Will CBD Oil Show Up in a Drug Test?
Will CBD Oil Show Up in a Drug Test?
CBD and drug testing is a legitimate concern. There are a variety of situations where a drug test might be required, for employment, sports athletes, parole requirements and substance abuse programs to name a few. There are a lot of factors at play here and the simple answer is – it's complicated. It's a solid- yes, no, maybe situation and for a variety of reasons; from compound to the individual to dosage, to the test itself. We take a look at Will CBD Oil show up in a drug test?
Different Cannabinoids and Drug Testing
First, isolated CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, generally will not show up in a drug test. That's mainly because drug tests are not looking for all cannabinoids, they're looking for one specific cannabinoid. However, a full spectrum product will contain array of other cannabinoids (such as CBG, CBN, CBC, THCV, etc) which may show positive on a drug test. Currently we don't know what other cannabinoids may trigger a drug test. It's confusing right out of the gate, right? Let's simplify by breaking down the facts to learn if your CBD Oil will show up in a drug test.
Will You Fail a Drug Test if You Take CBD Oil?
Possibly. Here's the complicated part. There are a lot of variables at work here, from the drug test itself (different manufacturers, different detection levels, sensitivities, etc.), and the individual that consumes the CBD product. Here are some additional factors to consider:
- Is your product a full spectrum product? Meaning, are there cannabinoids other than CBD?
- How much is consumed and how often?
- Medical factors, such as medications taken, liver and/or kidney disease; see our article regarding side effects of CBD here.
- The metabolism of the individual.
Can I fail a drug test using hemp-derived CBD oil?
The short answer is yes, it's possible to fail a drug test with any CBD product. (Yes, even isolate CBD.) But there's more to the story here. Read on to find out how to navigate the murky waters of drug testing if you use CBD products.
Drug tests and full-spectrum CBD products
First, let's consider full-spectrum products. All of Ananda Hemp's products are derived from hemp, which means they have a naturally low level of THC: less than 0.3%. This also means they are perfectly permissible under federal law and thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, the cannabinoids in these products are permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Due to the low level of THC, these products are not considered intoxicating. They won't get anyone high.
Although unlikely, it is possible that someone could fail a drug screen when using these products. Drug tests look for elevated levels of the intoxicating molecule, THC. The drug test identifies if a THC level is above a particular threshold. If so, it's considered positive. Theoretically, you could use enough hemp extract and therefore consume enough THC to truly surpass that threshold and trigger a true positive...but it would be pretty difficult. And expensive. (I've never observed it, but it's certainly possible.)
And no, there is no "magic dose" of CBD oil / hemp extract that you can use and ensure you stay below the THC threshold in a drug screen. Metabolism of THC is highly individualized and depends on many variables, including body composition, activity level, dose, duration of use, etc.
However, what's more likely is that hemp extract triggered a false-positive. This is because the most commonly used drug tests, urine and saliva immunoassay tests, are so common because they are quick, cheap, and easy. But unfortunately, they aren't very specific. That means they can confuse one molecule for another, especially when they look alike. This can happen with CBD and THC, which would trigger a FALSE positive.
What to do if you get a positive result on a drug screen
If you get a positive result on a urine or saliva drug screen, ask for a more specific confirmation test, such as a blood test or a hair test. These are more expensive tests, but they are much more accurate. If using a THC-free product, these will show a true negative 100% of the time. If you are using a full-spectrum product with small amounts of THC, these tests will either show a 100% true negative or a small level of THC. This quantification of THC will help differentiate between use of a hemp product vs use of a marijuana product.
As of February 2019, a confirmation test has showed a 100% true negative in every case at Ananda Hemp when someone has asked me for help with our original products. But please know it is possible that this won't be the result for everyone. THC is a clingy molecule and can build up in your system over time. We will publish updates on this if anything changes and as more research becomes available.
How Much Do You Have to Take for CBD Oil to Show Up On A Drug Test?
Again, everyone's metabolism is different and different medicines, liver, and kidney function all play roles in a positive or negative result. The kind of drug test is being administered is another factor. Also, dosage is yet another component in this risk assessment.
What about drug screens with THC free-products or isolate CBD products?
We can guarantee that Ananda Hemp's THC free products are 100% THC-free. This is reflected in the certificate of analysis, which is completed by an objective, third party-lab and made available on our website, confirming all traces of THC have been eliminated. These THC-free products from Ananda could be considered "broad spectrum," as we still include other cannabinoids and terpenes to maximize benefits. We don't make CBD isolate products at Ananda Hemp, because science supports the benefit of the entourage effect, but the same goes for isolate CBD and drug tests.
Still, there potential for the CBD in THC-free products to trigger a false positive on an immunoassay urine drug screen, as described above.
This is possible with any CBD product, even if it is CBD isolate. I have seen companies making guarantees that users will not fail a drug test, and that's concerning because it's not the whole truth. You CAN fail a drug test even when the THC is eliminated, because false positives happen with the most common tests. You just can't get a TRUE positive. But you may need to ask for – and pay for (usually about $100)– a confirmation test to demonstrate that true positive.
We know this is frustrating and maybe not what you've heard elsewhere, but we are committed to honesty and transparency here at Ananda Hemp. No one can guarantee false positives won't occur. We do not want to jeopardize your employment agreement or livelihood, contract with a pain specialist, commitment to sobriety testing, etc.
Stick to the THC-free line if you absolutely cannot risk failing a drug test. And even then, know that you may need to ask for a confirmation test if the urine or saliva tests shows a false positive. We recommend letting your employer, medical provider, or whoever is administering a drug screen know this ahead of time – just in case it becomes an issue. That way, you can assess if they are willing to follow these steps for a confirmation test, if needed. And who knows, maybe they will even cover the cost for the second test. On the other hand, they may say absolutely not – failing an immunoassay test is the end of the road. And then it's your choice to decide whether or not using hemp-derived CBD products is worth that risk.
Know the risks and be prepared. Communication is key, and we are here to help you! We can provide a letter speaking to the science behind this. And you can print the certificate of analysis for your Ananda product to support your cause at www.anandahemp.com/coa-lookup-tool
So, What Do You Recommend?
Our official position with regards to our full-spectrum hemp products and drug tests:
Our products do contain less than .3% THC and an array of other rare cannabinoids. Because of this, we CANNOT guarantee a negative drug test. If you are worried about passing a drug test for your employee or other reason, we do not recommend taking our products as there is a chance you will test positive. If you have any questions, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference Kulig, K. (2017, March). Interpretation of workplace tests for cannabinoids. In Journal of Medical Toxicology (Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 106-110). Springer US.
This information is presented for educational purposes only. Ananda Hemp developed this information to provide an understanding of the potential applications of cannabinoids. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.