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4th August 2019

Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

One question that we often get asked is "does CBD show up on a drug test?"

This is because drug testing can occur in a number of workplaces and people want to be sure that they will pass. Plus, a lot of athletes are interested in trying CBD to see how it can help with pain and inflammation, but they may be concerned about how this will show up in any sport-related drug testing.

In theory, CBD shouldn't show up on a drug test because it is THC - the psychoactive compound - that drug tests want to identify. However, there are some complicated factors involved which we will explain in this article.

It's possible, but highly unlikely

The general consensus on whether CBD will show up in a drug test is that it's possible, but highly unlikely.

The issue is that some CBD products can still contain traces of THC once extracted from the cannabis plant. Legally, hemp-derived products being sold in the UK must have less than 0.2% THC present.

However, with the current lack of regulation for specific CBD products, it's hard for this to be enforced. It can therefore be difficult for consumers to know exactly how much THC is present in the CBD products that they purchase.

The detection process

When you have a urine screening drug test for marjuana, they are typically looking to detect a compound called THC-COOH which is created when THC has been absorbed into your bloodstream.

Currently, with urine testing, THC-COOH must be present at 50 nanograms per ml. The period of time for detection will vary depending on dosage and frequency, but it is possible for THC to stay in your system for an extended period of time.

Urine sampling is the most common type of drug test, but it is also possible to test saliva, hair and blood. The amount of THC needed for detection varies between each test so you should research this beforehand.

Will drug testing regulations change in the future?

One US study on workplace tests for cannabinoids concludes by stating that the current process remains controversial and will likely need to adapt. This is because it currently tests for inactive as well as active THC compounds. The study suggests that, in the future, we will see more of a focus on testing for THC levels which could impair performance at work, rather than testing for any traces at all.

However, until changes are made, it is important to be wary about the possibility of your CBD product showing up in a drug test. Be honest with whoever is taking the test about your history with CBD and, more importantly, try to ensure that the CBD you are purchasing has low stated levels of THC present.

Do your research

CBD isn't thoroughly regulated and the mislabelling of CBD products can happen so you may not know how much THC is present in the CBD you buy.

Before buying CBD products, make sure you do your research and carefully check the product information. If you are taking it for the first time, begin with a low dose and work your way up gradually as you begin to understand its strength.

You should also make sure to buy CBD from a trustworthy source who can provide you with all the information you need to make your decision.

Our online marketplace for CBD products is coming soon. In the meantime, please do contact us if you have any questions or queries - we're always happy to answer them!