive result.
The primary difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp is nearly void of THC. In fact, a cannabis strain must contain less than .3 percent THC to be classified as hemp. This is the reason hemp can be legally sold as various products.
The conclusion is that it’s still theoretically possible for traces of THC metabolites to be present in the stomach acid in the instance where “less-purified CBD productions” are ingested.
Reasons for Failing a CBD Drug Test
There are many distinctions between marijuana and hemp that relate to CBD oil. Marijuana contains both THC (the psychoactive component) and CBD, whereas hemp contains CBD and only trace amounts of THC. Hemp contains many cannabinoids—CBD is only one example.
There are several techniques for extracting CBD oil from the cannabis plant. The extraction method determines whether the active CBD compound gets processed as a “full spectrum oil” or an “isolate.” A CBD isolate is a pure compound with no other active compounds or cannabinoids at all. A full spectrum oil contains other active plant compounds in addition to the CBD such as CBN (cannabinol) and cannabis terpenes (the part of the plant that gives the plant its aroma), and more.
If you take CBD oil, there are measures you can take to try to prevent failing a drug test.