Can you Pass a drug test with CBD?
by Beth Davis
Whether you take CBD for anxiety, pain, inflammation, or any other of the many ailments that this cannabinoid can alleviate, you might be wondering if CBD will turn up on a drug test.
After all, it does come from the cannabis plant, and other cannabinoids (aka THC) could definitely be detected on a drug test. And depending what you're taking the drug test for, the presence of THC in your system could land you in some trouble.
But what about CBD or supplements? Can you pass a drug test if you've got CBD in your system? And if it is detected, will that get you into any trouble?
The answer is probably not, but that all depends on a couple of factors.
How Do Drug Tests Work?
There are a few different ways to test for the presence of drugs in a person, and a urinalysis (urine drug test) is the most common. Urinalysis tests don't necessarily check for a specific substance itself, but rather for drug metabolites, which are the breakdown products produced after a certain substance is consumed and metabolized.
A cannabis urinalysis looks for the presence of "THC-COOH," a THC metabolite, and not CBD metabolites.
CBD can be detected on a drug test if it's testing specifically for this substance, which is rarely - if ever - tested for. There aren't even any guidelines for testing for CBD.
That means that CBD wouldn't show up on standard drug tests, though there may be rare circumstances in which CBD consumption could land you in trouble. More on that later.
Drug Tests Aren't Really Meant For CBD
Drug tests could be mandated by employers, law enforcement, or even schools. Employers will want to maintain a drug-free environment, law enforcement may want to determine if drugs played a role in an incident, and schools may want to ensure their students are free of drugs while on school premises.
There could be a myriad of reasons for drug tests.
But the goal of drug tests is to establish whether or not an individual is impaired. And since CBD does not cause impairment, drug tests aren't really designed to detect this cannabinoid.
Instead, drug tests are designed to pick up on other types of drugs that alter the mind of the user. More specifically, most drug tests are either 5-panel or 10-panel screenings which test for drugs like opioids, cocaine, PCP, methamphetamines barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and methadone, among others. THC may also be detected in these tests.
Since hemp products - including CBD - contain trace levels of THC (if any at all), CBD usually shouldn't show up on a drug test. But you'll need to be careful when it comes to the amount of CBD that you consume.
CBD products can contain as much as 0.3% THC if derived from hemp, which means that if you consume very high doses of CBD products, you could actually generate a false-positive result on a drug test. That said, the chances of going over the legal limit of THC as a result of consuming high doses of CBD are quite low.
Keep in mind that a positive result would be caused by tiny traces of THC in your system, not CBD.
Right now, there aren't really any tests that are specifically designed to pick on CBD in the system. But anyone who orders a drug test is likely not looking for CBD, but rather any drugs that could be causing impairment.
Be Careful With the CBD Product You Consume
Not all CBD products are created equal. While CBD that is derived from hemp should contain no THC (or very little), there are some CBD products that can contain more THC than you might be aware of. Some manufacturers produce high-CBD strains of marijuana that are being sold in states were marijuana is legal and can have large amounts of THC – enough to cause you to fail a drug test.
That's why it's so important to make sure you get your CBD from a reputable manufacturer who is completely transparent about their products and ensure that their products have no more than 0.3% THC.
Pure hemp-based CBD oils that are available in most states don't have the risks associated with high-THC-strain CBD products. It would take a massive amount of these CBD products to trigger a positive result on a drug test for THC.
If a drug test is screening for THC - among other things - it won't be looking for CBD. And if you've been using a CBD product that has only trace amounts of THC, there should be nothing to worry about.
The short answer to the question, "Will CBD consumption make me fail a drug test?" is no, but there are some factors that could still trigger a false-positive result. It really depends on the source of your CBD and the amount of CBD you consume. As long as you're using CBD from a reputable manufacturer and consume no more than 1,500 mg of CBD per day (most people consume far less than this), there should be no reason for you to fail a drug test.