The prevalence of cannabidiol (CBD) oil is causing many pains for businesses. From uncertainty regarding the product to inquiries on the impact of drug tests, employers have more questions than answers.
Employment Screening Services (ESS) experts Scott Kitchens, Vice President of Drug Testing & Health Services, and Ashley Pfeiffer, Director of Drug & Health Services, answered some of the most frequently asked CBD oil questions to our Drug Testing department.
A donor who returned a positive test claims their use of CBD caused a marijuana positive. Is there marijuana in CBD Oil?
The legal limit of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound tested for in a marijuana drug screen, in CBD products is 0.3%, which is well below the test threshold. However, since CBD is not FDA regulated, there are no guarantees what percentage of THC is in CBD oil and products that contain it.
Should I educate my employees on using CBD?
If your drug testing policy has no tolerance for marijuana, education on CBD products would be suggested. We recommend this article from industry leader Quest Diagnostics
I have heard CBD can cause liver damage. Is this true?
As with most drugs and alcohol, CBD can cause liver damage. Always consume as product directions indicate and consult a medical professional on proper usage.
Can a laboratory distinguish between CBD and marijuana?
Laboratories test for Marijuana (THC) and not CBD. If marijuana is in CBD products, there will be a risk of a positive marijuana test depending on the amount.
Should my company include statement about CBD in our drug policy?
Always consult with your legal counsel on any and all policy changes and considerations.
Do you have questions about CBD oil and your drug screening program? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to review your policies and consult with one of our experts.