Drug tests look for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the element in marijuana that causes a high. CBD oils can have trace amounts of THC even if they're labeled “THC-free.” The FDA does not regulate these products, and mislabeling is common.
This article explains why a positive drug test can happen with CBD use, which types of CBD are most likely to trigger one, and what you can do to avoid it.
If you take CBD oil, you can take steps to try to prevent failing a drug test:
CBD is one of many active chemical compounds in cannabis plants. One reason it’s becoming more popular is because it's said to lack THC.
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What are the odds that CBD oil users will test positive when subjected to illicit drug screenings? And what can be done to prevent it?
There are several techniques for extracting CBD oil from the cannabis plant. The extraction method determines whether the CBD oil is an "isolate" or a “full-spectrum oil.”
Arno Kroner, DAOM, LAc, is a board-certified acupuncturist, herbalist, and integrative medicine doctor practicing in Santa Monica, California.
In fact, one study discovered that almost 70% of the CBD products sold online were mislabeled. This caused "potential serious harm to its consumers.” The reason for this widespread mislabeling is that CBD products are not strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
For instance, say that someone who had direct contact with marijuana then touched your hair. You could feasibly receive a false positive on a drug screening that tests your hair.
When it comes to run-of-the-mill drug tests, full-spectrum CBD can be problematic for a variety of reasons, but let’s address the top three concerns.
It’s also important to keep in mind that states have different regulations on marijuana as a whole. If you bring in CBD from another state, this could be problematic for you in Texas (even if it is considered legal in the state you purchased it in).
Why can CBD make you fail a drug test?
Some people use CBD to alleviate stress and reduce anxiety, while others use it to help with seizures or ease Cancer-related illnesses. Regardless of usage, CBD is considered a safe, non-psychoactive alternative to THC-heavy marijuana.
There is also the potential that specific testing equipment can completely misidentify CBD as THC, and using any additional medication can cross-react with CBD, resulting in false positives.
Packing and labeling may not be entirely accurate
However, not all CBD is created equally. There are three main kinds of CBD: CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, and broad-spectrum CBD, and one type of CBD carries a higher risk of causing you to fail a drug test than the others.