Can CBD make you fail a drug test?
You applied for a job and rocked the interview. All that's standing between you and an awesome new job is…mandatory drug screening. Will that CBD oil you've been taking for pain relief cause you to fail the test?
Ok, so this has been a frequently asked question by many physicians and potential users of CBD products. Everyone wants a straight yes or no answer to the question and quite frankly, there is no straight yes or no answer. Drug tests don’t screen for CBD, having said that there are some things you need to know before you go into a drug test.
How drug tests work
Let’s talk about how drug test actually work. Specifically, marijuana tests can find out if THC -- the compound in cannabis that gets you "high" -- or one of the compounds created when your body metabolizes it is in your urine. This is a two-part urine test to look for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. When it comes to marijuana, drug tests typically only screen for THC and depending on your state, by law, CBD products derived from hemp can only contain up to 0.3% THC. However, many of the products are THC free...but are they?
I know that probably just raised more questions in your head. Here is the real truth about CBD and THC. When THC free products are made, almost all of the THC is taken out of the CBD during extraction. However, there are always trace amounts of THC in them. Having said that, there are thresholds that the testing equipment cannot detect levels of THC because they are so small that it is deemed not detectable. When looking at a COA, such as SOTA CBD, you will see “ND” under the THC designation. This means our products do not hit the detectable level from the third party testing equipment. This does not mean it is completely free of THC. Why is this important to understand?
Different types of drug tests have different detection thresholds, but the type you're most likely to encounter is the "pee test." To pass a urine drug test, the amount of THC in your body must be below 50 ng/mL. That's the cutoff recommended federally by the National Institutes of Health and clinically by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which helps set industry standards for lab certifications.
To hit 50 ng/mL of THC, would mean would have to consume upwards of 2,000 mg of CBD per day that contain 0.3% or less of THC! This is way above the average person who is likely to take 15-50mg of CBD per day. Even in clinical trials and research studies, people are usually only administered 100-800mg/day. As you can see, a THC free product is going to have more like 0.03% THC (which is not detectable), therefore you would have to consume 200,000mg of CBD per day!
According to the US Drug Testing Centers, it is important to note however, that even they say it is possible, though unlikely, that you could produce a “false positive” on a drug test. In the event that happens, a follow up test can be done with more conclusive results.
So you're in the clear, right? Well...Not quite. There are two ways you could hit that 50 ng/mL threshold.
Why CBD might cause you to fail a drug test
First, anyone who tells you definitively “no” or they guarantee you will not fail a drug test is putting you and themselves at risk. THC is fat-soluble, so when you ingest it -- especially via edibles or a drop of oil under the tongue -- it's absorbed along with other fats and that can be stored in your body's fatty tissue.
Depending on how much CBD (and thus THC), you consume, how often you consume it, your body weight and your diet, it's possible, but highly unlikely, for THC to accumulate in your body in as little as four to six days and trigger a positive drug test. Research has found that THC can be detectable in your system for up to 30 days, but it's usually only present in heavy cannabis users after the first week.
Second, if you have not done your due diligence and bought from a reputable source, there's a good chance that the CBD product you're using could contain more than the .3% THC. In fact, when Penn Medicine researchers bought CBD products and then analyzed their ingredients, they found that about one in five contained up to 6.4 mg/ML of THC -- high enough to cause impairment. This is why it is so IMPORTANT that whoever you buy from sends their products to a 3rd party for testing and produces a COA. We put a link right on the bottle for people to see the COA (certificate of analysis) before they even buy it!
If you have to take a drug test and use CBD
While the information here suggests CBD won't make anyone fail a drug test, there's no way to guarantee that. At SOTA CBD we always feel that it is important to educate buyers and users so they are informed. The chances of failing a drug test are so slim, but as you can see, there are so many factors that can go into a "false positive" drug test. We always encourage you to talk to your physician about CBD and how it interacts with your body. Be careful of the CBD company who tells you “no” you will not fail a drug test!
The real answer is slim-to-none, but here at SOTA CBD we will never tell you “no”!
Click below to see our field drug test where our CBD product shows negative for THC.