CBD And Employment Drug Testing

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CBD And Employment Drug Testing

Pre-employment drug testing has become an accepted part of American culture. Statistics have found that 56% of American employers require prospective employees to undergo drug tests before starting a job, at an annual cost of more than $3.7 billion per year. If you currently use CBD products, you should be aware of how this could possibly impact you on a pre-employment drug screening. 

The important thing to keep in mind before you have to take any kind of drug test is that not all CBD products are made equally. If you have to do a drug screen before starting a new job, be sure to choose a reputable CBD product that is within the 0.3% THC legal limit. But keep in mind that if a product contains any THC, one is at risk of failing a drug test. You cannot reliably guarantee that it will not render a positive test even if the product contains less than the legal THC limit. 


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CBD alone will not trigger a positive result. However, many hemp-derived CBD products contain trace amounts of THC. This would show up on a drug test since most lab tests specifically target THC metabolites. Current tests do not make a distinction between testing positive for THC based on CBD usage or marijuana usage.

There is no uniform result that will warrant a positive drug test result since there are many different thresholds based on the lab and type of test (urine, hair or blood) that your employer uses. For a standard urine screening, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends that the cutoff is 50 ng/ml to pass a drug test. However, some employers use labs with a 20 ng/ml cutoff, and some occasionally use labs with a 0 ng/ml cutoff.

Research has also found that CBD users who also use cannabis may show higher THC levels for a more extended period of time than those who solely use marijuana.


Several factors may contribute to how long CBD stays in your system. On average, CBD oil can stay in the body for two to five days.¹ However, it’s important to remember that every CBD user may react differently or have a unique timeline depending on the product. A broad spectrum CBD oil, for example, can vary in strength, which will likely impact the recommended dosage. In addition to the potency, frequency of use is another contributing factor. It’s important to note that each body may react slightly differently depending on use and frequency of use.²

Regardless, when trying out a new hemp CBD oil product, the best thing you can do is to read the labels to ensure that they do not have high levels of THC content as this could greatly impact the results of a drug screening

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Before you purchase just any product, it’s important to know exactly what to watch out for when buying CBD. Some products advertised as THC-free have been shown to test positive for THC. Before using any CBD product, we recommend that you first check the lab results for it. They should be readily available on the company's website. If they do not disclose this information, you run the risk of using a falsely advertised product.

Lab results for all Lazarus Naturals products can be found on each page’s "Test Results" section on our website.


Although our products comply with the federally mandated THC limit of less than 0.3% THC by dry weight, this does mean a positive test is possible. Drug tests are not uniform, and the THC threshold that would yield a positive result is stricter in some tests than others.

Lazarus Naturals holds no liability for any positive results on a drug test. We highly recommend not using CBD products if this is a concern to you.


Since there are different criteria for drug screen testing, the only way to truly avoid a positive test result is to not take any CBD. Whether you are doing a hair, blood, or urine test, even a tiny amount of THC lingering in the body may be detected. If you are a CBD user about to take a drug test for employment, consider stopping all use of hemp products beforehand.  


After reading that CBD oil may cause a positive result on a workplace drug test, you may be wondering if CBD is safe. The answer to that is yes! However, it is critical that you do your research before selecting your CBD product, whether that be a CBD oil tincture, CBD oil capsules, or even CBD chocolate. Not all hemp-derived CBD products are made the same. Do your research to make sure you know exactly what you're getting before using hemp products.

At Lazarus Naturals, we make sure all of our CBD gummies, CBD tinctures, CBD topical creams, and all other products are made from the highest quality ingredients. Are you interested in finding a CBD product, but just aren’t sure which one is right for you?