CBD and Drug Tests: Will Taking CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?

Urine sample in bottle

CBD is as clean as drinking fruit juice, but…

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is becoming increasingly popular these days. It has plenty of benefits – all of which have been scientifically studied and proven – ranging from pain relief to stress and anxiety and promoting good sleep.

As more and more people are giving CBD a try, a new question emerges: will it show up in a drug test? If CBD shows up in your system, will you be fired from your job?

The answer is no, as long as you take only CBD and no THC. Still a bit confused? Let’s take a closer look.

Drug tests do not screen for CBD

Drug test next to marijuana

In marijuana, THC is the sole psychoactive compound that is responsible for the high sensation. It is also the reason why cannabis has a bad rap in many parts of the world, making it effectively illegal. With cannabidiol, it is not the case. It is more laid back, non-psychoactive, and does not get you high – so it is more accepted legally.

Major drug tests in Thailand and globally screen for more ‘serious’ drugs – the ones that are addictive, get you high, make you do crazy stuff, and hinder your work. These include:

  • Opioids like heroin, morphine, fentanyl, etc.
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Steroids
  • PCP
  • Marijuana (THC)

Purely in the context of cannabis, drug tests will look for THC and its metabolites. As long as you take only CBD and no THC, you will be fine. Plus, the cannabis laws in the country permit the use of CBD products, so long as the THC amount does not exceed 0.2% by weight. So legally, you are in the clear too.

Speaking of THC, if you are a light smoker, it may stay in your system for up to three days since your last toke.

If you are a heavy user of marijuana, then the drug tests may detect it up to 30 days since last time. This is because THC is fat-soluble and is released slowly from your system when you burn your body’s fat.

You can still fail a drug test while using CBD

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Even though drug tests do not explicitly screen for cannabidiol, it is still possible to fail them. The reasons are:

Products with a low amount of THC

The CBD product you are using contains THC. You see, CBD oil comes in three spectrums – full, broad, and isolate. Full-spectrum contains CBD and THC, broad contains CBD and other cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, etc., while isolate is pure CBD.

It is possible that depending on what type of oil you are using, some THC may enter your body.

Cheap or low-quality product

You are not using a high-quality product. You may have bought an isolate or broad-spectrum cannabinoid oil, but the manufacturer may not have extracted it correctly. They may have cut corners during the production to save costs – leading to cross-contamination.

They may be mislabelling the product too – selling CBD mixed with THC under the guise of pure isolate. It should not be surprising: many studies and researches have shown that up to 70% of CBD products sold online are mislabeled.

Secondhand smoking

You are in constant exposure to THC. Maybe you are regularly hanging out with a group of stoners, taking in secondhand smoke.

Parting thoughts

Midnight CBD Coco Kush 2000mg

Ultimately, you must remember that drug tests do not look for CBD in cannabis. It is only THC and its metabolites they are after.

Theoretically, you should not fail a drug test if the CBD oil contains less than 0.2% THC – as per the laws in Thailand.

However, not all CBD oils follow those standards – even though they are marketed as such. Always buy high-quality CBD extract, like this one from Midnight. Look for the certificate of analysis, read the reviews, do your due diligence to ensure that the oil you are buying is from a trusted, reputed brand who are selling precisely what they are claiming. Even if it costs money, it is fine because you know you are getting a good product.

At Bloom, this is something we guarantee for all our products.