Can Taking CBD Products Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?

Many individuals and studies have contributed CBD to helping in battling pain, anxiety, seizures, depression, addiction, etc. The list of possible protections and preventions goes on and on. However, there is a lot of speculation about whether or not CBD oil will show up on your drug screening test. This causes lots of worry in our customers, as drug tests are prevalent in the workplace. The likelihood of it showing up on a drug test is low, but there still is a possibility.

Different Types of CBD Oil

When taking a drug test, the test is specifically looking for the presence of THC in your system. All hemp-derived CBD products will either contain less than 0.3% THC levels or none. This is approved by the 2018 Farm Bill as a legal amount and does not cause intoxication. Three main types of hemp-derived CBD oil are: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate.

Full spectrum or “whole plant” CBD oil contains everything that the hemp plant contains – this includes not only CBD, but flavonoids, terpenes, other cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN, and even trace amounts of THC. A broad spectrum oil, what we use in our Relive Everyday products, contains an array of cannabinoids and terpenes but zero THC. Isolate CBD oil contains 99.9+% CBD. 

What Can Cause a Negative Outcome on Your Drug Test?

The amount of THC in full spectrum CBD is not usually enough to send alerts in a drug test, but there can be many factors that could add into it being detected.

  • How much was consumed?

It is possible for someone to consume enough oil to reach the THC threshold on a drug test, although it would be difficult and not exceedingly probable.

  • Metabolism

Can depend on many variables, whether it be activity level, body composition, or amount and duration of usage. Everyone’s metabolism is different and different medicines, liver and kidney function all play roles in the test’s results. 

  • Medical information

Current medication can interact with CBD, and current health can also differ in the results.

When it comes to broad spectrum and isolates, it is even less likely. However, it is possible for urine and saliva tests to not be as conclusive in their results, and confuse CBD with the THC, as they show up as similar molecules in these preliminary tests. This can cause a false-positive test result.

What Can I Do If a Drug Test Shows Up Positive?

It is highly encouraged to discuss with your employer ahead of time about your use of CBD products, and bring up the possibility of taking a more extensive drug test, in case of there being a positive drug result. Employers have the ultimate decision of whether or not they will allow employees to use CBD products. 

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