By Valerie Emerson
CBD oil, or Cannabidiol oil, is made from an extract of marijuana or hemp flowers and buds. It can be found in oil, beauty and health products, vapors, and infused in edibles such as gummy candy.
Cannabidiol can fall into two categories: over-the-counter and medical marijuana grade. Over-the-counter products have only trace amounts of THC, and will not cause a positive drug test result if used as recommended. They will not cause the ”high” associated with marijuana. Medical marijuana grade oil does contain enough THC per dose to cause a positive drug test for THC.
CBD oil is used for the treatment of a variety of conditions, but the only use approved by the FDA is in the treatment of childhood epilepsy. It may also be an effective treatment for anxiety, addiction, or chronic pain, but as of yet, there isn’t enough evidence to support such claims.
Despite the lack of scientific evidence on its efficacy in treating anxiety, addiction, or chronic pain, CBD oil has gained in popularity, and more drug test donors are attributing positive drug tests to its use. And that could be true, depending on how much is used, and how often. In some states, CBD oil may contain as much as 5% THC, and heavy use could cause a positive result.
CBD oil is a Schedule I controlled substance, making it illegal at the federal level. For federally-mandated drug tests, such as DOT drug tests, the use of CBD oil, or medical marijuana, is not considered an acceptable medical reason for a positive result.
At the state and city level, laws that regulate CBD oil and medical marijuana vary. If a candidate tests positive for marijuana and has a medical marijuana card, InCheck recommends employers consult with legal counsel before making an employment decision. It also recommends employers have a clearly written company policy that states their position on the use of CBD oil and medical marijuana.
Disclaimer: This blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.