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CBD at Work, Everything you Need to Know

If you’re hoping to bring CBD (and all its benefits) to the office with you, you’re not alone.

As the popularity of CBD products continues to rise, more and more hardworking folks like you are wondering whether it’s safe to use them in the workplace.

Remember that you should always get to know your company’s policies first — better safe than sorry.

But as a savvy CBD consumer, you should know when it’s appropriate to advocate for yourself and how to protect your job, particularly if you undergo frequent or random drug testing.

Here are some answers to the most common questions we hear from employees about using CBD at work.

Will CBD Oil Make me Fail a Drug Test?

Remember: CBD is federally legal in all 50 states. And the most effective full-spectrum CBD products contain up to the legal limit of .3% THC.

But because CBD is still a relatively new mainstream product, there are a lot of misconceptions out there — and a lot of questions in the HR community about what the popularity of these products means for company policies.

What your employer is looking for depends on the drug test they use. Most employers don’t actually have a CBD oil drug test screening — popular drug screening firms like Quest Diagnostics don’t even offer a test for those compounds. They’re actually looking for evidence of THC or other cannabinoids metabolizing in your system to determine whether you’ve been using marijuana.

But according to an October 2019 New York Times article, some drug tests (using gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry) can’t tell CBD from THC at all, and will report a positive — regardless if the product has THC or not.

Depending on how it’s administered, CBD can stay in the bloodstream for three to five days. It’s currently unclear how long CBD can be detected in saliva, urine, or hair.

If your company has a zero-tolerance drug policy (which CBD could be lumped into), you may still be risking your job by taking CBD products — especially if you work in a highly regulated and/or monitored industry.

Getting confused with our lingo? Check out THC or any other terms you may be unfamiliar with in our cannabis glossary.

Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum CBD Oil: What’s in your CBD?

Is THC-Free CBD Isolate Effective for Work?

While searching for CBD products appropriate for the workplace, you may come across CBD isolate products promising to be THC-free. 

They contain no cannabinoids, besides CBD, because all cannabinoid-containing plant matter is removed from the product during the manufacturing process.

But that’s not a feature; it’s a bug.

By removing all the other cannabinoids and terpenes, CBD isolates actually just don’t produce the desired effect.

That’s because CBD needs other cannabinoids to produce what’s known as the entourage effect.

Put simply, the entourage effect is what happens when chemical components in the cannabis plant (including CBD and THC) interact together with the human body to produce a more potent effect than any one component on its own.

This is a beneficial phenomenon produced by using full-spectrum CBD products.

Want to learn more about the difference between Isolate and Full Spectrum? Check out our Guide to Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

Don’t Fear Full-Spectrum CBD

Although full-spectrum CBD does contain trace amounts of THC (up to .3%), remember that CBD blocks out the high feeling and negative effects of taking THC.

The most effective full-spectrum CBD products take advantage of the entourage effect while keeping you from getting high.

So, if you’re going to incorporate CBD products into your routine at all, look for full-spectrum CBD products from trusted sources to give you the biggest benefits (and the fact that CBD Isolate products are not a failsafe)!

Here’s everything you need to know about how to buy CBD online: [2019 Buyers Guide] The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Buying CBD Online

Know What’s in your CBD

Trustworthy CBD manufacturers want you to know what’s in their products.
To avoid using products that may have more THC in them than they should, make sure your CBD retailer offers a third-party Certificate of Analysis (COA) to verify the cannabinoid contents of the products you’re consuming.

Will Hemp-Derived CBD Get me High?

Short answer: nope!

Although the effects of CBD vary from person to person, there is very little reason to believe that CBD derived from hemp will get you high.

THC is the cannabinoid that produces psychoactive effects by activating CB1 receptors in your brain.

CBD, on the other hand, is a CB1 antagonist, which means it actually blocks THC’s intoxicating effects.

A report from the World Health Organization indicates that CBD does not produce any effects equivalent to THC.

Instead, CBD can leave users feeling more relaxed, balanced, and at ease. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a part of the nervous system that’s thought to play a regulatory role in various bodily functions.

Transparency First: How to Talk to HR About CBD

Although it may be intimidating, it’s important to talk to your HR department before incorporating CBD into your routine. CBD is federally legal, and many private companies base their guidelines on the federal regulations. That said, laws covering CBD and related products can vary state-to-state (for instance, Kansas allows the sale of THC-free CBD isolates but not full-spectrum products). Be sure to verify the laws in your home state and how they apply to you.

What’s your Workplace’s Stance on CBD?

If your employee handbook specifically mentions CBD products, don’t push your luck. Unfortunately, clearly stated no-tolerance policies aren’t easy to argue with. Even if your office’s human resources specialists are sympathetic, they may be legally obligated to say no.

But if your workplace doesn’t have specific rules about using CBD and your company requires drug testing, your best bet is to ask HR what their policy is. (We’re always going to preach a better-safe-than-sorry approach!)

Get your Doctor’s Buy-in — and a Note

A good step to take before approaching the topic of CBD at work is to talk to your doctor. More and more healthcare practitioners are becoming CBD friendly.

Plus, it’s generally a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider before adding new substances into your regimen, especially if you’re worried about potential interactions with any medications you’re on.

Discuss your interest in adding CBD to your daily care routine and ask your doctor for a professional recommendation that you can share with your employer. A doctor’s note could go a long way in getting your company to accommodate your use of CBD.

Be Ready to Make your Case

Before going in to speak with HR, make sure you’re clear on your state’s regulations on CBD. Be honest and transparent about using CBD products and explain why using them is important and beneficial to you. It also helps to have some good employer-oriented educational references handy to share with your HR personnel when you speak with them.

Give them a chance to read up on the latest laws and case studies involving CBD if they’re concerned (it’s easier to win over people who know the facts).

It also helps to have documentation in your back pocket about what’s in the CBD product you’ll be using. Proof that the product you’re using is legal and safe can help calm any nerves in the HR office. Having a Certificate of Analysis from an accredited third-party laboratory will provide wanted protection against mislabeled products to both you and your employer.

Is CBD in your Work Bag?

No matter how beneficial your CBD products are, there may still be some tricky factors to navigate when thinking about CBD at work. Never assume you’re in the clear for a drug test, especially if you work in a highly monitored industry.

In cases where your job security could end up in jeopardy, it is always better to ask your company for permission than for forgiveness.

Laws and regulations about CBD — as well as corporate thinking around CBD — are always shifting. Stay up-to-date on the latest federal, state, and company policy changes if CBD is an important part of your wellness routine.

Always be sure to purchase your CBD products from a reputable source willing to share a Certificate of Analysis with you. (Veritas Farms conducts third-party analysis on every one of our products and will always share it with you. We stand behind the quality of everything we sell!)

There’s a lot to think about when adding CBD to your life, but we’ve got your back. If you’re ready to find the products that are right for you, check out our shop.

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