Can CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test?

CBD. It can help improve your mood and calm your nerves; support how your body responds to stress and how your skin combats dryness and blemishes—from sleep to PMS symptoms, CBD has a range of potential health and therapeutic effects. But, can it put your job at risk by showing up on a drug test?

In some cases, yes.

While the actual CBD (Cannabidiol) compound itself will not lead to a failed drug test, there is still a possibility that some CBD products can show up on a drug test if THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is present. But I thought CBD doesn’t contain THC, marijuana’s main active ingredient, so what gives?

Full spectrum CBD products ( like Winged) do contain trace amounts of THC. For a quick refresher, CBD comes from cannabis, which is a species of plants that has different varieties, including marijuana and hemp. If there’s one thing to remember about the difference between these two varieties, it’s this: Both can produce high amounts of the CBD compound we know and love. However, THC, the compound that creates the intoxicating feeling, occurs at a much higher level in marijuana than hemp. To qualify as hemp, cannabis must contain less than 0.3 percent of THC. Therefore, if your goal is to find a CBD product with the lowest remnants of THC, it’s important to choose one that is hemp-derived.

Choosing a hemp-based CBD product isn’t the only thing to consider. With the growing popularity in CBD products and the ability to purchase them over the counter, there has also been an increase of pseudo cannabis companies that skimp on testing, quality control measures, and even manufacture synthetic CBD products. To ensure you’re buying a reputable product without undesirable surprises, here are some key things to consider:

Look for a Certificate of Analysis

It’s important that any CBD product you buy has a Certificate of Analysis. With Winged products you can find a scannable QR code on every bottle linking to our COA.  Some companies link the COA on their website. A COA i should be from a non biased 3rd party lab and test potency of both CBD and THC. This is where you will be able to verify that the THC content is 0.3% or less—the legal limit to be considered a hemp plant. 

Talk to Your Employer

Since CBD is legal federally, a conversation with your boss or HR department on your usage could be helpful. That way if a false positive for cannabis comes up, you have disclosed using full spectrum legal hemp CBD. 

Use an Isolate or Broad Spectrum

It is very unlikely that a drug test would pick up the trade amounts of THC in full spectrum hemp based products, but to be absolutely sure, using a CBD isolate is your absolute safest bet. 

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