Cannabidiol, or CBD, which is the non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant, is being used in a variety of healing, therapeutic and generally healthy living aspects. A CBD based drug has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Epidiolex. This oral solution is used for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, treatable for patients two years of age and older. CBD oil and extract is everywhere and can be found in a variety of applications and for a variety of uses. Although the popularity of CBD is booming and will continue to rise, can it actually show up on a drug test?
Will CBD show up in a drug test?
The simple answer is no, it’s unlikely that CBD will show up in a drug test. If you have to take one as part of a job interview or to retain employment status, chances are they will be screening for cannabis. But mainly they are on the lookup for THC, not CBD. To date there haven’t been any drug tests to our knowledge that have been altered to search specifically for the CBD compound. The average drug test is not designed to target CBD, or any other compounds found in cannabis besides THC. Because CBD is chemically distinct from THC, it is unlikely that pure premium quality CBD would be detected in drug tests. Although, hemp-based CBD products, often contain trace amounts of THC. This is because the definition of hemp allows hemp to contain less than or equal to .3% of THC to still be defined as hemp.
If my CBD oil contains a small amount of THC, will I fail my drug test?
This all depends on the type of drug test that is being administrated. A hair test, is designed to catch chronic substance use. Therefore if your CBD oil only has trace amounts of THC in it (less than .3%), and you’re not consuming a huge amount of it, it will not likely show up in a hair test. It’s worth noting that because CBD isn’t yet fully regulated by the FDA, you don’t fully know what exactly may be in the product you purchase. To this point ensure that you do your homework and trust your source. All of Living Therapeutic’s products are made with a proprietary blend of full spectrum, organically grown hemp that you can trust. Our team of expert pharmacist produce all of our CBD hemp oil in a CGMP and FDA inspected facility.
On the flip side, if you’re taking a urine or oral fluid test, the detection thresholds are even lower. With all of this being said, it is possible that minute trace amounts of THC could accumulate and then be detected in a drug test. Although possible, it is still considered highly unlikely.
Do any tests target CBD specifically?
A test of this nature would have to be specifically designed to target CBD usage which would be highly expensive for any company to conduct, as it would have to be completely custom. To our knowledge no employers have engaged in expanding testing to specifically for CBD, and since CBD doesn’t get you high, and wouldn’t impair your ability to perform your job, we can’t envision any companies spending money on something for no reason at all.
Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest drug testing companies in the United States, doesn’t even offer CBD tests and it’s not part of any employer drug testing program, says Barry Sample, director of science and technology for employer solutions at the company. Even federal employees such as the DEA are not tested for CBD, in fact, federal employees can only be drug tested for certain predetermined compounds, and CBD isn’t one of them.
In general, is CBD legal?
Unfortunately, CBD itself has an extremely regulatory status. Depending if your CBD is cultivated from marijuana versus hemp, full spectrum versus isolate, all factor into play. And although the 2018 Hemp Farming Act is a giant step in the right direction, legal status of CBD is still very much technically classified by the state that you live in.
Hemp derived CBD products, which are derived from cannabis with virtually no THC present, has generally been legal for a while now under the 2014 Farm Bill, which allows universities and state departments of agriculture to grow it. With that being said the DEA isn’t really going after hemp-derived CBD, which is why it’s popularity is growing so rapidly. Also it’s worth noting this is why stores and online shops do not require you to have a medical marijuana license to purchase their hemp derived CBD products.
To be safe, the determining factor with CBD products still revolve around the level of THC present. Ensuring that you are taking a hemp derived product that has less than .3% THC, often 0% THC is the best way to ensure that CBD won’t impact any drug tests that you may have to take in the future.