CBD Causing Drug Test Failure

CBD (cannabidiol) and Drug Tests

One of the reasons why people are often afraid to try cannabidiol or CBD is drug tests. Many people work in fields that require drug testing. 

Many employers will demand drug tests from potential employees. Some employers might even test their existing employees on occasion, sometimes without warning. Failing a drug test may result in firing from a current job, or denied employment somewhere.

The Good News

There is good news; CBD (cannabidiol) use will not cause you to fail a drug test. In it’s isolated form, it contains no traces of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

However, you must be aware that some products like Full Spectrum Hemp Oil contain up to 0.3% THC. Some jobs have drug testing, where even sound levels of THC will cause failure.

How Does the THC Drug Test Work?

THC Cutoff Levels is the Key

The only cannabinoid that a drug test will look for is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC is the part of the marijuana or hemp plant that triggers intoxication or a high. 

The pass or fail result depends on the tester’s drug cutoff levels. Drug cutoff levels determine the acceptable “ground floor” amount in your system. Above that is flagged as a “Fail”. Keep in mind that these levels vary by employer. Typically government jobs (example: police, military, city worker, etc.) carry a much lower cutoff level.

For instance, on the EMIT (Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique”  test, a positive is triggered at 50 nanograms per ml. Less than that is a “Pass.”

If there is any concern over drug testing, ONLY use a THC Free CBD Oil.

Types of Drug Testing

There are numerous, THC testing methods. Companies choose the drug test for them based on convenience, need, and cost. 

  • Urine – A urine test may work, as marijuana may stay in a person’s body for up to thirty days after use. 
  • Hair – A hair test will review the most recent hair growth from the scalp. The test can identify marijuana up to ninety days after its consumption.
  • Saliva – Saliva testing takes note of how often a person uses marijuana.
  • Blood – Blood testing is for investigations relating to injuries or accidents.

These tests will identify marijuana use, including a full review of what you have been consuming. The good news is the current drug screening process only tests for the THC cannabinoid.