CBD and Drug Tests
Does CBD show up on a drug test? This is a question many ask as they consider adding the compound to their daily routines. It is a reasonable question as the legality of marijuana, in which CBD is one of the two primary substances, varies greatly from state to state with medical marijuana being legal in over half of the states and recreational use of the drug is legal in a growing handful. Being the non-psychoactive part of marijuana, one would think that CBD should be completely fine when being considered on a drug screening, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, it is important to understand what CBD is to understand where is lies in drug screenings. CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids present in the cannabis and hemp plants. THC is the other primary cannabinoid present, and it is the cause of the psychoactive effect referred to as “getting high” that is most often referred to when talking about marijuana. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and has increasingly been proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, pain, and a multitude of others. CBD is most often ingested in the form of oil, either directly or combined with food or drink. This oil, if manufactured properly, will contain 0 percent of THC.
Now, the real question is, will CBD show up on a drug test? The answer is a bit foggier than one may expect. Even in states where marijuana is completely legal, it is well within a businesses right to choose to have a “drug-free” environment, so these results may be useful to anyone. Most drug tests are looking for the presence of THC in the body and will not detect CBD. However, as previously mentioned, CBD oil that is poorly made may contain higher concentrations of THC and that could potentially trip a drug test. For this reason, it is important to make certain you are buying your CBD oil from a reputable source. The CBD oil industry is currently relatively unregulated so it’s wise to keep an eye out for a company with a CoA, or Certificate of Analysis. This certificate means the manufacturer’s product has been tested by a third party and found to contain the required less than .3 percent THC.
Even with that in mind, there are other possibilities when it comes to drug screenings and CBD. There are a few rare testing facilities out there that will test for more cannabinoids than just THC. You can call and ask what exactly they test for so you can be properly prepared in those circumstances. It is also possible to trip a drug test if you are taking very high doses of CBD. As mentioned, there are very low traces of THC is CBD oil, so if you’re taking a great deal, it can trigger a drug test if you take a lot of it.
So, if there is that remote possibility for CBD causing you to fail a drug screening, the next question is how long the compound stays in your system. This is, unfortunately, a question without a definitive answer. CBD and THC are lipophilic, or forms of fat, and so they can stay in your cells for some time. The factors for how long include your size, BMI, and how much CBD you ingest on a regular basis. On average, it can stay in your system from anywhere from one week to one month. This is only something of note if you are airing on the side of caution of course, as CBD on its own if you are buying it from a reputable source, shouldn’t trip a drug screening.
While there are some very chance possibilities, by and large CBD shouldn’t cause you to fail a drug test. The only ways it could are if the screening is out of the ordinary and is testing for more cannabinoids than THC or if you are taking CBD in extremely large quantities. By and large, you have nothing to fear from the next drug test.