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CBD and Drug Tests: Know the Rules and Stay Safe

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CBD and drug tests: the thing you’ve always dreaded if you start using CBD for medicinal purposes.

Perhaps you work in an industry with zero drug tolerance, or where you are subjected to frequent mandatory drug tests. Or maybe you simply want to be a law-abiding citizen and it worries you that you might be caught in a random police drug test.

At the same time, you’ve heard about the benefits of using CBD and you’re wondering if it might help your chronic pain or anxiety. It’s a dilemma: you need the relief but you don’t want to get caught. Sound familiar?

Let’s take a look at CBD and drug tests to see where you stand with the law.

Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?

CBD and drug tests should be mutually exclusive as there is no test for CBD itself. It does not cause an alteration to consciousness and therefore, is of no concern to the police or anyone else.

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not that simple. Although there is no test for CBD, you could still fail a drug test if your CBD has small amounts of THC in it due to unknown product purity, origin, or incorrect labelling.

That said, it’s highly unlikely that the amount of THC in a CBD product will be more than the threshold allowed in a drug test. More about that in a moment.

So, in summary, it’s possible in theory to fail a drug test if you’ve been taking CBD products with small amounts of THC present. However, it is unlikely that your CBD products contain enough THC to put you over the limit unless you are consuming large quantities (hundreds of milligrams at a time).

How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?

On average, CBD can be detected in your body for 2 – 5 days after use. But for some people, this can be a lot longer, up to a month. It depends on the dose (how much you use), the frequency (how often you use it), and your own unique metabolic makeup.

Other factors that affect the length of time it stays in your system include when you take it; for example, if you take it with food, your body will eliminate it more quickly.

The delivery method is also a factor; when vaping, it enters and leaves the body quickly. Taking oils or tinctures sublingually (under your tongue) means that it enters the bloodstream rapidly and will take longer to leave the body.

Oral consumption (eating or swallowing the product) is the slowest elimination method as it takes time to pass through the digestive system and be absorbed.

How Long Is CBD Detectable In Urine?

Urine tests are the most common form of testing for THC as they are non-invasive and easy to conduct. They screen for THC antibodies (which can sometimes produce a false positive drug test). According to research by the Mayo Clinic, THC can be detected for 10-15 days in daily users.

However, it is important to remember that CBD products contain only trace amounts of THC, which means that unless you’re taking very large doses, a urine test is unlikely to record a positive result.

Does CBD Show Up On A 10-Panel Drug Screen?

A 10-panel drug screen is a standardized urine test usually used by employers and professionals to detect ten different types of drugs.  These include amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, propoxyphene, methaqualone, methadone, opiates, PCP, marijuana and cocaine.

This type of test screens for THC-OOH, the substance that remains after THC has been metabolized by the body.

As CBD products from reputable sources should contain less than 0.3% THC, the chance of THC-OOH showing up on this type of test is small (this will depend on the quantity you are consuming). Unless you’re taking large doses or many small, frequent doses, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

It’s also worth noting that THC is unlikely to show up in a hair test if you are using CBD for medicinal purposes. This type of test checks for heavy or prolonged use.

Will CBD Show On A Military Drug Test?

CBD itself won’t show on a military drug test, but any THC the product contains might record a positive result.

Can You Have CBD On Military Bases?

The US military’s main concern is that its employees remain drug-free, pass any screening tests, and retain their employment. Therefore, anything that might jeopardize these goals is banned, including CBD products.

Despite the growing use of CBD products across the US, the Department of Defense says that CBD products “are off-limits for its members.”

If you are still willing to take the risk, the best option is a CBD product that comes with a 3rd party Certificate Of Analysis (COA) declaring it to be THC-free. You should also be able to use CBD topicals such as creams and salves; although still banned by the Department, they will not show up in a drug test.

How Long Does It Take for Military Drug Test Results?

A negative result will usually be available in 1-3 days, while a positive result can take 3 – 5 days.

Do All NCAA Athletes Get Drug Tested?

Student-athletes may be subjected to random drug tests at sporting events and during their education. Institutions will be notified of planned testing 1-2 days in advance. Some events will be subject to testing without notice.

What Kind Of Drug Test Does NCAA Use?

The NCAA uses urinalysis tests, where students are required to provide a urine sample for testing.

Does the NCAA Test for CBD?

The NCAA listed cannabinoids among their banned substances for 2020. However, they have recently increased their THC threshold from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 35 nanograms per milliliter.

 Do College Students Get Drug Tested?

At present, drug tests as a condition of enrollment are a violation of the US Constitution. Any institution conducting drug tests is doing so illegally.

CBD And Drug Tests: Staying Within The Law

The laws surrounding CBD and drug tests are murky and complicated. There are many variables, and if caught, the risks are high for people in certain occupations.

The best way through the minefield of legalities is to know the exact requirements for your industry, and if you still want the benefits of using CBD products, choose wisely. Always source your products from a reputable supplier, preferably one that will supply a Certificate of Analysis. Consider the other factors also, such as your preferred method of consumption, the amount you use, and how often you use it.

If you make an informed decision, CBD and drug tests should not be an issue for you.

Azriel Adelberg
About Azriel Adelberg

MSc Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley An Israeli born organic chemist and PROUD University of California, Berkeley graduate.

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