by Dr. Bill Rawls
Posted 5/20/19

Will CBD make you fail a drug test? Dr. Bill Rawls explains how testing for cannabis works, plus how to ensure that CBD from hemp does not result in a false positive. To learn more about CBD, get a comprehensive guide here »

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Video Transcript

Question: Will CBD make you fail a drug test?

Hello. This is Dr. Bill Rawls. The question is, will CBD oil from hemp cause you to test positive on a drug test?

I think it’s important to note that with the drug tests that are looking for cannabis, they’re testing specifically for THC [tetrahydrocannabinol], and if you’ve got a legal CBD-from-hemp product, then it is less than 0.3% THC or a very, very low amount, so the testing is designed not to pick up that amount of THC.

If your employer is following guidelines set up by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, then if you’re using normal amounts of CBD oil that has that very trace amount of THC in it, you should not test positive.

The only way that you can test positive is if you use more than 1,000 milligrams a day, and you’re using that regularly so it stays in your system. The word is, if your employer is following the correct guidelines or using a test that’s approved, you should not test positive if you’re using CBD oil from hemp.

Now, if you want to take zero risk, the thing to do is get a purified product that’s only CBD. You’re going to lose some of the benefits, because it’s not going to have other cannabinoids and other terpenes, other chemicals in it that the full-spectrum hemp oil does. You’re only going to have the CBD alone, so you’re going to have to use higher doses, but that has no risk of testing positive on a drug test.

Dr. Rawls is a physician who overcame Lyme disease through natural herbal therapy. You can learn more about Lyme disease in Dr. Rawls’ new best selling book, Unlocking Lyme.
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