It seems that every day, CBD usage is becoming more accepted in our society. As a result, we are constantly adjusting aspects of our society to conform with CBD. The workplace, for example, is a setting bursting with questions about CBD. Both the employee and the employer must understand what CBD is and the laws that shape its usage.
Confusion About CBD In the Workplace
Take the employer for example, he or she is in charge of the office. If performance slips or goals are not achieved, it is on their shoulders. So, what will the employer think when they hear that some of the workers are taking CBD. If the employer does not even know what CBD is, their mind will undoubtedly be consumed with fear.
If all the employer knows about CBD is that it is from the marijuana plant, of course the employer will be uncomfortable if workers are using it.
So, the employer speaks with the workers. During their conversation, the workers explain what CBD is. One even shows the package, pointing to where it says “CBD is non-intoxicating”.
A week goes by, and the employer decides to give a drug test. His employees have nothing to worry about. After all, CBD won’t come up in a drug test if it is non-intoxicating.
Finally, the employer loses sleep at night wondering if he or she should allow CBD in a zero-tolerance workplace. It may be non-intoxicating, but according to research, CBD has a calming effect. If CBD is allowed, what next?
Why Does CBD Sometimes Make A Drug Test Positive?
THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical in marijuana that gets us high. THC is what drug tests are looking for. CBD does contain some THC, but the levels are miniscule, 0.3%. Such a small amount will not get someone high and will not show up on a drug test. Reputable CBD sellers have a certificate of analysis on their package, which present the THC levels.
However, CBD products are not approved by the FDA and therefore not regulated. The levels of THC can vary from one CBD product to another so there is no guarantee that you will pass that drug test.
Using too much CBD will also raise your chances for showing up positive on a drug test. Discovering the optimal CBD dosage can be difficult but is extremely important to achieve.
It is The Employer’s Responsibility to Educate
The marijuana industry is largely unregulated – with no FDA approval, the consumer really does not know what they are buying, or how much THC is inside.
As a result, employees should be careful when taking CBD and understand what their employers’ rules are when it comes to the workplace. It is also the responsibility of the employer however to let employees know their policies when it comes to CBD in the workplace.
The majority of businesses has a drug and alcohol policy and it is advisable for them to add their stance on CBD into this policy. Drug and alcohol programs like Cleanfleet, provide education to assist companies with such a seemingly difficult task.