Can I Fail a Drug Test After Consuming CBD?

A Brief Introduction to Cannabis and Cannabinoids

Cannabis is a very versatile plant with a wide range of benefits. Its use spans various industries such as textile, beauty and cosmetics, healthcare, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and alternative (renewable) energy. The plant contains over 400 compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, and flavonoids). Cannabinoids are the most researched compounds, with THC and CBD being the most abundant. Other cannabinoids include CBG, CBC, and CBN. 

THC is psychoactive and intoxicating, meaning it alters a consumer’s mental state. It is mainly used by recreational users of the plant, although it does have numerous therapeutic benefits. CBD is a cannabinoid with powerful analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, and sleep-inducing properties.




What is a Drug Test, and What Does it Look For? 

A drug test is a particular test that examines a person’s urine, blood, or hair sample to determine whether there is the presence of the following substances;

  • Opiates
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines

Most cannabis-related drug tests are conducted using a urine sample. It takes up to 15 days for a cannabis test to turn negative after consuming the plant. But which compounds does the test look for?

A cannabis urine test looks for traces of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol and not CBD. So does it mean that if one consumes CBD products, the test will turn negative? Maybe or maybe not. Here is why…


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Different Types of CBD Products

CBD can be found in three variances;

Full-spectrum – these products contain all the compounds contained in cannabis plants. This includes cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential oils. When a consumer takes full-spectrum products, traces of THC can be found in the urine test, thus turning it positive. 

Broad-spectrum – these products have all the cannabis compounds except THC. This means that no matter the dosage or frequency of consumption, the urine, blood, or hair drug test will turn negative for THC. 

Isolates- CBD isolates exclude all other compounds except CBD. Consuming these products also results in a negative drug test. 

Topical CBD products will not produce positive results since shampoo, creams, and cosmetics do not enter the bloodstream. The only way to get CBD and other compounds in a person’s system is through oils, gummies, edibles, gummies, and transdermal patches.


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How to Ensure That You Pass Your Next Drug Test

Unfortunately, not all CBD brands are straightforward with the compounds present in their products. It’s not hard to find a company selling CBD isolates or broad-spectrum products with traces of THC. This might be a result of cross-contamination during the manufacturing process or just a shady company out to make money at the expense of the consumers. Working with a brand that you can trust is paramount. Ensure that the products you buy are from a reputable company and that 3rd party lab tests are provided to prove the compounds present. 


Buying Cannabis in Canada

Canada Cannabis Dispensary is one of the most reputable and well trusted online dispensaries in Canada. We sell and deliver cannabis products across all the Canadian provinces and territories. Shop Online with us today and enjoy free shipping for orders above $99. 

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