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Will Hemp Oils and Other Hemp Products Test Positive on Drug Tests?

September 6, 2016
Will Hemp Oils and Other Hemp Products and Test Positive on Drug Tests?
As a healthcare professional, a common question that I receive when talking to patients and clients who are interested in incorporating the use of hemp products or hemp foods into their daily routine is:

“Will eating hemp foods show up positive for THC on a drug test?”

According to the research studies available, the answer to this is question is a resounding NO! Regular consumption or use of commercially made hemp foods (such as seeds, cooking oil, cereals, milk, granola) or hemp products (lotions, shampoos, lip balms, etc.) will not show a positive result for THC on a drug test.

Hemp-based foods and hemp body products commercially produced and sold in the United States are not legally allowed to contain the potentially psychoactive cannabinoid known as THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol). If a laboratory-tested hemp product did happen to contain trace amounts of this compound, it would be in such small quantities that it would likely require exorbitant amounts of ingestion or use for it to even remotely begin to show up in the smallest amount on a drug test.

However, with that said, consuming non-commercially produced hemp foods, hemp-based oils, or using homemade hemp-based products may have risks to test positive. Non-federally regulated foods and products, like those purchased from a dispensary, farmer’s market, or even products bought online, do not necessarily follow any sort of federal food safety guidelines or food and drug administration regulations. When purchasing these types of hemp products, make sure you use caution and ask questions about how they were made and whether they were tested before being packaged.

Still, generally speaking, hemp-based food and products (federally regulated ones, anyway) shouldn’t show a positive result for THC on a drug test, so keep enjoying your hemp snacks!

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  • ftekim

    That having been said, most drug tests, such as pre-employment screening, random jobsite tests, etc. do not test for THC. They test for other cannabinoids. It is cheaper and they stay in the system longer than THC. Would hemp show up on commonly used tests screening for marijuana use by means other than THC screening?

    • Ian

      I’ve never heard of that before, I thought they tested for the resulting metabolite (delta9-THC-COOH) but I could be wrong. Do you have a reference for that?

      • John ‘Genryu’

        They do mainly test for THC. Ftekim has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. None of the other Cannabinoids are illegal in the same way as THC by the way, so this is just nonsense.

  • Rob At Tradiv

    What about consuming CBD, will that show up positive on drug test?

    • Misty Darrah

      I know this is an old post but what with recent laws changing maybe the answer can still be helpful to others.It depends who you go through, now days they are specifically growing (not GMO)close to THC free plants to pull it from do to the growing concern with thc being in a lot of them, ask tons of questions from the company. Here is a good link to read before buying that I found.

  • sunshineinyourmorning

    I took Charlottes Web from CW Botanicals out of Colorado Springs – It has very low THC, so low it is sold in all fifty states! I tested positive – I scored a 16, the doctor doing the test said the cut off was 15.

    • Jackson Michael

      Hi, I felt that since the product was sold over the counter I’d be ok but the MRO’S had told me different. They told me that they’d never seen such a weird reading before.

  • dormguard

    I looked it up on several places on the computer…and all the answers were: “no, it will not test positive”. It isn’t a drug, one can’t be let go from a job for using hemp oil.

    • Jackson Michael

      I was let go due to ingesting of hemp oils I had been taking. So yes one as I was can loose their employment.

      • Misty Darrah

        Were the ones you were using commercial, meaning federally regulated under the USFDA however ? Many non federal companies especially lately as laws are being recently changed lie about THC levels, which could have been the cause of this.

    • Norma Quezada

      A man here locally was just recently let go for testing positive on drug test after using hemp oil. So yes it can happen and no employers do not believe when told only using hemp oil not actual drug use.

  • John ‘Genryu’

    Hemp oil is complete garbage that has almost none of the Cannabinoids or terpenes required to have any significant medical effect. Stop pushing this crap just because you’re paid to by a couple of your advertisers.

    • Levi Mitchell

      Hemp oil isn’t for getting high on moron. It’s used as a cooking oil, and for the base in soaps, makeup, lip balms, and other such things. There’s no reason for it to contrain THC.

    • There is also topic of CBD spiking. No one wants to talk loud about it while it’s a massive problem cousing a lot of confusion. A never heard about it before I read this :/

      • bigmiracle

        Hi michael
        We have a thc free formula focused on cbg thats water based, absorbs and works fast, , talking to police, fire, rescue all looking for a product that wont affect the drug tests. Tx, look forward to your comments.