Does CBD Hemp Oil Show up on a Drug Test?

Routine drug screening is common for many employers and professional organizations. Drug-testing programs are designed to detect the presence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or certain prescription drugs. Drug testing is required for federal employees and many private sectors have drug testing programs in place. 

A drug-testing program should comply with local, state, and federal laws. Employers usually follow the guidelines set by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure the organization is in compliance with the law. 

Organizations test for different drugs and the specimens collected vary. Urine, hair, saliva or sweat samples can be used as test specimens. Five-panel tests look for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates and phencyclidine (PCP). More thorough tests may include barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, ethanol (alcohol), hydrocodone, MDMA, methadone, methaqualone, or propoxyphene. 


Does CBD Hemp Oil Show up on a Drug Test? 

Due to the relationship between hemp and marijuana, many people question: does CBD hemp oil show up on a drug test? It is an important question for those who want to receive the benefit of CBD but are subject to drug testing. 

We must expand this question into two parts: 

First, do drug tests look for the CBD compound? 

Second, does the trace amount of THC in CBD oil show up on a drug test? 


Do Drug Tests Look for the CBD Compound? 

CBD is a chemical compound called a cannabinoid. The cannabis plant, which includes hemp and marijuana, has over 85 cannabinoids in addition to a full-spectrum of phytonutrients. 

THC is the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating effects. A routine urine drug screen for marijuana is made to detect THC and its main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH). 

Urine tests for THC are not known to show for other cannabinoids such as CBD. Therefore, a drug test screening for THC should not show a positive result for CBD. 

It is not common for drug tests to screen for other cannabinoids such as CBD. However, we recommend conversing with your organization to confirm THC is the only cannabinoid being tested for. 


Does the Trace Amount of THC in CBD oil Show up on a Drug Test? 

As we’ve discussed in another blog, CBD hemp oil contains trace levels of THC (less than 0.3%). This amount is negligible and is not likely to show up on a urine test. 

That being said, a drug test result depends on what the test is screening for, the threshold of the test, how much and how often the product is taken and the metabolic rate of the person taking the test. The legal level of THC (0.3%) does not get a consumer high; however, it could show a positive result for THC if you are taking an unusually high amount of a hemp oil (around 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil daily). 

Please note: the above information is referencing a urine test. A hair, nail or saliva test may increase chances of THC showing up in a drug screen. 


THC-Free CBD Products 

We recognize the grey area of drug testing and CBD hemp oil. If you are concerned with the possibility of failing a drug test, THC-free CBD products are available.  

CBD hemp oil is a full-spectrum oil, meaning it contains all the available plant material, including THC. CBD isolate, on the other hand, is isolated to contain only CBD. Products made with CBD isolate are THC-free. 

Whether you choose a CBD hemp oil or a CBD isolate, consumers should be considerate to the quality of the hemp oil they are purchasing. Reliable CBD-rich hemp oil will contain less than 0.3% THC and will greatly lessen the chance of a failed drug test. 

When taken at a standard serving size, high-quality CBD hemp oil is highly unlikely to test positive for THC and/or THC-COOH. However, it is important to be aware that extremely high doses may result in a positive urine screen. Consumers need to be aware of what kind of drug screen are they are taking and the regulations their organization enforces. 

Do you have any additional questions about CBD hemp oil and drug testing? Leave a comment below!

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