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CBD oil is short for cannabidiol and is a compound found in cannabis including marijuana and hemp. This has gained popularity over the last few years for its reported therapeutic properties. Although most CBD products claim to have NO THC or at least under 0.3% THC, required for CBD from hemp, the products remain unregulated making the THC levels unreliable.

According to the DEA, “for practical purposes, all extracts that contain CBD will also contain at least small amounts of other cannabinoids. Although it might be theoretically possible to produce a CBD extract that contains absolutely no amounts of other cannabinoids, the DEA is not aware of any industrially-utilized methods that have achieved this result.”

In order for CBD oil products to test positive on a drug test, an individual would typically have to be using unusually large amounts (above 1000-2000 mg) of the product. Since CBD remains unregulated (since it is schedule 1 unless from Hemp), some CBD oils may have as much as 10 percent of the THC concentration as marijuana. This means consuming high quantities of CBD oil may leave enough THC in your system to trigger a positive test result and could possible cause impairment.

Remember that if you are subject to drug testing, CBD oil is not going to be accepted as a valid reason for a positive THC/marijuana result. Another thing to consider from the employers side is that using instant testing without confirmation testing is inviting problems and possible legal challenges if you take action on a nonconfirmed positive result.

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