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Could CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?

Could CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?

CBD is quickly taking over the health world, becoming one of the biggest health fads since probably the Atkins diet. CBD is not just in dispensaries—it’s everywhere you look now. You can find it in health food stores, coffee shops, cafes, and in some cases even in gas stations. Everyone is taking CBD because it helps keep their blood sugar under control, or they have aches and pains. Everyone is finding that CBD is the answer to all their woes. There is one small issue: drug tests.

CBD Can Make You Fail a Drug Test

It’s rare but it does happen, CBD is causing some people to test positive on drug tests. This happened to a Georgia woman earlier this month, who claimed she was taking CBD oil recommended by her doctor. The woman, who claimed she had never used cannabis in her life (well what exactly did she think CBD was?) was taking the test as part a pre-employment requirement. She was informed that she failed the test and thus lost the job.

People seem to be under the misconception that CBD is foolproof because it’s non psychoactive, but CBD does contain small amounts of THC. Granted it’s trace amounts, because it has to be below a certain amount in order to be legally sold. As such, there is always a small chance that you could fail a drug test.  

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Since so many people who are unfamiliar with the cannabis world are now starting to try CBD, they should understand what they are getting into. CBD is still cannabis, though it does not contain the THC that gets you high. You’re not likely to fail a drug test, but you need to know that it is a possibility.

What Can You Do About It?

If you know that you’re going to be taking a drug test in the near future, it might be a bad idea to cut down, if not quit entirely, just to be on the safe side. Even in legal states, employers can refuse to hire you for testing dirty. This will probably change now that recreational weed is legal in Canada, but definitely better to be safe than unemployed, right?

Next up: What to do if you do fail a drug test because of CBD (hey it could happen).

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Have you ever failed a drug test because you were taking CBD? Tell us in the comments below!

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