Ever since Congress decided in 2018 that CBD derived from hemp is legal, people in the United States have been using CBD based products to help relieve anxiety, manage pain, relieve insomnia, and other symptoms. But many who work for an employer that does random drug tests, there is some hesitancy to even try these products due to the potential risk of “popping” one.
The question of whether a particular CBD product will cause you to fail a drug test has a simple answer: maybe. It depends on how pure the product is in terms of having other cannabinoids in it. CBD alone won’t cause you to fail a drug test, but other cannabinoids such as CBN (cannabinol) may and THC definitely will.
How Does A Cannabis Drug Test Work?
Most commercially available urine drug tests in the United States will only look for a few different drugs, such as the following:
- Amphetamines (meth, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine)
- Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc)
- Opioids (hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, fentanyl, etc)
This is because most employers follow the guidelines that have been set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA). In the case of hemp-based product users, the chemical they’re looking for is THC. By law, all hemp-based products must test at under 0.3% THC or the product is considered a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government.
There are two types of drug tests that employees have to worry about passing: urine tests, which are the most common, and hair follicle tests, which aren’t as widely used. The hair test isn’t quite as risky as the urine test, however, and here’s why.
Urine tests are only accurate for a few days into the past, typically up to 3. This is why urine tests are always requested when someone gets hurt in the workplace; they can find out with accuracy whether the person used any of the drugs the test looks for within the past 72 hours. The threshold of one of these drugs in your system that will cause you to fail this test is low.
A hair follicle test is done when a company is attempting to establish a pattern of drug usage and can be accurate for up to 90 days into the past.
How To Know If A CBD Product Is Safe For Drug Tests
There’s really no way to know whether a CBD product is safe for drug tests. Whether it’s in the form of gummies, oil, other types of edibles, or even smokeable products, there’s always a chance you could fail. Lab test results from your merchant that include the batch number and such may make you feel better, but no one can guarantee that you can pass a drug test using CBD products.