Pass or fail? What’s up with CBD Oil and drug tests
Cannabidiol or CBD, the active compound in cannabis, is showing the potential for relief of a whole host of health ailments these days. From pain and anxiety to insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome, CBD is showing to be quite the helpful substance. With the FDA recently approving Epidolex (pharmaceutical version of CBD) for the treatment of certain kinds of epileptic seizures, CBD has actually entered the mainstream. Its non-pharmaceutical natural counterpart is available everywhere in a variety of forms, from gummy bears to oils. As effective and popular as many are saying CBD oil is, it actually is a product of cannabis. Many people worry about whether using this medication will make them fail a drug test.
CBD oil and drug tests
If you’re taking an employment screening, chances are that you will be tested for marijuana use. Since CBD oil comes from cannabis, and one form of cannabis is marijuana, it would be reasonable to wonder if it might show up. Technically, CBD does metabolize in the body and shows up in a urine sample. Fortunately, however, tests need to be specifically designed to look for remnants of CBD. THC tests simply do not detect CBD, CNL, or any of the other compounds present in marijuana. CBD is a completely different chemical, and it cannot be picked up by tests not specifically designed for it.
There is one kind of CBD oil that can be somewhat risky, however. CBD oil extracted from hemp plants often contain small quantities of legal THC. Manufacturers leave it in because it works with CBD for greater effect.
Can you fail a drug test with hemp-based CBD oil?
Hair tests are not sensitive enough to reveal THC content. Urine and oral fluid tests, with their lower detection thresholds, are slightly different. If you’ve been using CBD products that contain THC, there is the smallest chance that something could show up in a drug test, but it’s very unlikely.
There are standard tests available to detect CBD. If an employer runs such a test to screen all the applicants, CBD in the blood from the use of CBD oil could certainly show up. Such a test would be expensive, however, and most employers simply don’t run them. Most testing services do not offer a CBD screening service; not even the DEA runs such a test.
Tests do not reveal the quantity of marijuana used, the pattern of its use, or the source of the THC in the blood. Should the THC content of the CBD oil that you buy show up in a test, you will usually be able to explain it to your employer.
All said, it’s legal to use CBD oil. If you still worry about failing a drug test, you can always buy a brand that contains no THC.