Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
For many people, their first hesitation with using CBD is wondering whether it will trigger a drug test. They might be searching for a job, or perhaps their current employer regularly administers tests. Either way, this is a valid concern for many people.
The short answer is: No, pure CBD will not show up on a drug test.That’s because drug tests in the United States test for tetrahydrocannabinol (more commonly known as THC), which is a close chemical cousin of CBD. But there is a big difference between the two: THC is intoxicating, while CBD is not. In other words, THC will result in that “high” feeling, while CBD won’t. That said, some CBD products do contain THC, such as full-spectrum extracts. Full-spectrum products contain all cannabinoids and terpenes present in the cannabis plant (in contrast to broad-spectrum products, which contain a selection of cannabinoids and terpenes, but go through an additional process to remove THC). Additionally, other products may contain trace amounts of THC, whether from the manufacturing process (the product may have been made in a facility with THC products), or because of mislabeling — which is more common than you might assume. In 2020, the FDA randomly tested 200 products marketed as CBD only. The results showed nearly half contained THC. Although pure CBD won’t show up on a drug test, THC will — even if it’s a negligible amount.
So, how can you use CBD but avoid a positive drug test?
- Shop for products that contain 0% THC – Carefully check the label to ensure you’re purchasing a THC-free product. It might be called CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD. Usually, if a product contains THC, it will be prominently displayed on the label.
- Buy from reputable companies – There are plenty of fly-by-night CBD companies out there that may not have accurate labeling. Like the FDA study found, their products could contain THC or no CBD at all. Do a little research — check out their website and look at reviews online. If it seems sketchy, don’t give them your money.
- Check for testing – Companies that know what they’re doing will work with a third-party lab for reliable testing to ensure their products contain what they say they do. You can often find test results for the products on company websites. Test results show terpene and cannabinoid content (including CBD and THC).