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Does CBD Hemp Oil Cause Someone to Test Positive on a Drug Screen?

Posted by Administrator on 10/28/2015
We regularly get asked:  Does using CBD Hemp Oil make you test positive on a drug test?  Will I fail the drug screen?  This is one of the top 5 questions we get asked about using CBD Hemp oil products.  Most people want to use cannabidiol for their well being, but they cannot risk failing a drug test at work.  So, lets jump right in to this one.

Please know that there IS THC PRESENT in CBD Hemp Oil Products.  But, the concentration has to be below .3%.  The fact that it is so low is why people don't experience any sort of the "high" feeling they feel when using marijuana.

First, its important to note that when an employer, or any entity having a reason to test your urine for a drugs, contracts with a drug screen facility, the employer or other entity has the ability to set the limits of what comes back as a positive for the various drugs being tested.  So, for instance, most companies set the limits the same as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines.  For THC (the marijuana related cannabinoid being tested for in drug screens), this limit is 50ng/ml.  This means that if the urine tested has below this amount in it, it shows as a negative test result EVEN THOUGH THERE COULD BE SOME THC present.  Anything at that level or above, of course, shows as a positive test result and requires more testing to confirm its findings.  Its important to note that not every employer or testing entity sets this level, but it is the most common.  Its virtually unheard of for any company to set the limit at 0.  There would be so many issues with setting the cutoff level that low, that again, virtually no one does it.

So, now we know we generally have a little leeway in how much THC can be in someone's urine before failing a drug screen.  Now, its important to discuss the presence of THC in hemp.  As you may or may not know, the amount of THC in most hemp grown and all legal CBD Hemp products currently being sold in the United States is .3% or less, with most being at or below even .1%.  This is such a negligible amount of THC that its virtually impossible for anyone to get any sort of 'high' or euphoric effects from hemp.  Most people are using CBD Hemp Oil products in such a way that they are taking in between 1mg of CBD and 40mg of CBD per day.  At these levels, the relative amount of THC is so low that any THC present in that person's urine would be low enough to report a negative test result (or passing, if you will), meaning the person would "pass" the drug test.  Now, the only other thing to consider here is that, if someone were to take ultra high amounts of CBD daily, say, in the 1000-2000mg per day range (information provided from:  Leafly.com at https://www.leafly.com/news/health/does-using-cbd-hemp-oil-result-in-a-positive-drug-test-for-thc-or ), then it is possible that their urine would return a positive (or failing) test result.  But, to date, I am not aware of anyone taking this much CBD, although I wouldn't be surprised to learn someone is.

So, what all this means is that the possibility of someone failing a drug test because of the THC in CBD Hemp Oil is there, but as per Leafly.com, it is not very likely.  But, just to keep everyone safe and clear, it is our recommendation to talk with whomever may be testing you prior to using any CBD Hemp products to get their approval.  We have heard of numerous employer Human Resources departments allowing employees to use CBD Hemp products once they have had the chance to research them.

There is one other thing that should be noted here:  some drug screens test for THC and some test for Cannabinoids.  Oftentimes, the first drug screen given to an employee or someone is a Cannabinoid test.  These are given first as they are cheaper to administer.  After using CBD, which is a cannabinoid, you will most likely test positive for cannabinoids.  However, when disputing the results and asking for a retest, generally a THC testing screen is given.  And, again, since the presence of THC is so low after using most CBD products, this second screen will usually come back negative.  So, the point is:  if you test positive, ask for a retest and oftentimes, the retest is negative.


Now, with all that being said, there are CBD products coming out that have virtually no THC or literally no THC.  Here at Highland Pharms, at the time of writing this article, we have 3 such products.  One is CBD Isolate, which we call Crystals 999.  This is 99.9% Pure CBD and looks like powder or very fine crystals.  It can be eaten just as it is or added to food or other products like ejuices.  To learn more about this product so you can decide if it is right for you, please click the product below:

THC Free CBD Crystals

The second product is our 750 Plus Hemp Wax Crumble.  This product has been tested for THC and the results in the lab are "not detectable".  To learn more about this product so you can decide if it is right for you, please click the product below:

THC Free CBD Wax

The third product is our CBD Shatter with Full Plant Terpenes (950mg of CBD).  This product is made ONLY with CBD Isolate and Terpenes.  That is all!  To learn more about this product so you can decide if it is right for you, please click the product below:

