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Can CBD oil cause a failed drug test?

Can CBD oil cause a failed drug test?

CBD oil is extracted from the leaves of the marijuana plant or the hemp plant. It continues to grow in popularity these days, thanks to renewed interest in its source, marijuana, following its legalization across various US states.

The glowing claims of its positive effects on all manner of ailments, including long-time ailments like chronic pain and cancer are another reason more people are seeking them out, despite being unconfirmed.

CBD oil, with its promise of a clean experience free from a ‘high,’ also managed to attract users that formerly stayed away from marijuana and its intoxication abilities. If anything, it’s only getting better and better for CBD oil in the future.

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The agony of positive drug tests

With the US’ growing opioid problem and other drug-related issues, drug tests are happening now more than ever. Some industries, like competitive sports, have always employed drug tests to gauge players’ bodily biochemistry.

Today, the drug tests pop up anywhere, whether in hospitals before medical help or at work, and usually, randomly.

Drug tests identify unusual substances in an individual’s system, and if these substances are categorized as drugs, immediate action on the individual is usually carried out, such as indefinite suspension from work. Some people have been denied medical services because of a positive drug test.

CBD oils, in their nature, are not designed to trigger positive drug tests. The latter only happens in the instance of the presence of the psychoactive substance, THC.


Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of many active substances in the natural composition of the known intoxicant herbs, marijuana, and hemp. It is the substance responsible for the ‘high’ people get when they smoke marijuana.

When CBD oil is extracted from marijuana, a small percentage of THC might be carried along, depending on a few factors, including whether or not the manufacturers want it present. Sometimes, it’s just a poor process of extraction that leads to the presence of THC in the oil.

So, can CBD oil cause a failed drug test?

Yes, it can, but only in certain conditions.

As mentioned above, CBD oil doesn’t always contain much of the THC component that makes people high. In fact, if it does contain any, it’s usually never more than 0.3%.

But even with minimal amounts like 0.3% of THC, you can still test positive for it and fail a drug test. Still, you would need between 10 to 20% more CBD oil than what most people take to have the THC substance feature strongly in your system and make you fail a test.

That doesn’t mean that all CBD oil products have THC in them. Some companies make THC free CBD oil only. Others deliberately add a little bit of THC, for ‘high’ purposes.

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You will have a higher chance of failing a drug test if:

  • You consume very high amounts of CBD oil per day. This would be in the realms of about 1000 milligrams per day or more, which is, in the real sense quite a lot.

Consider this: the average CBD oil user consumes between 120 and 160 milligrams per day. It would be really expensive to consume 1000 milligrams per day.

  • Stronger methods of testing were employed. With the average drug test, CBD oil isn’t always a major trigger for danger. The average test searches for traces of drug compounds and substances considered illegal, such as the above-mentioned THC.

There’s always the chance the average test might overlook a slight trace of THC, but a stronger test definitely won’t. Stronger tests are designed to use stronger, higher reacting reagents, which explains this effect.

  • Your bodily biochemistry is very revelatory. Our bodies are different, including the way they store CBD oil. Two people that consume CBD oil on the same day can turn out to test different hours or days later.

Overweight people are more likely to fail a drug test after taking CBD oil, mainly because the psychoactive substance THC is deposited in fat cells all over the body.

  • The CBD oil was extracted poorly. Sometimes, the CBD oil itself contains high traces of the active substance THC because it was extracted poorly from its source (cannabis/hemp) and high amounts of THC were carried along. Consuming that kind of CBD oil means higher chances of failing a drug test.

How to avoid failing a drug test after taking CBD oil

  • Drug tests can be unavoidable, especially when they’re ordered at work or by your medical doctor before signing off on major medical help.

And if you’re one of many people that use CBD Oil for more than just luxury partaking, and more for health reasons like alleviating chronic pain, this can create a real conundrum.

The good news is that you can still take your daily shots of CBD oil and pass drug tests in the next hour. Here’s how;

  • Make sure you know what you’re taking. There are hundreds of CBD products on the market, a large percentage being CBD oils. All of them are manufactured differently, which means that their ingredient concentrations are bound to differ. Make sure you know what it is you’re taking.
  • Do your research before buying a particular CBD product. Look out for lab results online to identify the percentage of every ingredient in the product.

Anyone in the CBD industry will tell you that being sure if what you’re buying is paramount. If you’re already decided on non-THC CBD intakes, then it’s important to look out for completely free CBD oils.

The bottom line

CBD is at the peak of popularity and more people are joining in to reap the benefits of it. A drug test is one of the worries that they face before going ahead with it. CBD oils can cause a failed drug test, but only when there is a trace of the THC compound in it. The good news is that there is a way around the THC compound.

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