Can You Pass A Drug Test From Smoking CBD?

If you are expecting a drug test, then it is of the utmost importance that you pass your drug test! So if you are smoking CBD or hemp flowers, will you fail a drug test? 

Well, it depends. Let us explain….

To Begin, Let’s Talk About The Difference Between CBD & THC

CBD and THC are both found in hemp. Not all CBD oil contains THC, but many on the market do. When you are smoking CBD from hemp flowers, there will be THC present. If you are vaping your CBD, then it may or may not have THC depending on the product.

THC is the compound found in marijuana, and it is the stuff that gets you high. THC is what drug tests are looking for. CBD alone won’t show up on a drug test, but THC will. Many CBD oils on the market contain THC (unless they are a zero THC CBD product). 

The amount of THC in CBD (or hemp flowers) is negligible. In fact, in order for hemp to be legal, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. This is NOT enough THC to get you high, but for some people, it is enough to cause a failed drug test.

How Much THC Do You Need To Fail A Drug Test?

This is far too big of a variable to give a clear answer. In short, it depends on the consistency of use, and your body type.

Some people have a fast metabolism and excrete THC faster than other body types. Generally speaking, THC stays in your system for about 30 days. So if you consume CBD everyday for 30 days, then you will have far more THC in your system by the 30th day, which means you are more likely to fail a drug test.

For that reason, some people consuming CBD with less than 0.3% THC fail drug tests, while others will pass their drug test.

Smoking Vs. Vaping CBD (Will They Cause A Failed Drug Test?)

Smoking CBD means you have a joint or the raw hemp flower (think “buds”). Vaping is when you vaporize CBD oil in a special machine or vape pen. This is an important distinction. Both “could” be perceived as smoking.

There is a huge CBD vape market. That means, you will have a huge variety of different CBD oils to vape. Some will be full spectrum (so they will contain THC), while others will be zero THC CBD. Technically speaking, zero THC CBD products shouldn’t show up on a drug test (legally, we can not guarantee this [insert legal jargon]).

Smoking CBD in the form of a joint, bong or vape is a whole other ball game. This is because it is impossible to have a zero THC Hemp flower / bud. In fact, some flowers may be quite hot (high in THC), depending where you get it. Therefore, your chances of passing a drug test after smoking cbd flowers is lower (especially if you smoke regularly).

Can You Get Zero THC CBD Hemp Flowers?

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

The reason you can’t have a THC-free hemp flower is because of genetics. Hemp is a cousin of marijuana, and so far there is no genetic variety that has zero THC. It is just the way nature works. 

However, you have likely noticed that there are many zero THC CBD vapes and oils on the market. This comes down to extraction methods. When manufacturers take the raw hemp flowers, and extract the oil, they can put the oil through another extraction process. This additional process offers the opportunity to remove the THC, yielding a THC free product.

Be Careful Where You Get Your Hemp Flower From

So, technically speaking, if your CBD flowers have less than 0.3% THC, then your chances of passing a drug test are higher. You may still fail though.

That being said, if you grew the hemp yourself, or your friend grew it, and it has not been tested, then it may be “hot’. If the Hemp is hot, then it contains more than 0.3% THC. In fact, it may have up 1% or higher THC content, which is bad news for drug tests.

Furthermore, if you are in a medical or recreational marijuana legal state, and you buy your CBD flower from a pot shop, your risk may be higher. Why may you ask? Because you could be buying a hemp / CBD flower with a higher than 0.3% THC content. Once again, decreasing your chances of passing a drug test.

So… Can You Pass A Drug Test From Smoking CBD?

Possibly. If you smoke CBD on an odd occasion, then your chances of passing are much higher. As we said above, THC builds up in your system over 30 day periods. If you are expecting a drug test, then it is best to avoid smoking CBD altogether, and go for a zero THC CBD vape or oil

Please note, even with zero THC CBD oils, we can not guarantee you will pass a drug test, due to liability reasons. If you want to learn more about Zero THC CBD and drug tests, we wrote an informative article on the subject you can check out here.

A Note On CBD Isolate

Some people “Smoke” CBD isolate. If you are smoking CBD isolate, then you are most likely in the clear. This is because CBD isolate contains no THC. Always do your own research and come to your own conclusions, especially when it comes to your freedom and your livelihood. Drug tests are no laughing matter.