CBD will not show up in a drug test because drug tests do not detect it. However, CBD products can contain THC, so you can fail a drug test after taking CBD products. Drug tests do not detect CBD because it does not cause intoxicating effects and is not an illegal controlled substance. However, people who use CBD can fail a drug test.
Products containing CBD may be contaminated with THC or have incorrect labelling. Researchers found that CBD, or cannabidiol, did not react with either of the two commercial tests used to detect marijuana use. However, another cannabis compound, cannabinol (CBN), did. Buccal swabs don't test for CBD, they test for THC, Sample said.
So no, CBD won't show up on a standard workplace drug-testing mouth swab. However, THC will, so avoid large amounts of CBD with THC levels. Stop us if you've heard this, but workplace hair follicle tests generally don't look for CBD, they look for the old familiar THC-COOH. So no, CBD will not show up in a standard workplace drug test of a hair follicle.
Any CBD you take that has THC levels could leave THC by-products in a hair follicle, where they have the potential to linger for a while. Hair follicles can contain a record of months of drug use, depending on the length of the hair. In most cases, CBD oil is very unlikely to show up in a drug test. You will not fail a drug test for CBD, but you could fail a drug test for any THC residue in that CBD product.
If you want to completely avoid the possibility of failing a drug test while using CBD, opt for CBD isolates that contain CBD isolated from THC and other components of cannabis. Very small amounts of THC present in the material from which CBD is extracted can enter CBD oil in high enough quantities to give a positive result in a drug test. In the most common workplace drug test - a urine test - employers do not look for CBD, because CBD has never been found to affect judgement or motor skills. Tens of thousands of false positives could result from this error each year, according to estimates by journalist Amanda Chicago-Lewis, but at least there is some recourse: CBD users have successfully challenged a failed drug test for THC if the lab used this specific method, which can result in a false report of CBD as THC.
Although hemp-derived CBD products are available in states where recreational cannabis is not legal, some people may worry that their CBD oil consumption will show up on a drug test. But failing a THC drug test for taking CBD depends on the source of your CBD, how much you took, how long you took it, your metabolism and other factors such as hydration levels. To obtain a CBD oil drug test, an employer or entity would have to pay a testing company an additional fee to change their testing regimen to include CBD. The most common reason for a failed CBD drug test is that a person is using a CBD oil product that contains THC.
However, with the rise of CBD comes the concern of failing a drug test due to the detection of CBD oil. In theory, getting a false positive drug test for CBD oil should be relatively impossible from pure CBD oil containing less than THC. This means that contamination of CBD with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can and does occur, and this can show up in a drug test, depending on the cut-off level of the test and other factors listed below. Workers who consume a lot of CBD (cannabidiol) for pain, anxiety, insomnia or a range of other symptoms can accidentally (and unfairly) fail drug tests for cannabis in certain cases, media and experts report.