CBD: Will I Test Positive on Drug Tests?

Will CBD show on my drug test? It most likely will not, but there are caveats. Make sure you understand why CBD itself will not make you test positive, but there might be a slim chance the test will find trace amounts of THC in your system. Yes, the use of full-spectrum CBD products may lead to a positive drug test, because there can be a small amount of THC. If you consume enough THC, even small amounts, it can show on a drug test.

Recent news highlights some of the confusion. The U.S. Department of Transportation strengthened its position on CBD and drug testing: they will not test for it. However, they will not accept the use of CBD as an excuse to test positive for THC. So, this means that the DOT employees should definitely avoid full-spectrum products.

THC in CBD Products?

There is a lack of regulation in the CBD space, and that is happening not only in the United States but worldwide. As much as 70% of CBD products in the market are not what they claim to be. What is on the label may or may not be what is in the container. Yet, due to the numerous potential therapeutic benefits and relief from a variety of illnesses, the demand for CBD is at its highest despite this. Even with the lack of regulation, due to discrepancies with cannabis laws, CBD continues to thrive in this quickly growing market. It is difficult to determine if a product stays true to its claims.

CBD is safe and will not get you high. Although other cannabinoids can produce intoxicating effects at high levels, with THC as the main cannabis compound responsible for that "high" feeling. TruPotency.com carries many products made with 99%+ pure CBD isolate if you want to avoid THC all together. The question is, are these products truly void of any THC?

Director of Science for TruPotency Austin Flohrschutz talked about this in detail on the latest episode at Cannabis Health Radio. If you haven't listened to it yet, you can check it out here. We use third-party blind laboratory testing, data algorithms to derive benefit, and work with a world-class Advisory Board of cannabis scientists and doctors to test and analyze products to determine what is safe and effective versus marketing fluff and snake oil.

While some shady companies will have THC in a THC-free, as a TruPotency customer, you can be sure THC was not detected in our purely CBD products. You can view these test results on every product page.

Drug Testing Procedures

When do people submit themselves to drug testing? Whether voluntarily or sanctioned, it's not every day that people get tested. Depending on state law, some companies test their employees during employment. Drug test laws vary, and there are limits as to when and how companies conduct drug screening in some states.

Testing a biological sample (such as urine, blood, saliva, and hair) helps determine if the subject has been using the drug or drugs in question. Several situations can lead to drug testing.

  • Pre-employment or work-related, random or otherwise
  • Collegiate and professional athletes
  • Post-accident, in cases of casualties and property damage, insurance claims
  • Safety-related, for occupations needing sharp focus

Some drug tests are court-ordered. It is a requirement in most states for a DUI-convicted person to complete a substance abuse evaluation. Some states also require the assessment as a condition of participating in programs to avoid a DUI conviction.

Involuntary drug testing may happen in medical emergencies, and an ER doctor may run a drug test without your consent. There may be some ethical issues of autonomy and confidentiality. However, emergency care professionals need to test to assess the situation right away. It is important to know immediately if a mind-altering drug, like methamphetamine, caused your condition and not a medical condition such as stroke, seizure, or even brain infection.


Urine Test, Cut-Off Levels, and THC-COOH

A urine drug test can detect the presence of drugs and substances in your system. These include amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine, MDMA, opiates, nicotine, and alcohol. Urine is the most common sample type used for drug testing cannabis. Typically, the tests are looking for THC-COOH, one of the primary metabolites of THC.

THC-COOH is the second metabolite created by THC within the body post cannabis consumption, right after hydroxy-THC (11-hydroxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The official name of THC-COOH is 11-nor-9-carboxy-Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol and read "carboxy THC." THC-COOH is not water-soluble and stored in the fat cells. Unlike THC that leaves the system within hours, THC-COOH may be detectable for weeks. It is a common misbelief that drug tests screen specifically for THC. Most tests don't. Instead, they're going to pick up on the THC-COOH in your body.

Blood, saliva, and hair testing are far less common than urine tests for drug screening. Urine drug screens use cut-off levels, meaning a result will only be positive if the amount of the drug is above the specified value. While false-positives might be a concern, urine testing tends to be accurate with the possibility of showing marijuana use from up to 30 days prior.

 False-positive results may occur when a person has not consumed THC but has consumed legal amounts of hemp, but confirmatory tests can be done. Cut-off levels also reduce the chance of testing positive after passive exposure to a drug, such as exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke.

Depending on the situation, LabCorp (one of the largest clinical laboratory networks in the world) provides a test that will quantify the general CBD to THC ratio. This will show whether a positive test was due to the consumption of CBD products (with potentially small amounts of THC) or high THC cannabis products. This may or may not matter in your situation.

In urine, THC-COOH must be present at a concentration of 50 ng/ml or greater for a positive result. The established cut-off values are in place to avoid the possibility that trace amounts of THC or THC-COOH would trigger a positive result. Passing a urine test does not necessarily mean THC or THC-COOH is not present; it only means the value is below the cut-off levels. While there is a variation in the detection window, metabolites such as THC-COOH is detectable in urine up to 15 days after THC consumption.

Understanding Labels

We must know what goes into the products we consume. At TruPotency.com, we curate quality CBD products. Each goes through rigorous testing to make sure all claims, especially ingredients, are safe. We also make sure consumers are well-informed about the CBD products they purchase. There is a lack of regulation on CBD products, and that is why we use third-party testing to look at products' actual composition and make sure they are correctly labeled.

Typical Labels for CBD Extracts:

  • Full Spectrum CBD – contains ALL the compounds derived from the cannabis plant, including THC
  • Broad Spectrum CBD – a distilling process removes THC while still containing varying amounts of other compounds
  • Isolate – purely CBD

The use of third-party blind testing is significant to ensure that all the products for sale at TruPotency.com are appropriately labeled. Consumers must know the difference between full-spectrum, broad, and CBD isolate— with full-spectrum CBD containing amounts of THC that may show a positive result in drug tests.

Avoiding a Positive Drug Test Result

We do not condone bypassing drug testing when needed. We only want to make sure you understand what may produce a positive drug test result so you can make a sound decision with regards to the purchase and consumption of CBD products.

  1. Always read the product information and evaluate it. Purchase your CBD isolate products from reputable sources such as TruPotency.com.
  2. CBD products that come from marijuana, along with full-spectrum CBD products derived from hemp, are more likely to contain THC.
  3. All products available at TruPotency.com are correctly labeled. If you want to avoid THC altogether, choose a product that is 99+% CBD isolate, like the brand Medterra.
  4. Secondhand exposure to THC may produce a positive result.
  5. CBD can turn to THC in highly acidic conditions — a study showed that this might occur in an acidic environment, such as the stomach. However, that study was in a dish and this does not happen in humans.
  6. Some reagents used in drug tests can convert CBD to THC because of their acidity like above. However, most drug testing companies know this now. Still an important point to keep in mind just in case.