Could CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non psychoactive compound produced by the marijuana plant that seems to be everywhere these days. Maybe you’ve even been asked if you’d like it added to your morning cup of joe! THC, also marijuana-derived, is what gets people high and is screened for by drug tests. The chemical structure of THC is very similar to CBD’s, which begs the question: Could using CBD make you fail a drug test? In this episode of Reactions we break down the chemistry behind the possibilities.
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Does CBD Oil Show Up On A Drug Test?
With its popularity surging over the last few years, you may have considered adding CBD Oil to your diet.
But if you’re a professional athlete or your job requires you to take a drug test, you may have heard stories of people failing these screenings and claiming CBD is the culprit.
So, can CBD Oil cause you to fail a drug test?
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of over a hundred cannabinoid compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa, or Hemp, plant.
Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a relatively recently discovered network of receptors that interact with the body’s central and peripheral nervous systems which control a wide range of the body’s functions.
Cannabinoids don’t typically form a part of our diet, so taking CBD Oil as a supplement can help to provide the body with all of the essential nutrients it needs to function at its peak.
Does CBD Oil Show Up On A Drug Test?
The short answer to whether or not CBD Oil will show up on a drug test is no – CBD is not a substance that is tested for, and so won’t show up in a drug test.
However, there is more to it than that.
The controlled substance within cannabis is THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive “high” associated with recreational cannabis use.
This is the substance that, if present, will cause someone to fail a drug test.
Does CBD Oil Contain THC?
In short, CBD Oil can contain THC in trace amounts, but that typically will not be in high enough quantities to cause a negative test result.
To be legal, CBD Oil must be manufactured from a specific strain of the cannabis plant that is naturally low in THC, and the THC content of the final product must be lower than 0.03%.
The levels of THC will vary depending on how the oil has been produced.
There are three primary types of CBD Oils and products: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates.
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain all of the compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant, which includes THC in very small quantities.
This means that users get the biggest benefit from something called the entourage effect, which is where all of the compounds in the plant work together in the way that nature intended.
Broad-spectrum oils have been refined to remove the THC, and a number of the other compounds, so they only contain a handful of the compounds found within the plant.
These oils can still benefit from the interactions between the compounds, however, the effect is less pronounced than a full-spectrum oil.
CBD isolates are oils or products that have been refined to contain nothing but CBD.
While these still allow users to benefit from the properties of CBD, they lack the other compounds found in the cannabis plant, and will not benefit from the entourage effect.
How Do I Know How Much THC Is In CBD Oil?
All reputable CBD Oil suppliers will have their products tested by an independent lab to ensure they meet the legal requirements for THC content.
This gives a full breakdown of the cannabinoid compounds found within the product and will help you to stay informed about the product you’re buying.
Be wary of any CBD Oil suppliers that won’t show you these lab reports as it could be a sign that they are trying to pass off inferior products.
The third-party lab reports for all of our products can be found on the product pages, so you can be sure you’re not buying a product that will cause you to fail a drug test.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that CBD itself will not cause you to fail a drug test.
Without knowing the thresholds for the specific drug test being used it’s difficult to say for certain, but any legally produced lab-verified CBD oil should not contain enough THC to cause you to fail a drug test.
If you are concerned about the levels of THC affecting a drug test, but you still want to give CBD a go, our Release CBD Patches are 100% THC free, giving you all of the benefits CBD has to offer, without the risk of failing a drug test.