CBD 101

Help! Will Full-Spectrum CBD Cause Me to Test Positive on a Drug Test?

Professional athletes are conscious about the wellness products and supplements that they use. They don’t have the time for ineffective products or anything that could hinder their performance. And they certainly don’t want to risk a positive drug test. 

Many athletes are hesitant to try CBD products because there are some myths about what CBD actually is and what it isn’t. As a result, they are missing out on the potential benefits of full-spectrum CBD for athletics. At STB, we’d like to clear up some of those misconceptions. 

What Is Full-spectrum CBD?

CBD stands for “cannabidiol.” This natural compound is found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD is naturally occurring and may provide medicinal benefits such as lessened anxiety and pain relief. CBD is non-psychoactive and will not make a person feel “high.”

CBD comes in three different forms: isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum. Isolate CBD products contain only cannabidiol and have had the terpenes and all other cannabinoids removed. A broad-spectrum product contains cannabinoids and terpenes but has been refined to remove any THC. Full-spectrum CBD contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and no more than 0.3% of THC.

The benefit of full-spectrum CBD is that it offers the user a more complete therapeutic effect, which is often called an “entourage effect.” 

Will Full-spectrum CBD Show Up On A Drug Test? 

Full-spectrum CBD contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly called “THC”. All CBD products that contain no more than 0.3% of THC are legal at the federal level. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider these products to be a controlled substance. All of our full-spectrum products contain less than 0.3% of THC.

Non-psychoactive cannabinoids are not included on the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List. In other words, CBD is not a substance that is routinely screened for. If a test screens for THC, a product that contains less than 0.3% is unlikely to be detected. However, different sports have different guidelines, which may change at any time. Athletes should check with their governing organization or testing agency if they have any questions about using full-spectrum CBD products.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

For most people, CBD stays in their system long after the therapeutic effects have worn off. CBD products typically offer the user therapeutic benefits for two to six hours. CBD can be detected in the body anywhere from two days to several weeks. For people who only take CBD occasionally, it will leave their system faster than someone who uses CBD every day.

How long CBD stays in a person’s system depends on several factors. A person’s metabolism and body mass index (BMI) come into play, as does the route of administration. Tinctures placed under the tongue are absorbed quickly and remain in the body longer. Topicals like STB’s high potency CBD roll-on for pain or STB’s high potency CBD muscle rub are fast acting and take longer to leave a person’s system.


There is no way to know if or how CBD will show up on a drug test. However, while every sport is different and we recommend checking the specific guidelines for your league, CBD is not routinely screened for and is often permissible for use by athletes. In fact, CBD is quickly becoming a staple for many athletes for a variety of reasons. CBD products can unlock many benefits for your athletics, from assisting with recovery to soothing inflammation. When you’re ready to try CBD for yourself, get started with our Balance Daytime Tincture, which contains less than 0.3% THC.