CBD oil is a great product for people who want the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis, with none of the high. However, many people are also concerned about whether CBD may show up on drug tests. Could it be confused for marijuana? And can you fail a drug test due to CBD? Although it’s important to make the distinction between CBD oil and marijuana, those fears are not completely unfounded. In fact, most CBD oil contains at least traces of THC, which is the compound drug tests will try to detect. Here is what you need to know about the risks of taking CBD oil, and how you can avoid them.
What is CBD oil?
CBD (which is short for cannabidiol) is a phytocannabinoid compound found in the cannabis plant. In simpler words, it’s a chemical compound with therapeutic benefits extracted from hemp.
What confuses a lot of people is that both CBD and marijuana come from the same plant. But whereas marijuana contains a psychoactive compound known as THC, CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, CBD is not considered a recreational drug.
In fact, CBD oil and marijuana come from different types of cannabis plants. Some strains of cannabis have a high THC content. Those are mainly grown for recreational use and are known as marijuana. Some other strains of cannabis have a very low (under 0.3%) THC content. These types of plants are generally referred to as hemp. They’re used to make CBD oil or hemp oil, and their fibers can even be used in the textile industry.
CBD products that contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) are now legal on a federal level in the United States. However, they are not FDA-approved, and may still be illegal in certain states. Check your local laws before making a purchase.
Once you understand that hemp and marijuana are different types of cannabis, it’s easy to see that CBD oil is unlikely to show up in a drug test as THC. That being said, if you’re still wondering whether you can fail a drug test due to CBD, you also need to understand the difference between the different types of CBD oil.
Different types of CBD oil
Not all CBD oil is created equal. In particular, different kinds of CBD oil can have lesser or greater risks of containing THC.
Let’s start with the one you should stay away from if you need to pass a drug test: full-spectrum CBD oil. Full-spectrum CBD or hemp oil is extracted from the cannabis plant. However, it isn’t manufactured to isolate just one type of compound. Instead, it contains all the cannabinoids found in cannabis, including some THC. While this gives it additional therapeutic benefits (cannabinoids work together to deliver their medicinal properties), it can mean trouble when taking a drug test.
Can you fail a drug test due to CBD full-spectrum oil? If you take it regularly, then it’s a real possibility.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil is more closely regulated and shouldn’t contain THC. The word “broad” here refers to the spectrum of cannabinoid it contains, which is almost all of them, save for THC. Broad-spectrum CBD oil is a good way to get some of the benefits from other phytocannabinoids while staying relatively safe when it comes to drug tests.
Can you fail a drug test due to CBD broad-spectrum oil? It’s unlikely unless the quantities you consume are very high.
By far the safest type of CBD oil when it comes to passing a drug test is CBD isolate. That type of product contains only one phytocannabinoid: CBD. While it may have fewer therapeutic virtues than its counterparts, it’s also sure to have 0% THC. And when it comes to passing a drug test, this is really what you want.
Can you fail a drug test due to CBD isolate? No, this would be unheard of. Drug tests don’t test for CBD, so a product that solely contains CBD won’t be an issue.
Checking your CBD oil for THC
Choosing the right type of CBD product is important. As we’ve seen, CBD isolate remains the safest form of CBD oil in terms of THC content. But choosing a good manufacturer for your CBD oil is equally as important.
With the rapid development of a huge market for CBD products, we’ve seen a lot of abuse on the part of manufacturers. Tests frequently show that CBD products actually contain THC. They’ve also found that products frequently contain less or more CBD than they claim to. Although the government tries to regulate all the new products entering the market, there is always the risk of buying CBD oil that hasn’t been tested thoroughly.
The solution? Reputable CBD oil manufacturers use third-party testing to guarantee the quality of their products. Every batch of CBD oil is sent to an independent laboratory, which checks the CBD and THC content of the product. If everything is up to standards, the product will receive a certificate of analysis (COA).
If you’re scared of failing a drug test due to CBD, the best thing you can do is to find a good manufacturer of CBD oil and ask for their COA.
Can you fail a drug test due to large quantities of CBD oil?
Occasional use of CBD oil is unlikely to show up on a drug test. However, people who consume CBD daily are much more likely to fail one.
Almost all CBD oil (except for pure isolate) contains at least traces of THC. The problem is that THC stays in your body for a while. That means ingesting CBD every day for a couple of weeks or months will keep on increasing the levels of THC in your body.
If the “traces” of THC in your CBD oil are more than just traces, and if your consumption is regular, your risks of failing a drug test increase.
To be safe when taking drug tests, regular CBD users are advised to use only CBD isolate. They should also make sure that it comes from a fully tested and certified manufacturer.
So, can you fail a drug test due to CBD even if you’re very careful about the products you’re taking? It’s very unlikely. If you’re still scared that your CBD use will make you fail your drug test, don’t hesitate to mention your regular use of CBD to the drug test laboratory (as long as it’s legal where you are). They might take this into consideration when reading your results.
It’s entirely possible to fail a drug test due to CBD. This could happen for a few different reasons
- Your full-spectrum CBD oil contains THC.
- Your broad-spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate doesn’t respect regulations.
- You’ve been consuming CBD oil for a while and THC has accumulated in your body.
However, cases of this happening are few and far between. So if you’ve already been consuming CBD for a while, don’t panic. THC is unlikely to show up on your drug test. And if you haven’t started with CBD yet, make sure you pay close attention to product certificates. Using fully certified products with a guaranteed 0% THC content is the surest way to pass your drug test.