CBD & DRUG TEST

An Introduction To Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol (CBD) has recently surged into the therapeutic spotlight for its perceived anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, and seizure-suppressing properties. It can be found in health and wellness aisles across the world — perhaps even at your local Walgreens or CVS — and comes in many forms, some of which include CBD oil, tinctures, edibles, elixirs, and more.

CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis, which some say provides the benefit of relaxation without the high that THC provides.

Although hemp-derived CBD products are available in states where recreational cannabis isn’t legal, some people might worry whether their use of CBD oil will show up on a drug test. Even in states where it is legal to buy THC-heavy cannabis from a retail store, some employers still screen employees for cannabis use. It’s a valid concern considering that even CBD products derived from hemp are legally permitted to contain traces of THC, 0.3% or less to be exact, perhaps leaving some consumers to wonder whether there’s a small amount of THC in their CBD oil — and whether that will show up on a drug test.

“I think that people who are afraid of testing positive should use isolate that is third-party tested to have no THC or extremely minute trace amounts that result in no THC. That’s the simple and safest thing,” said Dr. Joseph J. Morgan, Professor of Cannabis Education at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and medical adviser.

While there are certain CBD products, such as distillate and crystalline, that contain zero THC, the fears of inexperienced consumers may still persist. Like most things in the constantly evolving cannabis space, there are a number of factors to consider.

Should you worry about CBD oil showing up on a drug test?

The short answer is in most cases you are safe. Unfortunately, there is a long story and it’s a little bit murky. Most employers abide by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services guidelines (SAMHSA) and this only calls for testing THC or THC metabolites. 

Here at Kono Naturals, our CBD is full-spectrum otherwise known as whole plant cannabidiol. The full-spectrum or whole plant is just a reference to the fact that when the CBD is processed none of the other elements (i.e. CBG, CBN, THC) are removed. However, this shouldn’t worry you for drug test purposes because legally there can only be a maximum amount of 0.3% THC in the CBD. 

Another thing to consider is the different types of drug tests. For example a hair test, this is a test used to spot habitual substance use so CBD use wouldn’t raise any red flags and a false positive would be highly unlikely. 

“I think that people who are afraid of testing positive should use isolate that is third-party tested to have no THC or extremely minute trace amounts that result in no THC. That's the simple and safest thing,”

Dr. Joseph J. Morgan

Professor of Cannabis Education at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and medical advise

Is there such a thing as a CBD oil drug test?

No there is currently no CBD drug test. CBD stays in your body from 2-5 days. Full Spectrum CBD oil has trace amounts of CBD (.3% maximum) so there is a chance that it gives off a false positive for THC but even that is very unlikely. 

We advise our clients, if they are worried about not passing a drug test due to a false THC positive, to simply use our broad-spectrum or CBD isolate. 

Broad-Spectrum CBD is an extraction method where the THC is removed after the oil has been extracted. This virtually eliminates any chance for a false positive for THC. The other option is CBD isolate this is CBD in its purest form and contains no other cannabinoids.