CBD oil and failing work place drug tests!

Will CBD oil make you fail your workplace drug test?. We cant deny them, and we cant run from them. So then, the big question being asked right now is..can using CBD make me fail my work place drug test? Is there a way to avoid failing a work place drug test?

As part of an application process, people who apply for jobs may be asked to be screened for drug and alcohol use. Depending on state law and company policy, employers may do this prior to making a job offer.

More often than not, this will be a Urine Drug Test. They test for opioids, marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine and more.

No drug test currently tests for CBD.

When testing for marijuana the test is looking for THC. THC is the psychoactive stimulant found in the marijuana plant.

Now, CBD oil is extracted from the marijuana plant with extremely low levels of THC. But, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any in there!!!!!

If you buy your CBD oil from a reputable supplier, they will have a typically less than 0.2% THC content. This is fine, as it would take a huge dose to come up in a drug test, maybe a few vials! But in Europe this can be anywhere under 1%.

But some companies out there, due to limited legislation are not declaring the correct amount of THC in their oil. This could be due to cross contamination, or general negligence. It is always wise to ask for a 3rd party analysis report when you buy your CBD products.

Military and Athletes.

Typically military, police and sports drug tests are urine and or hair sample tests. These are usually more comprehensive. If you are in a first responder role or an athlete in a regulated body, it is probably best to enquire about whether your use of CBD is ok.

We wouldn’t want you to lose your job for a moment of ignorance. If not, it is probably best to not use any CBD products at all.

But I have a medical marijuana card?

When someone holding a medical marijuana card is fired from his or her job because of a positive drug test, he or she could be considered a victim of workplace discrimination. Without the ability to test for actual levels of THC at the specific time the test is being performed, a person who tests positive for THC may not be actively high.

Laws to reduce this type of workplace discrimination are being created to protect those using medical marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana program. Some employers are required to test employees under federal law or highly regulated safety laws for jobs like truck drivers or pilots where there is a legitimate basis for firing an employee who fails a random drug test.

If an employer does not have to adhere to federal laws or safety regulations, the employer must carefully determine and provide reasons for firing a medical marijuana user who fails a drug test.

Some states like Nevada and New York consider those who use cannabis for medical reasons as being legally disabled and have created laws taking this type of disability into consideration. These laws require employers to ”reasonably accommodate” the medical needs of an employee who is a certified patient holding a legal medical marijuana card.

In states where medical marijuana users are considered disabled, medical marijuana users cannot be legally fired because of a positive drug test. However, this only applies if the marijuana use does not keep the employee from doing his or her job, and does not affect the safety of the employee, other employees, the public, or anyone else in the workplace.

If you are a medical marijuana card holder or someone who enjoys legalized recreational marijuana, research your state, your employer’s, or your future employer’s drug testing policy.

You shouldn’t assume that, because you are exercising your legal right to use cannabis outside of the workplace, you are immune to the repercussions your employer may impose on you as the result of a drug test that comes back positive for THC. (1)

To sum up..

You are extremely unlucky if using CBD oil makes you fail a work place drug test. But follow these steps to minimise any chance of it;

  1. Buy your CBD from a reputable seller.
  2. Ask to see their 3rd party analysis.
  3. If it doesn’t state its THC content don’t use it.
  4. If you have a medical marijuana card you maybe protected under work place discrimination.
  5. If you are an athlete – talk to your regulatory body.

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(1) https://www.thebalance.com/marijuana-and-employment-drug-testing-4160426?_ga=2.238284547.2089922011.1543504548-878745933.1543504548


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