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. Mouth swabs don't test for CBD; again, 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. Most employment drug tests specifically look for the presence of THC or THC metabolites. Most employers follow the guidelines set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), which include screening for THC but not CBD.
Most workplace drug tests are designed to detect THC and other illegal drugs, so the odds of taking CBD products and passing a drug test are in your favour. Although many CBD product users pass their urine drug tests with flying colours, you should be aware of these risks when taking CBD. You won't fail a drug test for CBD, but you could fail a drug test for any THC residue in that CBD product. If you want CBD to be protected in your state, contact your state legislators and tell them to pass laws that protect cannabis users.
Even CBD suppliers themselves, who are aware of the responsibility they take in making claims, have come out to say that pure CBD isolate and broad-spectrum CBD products are not at risk of testing positive in a drug test. 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.