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Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

By Jeffrey M.

Jan 25, 2021

According to U.S. News, about one in five young adults uses CBD products on a regular basis. 

Although CBD has yet to be approved by the FDA, people across the globe have been reaping its wide variety of positive health benefits. People use different types of CBD oil to help energize or relax themselves, stay more attentive, or even fall asleep easier at night.

While CBD does not get you “high”, it does come from the hemp plant and therefore can be restricted by many of the same stigmas that follow the use of marijuana. 

So, does CBD show up on a drug test? And if so, what are the consequences? 

To have this and many other questions answered, read on!

What Is CBD? 

To start, let’s cover what CBD actually is and how it affects your body. 

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two most active cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids are chemicals that, when inside the body, associate themselves positively with pain, hunger, and memory. One of the most common uses of CBD is to help provoke a relaxing lifestyle. 

CBD does not get you high. The other active cannabinoid is THC, and you may recognize this as the psychoactive substance commonly found in marijuana that has intoxicating effects. 

While THC itself has numerous benefits, like increasing the appetite in patients with AIDS or preventing nausea caused by medications you receive while undergoing cancer treatment, it has not been recreationally legalized here in the United States yet so the only way to safely consume products with THC is through obtaining a medical prescription. 

CBD, on the other hand, is perfectly legal. You can even travel with it! Read how to safely do that in compliance with CBD laws here.  

How Do Drug Tests Work? 

If you’re in the hiring stages of a new job, many employers choose to drug test their applicants. This can help you earn their trust, and is often required as a safety precaution if the position requires you to be functioning at your highest at all times. 

We get it!

So what should you expect? Typically, you will be asked to take a urine drug test. According to Medical News Today, alcohol, amphetamines, opiates, cocaine, and cannabis are typically what shows up on a drug test.

When the doctors introduce antibodies to the sample, they latch onto specific presences of drugs. In our case, that would be the THC in cannabis. 

There is a specific threshold for each substance that the concentration in the body must pass in order for the test to come back with positive results. This means that very small traces will likely not be detected, but it’s different for each drug.  

You could be asked to perform a different kind of test other than urine. In rare instances, oral (saliva), hair, or blood tests can be taken as well. These test for the same substances and will all likely show the presence of THC. 

Does CBD Show up on a Drug Test? 

So, can you fail a drug test due to CBD? The short answer: no. 

However, you should understand that the answer is a bit more complicated than that. 

While drug tests do not show the presence of CBD in your body, there are times where you could fail the test, and it all depends on the CBD product that you are using. 

It’s rare, but sometimes when CBD products are being made they have a tendency to mix or cross-contaminate with THC products being made in the same area. This is why it’s really important to buy your oils and edibles from a company that you trust and love. 

Primary Jane understands this and has made it a priority to let the consumer know exactly what’s in the products that they’re buying. You can actually view their lab results (performed by an unbiased third party) for yourself here!

You should never have to guess what’s in your CBD products. Being able to view the lab results helps you as a consumer choose the best product that will achieve the exact effects that you want. 

Again, remember that drug tests have a certain threshold that the THC content must pass before it delivers a negative result. The presence of THC can remain in the blood for around three days for rare users or up to 30 days if you are a heavy user. 

Which Products May Have THC?

Topical products, for example, a hemp/CBD shampoo, will never make you fail a drug test because the product will never get into your bloodstream. 

On the other hand, products that you ingest, such as oils or edibles, are usually what carry the trace amounts of THC. Since these go directly into your bloodstream, hypothetically it has the option to make you fail a drug test. But you would have to have a really high dosage in your body for a long period of time in order to pass the THC threshold. 

Can I Use CBD While Working?


Since CBD does not make you high or have impairing effects, it is absolutely compliant with your workplace safety policies.

If you’re worried about the drug test or want to take extra precautions, simply not using or lowering the dosage of your CBD product for two or three days before the test should suffice.

But, that’s really only for extreme situations. What’s important is to follow the product’s recommended dosage instructions. They are there for a reason!

Have a Few More Questions? 

Don’t fear! Primary Jane is here. 

To answer many FAQ’s about CBD like does CBD show up on a drug test, you can read this informative article. Otherwise, we encourage you to check out some of our amazing products that we are extremely proud of. 

We love them and we’re confident that you will too, so be on your way to feeling happier and healthier today!



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