Does CBD Show Up On a Drug Test?

December 16, 2017

If you’re interested in adding a CBD oil product to your routine but are hesitant out of concern over whether it could cause you to fail a drug test, you’re not alone. Here we set the record straight.

Those interested in incorporating Dixie Botanicals® CBD oil products have a tendency to be movers and shakers. Many of you are athletes or have jobs that require you to be at your best. That’s why we’re not surprised that one of the most common questions we get asked is whether CBD will show up in drug tests.

What Does a Drug Test Do?

A drug test, or drug screening, analyzes your urine, blood, hair, sweat, or saliva to check for the presence of illegal or prescription drugs.

The most commonly used screening is urine drug testing (UDT). There are two types of UDT, including a screening test and a confirmatory test. The screening test uses an immunoassay, a biological test with antibodies that detects drugs with its main metabolite.

If the screening test returns positive, a confirmatory UDT involving gas-chromatography and mass spectrometry, an analytical chemistry technique, is used to confirm the presence of that specific drug.

Confirmatory drug tests for CBD use gas chromatography and mass spectrometry

Rather than actual impairment, drug tests detect past drug use. Depending on the type of drug, the amount used, and the frequency of use, signs of a drug may be detectable for a few hours to a few weeks after it’s been consumed.

When Do You Get Drug Tested?

Depending on where you live and your line of work, you may be given a drug test before being offered a job or in regular increments throughout your period of employment. Whether you can be tested for drugs or alcohol at a job will depend on the laws in the state where you live.

All types of competitive athletes are often given drug tests to screen for any prohibited substances. Professional, collegiate, and amateur athletic organizations may require regular drug tests to ensure that recreational and performance-enhancing drugs aren’t being taken.

Drug tests can also be used as part of probation or parole requirements and substance abuse problems.

What Substances are Tested in Drug Tests?

The different drug tests screen for different drugs and they vary depending on the concerns of those administering them. Drug screens often test for more than just marijuana. They may also check for opioids, alcohol, cocaine, barbiturates, methamphetamine, and more.

Most workplace drug screens designed to detect marijuana use look specifically for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound most people think of when they think of marijuana, and its main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-carboxy-THC (THC-COOH). THC is the compound that binds with a specific type of receptor and the brain to cause a “high.”

CBD drug tests often examine urine, blood, hair, sweat, or saliva

Will CBD Show up on a Drug Test?

Because there are only trace amounts of THC found in CBD-rich hemp oil, in most cases it will not cause a positive drug test when consumed at suggested servings. Most tests do not detect the presence of CBD (cannabidiol).

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that does not cause a high. Fortunately, the urine drug test for THC and its metabolites is known to have very little cross-reactivity to cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, such as CBD.

Some studies, however, have shown that eating hemp foods and consuming hemp oils, in rare cases, will show up on a drug test as a positive result when testing urine or blood.

Anyone who is concerned about having a positive drug test should avoid consuming CBD oil, including Dixie Botanicals® CBD hemp oil products. If you’re in the United States Military, a first responder, or a competitive athlete that’s subject to strict drug testing, we recommend that you do not ingest CBD oil before talking with your healthcare, employer, or drug screening company.

Looking for a CBD Product with Non-Detectable THC?

For those looking to avoid even trace levels of THC, Dixie Botanicals® offers hemp CBD products made with CBD isolate.

Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate is a refined 99% pure powdered CBD concentrate. Crafted from award-winning hemp oil, the CBD compounds are removed from THC and other natural constituents in hemp for a non-detectable THC, high-concentration CBD product.

CBD product with no THC

CBD Isolate can be dabbed as is, mixed with other extracts, or added to vape juice or e-liquid for a CBD-infused vaping experience. Since the CBD has already been decarboxylated (heated to be activated), the CBD Isolate can also be mixed into your favorite foods or beverages. Pressed for time? Add a bit under your tongue for quick absorption.

Because the CBD Isolate contains no THC, it has become a popular CBD product among competitive athletes, first responders, and any other people who do not want trace levels of THC to show up in their system.

You can find Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate in the HempMeds® online shop.

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