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Thousands of workplaces around the US require drug testing of their employees. Since CBD is found in the marijuana plant, many people who use CBD oil and other products are wondering if it will show up on a drug test. It’s completely understandable to have these concerns, especially if you regularly use CBD to treat anxiety, pain, insomnia, or other issues. Here’s what you need to know about whether or not CBD oil will show up on a work-related drug test.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound in the marijuana and hemp plants. Unlike THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, CBD won’t get you “high.”
To make CBD oil, the CBD is extracted from the entirety of the hemp plant using high pressure and low temperatures. The oil is then refined and mixed with a carrier oil. From there, it may be further processed into gummy candies, vape liquid, or topical ointments.
How Long is It In My System?
When you use CBD, whether orally or topically, the effects will generally last at least an hour and a half, though higher dosages could stay in effect for several hours. However, even though the effects wear off, the compound itself could remain in your system for several days or more.
Types of Work-Place Drug Tests
There are three main types of workplace drug tests that you might have to undergo: saliva, hair, or urine. All of these tests are looking for specific drugs; the presence of drugs other than what the test is for won’t register. We’ll get to that in a minute.
Urine tests are the most common for workplace drug testing, with 2018 seeing 6 million urine screens. Saliva tests accounted for just 1.4 million workplace drug tests, while there were only 200,000 hair follicle drug tests.
When CBD Can Make You Fail a Drug Test
We mentioned above that drug tests look for specific drugs to show up; they won’t account for every chemical in your system. The good news is that workplace drug tests are not testing for CBD – they’re checking for THC instead. The bad news is that depending on your source, your CBD oil may contain a small amount of THC. Legally, this is fine if it’s within the regulations, but even a tiny amount of THC showing up on a drug test can cost you your job.
If you are a regular CBD user, you’ll want to check the THC content of your oil and maybe even invest in lower dosed products if you are concerned it may pose an issue.
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