An Introduction to CBD
Although many hemp-based CBD products currently come available in several states where recreational marijuana is not legal, some individuals may worry whether their consistent use of CBD oil may appear on a drug test. Even in states where medical marijuana is legal to purchase from a retail outlet, some employers still monitor employees for CBD use. If a company’s policy includes checking for “herbal supplements,” even if they contain no THC at all, then that could also be grounds for a drug test, especially if you’ve been using the product for several years. To learn more about the reasons why your employer may look at a drug test and whether or not CBD oil would be a reasonable exception to this policy, we spoke with a local attorney who is handling a case with a former employee.
A positive result on a routine drug test would most likely mean one of two things: either the patient is indeed receiving a “permanent” prescription for medication, or his work is being threatened. In the first scenario, the employee could sue for punitive damages; in the second, he could simply decide to stop using the medication and enter into a work program that does not require the constant use of “medicine.” However, a positive result may simply signify that the patient is not under the influence of THC when he takes the recommended dosage. This is the reason that some doctors recommend CBD as a treatment for some medical conditions, since the substance has very little impact on the user’s body when administered by a doctor.
In a recent case, a Virginia National Guard tactical team was ordered to take a drug test following their visit to a local prison. According to a court transcript obtained by WTVR CBS 12, one of the soldiers was asked by the commanding officer to take a blood test “to see if he had any alcohol or anything else in his system.” When the results were reported, it was determined that the subject had indeed been taking medications containing CBD oil, which can be a positive for someone who is just starting a regimen. The guard was allowed to continue his sentence anyway.
The short answer to the question posed in the first paragraph is: Yes, CBD can be detected in your blood stream when drug tests are conducted! But why? Why would the substance be so difficult to detect, especially in a hair test? Most of the studies on CBD have been performed on animals and have compared the drug’s effects on mice (which cannot be used as humans) and on humans (which is much more difficult to do). As such, we don’t have definitive conclusions about how much to a person should ingest in order to experience the same therapeutic effects.
The fact that CBD can be detected in a urine or blood sample, however, is one of the main reasons why some people consider it to be “the drug” because it can help people who take conventional medications to cure their illnesses by suppressing symptoms and reducing the need for further medications. Unfortunately, many people who rely on these medications are unaware that many of these drugs have serious side effects that can cause you to fail a drug test administered under the most stringent conditions. CBD is different; it has very few side effects.
Studies have shown that when small amounts of CBD are taken daily, it can significantly lower the number of seizures that a child experiences during the course of a year. It also significantly reduces the frequency of mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, and other mental disorders that manifest themselves in children. In addition, when CBD is combined with another pharmaceutical compound called Cyproheptadine, it has been shown to substantially reduce the occurrence of ADHD in children. Clearly, if the benefits of CBD are going to be translated into real-world improvements for patients, it must be included as a component of all psychotropic medications. A great resource for finding pharmaceuticals that contain CBD is the Center for Drug Evaluation, which is part of the National Institute of Health.