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Does CBD show up on a drug test?

As the marijuana industry continues to become more mainstream, many taboo items – like hemp/CBD are coming out of the shadows as well. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become mainstream – as an alternative medicine, and has gained traction in the mainstream medical community..

CBD is a cannabis “family,” compound, which has medical benefits – without the psychoactive component of THC. In fact, studies have found that CBD can counteract the psychoactivity of THC. Researchers claim that CBD is a great alternative for treating issues like inflammation, anxiety, arthritis, PTSD, and more. People who use it can get medical benefits without getting “stoned,” or resorting to traditional pain meds. Many researchers are exploring it’s anti-cancer properties – due to the fact it can be safely consumed at high doses.

Does CBD appear on a drug test?

  • CBD does not show up on a drug test.
  • THC is the primary chemical which appears on tests.
  • Drug tests look for drug metabolites, not the drug itself.
  • Drug tests look for a THC metabolite called THC-COOH.
  • Drug tests DO NOT test for CBD metabolites usually.
  • Scanning for CBD is not common at all in drug tests.

Ease of access to CBD has made it so that many people are now experimenting with it. People who use CBD can rest easy if they are worried about a CBD drug test. CBD does not show up on normal drug tests. The only way you’ll fail a drug test for cannabis is if you consume THC. THC is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant (it’s what gets you high). The most common drug test is a urinalysis, and this test checks for drug metabolites. It doesn’t check for the substance itself. (Metabolites are the broken down products made after your body processes the specific substance). In specific, drug tests check for a THC metabolite called THC-COOH. They don’t check for CBD metabolites, because this is not common.

Unless you are asked to take a CBD drug test(which almost never happens) you will pass your drug test. To answer the question: does cbd show up on a drug test, the answer is no – unless you are taking a VERY SPECIALIZED CBD drug test. That means on a standard drug test, CBD will not show up.

When to worry about CBD

The source of your CBD, and quantity matter when taking a drug test. Some CBD products contain small / trace amounts of THC. If you purchase a high CBD strain from a dispensary, it will contain at least 1% THC or more. If you repeatedly consumer this all day – then even a small amount of THC might show up on a drug test.

Remember, CBD products also contain some degree of THC in them (a very small amount), which in most cases shouldn’t matter. But if you consume a large large sum of CBD, then the THC might build up in your system.

U.S. Federal Standards matter

Under U.S. federal standards for drug testing, most facilities will flag a drug test positive if it contains over 50 nanograms of THC-COOH per milliliter of urine. Different employers or testing centers can choose different cutoff concentrations depending on how strict they are.

When it comes to CBD, though, it is unusual to test for hemp CBD products or CBD isolates. Legally, hemp CBD products must contain less than .3% THC. Many contain less than that – around .1%.