Will CBD oil cause a false positive drug test?

CBD is a non-psychoactive and safe supplement that helps you feel relaxed and improves your overall health. That is why CBD is so popular. But, you might know that CBD oil comes from the same plant species that marijuana comes from. 

Your CBD oil can legally contain a trace of THC (0.3% or less, to be exact). Would that be enough to show up on a drug test?

What happens in a drug test?

There are two main types of drug tests that a lab can perform; a 5-panel test or a 10-panel test. 

  • 5-panel test: screens for give common drugs and harmful compounds such as cocaaine, opiate, PCP, amphetamaines/methamphetamines and THC. 
  • 10-panel test: screens for more recreational drugs, including pharmaceutical drugs.

CBD isn't on one of these lists, as you may have noticed. That is because CBD is not harmful, addictive or an inhibiting compound. But some CBD products still contain a very small amount of THC (where drug tests test on), so is there a chance that using CBD oil will result in a false positive drug test? 

CBD: a trigger for a false positive?

Okay, there is an amount of THC in some CBD products. Even naturally, hemp plants contain 0.3% of THC. It is such a small amount. That amount will never make you ''high''. 

Might be nice to know, but that doesn't mean that there isn't any trace of THC in your blood streams, because that little amount that could be in your system, is still something. Is this 0.3% THC enough to trigger a false positive on a drug test? 

Short answer, no, probably not. 

Probably may not sound very reassuring, but if you take CBD oil on a daily basis (and your CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC), it will be extremely rare that you get a false positive on a drug test. 

In order for THC to show up on a drug test, you need to have a minimum of 50ng/mL (nanogram per milliliter). To have that amount of THC in your body, you must take extremely high doses of CBD oil everyday (if you do not take marijuana). A high dosage means 1.000 to 2.000 mg a day. Over time, the THC from these doses can build up enough to show up. 

Another reason why you could get a false positive is because the THC and CBD molecules -- as well as any other cannabinoids in your CBD oil -- are so similar that they can potentially influence a drug test to result in a false positive. 

What to do if you get a false positive? 

In the very very very small chance that your regular CBD consumption might end up influencing your drug test, you don't have to worry just yet. Initial drug tests use immunoassay, which uses antibodies to detect any presence of drugs. The thing is: immunoassay doesn’t test the specific amount of a drug found; it just states a positive or negative result. 

If someone tests positive on an immunoassay drug test, the standard procedure is to perform a confirmatory GC/MS test. GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) testing can identify specific molecules based on unique characteristics, and these tests only look for the specific THC metabolite. That means that even if your CBD oil contains other cannabinoids, you don’t have to worry about those triggering a false positive.

If your CBD oil does contain THC, the odds of your GC/MS test resulting win a false positive is even more rare simply because it tests strictly for the THC molecule. The test can tell the difference between THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. 

Concluded, if you take CBD oil regularly, there is no need for you to worry about not passing a drug test. CBD oil purposes are improving your overall health and well-being, and we all make sure you can do that without worrying. Besides that, Nature's Medicals CBD oil contains no THC aka no need to worry about anything when using Nature's Medicals!

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