People are looking to treat their illness with the use of CBD Oil with increasing frequency. You’ve likely heard the buzz around the benefits of using this chemical as it’s benefits are widespread.
CBD Oil is being shown to bring relief for pain, anxiety, and as a sleep aid, just to name a few.
But even in states that have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational uses, employers can still require their employees to remain drug free. Many sports also include this as a banned substance and test for it.
Will CBD Oil Make Me Fail a Drug Test?
First of all, it is important to understand that drug tests don’t check for CBD. In fact, Quest Diagnostics, which is a very large drug testing company in the US, does not currently even offer a CBD test.
Knowing this, the simple answer is: No, CBD will not make you fail your drug test…. it’s not even tested for!
Now, it is important to know that just because CBD won’t make you fail a drug test doesn’t mean you’re completely in the clear.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of around 400 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. The more popular, and until recently better known compound, is that of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
THC is the compound that gives you a high when consumed and is responsible in large part for cannabis’s psychoactive properties.
Quest Diagnositics, and most other pre-employment and sports anti-doping agencies do test for THC in their standard test. Because most CBD products contain a small percentage of THC they could cause a positive test result.
How much THC is in CBD Oil?
Most of the CBD Oil products currently on the market are what’s known as Full Spectrum CBD. This means that they come from the hemp plant and can contain a maximum of .03% of THC.
According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture the term Industrial Hemp is applied to any cannabis plant with less than three tenths of a percent of THC.
Using any CBD Oil from hemp should give you only a very minute amount of THC, far less than what would trigger a positive drug test in any but the most extreme quantities of use.
Before buying Full Spectrum CBD Oil you should check the quality and manufacturing standards of the company you are buying from. Because the cannabis market is not currently regulated its very possible to get a company selling a CBD Oil with a high THC percentage and advertising it as a Hemp Based CBD Oil.
If you’re interested, we have a few vetted CBD companies that we support and who have a proven track record for high-quality products.
What about CBD Isolate?
If you are still concerned about your risks of failing a drug test another option for you is CBD Isolate. This is a product that has been refined to only contain CBD without any of the other chemical compounds normally found in hemp.
While this can be beneficial as you get pure CBD, you will miss out on the “Entourage Effect”, that many researchers believe is one of the keys to the substances effectiveness.
While we do believe there is something to the Entourage Effect, it is not yet proven. You might not be missing anything at all… except the worry of a failed drug test!
We’ve included a YouTube video that we made a while back to cover a few more details on the topic:
More Questions about CBD Oil and Drug Tests?
Hopefully this article and video have cleared up any questions you may have about the issue of Drug Tests and CBD Oil. If not, please leave a comment or shoot us an email to get your question answered!