Cannabis In The Workplace
Following a 100 year prohibition on cannabis, there are still many aspects of cannabis legalization that requires integration into the new paradigm of wellness we are entering.
The work environment, in particular, is one of these aspects. From mandatory drug tests, employer medical release forms, and break-room discussions, there are still many grey areas with respect to cannabis in the work environment. Whether you agree or disagree, the point is that we should all have some understanding of these sensitive areas.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, can be a healing hand to those who work in high intensity, high stress work environments. From Wall Street Brokers, three job jugglers, and your insta-famous entrepreneurs, we can all benefit from this healing plant in one way or another!
So long as the stigma is removed and public education is expounded, this plant will continue its rise in the trading floor, cubicle, coffee shops nationwide. So that’s what we’re here to do.
The Stigma Around Cannabis & How To Work Through it
“Did you hear about Karen? Rumor has it she’s taking that cannabis stuff.”
Sit down Susan.
“Haven’t you heard? Cannabis is going mainstream!”
The most obvious obstacle a CBD enthusiast might face in the workplace is the stigma associated with cannabis use. Although most of the stereotypical ideas relate to THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis), it bleeds over into the arena of CBD, especially amongst those who don’t know the difference.
What they may not know is that Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-inebriating compound in marijuana, that is now widely used for it’s benefits as they pertain to pain, anxiety, and sleep.
The FDA recently approved the first ever ‘first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy’. While this substance may be vastly different from the CBD oil you have on your night stand, this step in the federal government shows that this plant has some MAJOR healing properties to it.
In most cases, educating those around you can help to relieve the stigma and introduce a new way of understanding cannabis with the goal of reducing the judgement surrounding plant once and for all.
Not sure where to begin? Here are a few ways to open up the conversation:
- Share how and why it helps you.
- Explain how CBD is different from THC, especially in the fact that it is non-psychoactive
- Offer a good resource to send someone who wants more reliable information.
Most importantly, think back to the first time you were introduced to CBD and the long list of questions that flooded your mind. Put your co-worker’s wandering mind at ease with a few simple yet educated facts about CBD.
But wait… isn’t there more?
As CBD oil and extracts blossoms into every corner of wellness, fitness, and beauty industries, the golden glow may begin to fade away as the one lingering question has yet to be addressed: will this product make me fail a drug test?
Well, yes and no. Most employers and drug tests only search for the cannabinoid THC. That said, companies (and leading researchers) are not ready to give their consumers a definitive “yes” or “no” about whether CBD can show up on a drug trust. Like many aspects of the hemp industry, the issue of drug screening for CBD is complicated.
Why might there be a risk?
- Products labeled as ‘Full Spectrum’ contain a small amount of THC (0.3% to be exact). It’s similar to the way poppy seeds could show up on a drug test too. Unlikely, but not impossible.
- The two cannabinoids, CBD and THC, share a very similar genetic makeup, so depending on the test, there is a slight possibility that CBD shows up as THC.
While every workplace is different, let’s be real, most employers just want to rest assured that you’re not smoking weed all day and are less likely to be weary of the CBD you’re taking for your anxiety. With that said, we encourage all of our customers to become conscious consumers and choose a product that aligns with their health needs and company regulations.
Better safe than sorry!
CBD is classified as a supplement and is not regulated by the FDA. While we go to great lengths to ensure the safety, quality and efficacy of our products, there are companies out there mislabelling their products or making false claims. Thankfully, any reputable company WILL have test results to back up their products. So, whether you purchase from Cured or not, always ask for lab tests to understand the compound breakdown of the product you are purchasing.
As grey area becomes smaller and smaller and as more laws are passed in the cannabis industry’s favor, we invite you to leave your CBD questions below as we work together towards a sustainable future for the cannabis industry and its integration into society as a whole.