What Drug Tests Test For
In order to understand the risks of cannabidiol products causing a failed drug test, it is important to know what drugs they are testing for. Most employers use a urine sample to test for commonly abused drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, MDMA, and even marijuana; however, drug tests that check for marijuana only look for evidence of THC in the urine. In fact, according to Quest Diagnostics, which is one of the largest employer drug testing companies in the United States, no employer drug testing program checks for CBD. However, while drug tests do not check for cannabidiol, you could still be at risk of failing a drug test if there are high levels of THC in your system.
Do CBD Products Contain THC?
This may lead you to ask if CBD products contain THC, and the answer is that it depends. Cannabidiol comes from cannabis plants, with marijuana and hemp both being types of cannabis. While marijuana contains high levels of THC, for a plant to classify as hemp it must contain less than 0.3 percent THC, which is significantly below the threshold that would be detected in a drug test, and most CBD products are hemp-based. However, some products exist that combine both CBD and THC (particularly in states where the recreational use of marijuana is legal). This makes it important that you do your research when purchasing hemp-based products in order to ensure that they do not contain any unwanted THC. A great option when looking for ZERO THC CBD products would be those that contain broad spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum CBD contains many of the other useful cannabinoids found in hemp, which can add to the CBD’s effectiveness, as they work together; however, BROAD SPECTRUM CBD products have the THC removed ensuring there is ZERO THC in them.
Will Using CBD Cause a Failed Drug Test?
To answer the original question, it is highly unlikely that you would fail a drug test as the result of using hemp-based CBD products that do not contain any additional THC, as drug tests do not typically look for other cannabinoids, and the low levels of THC present in hemp are undetectable to drug tests. In fact, while there have been claims that CBD can molecularly break down into THC after interacting with the stomach acids in your digestive system, subsequent studies have disproved this theory, making it unlikely that CBD use would result in a failed drug test. If for some reason you should fail a drug test after using CBD, it is likely that one of the following things may have occurred:
- You Purchased Low-Quality Products: The most common reason to fail a drug test after using CBD is due to the fact that you purchased a low-quality product. While most retailers will claim to be selling products free from THC, some less-than-reputable retailers sell products sourced from marijuana rather than hemp, which can lead to unwanted THC exposure. Low-quality products are also more likely to be mislabeled or be exposed to cross-contamination with THC, all of which can result in high levels of THC being found in your urine. This makes it important that you do your research before buying cannabidiol in order to ensure that the manufacturer is well known and sells hemp-based products that legally contain only trace amounts of THC.
- You Did Not Read The Labels: In order to ensure that you do not accidentally get too much THC in your system, it is critical that you read labels carefully. Make sure that you know what you are buying and that the CBD and THC contents are listed. This is particularly important if you live in a state where marijuana is legal as CBD products in these states can have THC levels as high as 5%.
- You May Have Received Second-Hand Exposure: What many people find surprising is that spending time around people who are actively smoking marijuana can lead to a failed drug test due to second-hand exposure. In fact, a recent study found that spending as little as 15 minutes in a poorly ventilated room with people smoking marijuana can cause enough THC to accumulate in your system to result in a failed drug test, even if you were not actively smoking.