Will CBD Make You Fail A Drug Test?

By Rachel Garland

Are you thinking about trying
CBD but concerned that you could fail a drug test?

There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to Cannabidiol.

If your subject to drug testing at your job, you might be cautious about using anything that could make you fail, and rightfully so.

We want to provide some clarity.

Keep reading to learn what you need to know when it comes to CBD and drug testing. 

Types of Drug Testing

Depending on your employer, you might face different types of drug testing.

The most common include:

  • Urine Analysis
  • Saliva Test
  • Breath Test
  • Hair Test
  • Blood Test 

The type of drug test you are subject to along with the type of CBD you are consuming can have an impact on your results.

Blood tests are among the most in-depth type of testing.

However, they are not frequently used as this is also the most costly type of testing.

Saliva and urine drug tests are the most popular and most cost effective. 

That being said:

No matter what type of drug test you are taking, Cannabidiol will not make you fail but even small amounts of THC will.

This is why it is so important to understand the type of CBD you’re consuming. 

Difference Between CBD and THC

Do you know why CBD doesn’t flag a drug test but THC does?

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound in cannabis responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects.

Currently THC is tested for during a drug screening. 

If you test positive, you can lose your job.

Obviously you want to avoid this!

Yet, some CBD products do contain THC.

According to the Farm Bill that passed in December 2018, CBD derived from hemp with less than 0.3% THC is federally legal.

Which means that some products may contain trace amounts of THC.

While you certainly will not experience any psychoactive effects, it may still show up on a drug test.

Will You Fail a Drug Test for Consuming CBD? 

Unless you are consuming CBD isolate, then there is a chance you could fail a drug test for taking Cannabidiol.

Full spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC content along with other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids naturally present.

Which means that it does contain some THC.


If you are not subject to drug testing, full spectrum is a great option.

Research shows that the compounds in hemp work synergistically. 

In other words, they are more effective together than they are alone. This is actually known as the entourage effect.

Hence we highly recommend full spectrum CBD.

That being said:

If you are subject to drug testing, CBD isolate is a much safer choice. 

Even broad spectrum CBD, which is said to contain all of the cannabinoids except for THC may still contain trace amounts which can flag your drug test.

Therefore, we recommend only using CBD isolate that is 99+% pure Cannabidiol.

In addition, you can also use topical CBD products such as salves if you are being drug tested. Only ingesting CBD has the potential to flag your screening.

We hope this helps clear up some of the confusion.

If you are subject to drug testing, check out our full range of CBD isolate products.

And if you still have questions about CBD…

Check Out Our CBD Educational Resource Center Here

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