Will CBD Oil Make You Fail a Drug Test?

Will CBD Oil show up on a drug test?

CBD and drug testing is a legitimate concern for many people. There are a variety of situations where a drug test might be required, such as employment, sports, parole requirements, and substance abuse programs - to name a few.

There are a lot of factors at play here and the simple answer is – it's complicated. It's not a solid yes or no situation; complicating factors include variations in CBD products, individual dosage, and the test itself. Let's take a look at whether or not CBD oil will show up on a drug test!

Different Cannabinoids and Drug Testing

Isolated cannabidiol (CBD), will generally not show up in a drug test. That's mainly because drug tests are not looking for all cannabinoids - they're looking for one specific cannabinoid (THC).

However, a full spectrum product will contain an array of other cannabinoids (such as CBG, CBN, CBC, and THCV) which may give a positive result on a drug test.

Currently, there simply isn't enough information to know what other cannabinoids may trigger a positive result. 

It's confusing, no doubt. Let us simplify this information by breaking down the facts to learn if your CBD Oil will make you fail a drug test.


Factors to consider when trying to pass a drug test for THC and CBD


Will you fail a drug test if you take CBD Oil?

Possibly. There are a lot of variables at work here, from the drug test itself (different types - hair, saliva, urine - different manufacturers, detection levels, sensitivities) to the individual that consumes the CBD. Here are some additional factors to consider:

  • Is your product a full spectrum product? Meaning, are there cannabinoids other than CBD?
  • How much CBD do you take, and how often?
  • Medical factors (such as medications, liver and/or kidney disease)
  • Your metabolic rate and activity levels

Can I fail a drug test using hemp-derived CBD oil?

The short answer is yes, it's possible to fail a drug test with any CBD product.(even CBD isolate). But there's more to the story!. Read on to navigate the murky waters of drug testing if you use CBD products.

Drug Tests and Full-Spectrum CBD Products

First, let's consider full-spectrum products. All of Ananda Hemp's products are derived from hemp, which means they have a naturally low level of THC (less than 0.3%).

This also means they are legal under federal law - and thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, the cannabinoids in these products are permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Due to the low level of THC, these products are not considered intoxicating (they won't get anyone high).

Although unlikely, it is possible that someone could fail a drug screen when using these products. Drug tests look for metabolites of the intoxicating molecule, THC. The drug test identifies if a THC metabolite level is above a particular threshold. If so, it's considered positive.

Theoretically, you could use huge amounts of hemp extract and manage to consume enough THC to surpass that threshold and cause a positive test...but it would be very difficult and extremely expensive. 

There is no "magic dose" of CBD oil/hemp extract that you can use to ensure you stay below the detection levels in a drug screen. Metabolism of THC is highly individualized and depends on many variables, including body composition, activity level, dose, duration of use, and more.

However, what's more likely is that CBD products will cause a false-positive. This phenomenon is because the most common drug tests (urine and saliva immunoassay) are quick, cheap, and easy.

Unfortunately, they aren't very specific. That means they could potentially confuse one molecule for another, especially when they closely resemble one another. This can happen with CBD and THC, which would trigger a FALSE positive.


Structural similarity of THC and CBD for drug testing


What to Do If You Test Positive for THC

If you get a positive result on a urine or saliva drug screen, ask for a more specific confirmation test, such as blood, hair, GC-MS, or HPLC. These are more expensive tests, but they are incredibly accurate.

If you're using a THC-free product, these will show a true negative 100% of the time. If you are using a full-spectrum product with small amounts of THC, these tests will either show a 100% true negative or a very small level of THC. This quantification of THC will help differentiate between usage of a hemp product vs a marijuana product.

As of February 2019, a confirmation test has showed a 100% true negative in every case at Ananda Hemp regarding our original full-spectrum products. However, please know it is possible that this won't be the result for everyone. THC is a fat-soluble molecule and can build up in your system over time. We will publish updates on this if anything changes, and as more research becomes available.

How much CBD do you have to take for it to show up on a drug test?

Everyone's metabolism is different, and medications, liver, and kidney function all play roles in the ultimate outcome of a drug screening. The kind of drug test is being administered is another important factor. Dosage is yet another component in this risk assessment.

What about drug screens with CBD isolate or THC-free products?

There is a possibility for the CBD in THC-free products to trigger a false positive on a urinalysis.

We can guarantee that Ananda Hemp's Zero-THC products are 100% THC-free. This is reflected in the Certificate of Analysis, which is completed by an objective, third party-lab and made available on our website, confirming all traces of THC have been eliminated.

These THC-free products from Ananda are what's known as "broad spectrum," as other cannabinoids and terpenes remain intact to maximize benefits. We don't use CBD isolate at Ananda Hemp, as science supports the benefit of the entourage effect.

Failing a drug test is possible with any CBD product, even if it is CBD isolate. I have seen companies making guarantees that users will not fail a drug test, and that's concerning because it's not the truth.

You can fail a drug test even when the THC is eliminated, because false positives happen with the most common tests - you just can't get a TRUE positive. But you may need to ask – and pay (usually about $100) – for a confirmation test to demonstrate that the results are inaccurate.

We know this is frustrating and maybe not what you've heard elsewhere, but we are committed to honesty and transparency at Ananda Hemp. No one can guarantee false positives won't occur.

We do not want to jeopardize your employment agreement, livelihood, contract with a pain specialist, commitment to sobriety testing, or any other situation where drug testing is required.

Stick to the THC-free line if you absolutely cannot risk failing a drug test. And even then, know that you may need to ask for a confirmation test if the urine or saliva tests shows a false positive. We recommend letting your employer, medical provider, or whoever is administering a drug screen know this ahead of time – just in case it becomes an issue.

That way, you can assess if they are willing to follow these steps for a confirmation test, if needed. And who knows, maybe they will even cover the cost for the second test. On the other hand, they may say absolutely not – failing a drug test is the end of the road. At that point, it's your choice to decide whether or not using hemp-derived CBD products is worth that risk.


Broad spectrum THC-free Ananda Hemp CBD oil


The Bottom Line for CBD and Drug Screens

Know the risks and be prepared. Communication is key, and we are here to help you! We can provide a letter speaking to the science behind this. And you can print the Certificate of Analysis for your Ananda product to support your cause.

Our official position with regards to our full-spectrum hemp products and drug tests:

Our products contain less than .3% THC and an array of other rare cannabinoids. Because of this, we cannot guarantee a negative drug test. If you are worried about passing a drug test for your employer or for any other reason, we do not recommend taking our products - as there is a chance you will get a false positive.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us an email at hello@anandahemp.com.


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Reference: Kulig, K. (2017, March). Interpretation of workplace tests for cannabinoids. In Journal of Medical Toxicology (Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 106-110). Springer US.

This information is presented for educational purposes only. Ananda Hemp developed this information to provide an understanding of the potential applications of cannabinoids. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.