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Will CBD Oil Make You Fail A Drug Test?

By Spike Bowan   |   August 31, 2017

Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?

It is a very valid concern and question, “Will taking CBD oil make me test positive on a drug test?”

CBD oil shouldn’t make you fail a drug test. CBD oil contains less than 0.03-0.04% THC, and it can be made with absolutely no THC. Drug tests typically only test for the THC cannabinoid and not CBD. However —  some companies do test for the isolates of CBD as well.

It is a common worry to have, if you value your job and take CBD. The possibility of losing your means of employment because you use legal CBD Oil is a concern that many people have. Many people steer clear of CBD Oil specifically for this reason.

Drug testing is mandatory for several different types of workers, including federal employees, health care providers and industrial employees and although it isn’t required in the private sector, many employers use some kind of drug screening.

When drug testing is mandated, employers almost always follow the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) guidelines because it puts them on solid legal ground, Leafly.com Reports.

Can you fail a drug test with CBD isolate?

Some companies choose to test for CBD isolates. In order to know for sure if you’ll pass with CBD isolate in your system, you must be familiar with what your company is testing for. Whether or not they test for CBD isolates, it is always safe to use CBD skincare products without risking failing a drug test. So don’t be afraid to keep using your CBD oil lotion, face cream, or massage oil. 

If your company is testing for CBD isolates, it is helpful to know that a single dose of CBD isolates will only show up on a drug test for up to 3 days. However, if you’re a daily user, it could take as long as 30 days to completely leave your system. If you find yourself in this situation, talk it through with your boss to see if a positive result for CBD would be an issue.

According to WestWord.com

“As you note, though, all CBD products originated from a plant with at least some trace of THC, even if it’s just 0.04 percent. That 0.04 THC percentage wouldn’t come up on a drug test if you smoked the raw plant material, but concentrating it can make things tricky. Consuming unusually large dosages of CBD, such as 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams per day, could theoretically trigger a positive for THC on a urine test, according to CBD product manufacturer — but that would be a false positive.

Studies also show that daily dosages of three to five servings of CBD products containing 0.5 milligrams of THC could cause a positive result, but at less than a 0.2 percent rate.”

(Read More)

THC is widely recognized as being responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive traits and euphoria. A routine urine drug screen for marijuana use consists of an immunoassay with antibodies that are made to detect it, and its main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH).


“Fortunately, the urine drug screen for THC-COOH is known to have very little cross-reactivity to other cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, such as CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), and others. This is good news for “normal” consumers of CBD/hemp oil.

That said, individuals using unusually large doses of a cannabinoid-rich hemp oil product (above 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil daily) could theoretically test positive during the initial urinary screen. Although very rare, the urine screen in these cases would likely represent a “false positive” due to other non-THC metabolites or compounds, which may cross-react with the immunoassay. When this is the case, the confirmatory GC/MS test would be negative, since CBD and other cannabinoids will not be detected by the more accurate (and specific) GC/MS screen.” (Read More)

Long story short, CBD Oil should not give you a positive drug test result.

That being said, people who use heavy amounts of CBD Oil, 1000-2000 mg a day or more, could get a False Positive result.

Additionally, you must be aware of your employers’ rules and regulations and exactly what they are testing for in order to be certain that even low dose CBD will not result in a positive drug screen.

Stay Healthy!


Recommended Reading

The History of Hemp

Explaining CBD to Your Friends and Family

What Is Hemp?


The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

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