CBD and Drug Tests: Everything You Need to Know

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As a CBD user, if your job requires you to take a drug test frequently or if you need to take a drug test for any reason, you may be wondering whether CBD will show up in your system. There is no straight answer to this question. In this post, we’ll highlight everything you need to know about CBD and drug tests. 

It is important to state off outright that the current drug tests available today are not designed to check for the presence of CBD but instead tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the main psychotropic component of the cannabis plant. It is the cannabinoid that makes you high when you use the cannabis plant. CBD doesn’t get you high no matter how much of it you consume. Another key difference between CBD and THC is that the former is found in large quantities in the hemp plant while the latter is found in large quantities in the marijuana plant. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp an agricultural commodity and not a schedule I drug. With that said, most drug tests are not designed to detect the presence of CBD and other hemp-derived components in the body. 

Now that we have cleared that up. This doesn’t mean that you will pass a drug test if you use a CBD product. That depends on the type of CBD product you use. If you use CBDfx gummies for pain, you won’t fail a drug test because it is made of broad spectrum CBD. However, if you use any of the company’s full spectrum CBD products, there is a chance that you may fail the drug test. 

There are three main types of CBD extracts namely full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Full spectrum CBD contains THC and all the other components of the hemp plant. However, hemp plants contain very low levels of THC – the legal limit for THC in CBD and other hemp-derived products is 0.3%. Such a low level is not enough to get you high. 

Broad spectrum CBD contains all the components of the hemp plant apart from THC. CBD isolate is pure CBD. It contains only CBD. If you stick to using products made with broad spectrum CBD or CBD isolate, there is virtually no chance that you’ll fail a drug test.

However, if you consume a CBD infused juicemade with full spectrum CBD, there is a chance that you may fail a drug test – although that chance is very small. Let me explain. The typical drug test is designed to detect THC levels of 50 ng/mL or more in the body. The CBD products on the market today contain just 0.3% or less THC. But THC builds up in the body. With that said, you’ll have to consume a large amount of CBD products for your body to have up to 50 ng/mL of THC. 

What does all of this mean? Well, if you’re in a line of work where you will need to take drug tests frequently, we recommend that you opt for a product made with broad spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. If you are not required to undergo drug tests frequently, you can choose to use any type of CBD product. Just keep in mind that if you ever need to undergo a drug test, stay away from full spectrum CBD products for at least 3 to 7 days.

Thankfully, a lot of manufacturers have products made with broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. 


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