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Drug Testing For CBD

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Will CBD Fail A Drug Test? Very Unlikely.

Random drug testing and drug screening have become common tools used by employers and other regulatory entities to monitor and discourage recreational drug use.

urine samples in flasks for drug testing at a laboratory

The world is paying attention to cannabidiol, more popularly known as CBD. CBD has been shown to have many therapeutic properties. Backed by evidence from reputable medical studies, CBD has found a position in modern culture. CBD is a cannabinoid derived from plants. But it enjoys more widespread acceptance than the most famous cannabinoid, THC. THC is the chemical associated with the high and intoxication.

With this newfound popularity, there has also been concern over whether CBD is capable of causing a positive result in standard drug tests. Read on to find out more if you are concerned about how CBD performs on drug tests.

Understanding If CBD Will Show Up On A Drug Test

Employers typically drug test/screen, to detect THC or other illicit drugs. THC causes significant changes to its user’s sensory perception, consciousness, and behavior. CBD doesn’t produce any psychoactive or intoxicating effects,

Drug tests (using either hair or urine samples) do not test for CBD, rather they look for THC and other illegal substances. Quest Diagnostics¹, a leading U.S. drug testing company, states that they don’t offer to test for CBD as part of their employer drug testing program.

When testing for THC, it is typical for the drug test to follow a set of protocols from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)². SAMHSA sets a standard for a THC positive urine test at greater than 50 ng/ml. A secondary screen is then used to confirm rule out false positives.

Note: It is important to identify the difference in two types of CBD products: full spectrum & isolate. Full spectrum CBD products can have up to 0.3% THC included, whereas CBD isolates are completely THC free. If you regularly get drug tested for work, we recommend taking the THC free isolate products. 

woman in laboratory with testing instruments

Taking Full Spectrum May Affect Your Answers On Lie Detectors

If you are restricted from taking illegal drugs due to employment or legal commitments and consume full spectrum CBD products you may fail a lie detector test. Part of taking full spectrum CBD is knowing that there is a presence of THC in the product. If you may be subject to a lie detector test, we suggest taking only THC-Free CBD products, so you can confidently answer these questions.

Can CBD Give A False Positive Drug Test Result?

CBD has a different chemical structure compared to THC and it would not be expected to show up as THC positive on a drug test.  It would take a very significant amount above the typical serving of even a full spectrum (<0.3% THC) CBD product to trigger a false positive test result for THC.


It is extremely unfortunate if someone unintentionally failed a drug test while they were trying to take CBD for its wellness benefits. Many of these situations have occurred due to impure CBD products made by untrustworthy manufacturers. Unfortunately, there are some manufacturers that do not verify the levels of CBD or THC in their final products. This means a product that says it is under 0.3% THC could be much higher. If you are interested in purchasing CBD products, we strongly recommend you pick a company that has independent, third third-party lab testing and makes them available to the public.

female doctor testing the lab results of a CBD drug test

Final Thoughts On CBD Products & Drug Tests

If you are interested in using CBD worry free, it is important to purchase CBD Isolate that is THC free and only purchase your products from trustworthy and reliable sources.

Daddy Burt Hemp Co. offers a series of 100% THC free CBD oils and THC free edible gummies. We also offer third-party testing information on our product pages so you can verify exactly what is in your product. Check out our online shop to order your THC free CBD product today.

Written by:

Sean Cope

Sean is a CBD expert and employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Communications and American Culture in 2014 and has also worked in a variety of marketing positions. Sean currently specializes in educating people about the benefits of CBD through writing articles that are supported by scientific evidence. He has spent countless hours reviewing medical and scientific studies about cannabidiol and writing about them so that others can understand. Sean is a contributor for Nutritional Outlook Magazine and has been featured on Analytical Cannabis, Dayton.com, Cincinnati.com and many more.Sean wants to highlight the following Daddy Burt article: CBD for Addiction

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Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry. He originally developed an interest in science and engineering and received a degree in Industrial Engineering, which led him to a career in the nation’s space program. Bob worked for several aerospace companies supporting the space launch for NASA and the Department of Defense. Since Hemp farming has been revitalized in America over the last decade, his family legacy has called to him. Daddy Burt Hemp Co. is the rekindling of Bob's family's hemp farming legacy, dating back to the early 1800s.Bob has been profiled by Smiley Pete Publishing and has been featured in articles about CBD/Hemp on Forbes.com, Kentucky.com, MiamiHerald.com, NewsObserver.com and many more.

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