There are many factors that will determine how long CBD and other cannabinoids like THC will stay in your system. When it comes to CBD and drug testing, the answers aren’t black and white its dependent on many different factors. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the Hemp Plant.
While CBD has become a very popular supplement, navigating the waters of CBD when it comes to duration and drug testing are still quite murky.
Let’s take a look at the top questions you should have the answers to before you begin your CBD journey. Different countries and states have different regulations regarding CBD.
In Canada, cannabis is Federally legal, but there are still rules surrounding employment that may state what is tolerable. In the U.S, CBD must contain no more than 0.3% THC in their finished product, and in the UK that amount decreases to 0.02%.
So, you’d think if there are rules in place and you follow them, then you’ll have no problems passing a work-related drug test, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, even if you buy a CBD oil that is within the legal limit of restricted cannabinoids, you may be putting you and your job at risk.
Before I freak you out about taking CBD and passing a drug test, we’re going to first look at how long CBD will stay in your system, how long it takes to feel the effects of CBD, and how long those effects may last.
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?
There are many factors that play into how long CBD will stay in your system. The information on the internet goes back and forth about the actual duration, but consuming CBD occasionally should not stay in your system for longer than one week.
It is important to understand the difference between the effects of CBD in your system, their duration and cannabinoids in your system in general.
CBD users who use consume large quantities over a long-term period build up their levels of cannabinoids present. A person who infrequently consumes CBD won’t see levels of cannabinoids that high. So that’s CBD in your system.
When you consume CBD, the effects and the duration will vary based on the product you use, your method of consumption, your weight, your ECS, and the symptoms you are aiming to treat.
Does CBD Show Up on A Drug Test?
It depends. ( I know, you’re probably getting tired of that answer, but it’s true!) Technically, CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids should never result in a positive drug test. Unfortunately, there have been cases where CBD users have failed to pass their drug test and have lost their job.
The thing is, the FDA does not regulate CBD, so we don’t have a clear picture of what we’re consuming. Transparency falls on the shoulders of the manufacturer. Unless the manufacturer wants to provide third-party lab testing results for each batch, they aren’t mandated to. This is what makes it so difficult to know what’s really in your CBD oil.
There may be more THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than legally allowed, or even worse, not knowing where or how your CBD was extracted, there may be harmful residual compounds like pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals.
CBD does not show up on a drug test, but mind-altering cannabinoid THC will. If you are consuming a CBD product that has more THC than the label says, you may fail a drug test. While the legal limit of THC in any CBD oil is 0.03% in the U.S, opt for a 0% THC: CBD ratio oil if you have concerns about failing a drug test.
Different testing methods will have different thresholds. If the level of THC is higher than their cut-off level, then you are going to fail. The most common tests for THC are saliva, urine, hair, and blood tests.