Health & Wellness

Can CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?

Medically reviewed by Jillian Kubala, MS, RD
Written by Melena Gurganus
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With the recent rise in popularity of CBD products, many people are wondering whether or not taking CBD will cause them to fail drug screening tests. 

The short answer to this question is no, CBD should not cause a failed drug test. However, there are instances where it is possible. Drug screenings typically only test for the presence of THC, or the element in cannabis responsible for creating a “high” sensation. Full spectrum hemp-derived CBD products may contain up to 0.3% THC, which should not cause psychoactive effects. However, a drug screening may pick up on these trace amounts of THC — especially if the user has taken large doses of the product —  depending on the sensitivity of the test. To mitigate this issue, there are many THC-free and CBD isolate products on the market for people who want to ensure they are not consuming THC.

If you are concerned about an upcoming drug test, don’t hesitate to ask the testing facility what compounds they test for. 

How long is CBD detectable in urine?

While there is some indication as to how long CBD stays in the blood stream, it is unclear how long it can be traced in urine. We know that THC can be present in urine for up to 30 days, but more research on the timeframe of detection for CBD in urine is needed.

How long do the effects of CBD oil last?

When it comes to the effects of CBD, how long they last depends greatly on the method of consumption and preferred dose of CBD. Research has shown that the onset and length of the effects of CBD vary widely, but the effects typically last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours

What to Remember When Taking CBD

With CBD becoming a more popular wellness supplement, there’s no doubt that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD. However, based on the most current research, it’s clear that the amount of time CBD lasts in your system depends on many factors, including the dose taken and the method of delivery.

If undergoing a drug test, stay on the safe side and opt for THC-free CBD products. Additionally, always be sure to buy high-quality CBD products from trusted sources to ensure safety and potency.

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