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, 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 answer varies based on a number of factors that we will explain in this post.
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. 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, 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
- THC (marijuana)
10-Panel tests look for:
- Opiates such as heroin, codeine and morphine
- Phencyclidine or PCP
- THC (marijuana)
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 CBD. That said, there is one more thing to keep in mind.
Sourcing: CBD from Hemp vs CBD from Marijuana
If you are looking to take CBD or are taking it currently, be sure to find out where it is sourced from. If it is sourced from marijuana, it may contain enough THC to show on a drug test. If it is sourced from properly grown hemp, the product should legally contain 0.3% THC or less. Taking a suggested serving size of most hemp oil products containing < .3% THC is not likely to show in a urine test. That said, it will depend on what the test is screening for, the threshold of the test, how much and how often the product is taken and the metabolic rate of the person taking the test. Even though 0.3% is a small amount (not enough to create psychoactive symptoms) it could still show a positive result for THC if you are taking an unusually high amount of a hemp oil.
Another thing to keep in mind is the type of sample being taken. The above information is mostly referencing a urine test. A hair, nail or saliva test may increase chances of THC showing up in a drug screen.
Are there any hemp oil products containing zero THC? Keep reading.
Full Spectrum Hemp vs CBD Isolate
When we talk about hemp containing less than 0.3% THC, we are referring to what is called “full spectrum” hemp oil. Full spectrum hemp oil contains CBD as well as other cannabinoids and phytonutrients. This is where the 0.3% THC comes from, as THC is a cannabinoid. Many people prefer full spectrum hemp oil as taking all of the cannabinoids together seems to be more effective than just taking one. If you are in a zero-tolerance situation with your job, there is a way to take CBD with zero THC.
CBD isolate contains only CBD and no other cannabinoids. CBD isolate is NOT a synthetic or a lab-made cannabinoid. To the contrary, CBD isolate is all natural and sourced from hemp and then refined. This would be the best option if you are taking a drug test or have to continually take drug tests searching for THC.
We are currently formulating a tincture with zero THC. All current tinctures have less than 0.3% and therefore are compliant and non-psychoactive. TheAlternate Vape CBD Vape Shot is a great option for getting a daily allowance of CBD without the THC.
Buy from a Reputable Seller
Make sure you always purchase CBD oil from a reputable seller. Our lab in Jenison, Michigan is a licensed food facility within the state of Michigan. We properly source our industrial hemp from the United States and Europe and test it for quality before it’s used in our proprietary formulations. Using quality products with guaranteed levels of CBD and THC will greatly lessen the chance of a failed drug test. Want to see our large selection of CBD hemp oil products? See our full collection here.