Does Hemp Extract Show Up on a Drug Test?

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Since their legalization in 2018, hemp-based products are available almost everywhere. From the pharmacy shelf to the checkout counter at the convenience store, it seems every retailor is now offering a variety of creams, lotions, and oils containing popular hemp products. This overwhelming accessibility points to the fact that more Americans are trying these products to relieve daily symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and pain. A recent Gallop poll found that one in seven Americans use some type of hemp-based product.1

With the growing popularity of hemp products on the market, so also are growing consumer concerns about choosing the right product for you and avoiding any negative implications, such as a false positive on a drug screening.

How do drug screenings work?

Common drug screenings look for the psychoactive component of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or its metabolites in specific quantities to determine marijuana use. 2 This is the chemical in marijuana responsible for the euphoric feelings or high.2

Can using a hemp product cause a false positive on a drug screening?

It all depends on the products quality and components. Using a hemp product that contains THC or THCA could result in a false positive on a urine drug screen.3 Hemp products are not supposed to contain more than 0.3% THC, however, there are mislabeled products on the market so consumers must be careful.4,5 Furthermore, not all extraction processes are the same and some result in contamination. The safest option when concerned about THC content in your hemp supplement is to choose a hemp supplement that is proven to be completely THC free.

How to choose a quality hemp product that does not contain THC

Look for a broad spectrum or multi-spectrum hemp product as oppose to a full spectrum product that can contain THC. Find a manufacture that shares details of their extraction and purification process. These types of hemp products are generally treated to ensure their final product does not contain THC.6 Furthermore, look for a product that is willing to disclose their hemp supplement’s certificate of analysis. This document will detail exactly which cannabinoids are present in their product, including any THC.

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  1. Gallup News Service. “14% of Americans Say They Use CBD Products.” August 7, 2019. Accessed December 30, 2019
  2. US Drug Test Centers. “Can you fail a drug test due to CBD?”  Accessed January 7, 2020
  3. Consumer Reports. “Can You Take CBD and Pass a Drug Test?” May 15, 2019 Accessed December 30, 2019
  4. FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD). Questions and Answers. Accessed January 7, 2020
  5. Bonn-Miller MO, Loflin MJE, Thomas BF, Marcu JP, Hyke T, Vandrey R. Labeling Accuracy of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online. JAMA. 2017;318(17):1708–1709.
  6. American’s for Safe Access. “Patient’s Guide to CBD”. June 4, 2019  Accessed December 30, 2019

This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. Do not use the information from this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this article.


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