Does CBD show up on a hair follicle drug test?
Does CBD show up on a hair follicle drug test?
After all, you want to continue using CBD, but you don’t want to risk your job for failing a hair follicle drug test – or any drug test for that matter.
You’ll have heard stories from people who have failed work drug tests while taking CBD. But you also hear stories on the other side of the coin, where they’ve been taking CBD and there have been zero issues.
So what do you believe? Who is right? Is there something that CBD users are doing to pass their drug test? The answer isn’t always clear and simple. However, to answer your specific question:
So does CBD show up on a hair follicle drug test?
No, CBD will not show up on a hair follicle test.
But – and this is a huge ‘but’ – you may fail a hair follicle drug test, or any other drug test, while using CBD products.
So, why are we saying that CBD won’t show up on a drug test? Well, it’s because most drug tests don’t test for CBD. CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis but it is not the one that most companies test for when administering work drug tests.
Typically, THC or its metabolites are tested for when it comes to cannabis testing. THC is the cannabinoid in cannabis that gives people the ‘high’ feeling. Companies typically test for THC as they are concerned about drug use that may impair their employees’ performance and lower work productivity.
So, if your company goes out of their way to test for CBD then yes, it will show up on your drug test. However, it is unlikely that they would go to such great lengths to test for CBD when it does not create any ‘high’ or impairment.
Barry Sample from Quest Diagnostics, a leading blood, and drug testing company, says that they don’t offer tests for CBD and it’s not a part of any employer testing programs.
Now, just because CBD isn’t being tested on your work drug test doesn’t mean that you’re out of the woods in regards to using CBD oil. If companies aren’t testing for CBD, how do people fail drug tests while using CBD oil?
People can fail drug tests while taking CBD oil due to levels of THC found inside the oil.
Before we get into the specifics of exactly how people are testing positive for THC while using CBD oil, let’s go over some background information on why there is THC in your product, to begin with.
CBD oil is made from extracting oils from industrial hemp. In order for cannabis to be classified as industrial hemp, it needs to contain less than 0.3% THC. This low amount of THC greatly reduces the possibility of getting high. Unless you are downing jugs of CBD oil, it is highly unlikely you will get any psychoactive effects.
It’s these low levels of THC that makes hemp use legal according to the 2018 Hemp Farming Act. On the other hand, cannabis has higher concentrations of THC. Cannabis is classified as marijuana and isn’t legal across all states.
Even with these low levels of THC in industrial hemp, you may have seen reports online of people testing positive for THC. Let’s make one thing very clear – if you are using a full-spectrum CBD oil, there will be trace amounts of THC.
If there is any THC in your CBD product, even at very low industrial hemp levels, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that you may fail your drug test.
In order to test positive for THC, typical medicals tests using either your hair, urine or saliva must show THC levels of higher than 50 ng/ml. In some instances, the cutoff may be lower.
Let’s go over some reasons why someone can test positive for THC when using CBD oil.
Reason #1 : Taking large amounts of CBD oil
If you are taking abnormally large amounts of CBD oil then you might still get levels of THC above the positive test threshold. Even with trace amounts of CBD at less than 0.3% of THC, if you take enough CBD oil, you can end up with higher levels of THC that will create a positive result on a drug test.
Taking manufacturer suggested amounts of CBD oil will prevent this from happening. We know that some of you may need large amounts of CBD in order to get the results you want, and for those people, we suggest that you take great care if you know you need to take a drug test.
Depending on your employer, it may be prudent to talk to them before your drug test. Tell them that you do take CBD oil in large amounts and that you may test positive for THC even though you don’t use marijuana. Telling your employer beforehand will give you more credibility compared to waiting until after a potentially failed drug test.
Reason #2: Poor manufacturer quality control
The second possibility for failing a drug test using CBD oil is that the batch of CBD oil has more THC than it claims.
CBD oil is made from CBD extracts gathered from hemp plants. Not all plants or crops are always the same. As an example, consider oranges. Some oranges are sweeter than others, even when they come from the same tree. Or one year you may get sweet oranges and the next year they might not be as sweet. Hemp is no different in terms of variation of the plant.
Strict quality control measures must be taken in order to ensure a product is consistent. Unless manufacturers test each and every batch, it’s difficult to make sure you are always getting the same product each and every time. Unfortunately, companies only test every so often and there is currently no overseeing authority to regulate testing. It is usually done at the discretion of the manufacturers to instill consumer confidence.
There are a lot of variables when it comes to having a safe, consistent product and it takes many years of testing, development and customer feedback to achieve stable results.
The CBD industry is still in its infancy, but as it grows, quality control should improve and products will become safer and more consistent.
Having said all that, you are probably saying to yourself, “What do I do if I want to take CBD and I need to take a drug test?”
If we’re honest, in order to be 100% safe, don’t take CBD products.
We’re fully sympathetic to the fact that you need to use CBD for your health and well being. But if using CBD is going to put your job or future job at risk then you’re going to need to put a short halt to using it. Why take the risk? Stop using CBD products for a couple weeks prior to taking the drug test if you know it is coming up. This is the only sure-fire way to prevent THC from getting into your system.
Even CBD products that show “non-detectable” levels of THC on their third party tests may still have THC present. The third-party tests are simply not that sensitive. At very low levels, these tests will show THC as not being present when it is, and this may be picked up on an employer drug test.
It’s these non-detectable (ND) third party test results that companies use to justify that there is zero THC in their products, but often it is simply not true.
“But I’m miserable without CBD and I have to take it”
If this is the case, you could consider using products strictly made from isolates. Isolates are 99% or more of pure CBD crystals. These products are not full spectrum. There have been reports of people still failing drug tests while taking isolate products. However, without a complete story, it is difficult to say why this would happen.
To sum things up…
No, CBD will not show up on a hair follicle or other drug test, but this is because most companies do not test for CBD. THC and its metabolites are the targets for work-related drug screenings and it’s the THC in full-spectrum CBD oil products that is the culprit for positive tests.
Even with advertisements of “zero THC” or “no THC” products, you should still be wary of testing positive, as there have been instances of this occurring with zero THC or no THC products in the past. Unscrupulous companies and poor quality control can lead to products having more THC than advertised.
Buying from trusted, reputable companies will certainly increase your chances of passing any drug test, but our recommendation to just stop CBD for a couple of weeks leading up to any drug tests. As they say, better safe than sorry.