Does CBD show up on a drug test?Molly Roe
Smoking CBD flower is one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of pure CBD. Many people who are new to hemp flower, however, wonder if you can fail a drug test from smoking CBD.
Niota products contain less than 0.3% THC, and drug screenings aren’t designed to test for CBD. In this guide, we’ll cover all your CBD drug testing questions and prepare you for what to expect from CBD drug screening in the future.
First, let’s break down the difference between CBD and THC.
Cannabis contains more than 80 compounds known as cannabinoids. Hemp, or CBD pre-rolls, are made with CBD flower instead of recreational or medicinal marijuana that contains high levels of THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most abundant compound in the cannabis plant, and is probably the most well-known; however, cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant compound found in cannabis, and does not have the psychoactive effects of THC–this means it does not give users a “high” feeling.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the cannabis flower. CBD is one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids which are unique to cannabis/hemp. You can read more about this here.
Can you fail a drug test for CBD?
The short answer is “no” since drug tests are not designed to detect the presence of CBD. However, many CBD products contain small amounts of THC, which has the potential to cause a positive drug test reading even when it’s only present in small amounts.
Is there a specific drug test for CBD?
At present, the only cannabis-related drug tests check for the presence of THC, not CBD.
Can using CBD make you fail a drug test?
Because all CBD products contain trace amounts of THC, it is possible to fail a drug test after using CBD products. Whether it’s full-spectrum CBD with up to 0.3% THC or purified CBD isolate with just a few THC molecules, all hemp products contain at least some amount of THC.
From there, it’s all a matter of math. Say you have an isolate CBD product with <0.0001% THC. If you consume kilograms upon kilograms of this product, you might test positive for cannabis. With a theoretical CBD product containing just below 0.3% THC, one would still have to consume a very large quantity.
We aren’t going to lie to you and say that it’s impossible to fail a drug test from using Niota prerolls. We’re proud of how natural our CBD flower is, and our strain does contain close to the legal limit of 0.3% THC.
If you were to consume an unreasonable amount of our products (an ounce of flower per day for two weeks for the sake of argument), it’s possible enough THC would accumulate in your system to make you fail a drug test.
Does CBD show up on a drug test?
No. But as we previously mentioned, small amounts of THC may be present in some CBD products. It’s no easy feat to keep THC levels in CBD products under 0.3%. For companies short on time, resources, or both, it’s all too tempting to cut corners.
Winnebago Ag and Industry takes the high ground by offering verifiable, third-party lab tests for every batch of Niota prerolls we produce. Drug testing at work shouldn’t make it harder to use CBD flower.
How long is CBD detectable in urine?
Like most compounds found in Cannabis sativa, CBD is fat-soluble. Most substances we ingest are either fat-soluble or water-soluble. Water-soluble substances pass through your body quickly. Fat-soluble substances, however, absorb into your fatty tissues, and organs like the liver and kidneys process them out slowly.
Let’s remember that drug screenings do not test for CBD. If they did, however, it’s likely that they would be able to detect the presence of CBD in your system for around 30 days. That’s how long THC stays in your system as well.
Employers mostly test for federally illegal drugs like THC. Thankfully, it’s possible to calculate how much of a particular CBD product you can use before you test positive for a substance that could cost you your job. Here’s what you’ll need:
- The exact percentages of CBD and THC in the product
- The THC detection threshold of the test
- Recognition that cannabis compounds have around a 30-day half-life in the body
- A calculator and a notepad
The whole system is very precise and scientific, and in general, there are only two rules you should keep in mind if you’re worried about failing your drug test due to CBD:
- Cannabinoids only last about 30 days in the body
- CBD products that are verified to have less than 0.3% THC by an independent lab can only make you fail your drug test when you consume them in very high quantities
Can CBD lotion make you fail a drug test?
Just as with other CBD products, the potential to fail a drug test after using a hemp topical does exist. To understand the difference between how topical and oral CBD might affect drug testing, it’s important to examine the differences between the oral and transdermal administration routes.
What is transdermal administration?
When you ingest a substance orally, it passes through your liver before entering your bloodstream. While this administration method provides a full-body calming and relaxation effect, pinpointing exact problem areas of the body is hard.
Topical administration, however, addresses specific areas of the body. Most topically applied cannabinoids remain in the area they are applied. A small percentage, however, enter your bloodstream.
It’s hard to say exactly how many cannabinoids topical administration introduces into your bloodstream. What’s certain is that topical administration deposits far fewer cannabinoids throughout your body than oral ingestion.
About Niota lab results
The only way to make sure your hemp product won’t make you fail a drug test is by checking independent lab reports. At Winnebago Ag and Industry, we work with a select handful of widely respected, independent testing labs to provide total transparency and richly detailed product data.
The future of CBD drug testing
Employers will remain free to fire workers for cannabis use for the foreseeable future, but state and federal cannabis laws are changing. Already, cannabis testing isn’t a priority for many employers.
Given the direction cannabis laws are shifting, you’ll never have to worry about “testing positive” for CBD. Even cannabis is becoming less of an issue in many workplace drug tests.
Overall, even though THC might be inseparable from CBD, you’d need to consume very high concentrations of Niota hemp flower to accumulate any THC buildup. Our third-party lab results prove that THC levels in our products always stay below 0.3%.
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