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Should You Allow Cannabidiol in the Workplace?

by | Mar 20, 2020 | CBD, Drug/Alcohol Testing, Employee Absence Management, Employee Health Management

Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, has been called everything from the “miracle drug” to a drug testing nightmare. Will Cannabidiol in the workplace 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.”

Source: 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 Cannabidiol in the Workplace 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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Axiom Medical designs and implements complete Drug and Alcohol Testing programs for our clients that are either company-mandated or Department of Transportation (DOT)-mandated. Looking for a way to manage workplace employee testing and implement a drug and alcohol testing program? Axiom Medical can help!

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