Does CBD show up on drug test? [Explained]
A growing number of people are using CBD oil to relieve anxiety, chronic pain and to help with sleep issues. But there are also fears that CBD oil users will fail a drug test. But, Does CBD show up on drug test? Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes and no. Technically, a CBD user will not fail a drug test, provided the CBD is pure. However, if the CBD contains THC, you most probably will fail the test. So, a person using pure CBD is safe. But CBD contaminated with THC will surely lead to a failed drug test. The important thing to understand is that a drug test is not a CBD drug test. A drug test is a broad-spectrum test that tries to see if the body contains alcohol, opiates, amphetamines, THC, and other intoxicants. They are not looking for CBD in a routine drug test.
What is Cannabidiol Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is quite commonly used for its healing properties. People use CBD for anxiety and to relieve chronic pain, among other things. CBD oil is quite openly sold and used. These days it is easily available in stores and even online. CBD oil is a cannabinoid that comes from the cannabis plant. It is one of many chemicals—cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids—that you get from cannabis. CBD may have calming effects, but it does not give you a ‘high.’
How Does CBD Show up on Drug tests?
CBD is a psychoactive compound but is not intoxicating. For example, people use CBD for anxiety to calm themselves. On the other hand, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is an intoxicating chemical in cannabinoids. Like CBD, THC is also a psychoactive component. But THC gives you the high associated with cannabis use. So, in the CBD vs THC battle, though both are psychoactive components, CBD is the ‘good’ chemical, while THC is the ‘bad’ one. Drug tests principally look at catching the presence of THC in the urine. Pure CBD is not detected in a drug test. Drug tests are not geared towards checking for CBD. Drug tests look for THC, among other elements like cocaine, amphetamines, and opioid. So, if you have THC in your bloodstream or urine, you will fail the drug test. So, why do people have fears that CBD users could fail a drug test? To understand why that happens, we need to look at the different types of CBD.
Which Type of CBD Causes a Drug Test Result to be Positive?
Ever since governments have legalized the use of CBD, the number of CBD products has multiplied. However, the industry is still unregulated in many ways. So not many people know exactly what types of CBD are available and what they contain. As we mentioned earlier, CBD, THC, and many other chemicals are also extracted from cannabis plants. Each variety of cannabis plants has these compounds in varying intensities and percentages. CBD products come from cannabis extracts and may contain varying degrees of other chemicals found in the cannabis plant. CBD products are broadly classified as full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolates. Here are more details about each of these CBD categories:
Full-spectrum CBD, as the name suggests, contains all of the compounds extracted from the cannabis plant. Thus, full-spectrum CBD will contain various concentrations of THC as well. Technically, legal full-spectrum CBD is not supposed to contain more than 0.3 percent THC. However, most full-spectrum CBD manufacturers do not disclose the composition of their products, so there is no real way for a consumer to know the percentage of THC in the full-spectrum CBD they are buying. Not knowing how much THC the CBD contains could be detrimental to you and your health. If the THC content in the full-spectrum oil you use has a high THC content, you are sure to fail a drug test. So, please be careful when selecting full-spectrum CBD for personal use. Full-spectrum CBD is the most widely available form of CBD. It is available as oils, serums, topical creams, tinctures, and edibles.
Like full-spectrum CBD, this type of CBD also contains various compounds found in the cannabis plant. However, broad-spectrum CBD does not contain THC. The THC is removed. But, before using broad-spectrum CBD, make sure you check it. Tests have shown that samples do have small amounts of THC. Though broad-spectrum CBD may not contain THC, this type of CBD is not as widely available as the full-spectrum variety. It is available as an oil.
As the name suggests, CBD isolate is pure CBD. It does not contain any other chemicals. CBD isolate is derived from the hemp plant, which is a type of cannabis plant. Hemp contains a very low percentage of THC, so CBD isolates almost no THC at all. CBD isolate is available as oils or tinctures, as a crystal powder, or as a ‘slab’ that you can break and eat. If you do use CBD, we suggest you look for the broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate varieties.
What are the Reasons for Failing a CBD Drug Test?
As we mentioned above, full-spectrum CBD contains THC. The concentration of THC in full-spectrum CBD is generally unknown as manufacturers are reluctant to disclose their products’ composition. If you are a regular user of CBD with an above-legal content of THC, you are sure to fail a drug test. THC remains in the body for up to 5 days. For regular and heavy users of THC, it remains in the body for up to 30 days.
Tips for a CBD User to Not Fail a Drug Test
Suppose you are a regular user of CBD products and you do not want to fail a drug test. In that case, we strongly recommend that you check the chemical composition of the CBD you are using. Preferably use broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. Even if you use these two types of CBD, make sure you check for the presence of THC in them. Some studies have shown that many CBD products do contain above-legal concentrations of THC. THC contamination could cause you to test positive during a drug test.
Even though CBD and THC come from the same plant, CBD does not give you a high. Using pure CBD will not have any adverse effects, even if you have to take a drug test. However, drug tests mainly check for THC which is the intoxicating psychoactive element in cannabis. This remains in the body for several days so try to ensure that the CBD you use does not contain THC or if it does, then make sure that the THC is within the legal limits. If you use a CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD with little or no THC, the chances of failing a drug test are very slim. However, please be vigilant with the CBD products you use just to be on the safe side.