Does CBD Products Show Up on a Drug Test?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extract taken from the marijuana plant and taken medically and recreationally to help with anxiety, depression, chronic pain and treat opioid addiction. Mandatory drug tests identify tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or its metabolites, usually taken via a urine sample. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), 70% of the 14.8 million Americans who abuse drugs are employed. Employees who use drugs are part of about 40% of all industrial fatalities in the United States. These two facts are part of why mandatory drug tests have been administered. Aside from these facts, the benefits of mandatory drug testing are that it protects employees and helps them admit and acknowledge their drug problems.

CBD Drug Test

What are the Reasons for Failing a CBD Drug Test?

There are several reasons for failing a CBD drug test. The reasons for failing a CBD test are the following:

  1. Using THC-infused Products

This is the most common reason for failing a CBD drug test. Commonly, the product with THC content is usually a CBD oil and can be a full-spectrum CBD product. Sometimes, it can occur with a low-quality product with a small amount of THC. Even if manufacturers can claim their product is THC-free, it may not always be applicable. 

2. Using Incorrect Labels on Products

CBD oil that is extracted from hemp contains 0.3% THC at most. Sellers often label their products as THC-free hemp when, in reality, it’s a low-quality oil extracted from marijuana. Marijuana, however, contains THC.

According to a study done by Bonn-Miller M. Penn,  70% of the CBD products sold online were mislabeled and the reason for this is due to the lack of regulations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

3. THC Exposure from Others

Inadvertent exposure to marijuana (via secondhand smoke) is possible enough for a person to get a positive CBD drug result. Based on Huestis MA’s findings, being in a room with heavy pot smokers for several hours can cause the inhalation of enough THC-containing smoke to result in a positive test result. Another case for this is hair contact with someone with marijuana paraphernalia or from another person having THC on their hands. Hair contact can result in a false positive on a drug screening that tests your hair. 

4. THC Cross-Contamination

THC content, no matter how small the amount, can get into the CBD oil in high enough amounts to result in a positive drug test. When CBD oil is purchased from cannabis dispensaries in places where cannabis is legal, this is very likely to occur. 

5. The Digestive System Effects on CBD Products

In rare cases, false-positive test results in CBD oil drug tests have come from CBD oil that breaks down into very small amounts of THC in the stomach. Other research has refuted this. However, at the end of the day, it is still possible for traces of THC to be present in stomach acid even when “less-purified CBD productions” are ingested. 

What Products can Cause to Fail CBD Drug Test?

The products that can cause failure in the CBD drug test are CBD oil and CBD vapes (which use CBD oil, too). CBD oil especially if it was bought as a product outside the UK, can contain up to 5% content of THC. The place of production of CBD oil is crucial, especially if it does not come from the UK because it will mean that the CBD oil content is unregulated; therefore, it is more dangerous. If regularly used and ingested, you can fail the CBD drug test. 

Are There any THC-Free CBD Product?

Yes, there are THC-free CBD products. THC-free CBD products come in CBD oils, CBD vapes and even yummy gummy products. These include our very own ZenBears. ZenBears are organic pharmaceutically coated CBD gummy bears that are vegan-friendly and also cruelty-free. 

Is CBD Type Important for Drug Test?

Yes, CBD type is important for drug tests. The three types of CBD are Full-spectrum, Broad-spectrum and lastly, Isolates. Full-spectrum CBD includes all parts of the cannabis plant and contains less than 0.3 % THC. Broad-spectrum has most of the cannabis plant compounds and has trace amounts of CBD while Isolates contain only CBD, with no THC or other cannabis plant parts. 

The best CBD type for drug tests is Isolates because they contain only CBD and do not have THC, which can be a crucial element in failing the CBD drug test. 

Does CBD Dosage Affect the Drug Test?

Yes. In theory, a false positive on a drug test from CBD oil should be relatively impossible from full-spectrum CBD oil (which contains 0.3% THC). But due to the lack of regulation in CBD products in locations where CBD is not legal, there is no guarantee that a product contains pure CBD oil, or that its concentration is safe or effective. We highly encourage you if you are taking CBDs to do your research and purchase CBD from the UK, where it is regulated.

How Soon after CBD Use can You Take the Test?

Many factors affect how soon after CBD use you can take the test. How long CBD can last and is detectable depends on these:

  • Physical factors and genetics, such as your metabolism, age, and weight
  • Last time it was taken
  • Dosage
  • Frequency of use

CBD is fat-soluble, which means that CBD is stored in your fat cells and is affected by your metabolism. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) plays a crucial role in how fast CBD can be metabolized in your body. If you have a higher BMI and weight, it will take longer for the CBD to leave your body.

Another factor is the type of CBD product you ingest. If you ingest CBD through vaping, CBD can easily enter your bloodstream in a span of seconds. If you ingest CBD through edibles, it will usually take one hour before the effects will manifest. The effects of ingested CBD can last one to three hours.