Drug testing has become standard protocol for employment purposes. Sometimes these tests are required by the government, as in the case of government jobs, and other times they are voluntarily incorporated by companies. Because of these routine drug tests, many people are concerned about using CBD oil because of its proximity to marijuana and the potential risks that CBD could trigger a positive test result. This concern is justified. People need to take drug testing very seriously, especially when it affects their livelihood or freedom.

First and foremost

Routine drug tests usually include urine, hair follicle, saliva and blood tests. In this article, we will look at the chances of CBD being detected in a saliva test. The chances of testing positive for CBD in this test are low. The vast majority of salivary drug tests look for THC and, by law, CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC. CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC. However, there are a few important details you should be aware of.

How accurate is the test?

accuracy of the saliva test for CBD
THC Saliva Test

Saliva drug tests are highly accurate for all drugs, including THC and marijuana. However, their accuracy is limited, as they can only test within a window of about 48 hours.

Urine tests are the industry standard for drug testing, and a review of data from 4.5 million saliva tests showed that positivity rates were comparable to those of urine tests.

Drugs usually show up in a test about 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion. Some over-the-counter drugs may report false positives, but most labs will confirm positive results with a more comprehensive test (this is good news for CBD users! We will come back to this later…).

In fact, it is difficult to “cheat” on oral tests because the test is usually done face-to-face with a colleague or hired professional. Dilution tactics, such as those used in urine testing, are not effective in saliva testing. These tests are hard to “beat”. Okay, enough of the boring stuff. Let’s talk about CBD and saliva drug testing.

Will CBD appear in a saliva test?

As with CBD and other drug tests, the answer is most likely no. However, there is always a chance that the answer is yes. So let’s talk about the risks of CBD and saliva testing…

Most CBD products contain traces of THC. The legal limit is 0.2% THC, which is not nearly enough to get you high. It’s like drinking a non-alcoholic beer. The vast majority of saliva drug tests look for THCa (the “parent” compound of THC).

Even though CBD contains such small amounts of THC, there is still a chance that it will signal a positive result. Especially in the context of saliva, if you take large amounts of CBD before the test (72 hours before), this can be a problem. CBD is not currently regulated either. This means that no regulatory body controls CBD companies to ensure quality (yet…).

The result? Some CBD products contain more than 0.2% THC, which increases the risk of a positive oral fluid test. These products are federally illegal and classified as “Marijuana”. Make sure you buy from a reputable brand that has certified lab reports on all its products.