If I used CBD oil, will I test positive for drugs?

However you feel about drug testing, it is a reality for those seeking employment. All federal jobs are drug tested, and many private companies require a drug screening as well. Some states even require those who apply for government assistance to get drug tested before they will consider awarding them benefits.

So it's not odd to wonder how you would fare if given a drug test as a regular CBD oil user. First, almost all drug screening follow the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) guidelines, as they give employers a legal cover should any issues surrounding the drug screening arise.

Next, because THC is the 'active' chemical in marijuana deemed responsible for feelings of euphoria and psychoactivity, it is the one drug screenings are testing for when you're being screened for drug use.

SAMHSA has declared the cutoff of 50 ng/mL of THC metabolites as a positive screening. If your initial urine screening detects more than 50 ng/mL of THC metabolites in your sample, then a follow-up test, the GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry), is performed to confirm the initial positive results.

Luckily for CBD oil users, the standard marijuana test isn't sensitive to other cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol), CBD (cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol). The reason for this indifference to these cannabinoids is that they aren't seen as responsible for people being 'high,' so it's believed they won't affect cognition or motor skills. So the short answer is, no, if you are a normal user of high-quality CBD oil or hemp products, you shouldn't test positive for marijuana.

With that said, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. Normal CBD oil usage suggests you're using a high-quality product that has undergone rigorous standards of testing and you're following the recommended serving size of the product. Also note that heavy users, defined as those using 1,000 to 2,000 mg per day, may test positive on the initial urine test between 11 percent and 23 percent of the time. The second confirmatory test would come back as a false positive since there wouldn't be enough THC meta-bodies to confirm a positive result. Keep this in mind when using CBD oil heavily.


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