March 17, 2024 | Uncategorized | By Dave McShane

CBD oil and work-based drug testing


So you’ve heard the benefits of taking CBD oil, and like most employed people, you’re asking yourself, “How will CBD impact a drug test?” If you’re employed, this is a valid and vital question. The last thing you want is to fail a routine drug test at work because you are taking CBD oil. In this article, we’ll explain how a drug test works and then look at how CBD oil will impact a drug test.

So let’s get into it.




How a drug test works?

A drug test will involve using one or more methods to detect the presence of drugs or their metabolites in your body. The National Cancer Institute defines a metabolite as “a substance made or used when the body breaks down food, drugs or chemicals, or its own tissue”. Your employer may use one of several methods to carry out the drug test on you, including urine, blood, hair, and saliva tests. Whichever method your employer uses for the test, all samples are sent to a laboratory to analyse and return the results.



Urine tests


Due to the cost, urine tests are the most common type of drug test as they are relatively inexpensive and easy to administer. Your employer will ask you to produce a urine sample in a clean and secure environment, such as a designated room or mobile testing unit. Typically you’ll be required to produce a “mid-stream” sample, where the first part of your urine stream is discarded, and the second part is collected in a clean container. If your initial test results are positive, your sample will be further analysed using a more sensitive technique, such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and this will confirm the results.




Saliva tests


A saliva test is a short-term method, as it can only detect drug use over a shorter period – typically the last 24 – 48 hours. In a saliva test, your employer will get you to chew on a particular absorbent collection device, or they might directly collect the saliva from your mouth.




Hair tests


Your employer might take the route of Hair tests. They’ll take a sample of hair from your head or body in a controlled environment to ensure the integrity of your sample. Your hair sample will be washed to remove any external contaminants, such as hair treatments, and your employer will send it to the laboratory to be analysed. Hair tests can detect drugs and their metabolites which you have ingested in the past weeks or months, and it’s considered more accurate than a urine or a saliva test.




Blood tests


Blood tests are another method of drug testing. Employers less commonly use blood tests as these types of tests are more expensive. But they provide the most accurate results as they can show the exact level of drugs in your bloodstream. A trained medical professional will extract a blood sample from your body, usually via a needle and syringe. Although highly accurate, a blood test can only detect drug use over a short period – typically within 24 – 48 hours.



Will CBD oil make you fail a drug test?



CBD oil is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. Regarding cannabis, drug tests typically screen for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in cannabis that causes a “high.” So if you are using CBD Oil, THC is the compound most likely to cause you a positive result on a drug test. It’s important to know that some drug tests are more sensitive than others and can detect lower levels of THC, while others may only detect higher levels within your body.


CBD does not contain significant amounts of THC and, therefore, should not cause you a positive result on a drug test for marijuana use. However, it is essential to note that some CBD products can contain trace amounts of THC, particularly those derived from marijuana rather than hemp. Additionally, some CBD products might get contaminated with THC during manufacturing. Therefore, you must choose a reputable brand and be very selective about where you purchase your CBD oil. You want to be safe knowing that the THC content on the label is the level of CBD in the bottle.


We also stress the importance of taking your time to understand your employer’s policy regarding CBD use before consuming it. If you have any doubts, we recommend you talk to your employer before consuming any CBD oil products. We say this because some employers or organisations may have more lenient policies regarding CBD oil use, while others may have strict guidelines and even consider it a prohibited substance.






We’ll conclude this article by saying that CBD oil should not cause a positive result on a drug test for marijuana use. However, it would help if you always considered the potential presence of THC, the purity of the product, and the amount consumed to reduce the risk of a positive test result. In the UK, the legal limit for THC within CBD products is that the products contain less than 0.2% THC. But you must understand the specific policy of your employer or organisation regarding CBD oil use before consuming it.


Incr-edibles is based in the United Kingdomand all of our CBD products meet strict UK government guidelines that the THC content in our products is less than 0.2%.


You can view our full CBD product range here.