Does CBD Oil Show up on a Drug Test? (and How to Pass)
When someone first hears the words hemp or cannabinoids, their next question is typically, “will it make me high?” followed by “does it show up on a drug test?” We realize while there are many benefits of taking cannabidiol (CBD), the benefits go out the window if we are unable to get a job, keep a job, or are unable compete in collegiate or professional sports.
So, does CBD oil show up on a drug test? The short answer is no, CBD should not show up on a drug test. However, various types of CBD products can contain trace levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound most drug tests are searching for, and thus in some rare instances, a CBD product could lead to a failed drug test.
Continue reading to learn the key things to look for to ensure you don’t fail a drug test when taking CBD products.
What is Your Drug Screen Looking For?
First, it is important to understand what kind of drug screen are you taking. The type of test administered can depend on the type of job you are applying for. Usually, the greater the risk of injury, the more substances a company will test for. This will vary from company to company, however, so finding out will be important. You can call the company administering the test beforehand to find out what you are being tested for as well as what type of specimen they will take. Specimens can include:
Through our own independent research both online and calling many various facilities to ask what they test for most often, we have found most companies administering drug tests will look for either a 5-panel or 10-panel test.
5-panel tests look for:
Amphetamine / Methamphetamine
Opiates such as heroin, codeine, and morphine
Phencyclidine or PCP
10-Panel tests look for:
Opiates such as heroin, codeine and morphine
Phencyclidine or PCP
As you can see above, when it comes to cannabis, THC is most widely tested for in the majority of drug tests. Drug tests for THC consist of an immunoassay. This test has antibodies which are designed to detect THC and its main metabolite, 11-nor-deltag-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH).
Fortunately, urine tests for THC are not known to show for other cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN and more. Therefore, a drug test looking for THC should not show a positive result for a CBD product alone. However, we mentioned earlier some CBD products can contain THC, so here is what to look for next.
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