Will CBD show on a drug test?

Will CBD show on a drug test?

Posted by Devon Keene on Oct 24th 2020

Will CBD show on a drug test?

CBDderived from 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD was initially discovered in 1940. THC also is known as Tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive compound which is located in cannabis and is the primary intoxicating compound. CBD does have some psychoactive effects does not give the users the same sensation of 'high' as THC which is why researchers are being done to check its potential in treating mental health conditions like depression and anxiety as it does not have the same intoxicating properties as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).


The drug test which is done for detecting cannabis is the urine drug test. The urine drug test usually focuses on the following substances:

  • alcohol
  • amphetamines
  • benzodiazepines
  • cocaine
  • cannabis

The drug test targets THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and its metabolites, and if antibodies identify a drug, it will give the signal that the test is positive.

The THC is fat-soluble, and the body stores it in the fat compartments inside the body. When a person burns or recycles this fat, it slowly releases the THC which was held before, and the kidneys eliminate it and its metabolites. This is also a reason why people unexpectedly test posit; I've on a urine drug test.

There are two main types of urine drug tests; the first one is the screening and the second one is the confirmatory tests. The screening tests can be conducted on-site or in a laboratory, and it provides an initial estimate of the presence or absence of the drugs. Three main types are available, and all of them use antibodies to detect the presence of specific drug metabolites. But this can also mean that substances with similar characteristics can also be seen which will result in a false-positive test result.


If we look into the theory, then yes people can fail a drug test because of CBD. This is because many CBD products can also contain trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). If you consume one of those products, your drug test may come complimentary.


The CBD products derived from cannabis or hemp contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids which also includes THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Although the product manufacturers may say that they eliminated the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) from their products, this may not be a complete truth. Sometimes the products are not tested by the third-party or are inappropriately labelled which misrepresent the actual THC dose in the works which misleads the consumers.

People can also receive a false positive on cannabis or THC urine drug test. This can be due to the use of the following drugs:

  • dronabinol
  • Non-steroidal
  • anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen, etc.
  • Pantoprazole

If you want to avoid being tested positive for the cannabis or THC urine test, then you should buy CBD from a reliable source which guarantees that the product you are purchasing does not contain TCH (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

References: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/style/self-car...

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