Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a compound found in cannabis known as a cannabinoid. The most well-known cannabinoid is THC. This is the compound responsible for the ‘high’ associated with cannabis.
If you consume CBD oil, you should not test positive for cannabis on a workplace drug test. Our workplace drug tests are testing for THC and its metabolites. UK regulated CBD oil contains either very low amounts of THC or none at all. So there is little chance you will test positive for THC after using CBD oil. But, when purchasing CBD, it is imperative that you buy off a regulated seller. Also, you can check how much THC is in the product if they disclose lab results for their product.
If the CBD oil does contain trace amounts of THC, this should fall below the cut-off levels of the drug test. However, if you have bought a product outside the UK, this could be a different matter. Some unregulated CBD oils can contain up to 5% content of THC. As a result, if used regularly, you could test positive for THC.
What if you fail a drug test because of CBD oil?
So, what if you declare CBD use during a drug test and fail it because of the above? It all comes down to your employers drug and alcohol policy. In the UK, cannabis is a class B drug and can carry severe penalties for possession or supply. As a result, if you have THC in your system, your employer may not take into account how it got there. Even more so if they have a zero tolerance policy to drug use.
There is no simple answer as CBD oil becomes more popular for its claimed health benefits. It can be a grey area and many employers are taking legal advice to update their policies. Our advice is to only use regulated CBD oil purchased in the UK. As a result, you should pass any workplace drug test and avoid any unnecessary stress and anxiety.