Many companies are loosening their policies concerning using cannabis at work. However, some employees may not know where they stand. This article will tell you everything you need to know.
Can I Use CBD Cannabis at Work?
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabis constituent. It is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it will not cause any mind-altering effects.
Even though CBD is not mind-altering, some people may wonder if CBD cannabis at work is acceptable. After all, it’s still part of the marijuana plant.
To this end, the question many employees should ask themselves is not ‘Can I use CBD cannabis at work?’. It’s more, ‘will anyone know I use CBD at work?’
CBD does not intoxicate you, so it’s unlikely anyone will notice you are ‘on CBD’ at work. Moreover, your bosses have no right to search you. So, unless you take your CBD bottle out and show it to everyone in the office, using CBD at work shouldn’t be an issue.
However, just to be on the safe side, you may want to :
- Visit a doctor to obtain a CBD prescription.
- Obtain CBD items from a legal pharmacy.
- Keep all receipts.
- Notify your employer if there is an issue.
Will CBD Make Me Test Positive on a Drug Test?
The real clue to whether you are using CBD cannabis at work is a positive drug test. Fortunately, drug tests don’t aim to detect CBD. Rather, they look for THC.
Currently, urine tests are the most common form of work drug testing. The urine is analyzed for chemicals that resemble metabolized THC. It does not test the amount of THC exposure involved.
However, there is a possibility that the CBD you are taking contains THC.
There are three types of CBD products as follows:
- Isolate: Isolates contain pure CBD.
- Full Spectrum: Full spectrum products are THC-free but contain CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes.
- Broad Spectrum: Broad spectrum products contain THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids and terpenes.
So you should be safe if you take isolate or full spectrum products. But be aware that the cannabis market is not highly regulated. Some brands may advertise products as THC-free even though they contain THC.
If you don’t want THC in your products, purchase goods from a reputable brand that provides lab testing.
If your company drug tests, you may be okay taking some broad-spectrum products. A broad-spectrum CBD product typically contains .03% THC. However, that is equal to 50 ng/ml of THC, the minimum you need to test positive on a drug test. So you are best off not taking any chances.
The term broad spectrum can also refer to THC products that include other cannabinoids and terpenes and often contain CBD. Don’t confuse them with CBD broad-spectrum products. They will produce a positive result on a drug test.
Can I Use THC Cannabis at Work?
Fortunately, many companies are doing away with drug testing completely. There will be loosened restrictions on using cannabis at work.
Marijuana legalization is increasing. There are more marijuana users than ever. Many companies struggle to find drug-free employees.
Loosening restrictions will allow them to widen their talent pool and find the best employees.
Amazon, AutoNation, and Caesars Entertainment are some of the largest employers that have eliminated drug testing. The National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League have relaxed their policies as well.
However, the loosening of drug policies must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Employers are advised to continue enforcing drug testing individuals in safety-sensitive job roles.
Employers must also look out for employees who work under the influence. Impaired workers can increase accidents and liability.
New Laws on Cannabis at Work Change Drug Testing Methods
The new direction of drug testing has caused several employers to move from urine testing to saliva testing. Saliva testing detects marijuana use within 24 hours. It is a better indicator of whether an employee used marijuana on the job.
New laws that will go into effect in California and Washington next year prohibit businesses from firing or refusing to hire a person based on a positive drug test without showing they were impaired on the job. Employers will be forced to change their testing methods.
However, striking a balance between employees who are off-duty users and those who are impaired at work will be contingent on the availability of reliable saliva testing and the employer’s willingness to adapt to a new approach.
California and Washington lawmakers are counting on the availability of saliva tests, but many employers are using testing methods that don’t provide reliable detection of marijuana impairment.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has also adopted a new rule that uses saliva tests for pre-employment, random reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and return-to-duty drug tests. However, the rule cannot go into effect until the government certifies at least two laboratories to process those tests.
Cannabis at work is becoming more acceptable. However, it is always wise to review your company policy, so you know where you stand. Good luck staying on the right side of your employer’s drug testing laws.