Nowadays, drug screening is a common caveat of employment, with employers hunting for traces of everything from alcohol to cocaine, and marijuana to methamphetamine. But does CBD show up on a drug test? And can you be fired for using it? The simple answer is no, but there is a little more to it than that, with THC count being the determining factor.
CBD should not show up on a drug test, so long as the Cannabidiol you’re consuming does not include THC, according to Dr. Junella Chin, a Medical Cannabis Expert for CannabisMD. If it doesn’t, the reading should be no greater than 0.0%, as outlined by the US Department of Agriculture in the Farm Bill — the law that legalized Hemp-infused CBD — versus the 0.3% that’s allowed.
That said, athletes — who are required to take stricter drug tests — could test positive for trace amounts of THC, even if the batch is said not to include the substance, so they’ll need to consult their trainer before experimenting with CBD. Although, considering they’re subjected to strict nutritional guidelines, it’s pretty much a given they’d run any form of medication by their team.
But for your average Joe (or Jill), CBD shouldn’t show up on a drug test — so long as it doesn’t contain THC.