Will CBD Show Up in Your Drug Test?

As research and legislations across the globe increasingly support CBD, CBD-based inquiries have spiked.

This article seeks to answer one of the recent concerns among CBD users – Will CBD show up in my drug test?

Typically, CBD, in itself, won’t ruin a typical drug test. However, during extraction, CBD may come with trace amounts of THC – the widely prohibited compound in the cannabis plant.

So, if your CBD product contains too much THC, you may come out dirty on your drug test.

How Do I Know CBD Products with High THC?

This could be tricky since the CBD market is widely unregulated by the FDA. The poor regulation makes it difficult to tell which product contains what. In a bid to cash out from the fast-rising CBD industry, most CBD products are fraudulently labeled.

For instance, a 2017 survey that sampled 84 CBD products shows that 21 percent of the products contain more THC than the labels say.  In the case of Mary Jane's CBD products, look for the labels marked THC Free.

What to Look Out for When Buying CBD Products

Before you order or go home with any CBD product, be sure of the hemp source and the extraction process. These factors, to no small extent, may determine the THC content of the product.

However, to come out clean on your drug test, before you invest in any CBD product, here are tips to note:

  • If any product makes health claims, skip them – except FDA-approved Epidiolex.
  • Investigate hemp source – While .3 percent THC is the standard benchmark, the lower THC concentration, the better. Where possible, prefer zero THC.
  • DO your research – prefer products with terms like:
    • Solvent-free
    • CO2-extracted
    • USDA-certified organic
    • Zero preservatives
    • Decarboxylated
    • Herbicide- or pesticide-free
    • Zero additives
    • And, importantly, third-party lab tested!

Since validating these claims may be difficult, the CBD industry has adopted the third-party-lab testing standard. Basically, the test helps verify the claims on CBD product labels.  All of Mary Jane's products have been lab tested, and you can view the reports here.

So, among other checks, insist on seeing the product’s third-party lab test result. If you find it, you can take what the label says. If you don’t, check the next product.

Now, let’s examine, quickly, the different forms of CBD and its influence on your drug test…

Categories of CBD Products

CBD products are usually grouped into one of the following:

  • Full-spectrum CBD
  • Broad-spectrum CBD
  • CBD isolate

Full-spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD contains all the naturally occurring compounds in the hemp plant – including THC. Legal full-spectrum products may, however, have no more than the legal .3 percent THC benchmark.

However, it can be difficult to tell which product adheres to the legal limits and which does not.

Besides, at extreme doses, these trace CBD levels in full-spectrum CBD products may accumulate to cause a dent on your drug test.

Broad-spectrum CBD

As with full spectrum, this extract contains all compounds in the hemp plant – except THC. THC compound is filtered out of broad-spectrum CBD, leaving behind all other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids.

Put merely, broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD minus THC.

CBD Isolate

As the name suggests, this is an isolated CBD. That means CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form – without any other plant matter.

If you seek the sole benefits of CBD –without the terpenes, flavonoids, and all other compounds in the hemp plant – this CBD-only form is your best bet. Of course, with isolates, no drug test scares whatsoever.

So CBD-Only Won’t Show Up On My Drug Test?


Typically, drug tests screen for THC – the high causing compound – not CBD. Although test requester may demand CBD screening, it is most unlikely, particularly across CBD friendly states.

Wrap Up

So, will CBD show up on my drug test?  It shouldn’t.

However, remember that the CBD industry is widely unregulated. So it may be hard to be sure what you’re buying.

The best way to avoid THC and its resultant effect on your upcoming test, prefer CBD isolate product with a third-party lab test.

Check out some of our best selling THC free CBD products, and good luck on your test!



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