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There has been a general increase in the medical use of CBD for a wide range of health conditions including anxiety, pain, depression, hormonal imbalance, immunity and sleep aid. The FDA recently gave its consent for the compound to be utilized as a prescription medicine and went ahead to approve the first ever CBD based medication in the market. The other categories of disease conditions which CBD can be used as  potential treatment include but are not limited to Migraines, Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and seizures associated with chronic forms of epilepsy such as Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

The most CBD products available in the market come in the form of colorful gummies, vape oils, sublingual drops, and other products applied topically. Even with this wide level of activity, there has been a recent concern on its legality. A lot of people want to know if CBD will show up in a drug test or not. To answer this question, there is need for us to identify the roles of CBD and other cannabinoids in the body.

Before now, the use of cannabis and other related products was termed “illegal” due to its psychoactive activity brought about by the high concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the plant. CBD is non-intoxicating and there is a high level of likelihood it will NOT show up in drug test. Unlike the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which can alter brain function and lead several side effects, the use of CBD is completed safe and approved by the FDA. Cannabis screening usually involves series of processes aimed at identifying THC or THC metabolites and not CBD.

When CBD is ingested, it gets metabolized by the body thus limiting its level of accumulation in the body or any chances of being detected during a drug test. Furthermore, it will interest you to know that most drug test is not designed to pick up CBD or any other compounds present in the cannabis plant apart from THC. While this may be the case, adequate care must be taken while using any CBD product containing THC since it can be detected by the drug test. CBD companies add THC to their products because they believe an entourage effect can help boost the activity of the CBD and make it last longer.

You may be lucky to escape failing a drug test by using trace amounts of THC in your CBD product but caution is always the key. Drugs tests like hair test may not detect healthy levels (.3%) of THC in a CBD product while you may fail oral or fluid drug test with that concentration of THC in your system.


The use of CBD is completely safe and there is no standard test for CBD at the moment. To be on the safer side, always crosscheck the product information if it contains THC so as to know exactly what you are paying for. CBD does not affect your daily routine, it only keeps you active and maintains homeostasis.