Even though marijuana has been legalized across several states, there are still blurred lines regarding what is considered appropriate use – its impact on cognitive and physical ability is still being debated in the science community. With that being said, many have been experimenting with the new wave of hemp-derived cannabis use that involves mummies, vaporizers, and the use of CBD instead of THC.

CBD is a cannabinoid that comes from both Hemp and Marijuana. There are two primary cannabinoids that create the “high” feeling, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is the cannabinoid that impacts mental functionality and is often referred to as the chemical compound that is primarily responsible for feeling high. CBD, on the other hand, is often talked about because of its pain-killing, anti-anxiety properties, that leaves users feeling more relaxed, but not stoned. Products containing CBD have recently entered markets in cannabis-legal states being far less regulated than its THC counter-parts. However, the rise in popularity has also resulted in a rise in stories of people failing drug tests and losing their jobs as a result. So, if CBD doesn’t get you high, will it show up in a drug test?

The short answer is no, CBD will not show upon a work-administered drug test. This is because generic drug tests don’t test for CBD, but actually for THC when measuring cannabis use. While some companies would commission a specialized CBD drug test from labs, it’s incredibly expensive and tedious to do so. This process is so bothersome that federal employees like the DEA aren’t even tested for CBD.

With that being said, because CBD is unregulated and can contain very small, trace amounts of THC, there may be a possibility of failing a work-administered drug test as a result of CBD use.There are many reasons why there would be more THC than you may think in your CBD products. 

In the various stages that it takes to get CBD to your topical, edible, or the like, there’s plenty of opportunity forcross-contamination between THC and CBD to occur, added to the fact that CBD already contains a very small amount of THC. Most drug tests are looking for the chemical that your body produces when it metabolizes CBD, and the amount that this chemical occurs in your urine must meet a threshold to register as a“red flag”- some labs have smaller thresholds than others. 

As mentioned before, CBD products aren’t always regulated, and with the quasi-legalization in some U.S States, things can get kind of confusing. Researchers from the Netherlands tested 84 CBD-only products ordered online, and 21 of those products had THC significant enough to show up in a drug test. Improper labeling is another possible way that a little bit too much THC made it into your CBD does.

 Healthline suggests that users who want to engage in CBD use but don’t want to fail a drug test due to THC traces look for certain descriptions on their products before purchasing, like:

  • CO2-extracted
  • Solvent-free
  • No additives
  • No preservatives

Although it’s not guaranteed that products with these labels will be pure CBD, it’s a start. The best way to ensure that your CBD doesn’t have THC is to look for lab test results that have been done on the products you’re interested in.


So, CBD will not show up in a drug test, and therefore, if you have only been ingesting CBD (and pure CBD at that) you will not fail a drug test. This is because most drug tests don’t even test for CBD, especially since it’s legal in some states and doesn’t get users “high”. However, drug tests will detect any THC use, and because of an unregulated market and contamination risks, there’s a chance that your CBD products have more THC than you expected.


"CBD is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get unless you do a little reading. With CBD oil, it should be as easy as checking the box, but there’s an unfortunate problem of mislabeled products. Protect yourself from fake or low-quality products by doing your due diligence —always check the Certificate of Analysis. If there isn’t one, steer clear."

Since the CBD space is mostly unregulated, it is up to the vendors to do their due diligence and provide COA’s (certificate of analysis).  Basically, all of our products are sent to 3rd party labs for testing of the products.  At Revive CBD Labs, we send our products to 3rd party laboratories for all of our products in order to provide complete transparency for our customers.  We guarantee that our label has what they say they have in them.  That being said you can find our COA’s of products all throughout our product pages.  Swipe the photos to the left and you’ll find the COA’s which breakdown the ingredients in each CBD product. If you have any questions about any of our products feel free to email or call us we are available to answer any question!


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