Can you fail a drug test after using or eating CBD products?

June 12, 2019 07:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – While CBD products can't get you high, they can cause you to fail a drug test.

The cannabis compound is used by many for multiple ailments; from mental health to physical pain relief. Certain products contain a small amount of THC, which is the part of the plant that causes the high.


In New York state, the allowable limit of THC in CBD is .3 percent, however, some states allow products to contain 5 percent of THC. 

"Can it show up positive [on a drug test]? It's possible. And you may not have smoked any marijuana, but it could show in a positive screen," explained Dr. Anthony Petraglia. 

As a neurosurgeon with Rochester Regional Health, Dr. Anthony Petraglia speaks with patients daily who utilize CBD. He also continues to research the popular products and contributes to the work done by GEOCANN.

He suggests looking at the drug screening kit to see what percentage it's going to hit for THC. However, he knows that's not always an option for surprise screenings.

"I couldn't, as a physician, say it will be out of your system within a certain amount of time," said Dr. Petraglia, explaining that it's due in part to the different ways our bodies metabolize THC, along with considering how much, and how often, a person uses CBD.

"If you're not smoking marijuana recreationally and don't want to trigger a false positive, there are other ways to get CBD for the health benefits without having any of the THC," he suggested.

He explained there are three forms of CBD:

  • CBD Isolate – a product with pure CBD extracted from the hemp plant, no other compounds
  • Broad Spectrum CBD – does not contain THC, does contain other compounds from the hemp plant
  • Full Spectrum CBD – contains THC and other natural compounds from the hemp plant

"You want to make sure you're taking products that are pesticide-free, heavy metal-free, and solvent-free," said Dr. Petraglia, stressing the importance of knowing what you are buying and consuming. 

The FDA is currently looking to form a high-level internal agency to look at ways for dietary supplements and foods containing CBD to be lawfully marketed.


Stephanie Robusto

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