Will CBD Oil Show Up in a Drug Test?
Gather round people and let’s talk CBD and drug testing. So, you’ve made your way here asking yourself the magic question, “Will CBD oil show up in a drug test?” It’s a legitimate concern. One survey showed that 57% of all employers require drug tests, while a mere 29% said they never used them. That’s the majority of workplaces! And they aren’t the only ones who test, nor are they simply performed as a routine hiring practice. Employers might also issue drug tests at random to enforce compliance in accordance with company policies, or require them when someone is injured in the workplace to be compliant with local, state, and federal regulations. There are lots of additional situations where a drug test might be required, for sports athletes, parole requirements and substance abuse programs to name a few. There’s a lot of factors at play here and the simple answer is kind of well – complicated. It’s a solid- yes, no, maybe situation and for a variety of reasons; from compound to individual to dosage to the test itself.
What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
First, CBD, also known as cannabinoids or cannabidiol generally will not test. That’s because drug tests are not looking for all cannabinoids, they’re looking for one specific cannabinoid; THC. However varying strains of CBD contain varying traces of THC. It’s confusing right out of the gate, right? Let’s simplify by breaking down the facts.
CBD oil comes from specific cultivars of hemp that are high in CBD and low in THC. CBD oil does not come from marijuana. Marijuana is the opposite plant of CBD, it is high in THC and low in CBD. This is important because drug tests are screening for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound that is psychoactive (it gets you high).
To be considered legal CBD oil cannot contain greater than 0.3% THC. Which is not enough to get you high. Therefore, it is non-psychoactive. And the benefits of CBD oil are vast. Studies suggest CBD rich hemp oil products may benefit those suffering with/from:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Irritable Bowel Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Possible protection from neurodegenerative diseases
- Reducing or potentially stopping epileptic seizures
- Possibly reducing MS symptoms
- Possible benefits to cancer patients
- And more
Research is encouraging and slowly reprogramming the way we think about hemp. But even with so many potential benefits to be gained a drug test may still hold us back.
Even with only trace amounts of THC, will you fail a drug test if you take CBD oil?
Maybe. Here’s the complicated part. There are a lot of variables at work here, from the drug test itself (different manufacturers, different detection levels/sensitivities, etc.), and the individual that consumes the CBD. Here are some additional factors to consider:
- How much CBD oil is consumed; the higher dose of CBD oil taken in the more THC is also.
- How often CBD oil is consumed;
- Medical factors such as medications taken, liver and/or kidney disease; see our article regarding side effects of CBD here.
- The metabolism of the individual.
How much do you have to take for it to test positive?
Again, everyone’s metabolism is different and medicines, liver, and kidney function all play roles in a positive or negative result. What kind of drug test is being administered is another factor. And dosage is yet another component in this risk assessment. One study showed individuals consuming high doses (1000-2000mg daily) of CBD oil tested positive anywhere from 11% – 23% of the time when given a basic drug test. To give you a point of reference 1000-2000mg of CBD oil would contain about 3-6mg of THC.
In contrast to that, individuals consuming .5mg of THC from 3-5 servings of CBD rich hemp oil supplements the positive rate is estimated at <0.2%. Most servings contain .03%.
What do you recommend?
Ananda’s official position with regards to our full-spectrum CBD oil and drug tests:
We do NOT recommend taking any of our products that contain trace amounts of THC to be safe. However, in many tests performed by doctors, our products do not test positive in most drug tests due to the low levels of THC. In scenarios where doctors were testing our product it had to be taken the day of the test and in large quantities to appear on a drug test.