CBD oil is gaining momentum in the health and wellness community. Scientific studies confirm that CBD oil may help treat a variety of illnesses such as chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. CBD oil is an appealing option for those that are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the intoxicating effects of marijuana. In most CBD products, there is a tiny amount of THC which is the chemical component in marijuana that produces a cerebral high. Many are curious as to how CBD oil can affect an individual’s ability to pass a drug screen requested by an employer. An organization can request a drug screening before hiring a new employee, at random, or after an accident has occurred in the workplace.

Managing a drug-free workplace is becoming increasingly difficult for employers. Having a drug-free workplace begins with establishing a strong drug-free workplace program. Numerous individuals are under the assumption that CBD oil will not affect the results of a drug screening, which is not always true. There is a risk of failing a drug screening due to using CBD oil because there are countless variables to consider.

Since CBD products do contain a small amount of THC, about 0.3 percent, that little trace of THC is detected in CBD products because there are inconsistencies when manufacturing CBD products. Also, CBD products have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Another variable is the amount of CBD oil that is consumed daily and the way it is metabolized. If an individual consumes 160 milligrams of CBD oil, the result of the drug screening could be negative, but if an individual consumes 1,000 milligrams of CBD oil, it could result in a positive test. There have also been instances of false-positive results because there aren’t any regulations when manufacturing CBD products.

An added variable to consider is that a product can be referred to as CBD oil but is actually synthetic marijuana, which would cause an individual to fail a drug screening. It is recommended to purchase CBD oil from an approved FDA manufacturer. In some instances, an employee may consider making their employer aware of their use of CBD oil as a prescribed medication. Whatever the case may be, ensure that there is positive communication between both parties and the appropriate documentation is provided.

Recently, Ohio has implemented medical marijuana statutes. Organizations need to address positive drug screenings for THC in a way that is supported by their drug-free workplace program. Research surrounding CBD products is still in its early phases. While some states permit the sale of CBD products, many of these states only permit relatively low levels of THC in the CBD product. Employers need to stay informed about the ever-changing circumstance of marijuana and its derivatives because situations are likely to arise. Additionally, employers need to ensure their organization’s substance abuse policy language reflects their position on marijuana and the use of CBD products.

References: US Drug Test Centers, Forbes