With CBD growing in popularity throughout the country, we’ve received an increasing number of inquiries about CBD and how this may affect your drug testing programs.
To see more detailed information on the difference between CBD and THC as well as current state legislation on CBD levels, check out our previous blog post that covers that here.
CBD or cannabidiol is one of around 400 compounds found in cannabis. And while CBD is a cannabinoid and shares some structural similarities with THC, it does not product a “high” like the THC portion of the plant does.
Because CBD does not create a high, it is perceived as less harmful. Many different products have emerged that contain CBD to help users benefit from its therapeutic and medical properties, such as:
-Oil (most popular)
-Beauty and health products
-Infused edibles (gummies, chocolates, etc.)
However, despite CBD being less harmful, it may still cause adverse reactions in some people. Reported side effects from human and/or animal studies have included:
-Changes in appetite
-Decreased blood pressure
-Possible endocrine disruption
-Altered immune function
Will CBD affect my drug test results?
Maybe. CBD itself would not show up positive on a drug test for marijuana or marijuana metabolite. However, in some states, CBD can contain up to 5% THC. If the CBD product contained THC at a sufficiently high concentration, there is a possibility that it could result in a positive urine drug test result.
It is also important to remember that the use of CBD or “medical marijuana” is still not considered an alternative medical explanation for a positive test result in federally-mandated drug tests. CBD is still classified as a Schedule I substance and remains illegal at the federal level.
As an employer it’s more important than ever to stay up-to-date in the always-changing landscape of marijuana, and most importantly, to make sure that your drug testing policies stay updated as well.
Please make sure that your company’s substance abuse policy is updated to clearly reflect your position on marijuana and the use of CBD products within your workplace.