From the moment CBD first became a hot topic, we’ve been seeing a lot of questions about how CBD products will affect drug tests. This is something that concerns employers and workers alike. From a potential employee’s perspective, a failed drug test could be the difference between getting a job or not. An employer, on the other hand, needs to know that CBD isn’t a danger to their business. They don’t want to write off an individual for a false reason, either.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound present in cannabis that does not contain the psychoactive properties of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It does not provide the “high” associated with marijuana. People take CBD for a variety of medical ailments, and studies have shown that it can even provide relief for those suffering from anxiety or epilepsy. According to this article by Popular Science , however, taking CBD can lead to a false positive depending on the way it was produced.
If you are concerned about whether or not CBD products will influence your drug test, take a close look at the packaging. Where was it sourced? Some capsules and liquids can include miniscule amounts of THC. Again, no “high” will be produced, but this could still affect a drug test. If your CBD item is derived from medical marijuana rather than industrial hemp, there is a much higher chance that it contains a larger amount of THC.
When shopping for CBD products, search for a CBD isolate with 99+% purity and hemp oil with no THC. It should explicitly state that there is no THC in the product. If not, contact the distributor to be sure. If you want to be extra careful, you could also purchase a CBD drug testing kit to see for yourself. As an employer, it’s a good idea to provide your workers with this information as well. Knowledge and full awareness is the first step towards a successful (and negative) drug test.
James P. Randisi, President of Randisi & Associates, Inc., has since 1999 been helping employers protect their clients, workforce and reputation through implementation of employment screening and drug testing programs. This post does not constitute legal advice. Randisi & Associates, Inc. is not a law firm. Always contact competent employment legal counsel. Mr. Randisi can be contacted by phone at 410.494.0232 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or the website at randisiandassociates.com