March 20, 2019 - Heather Jackson

Should You Allow Cannabidiol in the Workplace?


Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, has been called everything from the “miracle drug” to a drug testing nightmare. Will CBD replace a worker’s need to take prescription painkillers, or disrupt the productivity of a workforce?

Learn about the controversy surrounding CBD in the workplace, and how you, as the employer, can navigate through it.

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is one of the 104 chemical compounds found in the marijuana (cannabis) plant. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is used in medical marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive and cannot get you “high”.

Made by extracting CBD  from the cannabis plant, it’s typically diluted with hemp seed oil and has been a popular option for those who seek relief from pain and want a safer alternative to prescription drugs.

The 2018 Farm Bill was signed in December 2018, “effectively legalizing hemp at the federal level by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and classifying it as an agricultural commodity.” (www.congress.gov)

CBD oil derived from hemp, is now legal in all 50 states.

CBD versus Opioids

Many health benefits are linked to CBD oil, including:

  • General pain relief
  • Helps to reduce depression
  • Can assist with ‘detoxing’ from substance abuse
  • Can improve heart health
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Combat anxiety
  •  Help reduce cancer treatment side effects such as vomiting and nausea

CBD can also wean users off of prescription medicines, according to recent studies. It showed that by consuming CBD, receptors found in the brain, nervous system and vital organs can be agitated by using the oil and pain symptoms reduced.

Does CBD Oil Pose a Risk to Workplace Safety?

Yes and no.

CBD oil is causing controversy because although it’s legal in all 50 states, it’s not regulated. This leaves employers on the fence about allowing it in the workplace.

Our free white paper uncovers the 3 questions you should ask before allowing it in your workplace, AND how it can impact your drug testing program.

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