Will CBD Oil fail a drug test?
It's a good thing to be aware of. While the laws regarding CBD oil and medicinal use are in a state of flux - some states allow for its use medicinally or for any reason - many people still wonder if the use of CBD oil will cause them to fail an employer or otherwise mandated drug test.
CBD Oil: Drug Test Friendly?
Unfortunately, if you use CBD oil drug test results can possibly be positive for marijuana use, even if you have never consumed marijuana in any form during your entire life. However, the chances depend on a few factors.
Mostly, what causes a person to fail a drug test after taking CBD oil is having bought oil, tincture or other CBD product that included trace elements of THC and thus made you pop on your urinalysis test. This can actually have a number of causes, which we will get into.
With that said, if you buy quality CBD products sourced from hemp, you aren't going to have a thing to worry about. The trick is finding your source! How does that work? Let's dive in.
A CBD Drug Test Will Be Fine If Sourced Correctly
So, a CBD drug test will actually be perfectly fine if you source your CBD oil correctly. What will get you in trouble is getting CBD oil from the wrong source IF passing a UA is a priority for you. How is that?
What UA screenings look for, at least when it comes to anything marijuana-related, is the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol. Screenings will also look for the presence of 11-nor-delta9-caboxy-THC (or THC-COOH) which is the main metabolite of THC or in other words the substance formed when THC is metabolized and absorbed by the body.
Now, how can CBD oil drug test results were positive for marijuana if cannabidiol is NOT THC?
Because of trace amounts of THC in the CBD tincture, vape or candy you ingested. That can and indeed has caused people to fail drug tests after using a CBD product that they thought would not pop on a drug screen.
How could it get there? It's actually pretty simple.
Thing is that some CBD oil products are full-spectrum (meaning they were made from both hemp AND marijuana plants) and some are sourced solely from marijuana plants. In such cases, trace amounts of THC will actually be found in the CBD oil.
Yes, even if it says "THC free" on the label.
Because trace elements of THC are found in such CBD oils, you are metabolizing THC and thus can also test positive for THC-COOH. It is also theoretically possible for someone to test positive if taking very, very high doses of CBD oil as some compounds can trigger a false positive. A re-test or chromatograph test of the sample will usually discover a false positive, but it is possible.
With that said, however, how do I make sure I don't fail a drug screen if I use CBD oil?
To Avoid CBD Drug Test Failure, Use Hemp Only CBD
To avoid a CBD drug test failure, you need to get CBD oil that's sourced from hemp only. You cannot take CBD oil that's made from a blend of oils (some from marijuana plants, some from hemp) and certainly cannot take marijuana-sourced CBD if you want to pass a drug screen while taking CBD oil.
Trace amounts of THC will be present - no matter what the label says - and so this presents a risk that you'll fail the drug screening. Granted, the relative trace amount matters; drug screens only pick up so many parts per milliliter. Therefore, if you don't take much CBD oil, the possibility of failing a drug screen reduces.
With that said, however, how you guarantee you won't fail a drug screen is to take hemp-only CBD oil. Additionally, it helps to have documentation from a physician that CBD oil is a treatment for the condition you have, and perhaps a prescription for it IF a physician is willing to write it.
Currently, CBD oil use as a treatment for anxiety or other conditions is in a legal state of flux. It's quasi-legal in some states, fully legal in others. Politically it's a charged issue, and progress is - with any issue - often slow. That said, however, don't chance a UA if you can take fewer chances.