Can CBD oil make you fail a drug test?

Can CBD oil make you fail a drug test?

November 12, 2018

The short answer is, yes.

And it’s important to address, as the number of people using CBD to treat ailments is growing every day.

But first, what is CBD?

Cannabidiol, usually referred to as CBD, is a chemical compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the most common chemical compound in cannabis, intoxicates users or gives them a “high.” CBD does not. It has, however, shown potential as a treatment for everything from anxiety to epileptic seizures.

In June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a CBD-based drug for treating epileptic seizures. It was the first time that the FDA approved a drug derived from marijuana.

So, will CBD make me fail a drug test?

Probably not, but it’s possible. Most CBD products contain trace amounts of THC (usually no more than 0.3 percent), in most cases not enough to show up on a drug test.

Last month, though, WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta, Georgia ran a story about a woman who claims to have lost a job opportunity because of her CBD usage. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, tested positive for THC, despite claiming to have never used marijuana. Following her doctor’s recommendation, she has been using CBD oil for the prior two weeks to treat her anxiety.

“They expressed that I have a positive THC test,” the woman told WSB-TV 2. “I have never consumed marijuana in my life.”

According to, a company that tests nutritional supplements, around 10 percent of CBD users test positive for THC on drug screenings.

“It can happen,” said President Tod Cooperman. “And it also depends not just on not just the product, but some people metabolize CBD differently.”

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