CBD and Drug Tests: What You Need to Know

If you’re wondering whether or not CBD will show up on a drug test, you’re not alone. Many people are curious about how CBD interacts with the body and whether or not it will produce a positive result on a standard drug test.

The answer is: it depends.

This article will explore the factors that affect whether or not CBD will show up on a drug test and what you can do to minimise your risk.

The Difference Between CBD and THC

CBD is a legal and non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a “high” or euphoric effect. However, both THC and CBD are present in full-spectrum CBD oils. THC is the compound responsible for producing a positive result on a drug test.

The amount of THC needed to produce a positive test varies based on several factors, including the presence of other drugs, the amount ingested, and the individual’s metabolism.

Taking a low-dose full-spectrum CBD oil will not cause a positive drug test for most people. However, suppose you are taking a high-dose oil or have a sensitive metabolism. In that case, there is a chance that CBD could trigger a false positive.

CBD products in the UK are legally required to contain less than 0.2% THC. (1) However, it’s important to note that drug tests vary in their sensitivity and ability to detect different cannabinoid profiles.

Broad-spectrum vs Full-spectrum CBD products

Some full-spectrum CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC. If you are buying broad-spectrum, ensure that the product has been lab-tested to ensure that it is THC-free.

Broad-spectrum CBD is always less likely to be contaminated with THC. This is because all the THC is removed in broad-spectrum CBD instead of full-spectrum CBD, which contains all of the compounds that naturally occur in the plant they were extracted from. 

CBD isolate is also pure CBD and typically comes from hemp, so it shouldn’t contain THC.

The best way to avoid a false positive on a drug test is to use broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate products that have been lab-tested to ensure they are free of THC.

How to Reduce the Risk of Testing Positive

If you are concerned about failing a drug test, you can do a few things to reduce your risk.

Buying your CBD products from a reputable company is the best way to ensure that your product does not contain THC. Ensure that the products you’re interested in have been lab-tested and that the results are available for you to see.

Start with a low dose and increase gradually as needed. Any trace amounts of THC are more likely to build up in your system if you take high doses of CBD.

If you are still concerned about failing a drug test, consider using a CBD isolate product. These products have been specifically designed to contain no THC.

Several elements influence the result of a drug test:

Presence of interacting drugs

If you are taking any other medication, it could potentially interfere with the test results. Make sure to speak to your doctor about any medications you are taking before consuming CBD products.

How much is used and the route of administration

CBD oil is metabolised differently when ingested as opposed to being inhaled. In general, it takes longer for CBD to be metabolised when ingested. This means there is a higher chance of THC being detectable in your system if you take CBD oil by mouth.

Last time of ingestion

This is the most crucial factor to consider when taking CBD oil. The half-life of THC is estimated to be anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. (2)This means that if you take CBD oil today, the THC could still be detectable in your system up to three days later.

To avoid this, make sure that you give yourself enough time between taking large doses of CBD oil and any drug test. We recommend waiting at least five days after your last dose before taking a drug test.

CBD and Drug Tests: The Bottom Line

The best way to avoid a false positive on a drug test is to use broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate products that have been lab-tested to ensure they are free of THC.

If you are still concerned about failing a drug test, consider using CBD isolate products exclusively.

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