CBD Doesn't Cause a Positive Test
DON’T believe an employee who tells you that he “only uses CBD oil”!
Over the past months, I have received numerous e-mails asking about CBD products, including CBD oil.
CBD products have become a convenient excuse for employees who smoke pot.
Here’s the skinny. CBD oil doesn’t convert to THC. Pure CBD will not cause a positive test result. In order to have positive THC in urine, an employee would have to consume (drink or eat) extremely large amounts of CBD oil or CBD products. It’s almost impossible.
Some CBD oils do contain THC, but the amount of THC is extremely small. By law, CBD oil or hemp products can have no more than .3% THC. (That is three-hundredths of 1%). Some states allow a higher percentage of THC in CBD oils, but still not at a level that would cause a positive test result.
Just as secondhand smoke would not be enough to cause a positive, using CBD oils would also not cause a positive test result for THC.
While an employee may be telling you the truth that they used CBD, their positive test result actually comes from using marijuana, and not from CBD. Last week, a driver’s wife yelled at me, “But I bought this oil for him, and I watch him use it!” I wanted to say “But you don’t see him smoke pot”. (But I didn’t say it.)
CBD is not controlled by the Food and Drug Administration. In recent years, knowing that the level of THC in these products is often being violated, FDA has issued numerous letters of warning to manufacturers. Those letters go unheeded.
Employees may claim THC is not on a bottle’s list of ingredients. But without enforcement, a label can have misleading and false information. Bottom line, “buyer beware.”