Will Using CBD Oil Result In A Positive Drug Test?

Posted: Oct, 22nd 2018

If you thought trying CBD oil would reduce your pain would you try it even if it could result in a positive drug test? ITI posted a recent online poll and 80% of people polled voted yes. The non-intoxicating marijuana extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems including:  epileptic seizures, anxiety, sleeplessness, and inflammation.

CBD derivatives and CBD oil has been growing in popularity since the FDA approved a form of CBD in a medication in June, 2018. In a Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., The FDA approved a purified form of the drug cannabidiol (CBD). This is one of more than 80 active chemicals in marijuana. The new product was approved to treat seizures associated with two rare, severe forms of epilepsy in patients two years of age and older. This is an important medical advance. But it’s also important to note that this is not an approval of marijuana or all of its components. This is the approval of one specific CBD medication for a specific use. And it was based on well-controlled clinical trials evaluating the use of this compound in the treatment of a specific condition. Moreover, this is a purified form of CBD. It’s being delivered to patients in a reliable dosage form and through a reproducible route of delivery to ensure that patients derive the anticipated benefits.

The CBD derivative approved by the FDA and CBD oil products for sale are two very different things. The FDA does not regulate products like CBD oil, there is not a government agency ensuring the products or derivatives used with CBD oil or other products are safe for consumption or medicinal use. An article posted on WebMD interviewed experts discussing CBD and its components. Marcell Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, stated CBD is being produced without any regulation, resulting in products that vary widely in quality. Listed are highlights from Bonn-Miller and colleagues research.


  • The use of CBD -- as an antipsychotic, antidepressant or sleep aid "have all been studied in animals, with only one or two examples of studies in humans,"
  • A 2017 study found that nearly 7 of 10 CBD products didn't contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label.
  • Nearly 43 percent of the products contained too little CBD, while about 26 percent contained too much.
  • 1 in 5 CBD products contained the intoxicating pot chemical THC.


Other research has found that CBD can cause an increase in liver enzymes, which could indicate possible liver damage. CBD oils and derivatives could have drug interactions with people currently taking prescription medications.

The use of CBD oil and derivatives has been linked to positive drug tests due to products containing the chemical THC. Marijuana is an illegal substance in regards to the federal government, regardless of individual state laws. Anyone holding a CDL license or a job regulated by a federal agency are subject to the federal laws. A positive drug test with THC levels detected will not differentiate whether that substance was ingested by an ill regulated CBD oil product vs ingesting marijuana. If you plan on trialing any CBD product, you should discuss all risks and benefits with a doctor who understands and is well versed in CBD derivatives and its uses.