Does CBD show up on a drug test?

Does CBD show up on a drug test?

Many people who use CBD wonder if their CBD use can trigger drug tests. In this article we try to answer all your questions regarding passing and failing drug test due to CBD.

What exactly is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) one of the natural elements found in the hemp and cannabis plant. The difference between these two plants is in the THC contents. Plants containing more than 0.3% THC (cannabis plants) can trigger psychoactive effects while smoking the flower or when using them to produce CBD oil. Yet both can be used to create perfectly safe CBD oil with under 0.3% THC.

CBD is the element that is used for relaxation and many other purposes that have nothing to do with getting a “high”. When producing CBD from Cannabis plants the THC contents have to be lowered, this way you can safely use Cannabis CBD without experiencing any psychoactive effects.

What does a drug test do?

Drug tests check the contents of whatever is being tested for an illegal substance. Drug tests can check for amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, steroids and many more illegal substances. There are many ways of doing a drug test, here are a few:

  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • Saliva tests
  • Hair tests
  • Breath tests


The most common test used for testing Cannabis are urine tests, saliva tests and hair tests.

What does a drug test for cannabis measure?

When testing for Cannabis people are usually get the THC levels in their urine, saliva or hair tested. When tested positively for THC the test surface often changes colors indicating that the substance has been found.

Can you fail a drug test due to CBD?

Theoretically it’s possible to fail a drug test due to using CBD, but it’s very unlikely. Cannabis tests only test for THC contents. CBD products can hold up to 0.3% when derived from the hemp plant which is almost nothing. These contents aren’t likely to give you a positive test unless you use a lot of CBD, if the contents however don’t match the description you could be in for a lot of trouble.

Which types of CBD are there?

There are three types of CBD products out there: Full-spectrum, Broad-spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. We’ve highlighted them for you below.

Full-spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD is the easiest to come by. Full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in the hemp and cannabis plant including THC. This means you get all the natural benefits but there can be some THC in the final product. If you use too much your THC levels can rise causing a positive test. What is too much? That depends on factors such as your body weight e.g.

Broad-spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD looks a lot like full-spectrum CBD but is stripped from its

THC. This means you won’t have to be afraid of a drug test when using a properly tested broad-spectrum CBD product.

CBD isolate

CBD isolate is the way to go if you want to be 100% sure that your CBD doesn’t contain any THC. CBD isolate is purified CBD and will only contain CBD maybe with the addition of some vegetable oil to make ingestion easier, but you get the point.

How can CBD products still contain THC after it being removed?

When the finalized CBD products come in touch with other CBD products that still contain their THC contents, contamination can occur resulting in a higher THC content than described on the label.

How do I pass a drug test while using CBD?

If you want to be 100% sure to pass a drug test while using CBD make sure to use isolate CBD or Broad-spectrum CBD. When using CBD always check if the source uses proper lab-testing to make sure the products don’t contain any CBD. If the products has been tested by a proper source you have the least risk of the product containing any THC.

Summary

If you want to use CBD but don’t want any risk of not passing a drug test due to you using CBD, be sure to use properly lab-tested broad-spectrum CBD or isolate CBD. This way you’re sure the THC contents are too low to trigger a drug test.