Because of various reasons, you might be asking, “can CBD make me fail a drug test?” In this article, we hope to give you the answer you need.
Although cannabis was historically grown and used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, it has been strictly regulated, if not completely prohibited, in most parts of the world for decades. Although there are numerous differing reasons for this, one seems to be common: the fact that it has psychoactive effects. As a result, the production, sale, and distribution of even all its derivatives are bound by rules and regulations.
Cannabis, however, is made up of multiple different compounds. In fact, it carries more than 100. And only one is capable of making its consumer intoxicated. This “cannabinoid,” as it is termed, is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). If you consume enough to cause intoxication, then it will certainly cause you to fail a drug test.
On the other hand, cannabidiol (CBD) has no psychoactive effects whatsoever. In addition, it has attracted increasing interest in recent years due to its array of potential health benefits. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to promote homeostasis (balance) throughout the entire body. In doing so, it contributes to general well-being. In addition, it increases the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter responsible for relaxation. As such, CBD can be physically relaxing and mentally calming when consumed. However, it is not intoxicating. It will not, therefore, cause a consumer to fail a drug test.
Can CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test if I Take the Wrong Kind?
It’s important to note that there are different “types” of CBD. A CBD isolate will have been isolated in a laboratory from all the other cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant. For that reason, you know exactly what you’re consuming: pure CBD. However, broad-spectrum CBD contains isolated CBD that’s been mixed with other cannabinoids and/or terpenes. And, full-spectrum CBD contains everything found in the cannabis plant. Therefore, the former could contain THC, and the latter definitely will.
In the US, federal law stipulates that anything with a THC content of more than 0.3% is illegal. (Restrictions vary according to state law.) This is the same in many parts of the world. Therefore, if you consume broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD, you need to ensure that it contains less than 0.3% THC. Anything over that will cause you to fail a drug test.
The THC levels – as well as the rest of the product’s content – should be evident by the lab test results and certificates of analysis that reputable companies have no problem in providing. If you’re unsure, look for a different company. There are enough out there that are willing to be completely transparent about what their products contain. If your chosen CBD product does contain less than 0.3%, then you’re good to go. You don’t have to worry at all about it causing you to fail a drug test.