A common concern among those new to cannabinoid products is whether their cannabidiol (CBD) or other cannabinoid product will cause them to fail a drug test. Testing for substances is a prevalent practice among employers in certain industries, including first responder operations, professional athletic leagues and the United States Military. The answer as to whether a cannabinoid product will elicit a positive drug test depends on the presence of a particular cannabinoid – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the well-known psychoactive cannabinoid that elicits a euphoric response. While scientists have found THC to be therapeutically beneficial for certain symptoms and conditions, including pain management and nausea, many workplaces have rules prohibiting its use.
Drug tests are designed to screen for the presence of THC or the primary metabolite of THC, carboxy-THC. For a person to test positive, they must have consumed a cannabinoid product containing THC, which can stay in the body for up to 11 weeks.
Drug tests do not test for the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD or other natural hemp based compounds. Because they won’t cause a euphoric response, CBD oil products are an ideal option for people of all ages who are looking for the health benefits of cannabinoids but want to avoid any chance of a high. Most CBD oil products do contain minute amounts of THC, which in theory could make users susceptible to a positive drug test in the case that extremely large doses are taken.
For those looking to avoid THC altogether, some CBD hemp oil companies now offer products that are completely free of the psychoactive compound. The CBD in the oil is isolated, so first responders, competitive athletes and anyone subject to a drug test have zero risk of failing a drug test even if taking high doses of CBD oil.