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By Jenifer Brown

At the risk of bringing up a controversial subject, I feel compelled to communicate an important message to our industry population. I have personally witnessed cases where great candidates (professionally and technically) did not obtain a position because of a failed drug test. These individuals failed their drug tests because they had used CBD oil for health and/or medical reasons believing it to be perfectly OK.

The following information is from my research but I suggest that each inidvidual do their own research, especially prior to using a CBD oil product!

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many active chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. CBD oil is a popular product for everything from pain control to promoting sleep. CBD is currently legal in most states and isn’t subject to the same drug laws as medical marijuana. Since it’s a dietary supplement, you can find it online, in health food and other retail stores.

With the rise of CBD oil usage comes the concern about failing a drug test. Those who have tested positive did so because of the presence of THC – the psychoactive component of marijuana – even though CBD oil is often said to be THC-free and that is a statement that most people believe.

As it turns out, depending on the source of the cannabis that is used to produce the CBD oil, some products do contain traces of THC (including low-quality isolates and many full-spectrum tinctures).

While some CBD oils claim to be isolates, they may be full spectrum oils and actually contain more cannabinoids (such as THC) than they claim. Also, it is important to keep in mind that these are not FDA-regulated products.

Since we are on the topic of drug tests, I need to point out that the medical industry still has zero tolerance! This is even the case in states where marijuana is legal! Many health care organizations, especially direct hospitals and systems, do a full extensive 10-panel level drug test versus the 5-panel level drug test via a urine or hair follicle sample covering every type of drug! It is important to note that even the 5-panel test can detect THC traces from CBD oil!

In closing, if you are under any type of prescribed medications and need to be drug tested be sure to bring those prescriptions with you, as well as any physician notifications you may have, when interviewing for a job. However, it is important to understand that if the prescription is for medical marijuana it may not be accepted. You could be eliminated as a candidate for using prescribed medical marijuana due to the industry’s zero tolerance policy. You could also be dropped from consideration for a job because of a failed drug test caused by the use of a CBD-oil product that may claim to be free of THC.

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