Despite the mainstream popularity of CBD, a lot of confusion about the plant compound remains, including whether it shows up on a drug test and prevents you from getting hired on a new job. CBD and delta-9 (THC) are both cannabinoids, or active parts, of the cannabis sativa plant.
However, while the psychoactive properties of THC lead to a “high,” CBD does not produce the same effects. Since the two cannabinoids are sourced from the same plant, it’s fair to wonder and think whether both THC and CBD would show up on a drug test.
How Do Drug Tests for Cannabis Work Actually
Drug tests for cannabis are searching to detect THC and not CBD. According to Kelly Johnson-Arbor, M.D., a triple-board certified medical toxicologist. One of the most common tests is the immunoassay. “In this test, a sample of a patient’s urine (or other bodily fluid like blood) is analyzed to look for chemicals that resemble the active metabolite, or breakdown product, of THC,” explains Dr. Johnson-Arbor. “The immunoassay does not test for the presence of THC itself, and the test does not provide information about the degree of impairment or amount of THC to which an individual was exposed.”
Immunoassays are inexpensive and accessible, and they provide fast results. However, because false positives and false negatives can occur, they’re considered presumptive screening tests. Dr. Johnson-Arbor says many organizations use confirmation drug testing as a next step. Drug tests can detect THC for three days after a single use and more than 30 days after heavy use. “THC is fat soluble and can be stored in body fat for a long time,” says Dr. Johnson-Arbor. “Chronic THC use can lead to accumulation of THC in fatty tissues, and the THC can then slowly release into the bloodstream over time.”
What Level of THC Leads to a Positive Result on a Drug Test Screen?
There’s no standard level of THC evaluated across all drug tests. “Different laboratory test manufacturers may have different cutoff levels for positive THC test results,” says Dr. Johnson-Arbor.
With that said, the cutoff level for THC on an initial immunoassay test is 50 nanograms per milliliter of urine. “This amount represents the concentration of THC metabolites in the urine but doesn’t reflect the actual amount of THC used by the patient being tested,” says Dr. Johnson-Arbor.
Can CBD Use Lead to a Positive Result on a Drug Test?
CBD use can lead to a positive drug test result if the CBD product consumed contains higher levels of THC than the label indicates—a discrepancy that’s not as uncommon as you might think. The labels of CBD products are not always accurate.
The labels however with Mint Wellness CBD products are very accurate as with pride ourselves on making sure not THC is in our items. “CBD products are largely unregulated and may contain unwanted contaminants, including THC or other illicit drugs,” says Dr. Johnson-Arbor. “In one study from 2017, an analysis of 48 CBD products revealed that less than one-third of the products had accurate labeling about their CBD concentration, and 21% contained THC”
If you use CBD products regularly, it’s important to keep in mind that they might contain potentially problematic ingredients. CBD itself may not get you high or yield a positive drug test result, but products containing higher amounts of THC than the manufacturer claims might.
Does the Orgin of CBD Matter?
CBD is derived either from hemp, a specific strain of the cannabis sativa plant, or from THC containing cannabis. Hemp derived CBD should contain no more than 0.3% THC, per the Federal Drug Administration, but product testing reveals it can sometimes exceed this federally legal limit. To be safe on drug tests make sure the CBD item contains less the .3% THC; Mint Wellness CBD items always stick by the legal standard limit put into by federal law.
Please Stick with Hemp Derived CBD For Most Security in Passing the Tests!!With that said, broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate products are less likely than full-spectrum CBD to be contaminated with detectable levels of THC due to the extraction methods used specifically to remove THC from the formulations, as well as other terpenes and cannabinoids in the case of CBD isolate.
How to Make Sure a CBD Product Doesn’t Contain THC
That said, you should always look for a Certificate of Analysis (COA), which details the compounds found in a CBD product. You can usually find it on the company’s website, or you can request one from the company. If they don’t provide a COA, it should be considered a red flag as it may mean the company isn’t testing their products—or they are and don’t want to reveal the results of those tests to consumers.