Though plenty of people have failed drug tests after using CBD, CBD users who do not use marijuana should not fail drug tests if they are using high quality CBD products that include only the ingredients that their manufacturers disclose are in them. Congress recently made CBD legal across the country, but CBD products are not supposed to contain more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC.
THC is the part of the cannabis plant that is psychoactive and that provides the “high” that marijuana users experience. CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive and so not associated with this type of high.
The National Institute of Health NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have recommended that urine marijuana tests detect THC at or above a concentration of 50 ng/mL. Because THC is the compound that is detected in urine marijuana tests, products that produce urine THC levels above this threshold are the ones that are likely to lead to a failed drug test.
Given the regulations around THC content, many people wonder why those who make, distribute, and sell CBD products do not simply comply with the THC concentration rules. The simple answer is that manufacturing CBD products that contain knowable levels of THC can be quite complex.
Calculations of THC content tend to be made based on the dry weight of the plant, but THC is not equally distributed throughout the plant. The part of the plant from which THC is extracted can therefore affect the overall THC content.
Though manufacturers may attempt to control the amount of THC that goes into CBD products, the labels on many CBD products do not accurately reflect the ingredients or dosages of the products. People who want to use CBD products but also ensure that their THC levels stay below the legal limit should therefore seek out products that are developed based on strict manufacturing processes.
Making sure that the manufacturer of the CBD product can provide a Certificate of Analysis, commonly referred to as a COA in the industry, can improve the chances of getting a high quality product that contains the specified amount of THC. However, seeking out products that contain zero THC is an even better way to avoid failing a drug test.
THC can remain detectable for 30 days, and even small amounts of THC can build up in the body and prevent one from passing a drug test. THC is fat-soluble, which means that it is stored in fat and slowly released over time.
For those interested in CBD products but worried about failing marijuana drug tests that detect THC, the best options are to: