Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural supplement that should not appear on a drug test. However, many CBD products contain traces of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana. If there is enough THC present, it can show up on a drug test and, in rare cases, lead to a positive result. So, does CBD appear in a hair follicle test? And does that mean that your CBD products will cause you to fail a drug test? No, drug tests do not detect CBD because it does not cause intoxicating effects and is not an illegal controlled substance.
However, people who use CBD may still fail a drug test due to contamination with THC or incorrect labeling of the product. Hair tests are known to be able to detect drugs over an extended period of time. These tests can detect THC metabolites in CBD up to three months after administration. However, hair tests are also very rare to detect THC and CBD.
No amount of CBD will cause you to fail a drug test unless that test is modified to detect CBD. The real problem is if your product contains THC. There are many different factors to consider that influence how long CBD stays in your system and how it affects you. It's a common misconception that CBD and THC are the same thing; while CBD is a natural supplement, the metabolites of THC may be detected during drug testing.
Although CBD does NOT come from marijuana, the latter causes some potential complications for CBD users with an upcoming drug test. It's also worth noting that since CBD products aren't regulated by the FDA, you may be taking CBD mixed with other cannabinoids, which could increase detectability. Generally, CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC and are taken in small amounts of 100 to 800 mg per day. Despite its psychoactive effects, researchers are studying its potential to treat mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. The agents and reagents used in drug tests provide acidic conditions in which CBD can be converted to THC, which would produce a positive result for a CBD consumer by making them appear as a regular cannabis user. Very small amounts of THC present in the material from which the CBD is extracted can enter the CBD oil in quantities high enough to test positive for drugs.
In theory, getting a false positive on a drug test with CBD oil should be relatively impossible if pure CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC. This means that a 30 ml CBD tincture, regardless of the strength of the CBD, will contain a maximum of 0.00036 nanograms of THC. The THC-OH present in volunteer 3 would suggest the use of cannabis, and the levels of CBN and CBD also present could suggest the possible use of a cannabis-based product. The type of pharmacological test given to you, and the time elapsed since you last took CBD, could influence whether it is detectable. If you pass a drug test after taking CBD, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have traces of THC in your body.