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. This means that, on rare occasions, CBD use can give a positive result in a drug test. It all depends on the quality and composition of the product. In most cases, it is very unlikely that CBD oil will show up in a drug test.
Most workplace drug tests look specifically for the presence of THC or THC metabolites. Most employers abide by the guidelines set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), which include screening for THC but not CBD. You will not fail a drug test for CBD, but you could potentially fail a drug test for any THC residue in that CBD product. Workers who use 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, the media and experts report.
Instead, workers fail workplace drug tests because of marijuana's main active ingredient, THC, which can exist in low amounts in some CBD products and then persist in the human body for weeks. Two women sued a CBD company because they claimed that the company's products caused them to fail a drug test. If your employer tests for THC, you should avoid any CBD product that is labelled as full-spectrum, as it contains a minimal amount of THC that may cause you to fail a drug test. 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.
Even CBD suppliers themselves, who are aware of the responsibility they take on when 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 because you have taken CBD depends on the source of the CBD, the amount you have taken, the duration, your metabolism and other factors such as hydration levels.