Does CBD show up on drug tests?

While CBD is completely legal, some people are hesitant to try it because they’re worried it will show up on a drug test. For those among us who get drug tested regularly, like government employees or athletes, one mistake could result in loss of employment. So it makes sense to be careful about anything you put in your body that could potentially show up on a drug screen, from poppyseeds to CBD.

The good news is that CBD will not show up on a drug test… provided you choose the right kind.

Some types of CBD products can possibly create a false positive for marijuana on a drug test.

But many others will not.

So if you’re in need of a completely safe CBD solution that won’t show up on a drug test, you’re in the right place.

Let’s take a look:


First off – what could cause a false positive?

Since CBD is totally distinct from THC, is non-intoxicating, and is not screened for on drug tests, what could possibly cause a false positive test result?

It’s a good question.

The answer lies in the formulation of the CBD extract itself.

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve already learned the difference between the three main forms of CBD – namely, full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate.

But if you haven’t read that article yet (you totally should, by the way), here’s a quick breakdown:

  1. Full-spectrum CBD is usually made with whole-plant extract, and contains trace amounts of all other cannabinoids found in cannabis, including THC.
  2. Broad-spectrum CBD is generally made with whole-plant extract, with THC removed. That removal is usually done with a process called chromatography.
  3. Isolate CBD is, as the name implies, CBD that has been isolated from all other cannabinoids and compounds. It contains only CBD, with no other cannabinoids of any kind.

I bet you can see where this is going.

Under federal law, CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal.

That means not all CBD products contain 0% THC. Some contain a little bit of THC, along with the other cannabinoids like CBD. It’s not enough THC to get you high, but it might – just might – be enough to show up on a drug test.


Better safe than sorry

Chances are, most CBD products will not cause you to fail a drug test.

The level of THC in full-spectrum CBD is probably low enough that nothing would show up. And broad-spectrum CBD has next to no THC (with some having absolutely zero), so you’re probably safe with that, too.

But if you want to be 100%, completely sure, there’s one foolproof option:

CBD isolate.

Since it’s guaranteed to be 100% THC-free, there is zero chance of failing a drug test when you consume CBD isolate.

So to answer the question, “Does CBD show up on drug tests?”

The quick answer is, “Probably not. But if you want to be safe, choose a product made with CBD isolate.”

It just so happens that we have some isolate-based products to recommend, no matter which delivery method you prefer:

Oils and Tinctures



Isolate powders


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