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Will CBD Oil Show Up in Drug Tests?

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Are you an athlete or somebody who is considering using CBD to help you train and perform at your best? If so, you are probably wondering about CBD’s legality in the sporting world. In this article, we will explore how CBD oil can be beneficial for athletes and whether CBD supplements show up on drug tests. The simple answer is, no it should not show up in drug tests.

CBD oil is extracted from either the cannabis or hemp plant. However, unlike the cannabis used to make marijuana, hemp strains have been specifically bred to contain low concentrations of THC. THC is the psychoactive chemical in cannabis that gets you high. The legal amount of THC is 1mg per container. CBD can aid pain relief, promote relaxation, relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress and sleeplessness as well as the aesthetic benefits of its natural anti-inflammatory properties.

in 2018 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its banned substances list. This means that CBD is not comparable to performance-enhancing drugs like amphetamines, hormones, or illegal drugs. In the UK it is now legal to grow hemp plants, manufacture CBD, and sell CBD-related products.

Quality Matters

Quality is never an accident. For a product to truly be effective, careful sourcing and dedicated research has to be conducted for a quality product to be made. This is especially important when buying CBD as this can affect whether it shows up in a drug test (read on to find out why). The most important thing to consider before buying a CBD product is how reputable and trustworthy the brand is. Unfortunately there are no universal regulations on the quality of CBD. This is why it is super important to find a company which is transparent and committed to giving their customers the highest quality so that they can trust their products. We have made it our dedicated mission to ensure the purity of our products.

Drug testing

CBD has a half-life of 3 to 5 days. For the majority of people it would have completely left your system after two weeks. The current legal limit of THC is 1mg per container.

Anti-doping organisations can either use urine tests, blood tests or hair follicle tests. All three tests are looking for THC metabolites in the body. When testing for cannabis, drug testers look for traces of THC-COOH, a substance created when THC passes through your liver.

If you are using hemp based CBD products they should not set off drug tests as they contain such tiny amounts of THC. If you take large doses of CBD (over 1000mg per day), you may get a positive reading on some preliminary drug tests.

When choosing the right CBD product, customers should be wary of products that:

● Do not clearly state the strain of cannabis
○ Marijuana is high in THC
○ Hemp, which is low in THC

● Say their cultivation source is unknown

● Do not state the level of THC  


How can CBD help athletes and aid recovery after exercise?

So now you have a better understanding that taking CBD should not affect those who are subject to drug tests. Let’s explore how CBD can heal, nourish and be an aid for athletes and those engaging in exercise.


The properties of CBD help you to strengthen your immune system, so that your body is more resistant to stress and infections. That means keeping the body and all organs at peak performance. Take a few drops of Dr.Ed’s Recovery Oil to help your body stay at the top of its game.

CBD can naturally help athletes reduce game-day stress and performance anxiety. It does this by stimulating the endocannabinoid system which we explored in a previous blog post. Our best selling Dr.Ed’s Calm Drops are THC free and could help reduce those game-day jitters.


Pain management is a huge part of recovery. If proper recovery is not undertaken, muscle strain may develop after training. CBD helps athletes to increase their pain threshold whilst aiding muscle recovery. It does this by reducing muscle cramps and pain. There is increasing research on how CBD is effective for reducing pain, including musculoskeletal pain from exercise and stiff joints. Our muscle rub gel is the perfect addition to your post-workout routine.

Getting better quality of sleep is one of the most effective ways an athlete can achieve greater training gains. Many athletes are reporting greater ease going to sleep and a more restful night’s sleep after taking CBD. One potential reason for this could be CBD inhibiting the reuptake of adenosine. This basically helps the brain to slow down, helps you feel calmer which can lead to a natural deep sleep. Wind down a long day and help your body heal with our best selling massage oil.

Disclaimer: This post is intended for informational purposes only and not intended to serve as professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor and listen to your body on what works for you.

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