With more states legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational use, the plant is becoming a more popular alternative to traditional medications and therapies. But just because it’s becoming more popular does not mean companies are not still drug testing their employees and able to fire them for testing positive for marijuana. Yes, it’s still entirely possible to get fired for testing positive for weed, even if you live in a state where it’s legal.
This has led to a lot of confusion in the industry. Some products are extremely potent and will get you higher than you’ve ever been in your life, while others… won’t even get you high at all. As a result, a lot of people are not just intrigued and thinking about trying out these products but concerned because of drug testing for their job. This is a typical concern with regards to CBD oil, one of the hottest products from the cannabis plant that’s been flying off the shelves of dispensaries around the world.
If you use or have considered trying out CBD oil, a byproduct of the marijuana plant, you’ve probably wondered if it’s safe to use if you have to take a drug test. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that is responsible for many of its healing abilities including pain relief, anti-inflammation, improved sleep, and other side effects. For many people, CBD has helped them cut down on the number of painkillers they need to take each day. It’s been known to help with symptoms of arthritis, insomnia, appetite regulation, and many inflammatory diseases. It is quickly becoming a powerful conversation topic among people in the medical field who realize their patients need alternatives to dangerous and addictive drugs like opioids.
Will CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?
The short answer to the question of whether CBD will show up on a drug test is no, but that does not come without a few caveats; you’re still going to have to do a little research to make sure you’re buying a quality CBD oil from a reputable supplier that will not give any false or negative results on any drug tests. Keep reading for everything you need to know to make sure you’re buying a high-quality CBD oil that will not show up on a drug test.
Drug tests given out by employers are specifically designed to look for THC, otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that gets you feeling high and euphoric. It can also impair your ability to do things like drive, operate machinery, or otherwise perform everyday work tasks in an efficient manner, which is why some employers drug test their employees, either by choice or due to legal obligations (like working for the government).
Most employers only order a 4 or 7 panel drug test that looks for the most commonly abused substances: cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, PCP, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, etc. Typically recreational drugs and prescription drugs that can easily be abused and taken while on the job. Medical, law enforcement, and government agencies are a few examples of some employers that might require a more intensive 12 panel drug screen. Ultimately, there are no drug panels that include CBD specifically in the drug screening. Since just about all drug screens include marijuana metabolites (THC-COOH), there is a minimum threshold of THC that is required to even register on the test. Typically the cutoff for marijuana is between 20-50 ng/mL, so you won’t need to be completely free of THC, just have a low enough amount in your system to not test positive.
Does CBD Oil Have THC In it?
If a product is advertised as full spectrum CBD oil, federal guidelines mandate that the product must have less than 0.3% THC in it to ensure it is non-impairing to anyone who consumes it. This is because many consumers of CBD have no interest in getting high through the oil, they’re only in it for the anti-inflammatory and medicinal therapy. Cannabis has far more uses than just getting high, and it has been used as a healing medicine for thousands of years all around the world.
When buying full spectrum CBD oil products, always make sure it specifies that it contains less than 0.3% THC to ensure it has been properly extracted and will not lead to any psychoactive effects. One way to ensure this is a factual statement by the company is to check their third-party lab results, which will show the quantity of each cannabinoid present in the oil. This is the best way to ensure you’re getting what you want and that the THC quantity says 0.3% or less.
If you take 10 mg of full-spectrum CBD, then it’s possible you might ingest about 0.03 mg of THC, which is equivalent to about 3 grains of sand. This is not enough to register on a drug test looking for THC, which requires anywhere from 20-50 ng/mL to show a positive result.
If you are taking CBD isolate instead of full-spectrum CBD, there is even less of a risk because the product only contains CBD and no other cannabinoids whatsoever. However, you are missing out on the amazing entourage effect that comes with all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids working together. For this reason, we usually suggest going for a full-spectrum CBD oil that has been extracted from organic plants and lab tested to ensure its potency and that it is free of THC. If you make sure of all of that, you will have no need to worry about taking CBD oil and passing a drug test.
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?
CBD taken orally stays in your system for approximately 4 days to a week depending on your size and metabolism, how much you consume, whether you smoke cannabis as well, and other biological factors. The bottom line is that everyone’s body is different and everything will affect you uniquely depending on the needs and deficiencies of your endocannabinoid system. If you are only taking the standard CBD dose of 10-30 mg per day, you won’t have to worry about THC showing up on a drug test if the label is correct. However, if you’re taking as much as 1000 or 2000 mg per day of a CBD oil that contains 0.3% of THC, it may start to accumulate and increase your chances of testing positive for THC on a drug test. It is rare for anyone to need to take that much CBD per day, and if you are, you’re probably not working somewhere that requires a drug test anyway.
The bottom line when buying CBD oil is to do your own research, be your own advocate, and make sure the product you’re buying is what it says it is – nothing more, nothing less. Because CBD products are relatively new on the consumer market, they aren’t as closely regulated as they should be, which makes it easy for money-hungry entrepreneurs to slap a label on a product and say it’s something else. Make sure you locate CBD products that are clearly tested and marked to reduce your chances of getting something that you don’t want. With untested products, you may end up getting a product filled with unexpected substances such as solvents, parabens, fillers, toxic substances, THC amounts higher than .3%, and maybe with no CBD present at all! How much of a bummer would that be? Almost as much of a bummer as failing a drug test thanks to a faulty bottle of CBD, but if you follow our guidelines we’re confident you won’t have to worry about that happening to you.