Drug Test Risks and Cautions

Understanding the drug testing risks associated with consuming CBD can be confusing. While the likelihood of failing a drug test from the sole use of hemp-derived CBD is extremely low, here are important things to consider and research if you have any concerns or may be subject to drug testing.

1. Legal hemp-derived CBD contains trace amounts of THC.

While all of our products are 100% federally legal and non-psychoactive (won’t result in feeling “high”), our products contain naturally occurring, trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) up to the legal limit of 0.3%. This is true of any full spectrum CBD product. 

THC is the compound that conventional urine drug tests for cannabis detect. In the same way that poppy seeds from a bagel or muffin might trigger a false-positive reading for the opiate morphine on a test, there is a risk that the legal amounts of trace THC in CBD or cannabinoid products can trigger a positive drug test. This is further impacted by individual variables such as your biochemistry, how you metabolize cannabinoids, how often, how much, and the potency of what you consume. Because of this, we can not guarantee that consumers of our products will not fail a drug test. If you may be subject to drug testing, consult your employer or doctor before use, and consume CBD products at your own risk.

2. Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum No-THC formulations are different.

If you examine different CBD and cannabinoid options that exist in the market, you will notice descriptors like “full-spectrum”, “broad spectrum”, “THC-free” and “No-THC” being used. While deciphering these scientific terms takes time and research, it is important to understand the significant chemical differences and implications of these options. 

Full Spectrum products contain the full range of naturally occurring phytochemicals found in the hemp plant. This will include CBD, but also other cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, CBC, terpenes (organic compounds that give many plants distinct odors), trace amounts of THC within the legal limit of 0.3%, and flavonoids (organic compounds that are also found in fruits and vegetables). If you consume high doses of CBD daily, there is a risk that full spectrum CBD can give you a false positive during a drug test.

Broad Spectrum No-THC (or sometimes called “THC-Free”) products contain CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids within the plant such as CBG, CBC and CBN, but have been processed to remove the naturally occurring, trace amounts of THC. The terms “Broad Spectrum”, “THC-Free” and “No-THC”, are interchangeable but we have been advised by regulatory experts to use “No-THC” as the most legally compliant language. For people who are worried about any impact on drug tests, but desire to use CBD, this is the lowest-risk option.

3. No-THC is scientifically defined as below the Limit of Quantitation.

Revida Labs No-THC formulations are products that have gone through stringent additional processing post extraction, to ensure that any trace THC has been removed and 3rd party labs have verified that THC levels are below the Limit of Quantitation (LoQ). In plain language, LOQ can be understood as the lowest level at which the concentration of something can be detected. While this provides confidence that any trace levels of THC have been removed, we can not legally guarantee that consumers of our products will not fail a drug test. Again, if you may be subject to drug testing, we strongly suggest you consult your employer or doctor before use, and please consume CBD products at your own risk.

4. Accurate labeling and 3rd Party Lab Testing is critical.

Due to the lack of comprehensive industry regulation, the unfortunate truth is that many CBD extracts sold online or in shops are not labelled accurately, either overstating how much CBD a product actually contains,  or understating how much THC is present when there should be no more than 0.3% as per federal law. To protect yourself, only purchase CBD from companies that openly provide access to Certificates of Analysis (COA) from 3rd party, State accredited labs. These lab tests objectively verify and ensure the potency, concentrations, purity, and cannabinoid profile of what is actually “inside the bottle”. Revida Labs COAs for all products can be found here