You may be ready to jump on the CBD bandwagon but frightened by the possibility of failing a drug test. The first step? Don’t panic! You have options when it comes to using CBD.
CBD is popularly used to combat many different problems like sleep, stress, and pain! If you are making the decision to add CBD to your health regimen, it is important to consider whether or not it will show up in a drug test.
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about CBD and how it will affect drug test results.
Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?
CBD (aka cannabidiol) itself will not cause you to fail a drug test. This is because CBD is different from THC.
Before we dive into THC vs. CBD, it is important to note that both are considered cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. A Cannabis Sativa plant can contain hundreds of different compounds— the most recognizable fitting into three categories: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates and influences our mood, appetite, and feeling of pain. THC and CBD interact with your endocannabinoid system in different ways, causing a completely different experience.
The main difference is that THC produces psychoactive effects, making you feel high, while CBD gives you all the benefits like pain and stress relief without the high. In 2018, the Farm Bill’s passing made hemp (containing less than 0.3% THC) legal to be broadly cultivated and sold in all 50 states!
So, what does this have to do with my drug test?
Types of CBD
The best way to determine whether CBD may risk your drug test results is to know what type of CBD will affect a drug test.
The different types of CBD are differentiated by what compounds are extracted or left within the final product. So the answer to the question, “Can you fail a drug test due to CBD?” depends on what type of CBD you use.
Here is a brief overview of each type of CBD and how it may affect your results.
Full Spectrum CBD Products
Full-spectrum hemp products leave all compounds from the plant and contain less than 0.3% THC. Due to this small trace of THC, it could risk the possibility of receiving a positive result.
Broad Spectrum CBD Products
Broad-spectrum CBD products extract all THC, leaving all other compounds. This means there is no chance of THC showing up in your result. We recommend choosing broad-spectrum if you are worried about failing a drug test.
CBD oil made from CBD isolate removes all compounds except CBD. While CBD isolate may not show up in a drug test, it will not give you the full benefits from all other compounds within the hemp plant.
Knowing what is in each type of CBD is crucial to guide your choice of what product works best for you and your lifestyle.
“Wait, I already take full-spectrum CBD products; how long does CBD stay in your system?"
How long CBD stays in your system can depend entirely on your body, experience with CBD, method of consumption, and the type of drug test you are taking. If you already used full-spectrum CBD and are preparing for a drug test, we recommend disclosing this to your employer, as flushing CBD out of your system can be dangerous and ineffective.
Check The Certificate of Analysis
When buying a CBD product (whether you are concerned about a drug test or not), it is always recommended to get a certificate of analysis or COA. A COA is a lab test performed by the manufacturer that verifies the product complies with the legal limits of THC.
Winged Woman Tip: This COA should come from an independent third-party lab and not be performed by the company producing the product.
Winged Wellness makes your life uber easy— we’ve got you covered! Our CBD products have a QR Code on the packaging that a smartphone camera can scan to provide each COA.
You can also enter the batch number printed on the bottom of the package to retrieve the COA. We want to give you peace of mind that all Winged products are compliant and safe.
If you do regularly use CBD, you have options when it comes to your drug test.
Talk to Your Employer
CBD is legal! If your career path depends on your drug test, a conversation with your boss or HR department prior to using a CBD product can be helpful.
Testing can vary widely from lab to lab. It is better to disclose your CBD usage from the start. That way, if a false positive for cannabis comes up, you can easily clear up any confusion.
Feel At Ease
Winged Wellness wants to help support your life journey; that’s why we use full and broad spectrum CBD so you won’t have to sacrifice CBD altogether just to pass your drug test. Browse all CBD and herbal supplements to uplift your day-to-day, supporting you to conquer your biggest challenges.