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Will I pass a drug test if I use CBD?

Drug testing is commonplace in today’s job market. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, 90 percent of companies test potential employees and 71 percent test current employees. So chances are if you work for someone, or plan to, you’ll be subjected to a drug screening.

Most laboratories have the ability to test for any substance an employer requests, but the most common screens focus on 5-10 street and prescription substances. It is also important to note that the substance tested will have a threshold cutoff level, meaning the trace amounts of the substance must exceed a certain value before it will be considered a positive result. The psychoactive compound in Marijuana (THC), for example typically has a cutoff level of 50ng/mL. A test result registering lower than 50ng/mL would result in a negative, or passing result.

Will I pass a drug test if I use CBD?

Substances in a common 10 panel drug screening:

DOT 5 Panel (Street Substances)
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates
Additional Panel (Prescription Substances)
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax)
  • Barbiturates
  • Methadone
  • Propoxyphene
  • Methaqualone

A typical Cannabis user will see detectable THC levels in his/her urine for approximately 30 days, but up to 100 days in some cases. This same rule-of-thumb should be applied to the trace amounts of THC found in many CBD products. If being tested for THC is a major concern, consider ingesting a 99% pure isolated CBD which contains zero THC. It is also important to consider the likelihood of being testing via hair follicle, and not urine. Although follicular testing is not as common as a urine testing, due to its cost, some employers will administer the test because it can easily detect use within 90 days. However, urine testing can detect a single use, while hair tests are more suited to detecting ongoing use.

The Case for CBD

High-quality CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC, but excessive use may result in elevated levels of THC in a urine or hair follicle test. A typical, and responsible, CBD user is unlikely to test positive for Marijuana due to the low levels of THC in many CBD products. In spite of the faint possibility that full-spectrum CBD products would produce a positive drug screen result, we still recommend minimizing your risk further by consuming a CBD isolate if drug screening is a concern.

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