Unexpected – or expected – pee in a cup scenarios happen more often than you’d think.
Whatever the reason you find yourself urinating in a plastic container (hey, no judgments here), you should probably know if your CBD consumption will register on the results.
Let’s take a look at whether or not CBD shows up on drug tests.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
Okay, let’s kill the suspense before you crack a sweat. Rest assured, most tests actually search for the THC known as metabolites, not CBD.
THC is the chemical compound that gives users a ‘high’ – this euphoria inducing compound is what’s usually screened for in drug tests.
The cutoff level for a positive test sits at anything above 50ng/mL, which means you’d need to consume an unheard of amount of CBD (or a cannabinoid-rich hemp oil product) to test positive.
I mean, we’re talking a mammoth 1000-2000 mg above the norm.
Hold up though, it’s worth remembering it’s a relatively unregulated drug.
Many manufacturers produce CBD oil or
But fear not – our hemp products don’t contain any THC whatsoever.
So if you’re using CBD for stress relief, anxiety, depression or sleeping, then the odds of testing positive are incredibly low.
If you’re using our CBD, then you won’t have anything to worry about because you can’t fail for THC.
Which drug tests will I fail when consuming CBD?
Believe it or not, drug tests other than urine tests exist. While they’re uncommon, they are a thing, so you should definitely clue in on the do’s and don’ts of each test.
Hair tests are pretty niche, so if you’re taking a pre-employment urine test (for employees in health clinics, certain government jobs etc) you probably won’t need to worry about sacrificing a few strands of your hair.
Well, unless your employer is pretty strict. Why?
Because a standard urine test can detect if you’ve used drugs in the last few days whereas a hair test can detect if you’ve used drugs in the last 90 days.
That being said, the test is designed to detect chronic THC. So small or regular amounts of THC in your CBD likely wouldn’t show up on your test results.
Urine tests are the most commonly used type of drugs test out there.
Whether it’s for employment, medical or legal reasons, you more than likely will be asked to pee in a cup rather than hand over strands of your hair.
Generally speaking, this test is used to detect serious substance abuse rather than the casual consumption and they don’t look for CBD in these tests.
However, if you use CBD containing THC regularly, the trace amounts can easily build up thus cause you to fail your drug test.
As we’ve touched upon in other articles, cannabis flowers contain higher amounts of THC.
This is the part of the plant that’s often harvested to produce edible ‘get-high’ products like gummy bears, chocolate etc.
Needless to say, if you consume this then the THC will trigger you to fail the test.
In short? Avoid things that contain THC.
Do CBD specific drug tests exist?
Yes, drug tests that specifically test for CBD do exist. However, you don’t need to panic as this type of drug test is uncommon.
Anyone who uses this drug test needs to pay extra money for each person tested, so as you can imagine this can be rather costly for any employer.
They would also have to call the lab to request a CBD specific test which is also highly unlikely.
One of the main reasons an employer won’t use a CBD specific drug test is the process behind the testing.
For example, a specialist lab needs to be contacted, specialist CBD tests need to be ordered, employees need to take the test and it needs to be sent to the lab ASAP.
The employer also has to spend money on the test. Basically, it’s darn expensive and time consuming.
While most CBD is legal in many states, it isn’t legal in ALL states…
CBD Oil Legality
CBD that contains up to 0.3% THC is legal in 46 states. As we’ve said before, our CBD is legal in all 50 states because it has 0% THC.
That being said, you can sigh a breath of relief as the DEA acknowledge that prosecuting offenders isn’t a huge priority.
“It would not be an appropriate use of federal resources to go after a mother because her child has epileptic seizures and has found something that can help and has helped. Are they breaking the law? Yes, they are. Are we going to break her door down? Absolutely not,” says DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne.
As of 2018, President Trump signed the bipartisan Farm Bill into law which legalized hemp CBD – the plant that’s almost identical to marijuana but doesn’t contain THC, a psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Ten states and Washington, DC, have now legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over 21. And 33 states have legalized medical marijuana. Also, interestingly, a recent poll found that 62% of Americans, including 74% of millennials, said they supported legalizing marijuana.
Now – let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
CBD produced from hemp oil (that doesn’t contain THC) is legal in all states, this is the type of product we offer and is also the most popular as users know where they stand within the law.
That being said, it’s best to always do your research and ensure you know what you’re taking as it’s easy to buy hemp oil that DOES contain THC.
When consumed frequently or in large amounts, this does register on a drugs test.
So what does the law say?
Well, 0.3% THC and below is considered hemp and anything above that is marijuana. If you’re worried about the legal implications of consuming THC based products, then your best bet is to buy CBD a product without THC.
Why or how might I fail a drug test?
Of course, no one wants to fail a drug test – so let’s investigate the top reasons CBD users fail a drug test.
CBD oil extracted from hemp shouldn’t contain more than 0.3% of THC.
However a lot of producers actually mislabel their products as THC-free hemp, when it is actually extracted from marijuana (which contains THC).
This in itself is a great reason why you should buy CBD products from a reputable seller.
Shockingly, when CBD is extracted, small amounts of THC can also be removed creating a CBD oil with high enough amounts of THC to result in a failed drug test.
Research shows this is likely to happen in countries where cannabis is legal, rather than with online retailers.
Using THC Products
This is incredibly obvious. Using products that are designed to produce psychoactive effects are almost guaranteed to make you fail a drug test.
However, while many manufacturers claim their products don’t contain THC, a lot still do. This is another reason why you should only purchase CBD from a reputable seller.
Accidental second hand exposure
Realistically, the chance of inhaling second hand smoke from someone enjoying a spot of weed and then failing a drug test is LOW. But at the end of the day, it still is possible.
For example, if you were in the presence of people smoking marijuana (but didn’t take it yourself), your hair could absorb the product and you would fail a hair drug test.
How to avoid failing a drug test
While you can easily fail a drug test, you can easily pass one if you do your research and know where you stand with CBD and the law.
Firstly, be sure to research the CBD product you’re taking to ensure it’s 100% legal in all states i.e. it doesn’t contain THC.
It’s also best to purchase a high-grade CBD produced in the US, as it must comply with US laws. Finally, avoid second hand smoke from marijuana or any other products containing THC.
The final verdict
- The long and short of it all? It’s virtually impossible to fail a drug test from CBD containing less than 0.3% THC. Here’s a quick checklist:
- Buy high-grade CBD produced in the US
- Only purchase CBD products from reputable sellers
- Avoid spending long periods of time with of anyone smoking marijuana i.e. inhaling smoke or getting it in your hair
- Don’t buy CBD that contains ANY THC, thus ensuring you’re totally safe