Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

by | Dec 8, 2020 | CBD Applications

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the most highly sought-after supplements in the United States. A Gallup poll for 2019 reported that 14% of Americans use CBD, proving the growing popularity of it. Despite the regular talk about CBD and its presence in local shops and stores, many people still associate it with marijuana. Of course, this is understandable, as CBD can be derived from the marijuana plant (as well as the hemp plant), however, CBD has no psychoactive properties. What can cause psychoactive properties of marijuana is the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. CBD usually contains less than 0.3% THC, which is not nearly enough to produce any type of mind-altering high. 

The goal of using CBD is to help people improve their mental and physical wellness in a natural way. CBD is used to treat everything from chronic back pain and sleeplessness to pain caused by cancer and anxiety disorders. But, at the end of the day, if the CBD a person is using is not derived from a hemp plant (which contains small amounts of THC that can be fully extracted), then they will be putting minor amounts of THC in their bodies. For people who are drug tested regularly or even from time-to-time, this can cause them to wonder, “Does CBD show up on a drug test?” 

Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

CBD itself cannot show up on a drug test because it is not something drug tests are looking for, nor is it illegal. But the THC that is found within some CBD can appear on a drug test, turning it positive even if a person is not abusing THC. This can be confusing to some, especially because CBD is legal across the country. However, just because something is legal and can be legally obtained does not mean that it can’t get you in trouble (think prescription drugs). If you are consuming CBD but need to take one or more drug tests, consider the following:

  • Provide documentation supporting your medicinal need for CBD. Include any prescriptions you may have for CBD, your medical marijuana card, and communication from your healthcare provider. Being honest upfront and coming prepared with the right information can save everyone a headache when the results come in.

  • Do not use CBD if you know you need to take a drug test. Keep in mind that CBD can stay in the body for 2-5 days after last use and that even though the normal timespan for THC to leave the body is longer, chances are THC clears out within a similar period since there is such a small amount of it in the CBD.

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Using CBD While Being Drug Tested

Depending on why you use CBD, you may be able to stop using it prior to a drug test or need to keep up with your regular doses. Be sure to evaluate your CBD needs and compare them to why you are being drug tested. For example, if you have a record of past substance abuse and test positive for THC because of CBD, you may find it difficult for others to believe that it is from the CBD, especially if you do not have documentation. Anyone can go and buy CBD, so there isn’t always a medical paper trail to use to show a person who is drug testing you. Consider and weigh your options, and be prepared to support your need for CBD if you continue to use it while being drug tested. 

There are a few things you can do while using CBD products to lower the odds of receiving a THC positive drug test. For one, you can choose CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD over full-spectrum CBD. While full-spectrum CBD oil is legally required to have less than 0.3% THC by weight, it is still possible for there to be more depending on the manufacturer and the given product. Broad-spectrum CBD can be harder to find because it’s less widely available but all THC is removed from these products, making them an appealing option for people who get drug tested. Even if you choose products that are labeled as having no THC, though, you may still encounter some problems. Many CBD products are not well-regulated and mislabelling can be a problem.  

For anyone who uses CBD as a natural over-the-counter solution to a variety of physical and mental ailments, it could be hard to prove why there is THC in your system if you do get a positive drug test back. So, choose high-quality products from retailers you trust to avoid any potential problems. Make sure to read product information carefully regardless of what product you are buying, too. You shouldn’t have any problems if you take these steps. 

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<a href="" target="_self">Kyle Turley</a>

Kyle Turley


Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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