Does CBD show up on a drug test? Does CBD show up on a drug test?

Does CBD show up on a drug test?

Posted by Andrew Gruver on Feb 3rd 2020

This is a question we get asked all the time. Unfortunately, we don't feel entirely comfortable making any guarantees, as there are so many variables that come into play. Plus, the last thing we want is for any of our customers to get into trouble!

No, CBD will not show up on a drug test, but that’s only because drug tests don’t test for CBD. 

What Do Drug Tests Test For?

What drug tests do test for is THC, and some CBD products that contain THC have the potential to test positive on a drug test. 

For this reason, Tweedle Farms doesn’t guarantee that you can pass a drug test after consuming Tweedle Farms’ products that contain a traceable amount of THC.

How are Hemp Flower and Marijuana Different?

Legally speaking, what makes hemp flower hemp and not marijuana is that hemp, according to the 2018 Farm Bill, has under 0.3% THC by dried weight. Otherwise, hemp and marijuana are literally the same plant, cannabis sativa. 

The difference in THC content occurs epigenetically, which is the level at which genes are expressed. So, it makes sense that consuming hemp could lead to testing positive for THC on a drug test because, despite being a negligible amount, there still is THC in hemp flower

How Can I Reduce the Likelihood of a Positive Drug Test?

There are ways of reducing the likelihood of failing a drug test as a result of consuming CBD products. 

CBD Oils

When it comes to CBD oil (tinctures), it helps to know the three types of CBD oils out there:

  • Full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO): Contains CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and other organic compounds found in hemp including upwards of 0.3% THC. 
  • Broad-spectrum hemp oil (BSHO): Is just like FSHO, but without any THC.
  • CBD isolate: Should only contain CBD.

To begin with, if you’re worried about passing a drug test and CBD oil is your preferred method of consumption, it is recommended to take BSHO or CBD isolate. However, even when taking an isolate based tincture, you can still fail a drug test.

Second, only purchase CBD oil that’s been third-party tested by an unaffiliated, state-accredited lab using industry-approved methods to verify cannabinoid content and the absence of harmful chemicals. That way you have more certainty about the THC content of your CBD oil. 

Our CBD concentrates are also third-party tested, so you can consume them knowing they contain non-traceable amounts of THC when clearly labeled as such.

CBD Edibles

If edibles are your preferred method of consuming CBD, make sure you’re consuming products that are clearly labeled as containing non-detectable THC, like our gummies

Watch out, though, for products containing CBN, like our CBN-Rich Sublingual Tablets. As reported by WebMD, CBN has a risk of testing positive on drug tests because it’s a cannabinoid that’s a derivative of THC.

CBD Topicals

You don't have to worry about failing a drug test if you use our topical CBD products because the cannabinoids are absorbed into your skin, muscles, and nerves rather than your bloodstream. 

Bottom Line on CBD Showing Up on a Drug Test

Finally, you can take a week or two off from consuming CBD products if you’re concerned about passing your test. That said, you can still test positive, especially if you’re a regular user.

That’s what we advise when it comes to smoking or vaping hemp flower since that’s not an exact science and we don’t know how much you consume.

Additionally, the fine folks at Leafly have also written a great article that cobbles together information from a variety of industry experts and scientists. If you're interested, it's definitely worth a read. Check it out here

As always, if you have a question (preferably one that we are allowed to answer!), please feel free to reach out to us via our Contact page.