If your someone that works for a company that require you to adhere to random drug testing, you might be worried that taking CBD could result in your failing your drug test. Drug tests do not screen specifically for CBD, and CBD is not an illegal substance so you will not fail a drug test by taking CBD.

You do have to ensure that your CBD is THC free, which can be a problem when buying CBD from untrustworthy companies. You can ensure this by checking the companies lab reports. Here at Organic Relief we test all of our CBD products to ensure they are only of the highest quality and that they are completely legal. You can see all of our CBD lab reports here.

What is CBD?

CBD is also known as cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Unlike other elements found within the plant, CBD doesn’t get you high and is not psychoactive. This is what makes it safe and legal to take in the form of your choice. You can find many different forms of CBD available to help with pain, such as oils and gummies.

It does this, as well as providing a host of other beneficial effects, by promoting homeostasis within the body. This is essentially a healthy balance of all the elements needed to promote healthy living in humans.

CBD User Guide

Is CBD a drug?

Due to it’s link to marijuana, some people may be worried that if they are taking CBD, they are taking a drug. The first thing to know is that in the UK CBD is completely legal.

When thinking about a drug, we typically think of narcotic or pharmaceutical agents. CBD has, at times, been leveraged in pharmaceutical formulas but is not a narcotic or medically controlled drug.

CBD does activate some of the same targets as THC, such as the two primary CB1 and CB2 receptors. However, CBD activates these spots indirectly and helps reduce the psycho-activity that can result from these activation’s. This allows for CBD non-psychoactive, wellness-promoting, and mood-improving properties to take effect.

Due to the lack of addictive potential, inability to create intoxication or its over-the-counter accessibility, CBD is best described as a natural supplement.

What substances are banned in the UK?

CBD is completely legal to use in the UK, providing that the product meets the government standards that all CBD products must contain no more than 0.2% THC. If they do contain more, the products would be considered illegal and banned.

As we mentioned earlier, athletes must regularly undertake urine drug tests to ensure they are not using any performance enhancing drugs. These test for substances within certain banned categories, including androgens (growth hormones), stimulants, diuretics, narcotics and cannabinoids like THC. If you’re a sportsperson who uses CBD oil in your daily routine, it is possible for it to show up in a drug test if you buy an unregulated or contaminated product.

At Organic Relief we pride ourselves on our fantastic work with elite level athletes who are often subjected to drug tests which they continue to pass due to the high quality CBD products that we sell.

The benefits of CBD

Although research into CBD is still in its early stages, the data that’s currently available tends to show that CBD may have a range of interesting and unique health benefits. CBD is linked to a range of pain relief effects, making it a potentially useful natural treatment for a variety of forms of chronic pain. It’s also believed to have positive effects for people who suffer from anxiety, depression and other psychological conditions.

The main benefits of CBD are:

  • Help to tackle pain & inflammation
  • Help against anxiety & depression
  • Fights against skin ageing and skin conditions
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Helps with muscle recovery

The side effects of CBD

There are several potential side effects of taking CBD. These are:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Dizziness. This is maybe due to CBD  relaxing the walls of blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.
  • Diarrhoea
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Nausea.

There is still more research to be done into CBD to help fully understands its side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you take CBD?

The most common way to consume CBD is by placing CBD oil directly under your tongue. This is due to the fact that CBD can easily be absorbed underneath the tongue through the thin mucous membranes there.

Is CBD addictive?

Once question we are often asked is, is CBD oil addictive? The answer is that CBD does not have an addictive effect, as it is not psychoactive. In the UK, CBD is made exclusively with the hemp plant, which does not contain THC. THC is the main psychoactive compound that is found in marijuana.

Does CBD increase your heart rate?

Adding CBD into your daily routine can help reduce your heart rate, as well as helping to improve your resting heart rate. The impact in the first few days may be steady as the body gets used to the effects of CBD. It may provide a sense of calm to the mind and could help reduce the heart rate and blood pressure, too.


CBD should not show up on a drug test, as-long as you are taking high-quality THC-free CBD. If you have any questions about taking CBD, then please don’t hestitate in contacting our customer service team here at Organic Relief.