Cannabis Q: Will CBD Cause Me to Fail a Drug Test?

Cannabis Q: Will CBD Cause Me to Fail a Drug Test?
October 7, 2019 Noa

Cannabis Q: Will CBD Cause Me to Fail a Drug Test?


CBD products are one of the fastest growing markets in the health and wellness industry. CBD, a derivative of cannabis, is a cannabinoid with many medicinal benefits yet no psychoactive effects. In other words, it doesn’t get you high. All types of people are using CBD for everything from stress relief to preventing seizures. It reduces pain and alleviates inflammation. CBD can help you sleep and can soothe digestive disorders. But, will it cause you to fail a drug test?

Although rare, there have been cases were CBD products have caused someone to fail a drug test for cannabis which tests for another cannabinoid, THC. How is this possible? CBD products often contain trace amounts of THC. In order to be labeled as CBD, a product should contain .3% or less THC, but not all products are alike. In California, CBD products manufactured from cannabis plants can only be sold through licensed retail dispensaries, yet CBD products created from hemp, a non-psychoactive form of cannabis are being sold in gas stations and health food stores around the state. Are these guidelines enforced? Not really. Unless it’s a lab tested product that displays its results, some products labeled as CBD could end up containing much more THC than expected.

In one recent test, one out of five CBD products purchased online contained enough THC to cause impairment. Since THC accumulates in the fat cells, it would be possible to fail a drug test by taking only “CBD” products. But only if the CBD products actually contained more THC than guidelines dictate.

If you’re worried about drug testing while taking CBD products, it’s important to purchase lab tested products with minimal to no traces of THC. You can find these products at licensed cannabis dispensaries like OrganiCann, MendoCann and Oakland Organics. We sell many types of CBD-only products, all produced by reputable, local companies and lab-tested for your health and peace of mind.

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