Can CBD make me fail a drug test?
You work hard. We know it as well as you do. You need your CBD, but are you worried that your employer might not agree? As we've already covered in "What Does Taking CBD Feel Like?" CBD does not make you feel psychoactive effects like THC does, so it is safe to take before work.
We recommend that you read that article if you haven't already! It will give you a good knowledge base on how CBD works with your body, plus more evidence on why CBD is completely safe to take before work.
That said, we’ve gotten plenty of questions and they’re all asking the same thing: will CBD make me fail a drug test?
The short answer: Envy Hemp CBD will NOT make you fail a drug test. We use CBD isolate that does not contain any traces of THC.
The long answer: It depends on what “CBD” brand you take. Full spectrum CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, that if consumed in large enough amounts can make you fail a drug test.
How does drug testing work?
The two most common drug testing methods in the United States are the urine sample or hair sample. Both tests seek to measure the presence of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or more correctly the 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (9-carboxy-THC) molecule, which is a metabolite that your body produces when it interacts with THC.
The tests are specifically looking for the byproducts of THC due to the psychoactive effects it can have, including impaired productivity in the workplace. These tests are not looking for CBD. Currently, there’s, even the federal government currently has no provision to test for CBD.
Cannibidol (CBD) is non-psychoactive – which is why you do not have to worry. The CBD molecule and THC molecule are completely different compounds, even though they can come from the same plant. The major metabolite compound of CBD is called 7-COOH-CBD which is not tested for on your standard drug test.
There’s a persistent rumor floating around the internet that CBD can be changed into THC in the body. While scientists were able to change CBD to THC by treating it with a synthetic substance that they said was similar to the gastric acid found in humans, a recent review found this claim to be false. The body does not have the capacity to convert CBD to THC.
However, not all CBD oils are created equal
In the CBD world, there are full spectrum CBD oils, and CBD isolate oils.
Full spectrum oils: contain the entire spectrum of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. This includes THC. However, for CBD oil to be legal it has to contain less than .3% THC as set out by the 2018 Farm Bill. However, taking full-spectrum CBD oil will cause you to ingest THC, which can cause you to fail a drug test.
CBD isolate on the other hand, contains only CBD. To be considered CBD isolate, the CBD has to undergo multiple extraction procedures including C02 extraction in order to remove every other cannabinoid, including THC. This purification process also removes all the terpenes, but does guarantee that even trace amounts of CBD aren’t entering the body.
The good news is, according to Quest Diagnostics Director of Science and Technology, Barry Sample, CBD won’t show up on a drug test:
“[…]If the product contains only CBD and has had the THC removed, then an individual being tested would not be expected to test positive for marijuana or marijuana metabolite”.
Therefore, if you’re taking CBD isolate, you’re in good shape. You have absolutely nothing to worry about.
On the other hand, if you’re taking a full spectrum oil, you most likely will be fine. However, if you are taking large amounts of full spectrum CBD in excess of 2000mg a day, a problem is possible.
For instance, a user taking 2000mg a day of full spectrum CBD oil with .3% THC would be intaking around 12mg of THC.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the recommended cutoff level of THC is 50 ng/mL to pass a drug test.
Unfortunately, It is nearly impossible to estimate blood concentrations of THC due to inherent differences in metabolism, diet, bodyfat percentage, hydration levels, and other medications. It is possible that you can fail, as an this Atlanta woman did in 2018</a>. This woman was very likely taking a high quantity of full-spectrum CBD, which caused her to fail her test.
However, incidents like this are very rare, and taking a full spectrum oil with a normal dose of less than 100mg a day should not cause you to fail a drug screen.
However, the only way to be entirely sure is to take products that only contain CBD, otherwise known as CBD isolate.
When Purchasing CBD – Look for a Reputable Supplier Who is Willing to Provide Testing
One great way to check the veracity of a CBD manufacturer is searching for verified lab tests that measure the percentage of cannabinoids.
Legitimate manufacturers will have no problem disclosing testing to verify what is in their products. It’s the disreputable suppliers that will refuse to provide testing.
At Envy Hemp, you can visit our testing page is always updated with our latest batch of CBD testing so you can verify that Envy Hemp is indeed 100% CBD isolate.