THC Free CBD Shatter



Laura Tyler
Date: 2/27/2016
After day 3 using 250mg Cbd hemp oil drops, with only 3 droppers full a day, I performed an instant MCup urine test. I tested positive for THC. I'm assuming everyone has different chemistry and different reactions to all medications. I just wanted to share my story with you all. I do appreciate your company and that my pain and discomfort levels have dropped since starting the oil. Thank you!
Date: 11/2/2016 10:00:00 PM
Laura Tyler, you say you tested positive, but at what level. is it above or below the national testing standards? just curious, I just bought hemp oil, lots of spinal issues and constant chronic pain, lack of sleep and yada, yada, yada. cant take typical medications due to allergies, looking for alternatives and cant do marijuana products to to national certification regs for my degree. That is why I am curious if your test shows and percentage or just a positive? Thanks
Date: 5/5/2016
I think you mean negitive @Laura Tyler
cindy shea
Date: 5/18/2016
Laura tyler My boyfriend is on probation. He purchased cbd oil from a local corner store. I told him to research this fully before continuing. He is telling me I'm just paranoid. I HIT the cbd oil he is using and I definitely felt high. Immediate concern on my part!!! I don't want to see him very into further trouble. Just want to be clear on this... You had not consumed any thc for 2 to 4 weeks before this?
adam morgan
Date: 7/26/2016
Just took a 50 ml test i do not smoke marijuana but have used a legal cbd hemp vape oil 18 older at a tobacco shop and i just tested positive.
Kimberly Skipper
Date: 9/9/2016
My husband (age 45) has been using Palmetto Harmony CBD oil for anxiety and muscle/joint pain, less than .2% THC, 1ml/day and took a DOT drug test a week ago and failed. Per the lab, the GC/MS test was performed on the initial sample and failed. We are currently waiting on the second sample results. If they test positive he will have to go to SAP in order to get his CDL's reinstated. He doesn't smoke marijuana. Only been taking the CBD oil since 7/9/16 and swears by it. He's had CDL's for 15+ years and never a bad mark on his record. Now this could affect our livelihood. I don't know what to do and where to turn. Something has to be done as there is no 'high' with this product. It is safe and legal and purchased OTC at Garner's Health Food Store.
Astraia Erato
Date: 10/6/2016
Just fond out my friend has cbd oil on his vape pen. I took. I'm on probation. I'm terrified. I have not screwed up for the last 2 1\2 years. I'm pissed he didn't tell me. It was mixed nicotine oil. How long before I'm clean again? Any tips on flushing? Help i don't want to lose my kids or go back to jail for something i wasn't told about. for
Charles payne
Date: 10/16/2016
I'm 57 yrs old,I have severe arthritis in my neck and right shoulder,I started taking CBD OIL a couple months ago and it was a relieving to my arthritis, I don't smoke Marijuana, I am a CDL DRIVER,NEVER FAILED A PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST UNTIL I STARTED THE CBD OIL REGIMENT, UNTIL10/7/16,I WAS SHOCKED THAT I FAILED,now I quit the oil,gonna take another test on 10/17/16,should pass because like I said I don't smoke Marijuana, very upset that I failed over CBD OIL,I REALLY WANTED TO WORK FOR THIS NEW COMPANY,BUT THAT IS SHOT IN THE ASS NOW,I WILL UPDATE AFTER NEXT TEST,GUESS I SHOULD A DONE MORE RESEARCH,BUT IT DID SUPPRESS MY ARTHRITIS DISCOMFORT
Jessica B
Date: 10/19/2016
Astraia, You will be fine. Eat healthy, drink water. Take non- flush niacin if you're really freaking out. The real problem is you need a new boyfriend. I hope that he never convinces you to be with him ever again. You deserve someone who gives a... JB
Patty Bloss
Date: 10/30/2016
hey I tested positive for pot when using a medicated salve with cbd oil. I know your skin is considered an organ and substances rubbed on it are absorbed into system. Never imagined the salve would show up positive. I lost 1 doc over it. Hadn't told him about rub never imagined it would test + also found out the valaran root I had been taking made me test positive for extra benzo's doc sent letter never to set foot in his office again. I had no way to explain was not even given a chance. Of course at that time I had no idea these things affected tests. Note tell doc about all herbal supplements.
Date: 12/15/2016
Just did 250mg cbd gummies in 3 days and i PASSED a drug sreen on the third day
Date: 1/11/2017
Vale is a great detox available at gas stations, head shops and sex stores. I've never failed a drug test, smoke everyday and one time right before my drug test. ( I forgot I had to get one that day, ran to the store, was introduced to Vale detox and it's been smooth sailing ever since). btw- the only side effect I've seen with Vale is that it's strong so depending what's in your system you might get light headed. So be in a comfortable and private place like home when you drink it. Good Luck!
Isai morales
Date: 2/16/2017
Now I am on pain Managment,And I became to start using cbd for one night,My pain went away and I have lower back chronic pain,I had about 4 surgery and not even morphine last more than 2 hours like cbd,It does work,First time in my life using something related to marihuana never smoke that in my 50 years,Now I'm afraid that if my doctor tell me to take a pee text that I may text pisitive,Don't know what to do,I'm Christian and I don't do drugs what so ever but the cbd seem to work fine,Only God can save me from this or stop taking cbd or quit going to my pain managment.,

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