Will CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?
CBD oil is a cannabinoid found in both the marijuana and hemp varieties of the Cannabis plant. Cannabinoids include compounds such as THC, CBN, CBG, CBC and CBD. Each has an impact (often positive), on the mammalian systems. THC is the Cannabinoid that gets people “high”, whereas CBD is non-psychoactive.
CBD has a wide variety of benefits, some of which includes:
• Pain management
• Neuroprotective qualities
• IBD and IBS treatment
Most CBD products claim to have under 0.3% THC, which is classified as hemp. However products remain unregulated, making the THC levels unreliable. Due to it’s THC content, some CBD oils will cause users to fail a drug test.
Ironically, those who can benefit the most from CBD are also at risk for drug tests. Many employees who are routinely tested, such as truck drivers, commercial drivers, nurses, government employees, and veterans / military personnel, could benefit more than others from CBD.
These positions tend to be high stress, require long periods of sitting (resulting in pain and inflammation), and can involve PTSD and trauma.
Furthermore, people on probation or ex-addicts, would benefit greatly from CBD. This is because of CBD’s calming and relaxing effects. It is the perfect remedy for drug withdrawals and weening off addictive substances.
That’s why Patriot Hemp focuses on offering Zero THC CBD products, so those who are at risk for testing positive for THC can rest assured they are taking products that will not jeopardize their jobs and freedoms.
THC and Drug / Urine Tests:
Tetrahydrocannabinol’s (THC), is responsible for making marijuana famous, because of its euphoric effect. Due to this euphoric “high”, typical urine drug tests will test for THC.
Many employers and organizations regularly drug test employees. They follow specific guidelines, like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which tests positive at > 50 ng/mL.
CBD And Drug / Urine Tests:
For this reason, many are asking if CBD will make you fail a drug test. To begin, CBD will not directly show up on a drug / urine test, however most CBD products are full spectrum which means they contain various cannabinoids, including THC.
Generally THC is less than 0.3% in CBD oils to make the product legal, however regulations are currently loose, so it may be slightly higher at times. In order for cannabinoid rich hemp oil or CBD to test positive on a drug test, a user would have to be consuming abnormally large quantities of oil (greater than 1000-2000mg). However, in the event that there is more than 0.3% THC, then users would test positive with smaller quantities.
It is important to note these numbers are not set in stone. Everyone’s metabolism is different. We suggest airing on the side of caution. If your job, freedom or lively hood depend on passing a drug test, buy zero thc CBD products.
Drug Tests and False Positives
After testing positive for THC (at > 50 ng/mL), the results are screened again with a GC/MS or LC/MS test, which cut off at 15 ng/mL, and specifically tests for THC metabolites.
The common tests (urine and saliva immunoassay tests) are cheap, and not as comprehensive. They can mistake one molecule for another, resulting in a false positive.
It is unusual, however people have failed drug tests taking zero thc CBD products. This is due to a false positive. In the case this occurs, you can purchase a more specific and comprehensive drug test, such as a blood test or a hair test.
This will prove the positive result was in fact false. It is also wise to do this if you test positive with any CBD product, as the amount of THC is close to none. These tests will cost about $100 however it is a worthy investment.
From what we have seen, the reason people have failed taking zero-thc products, is because the company was not advertising correctly. There was in fact small amounts of THC present. Make sure you read the lab analysis for the product you are buying!
When you do a more comprehensive test from regular CBD products, it will show that the quantity of THC is minuscule, and thus confirm your use of CBD rather than marijuana.
The Bottom Line:
So, will CBD make you fail a drug test? Yes and no. CBD won’t, but THC/THCa will.
Do your due diligence before starting to take any CBD product. Know the risks, and the rewards. It is better to be safe than sorry. For that reason, we suggest focusing on Zero THC CBD products if you are regularly drug tested.