Does CBD show up on a drug test?

The short answer is that it should not, but like everything with CBD, the answer is a bit more complex because of the variety of the various CBD products that are being sold and lack of labeling standards.  

CBD is one of dozens of non-intoxicating cannabinoids that are naturally found in cannabis leaves, flowers and stalks.  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, cannabis also contains one intoxicating cannabinoid known as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).  In 2018, Congress authorized a new Farm Bill which formally defined and legalized “Hemp” as cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC.  

There are now dozens of CBD products on the market and they generally fit into one of three buckets in terms of their claimed characteristics:

  • “Full Spectrum”:  claim to contain CBD, some amount of other cannabinoids, and THC at/below legal limits
  • “Broad Spectrum”:  claim to contain CBD, some amount of other cannabinoids, and no detectable THC
  • “Isolate”:  claim to contain ONLY CBD

Since drug tests are searching for the intoxicating cannabinoid, THC, one would assume that any product labeled as #2 or #3 would be safe for consumption by those concerned with passing a

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