Cannabis 101: Will Taking CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test?

 Will Taking CBD Make Me Fail A Drug Test?

We get a lot of people asking this question and it is not just a yes or no answer. Here is everything you need to know before taking CBD if you are being drug tested – or if you are simply curious.

There are 3 types of CBD on the market:

  • CBD Isolate
  • Broad Spectrum CBD
  • Full Spectrum CBD

Infographic: CBD Isolate VS Broad and Full Spectrum CBD

CBD Isolate: CBD Isolate has been processed so that the only cannabinoid present is CBD. There will be no THC, CBD, THCV, or other cannabinoids. This makes CBD Isolate 100% safe if you are being drug tested. The disadvantages of Isolate are that most believe that without the other cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, you will not experience what is called the ‘entourage effect” or simply put: all of the cannabinoids working together to produce the best possible effect. 

Some say it doesn’t work at all for some people’s endocannabinoid system, some say it depends on the strain or plant. The best rule of thumb is to try a few different products and record how you feel using a journal.

Broad Spectrum CBD: Broad-spectrum can vary from product to product – but is generally thought to be safe for drug testing if the company can provide a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) stating that no THC is in the product. Make sure to clarify this before you use a broad-spectrum product! We would suggest this over isolate simply because you have a better chance of achieving the sought after entourage effect – the closer to ‘whole plant’ the better.

Full Spectrum CBD: Do not take full-spectrum CBD if you are trying to pass a drug test. While the THC levels in full-spectrum are extremely low (you won’t get high) and it is fairly unlikely you will fail – it IS possible. It is not suggested if you are not being drug tested – then we would 10/10 suggest full spectrum to enjoy the above-mentioned entourage effect.


Some Other Things to Note:

  • When CBD flower is decarboxylated it does increase the THC levels. 
  • Unless you are buying isolate which is not possible in flower form, you will always have trace amounts of THC which can show up in a drug test. 
  • THC builds up in your system and is stored in fat cells so if smoking repeatedly, your chances will go up – especially in people who have a higher body fat ratio. If you smoked just once, your chances are fairly low.
  • Always ask for a COA (certificate of analysis) when buying CBD products. This will tell you if there is THC in it (so you can watch out for that drug test) – but will also tell you how much CBD if there are pesticides present, if there is mold, and if there are other toxins in your product.
  • If a company does not 3rd-party lab test, they are not to be trusted! 3rd-party lab testing is the only way to know for sure what you are buying. The CBD market is unregulated – thus you have to do your own research.
  • Products should be stored in a temperature-controlled space out of sunlight. The freezer or fridge is best (though oils will coagulate). This will prevent the degradation of CBD content.
  • Get to know your body – record your experiences using a journal and take note of how you feel. Everyone’s body is different and some products work better for others. Just because it worked for your sister-in-law doesn’t mean it will work the same way for you.

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