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CDB Hemp and Oil

Is CBD Oil Safe to Use?

As more states legalize the use of marijuana, CBD oil is becoming more widely available.  With this new found popularity questions about this product’s benefits, uses, side effects and safety are being asked.

CDB Hemp and OilCBD is a chemical compound extracted from hemp that is being used to address a number of medical concerns.

There are a number of forms of CBD oil, including softgel capsules, tinctures, and under-the-tongue sprays. Some forms of CBD oil can also be applied directly to the skin, in the form of products like creams and salves. The concentration of CBD varies from product to product.

Possible Uses

Proponents of CBD oil claim that it can treat a wide variety of health issues, ranging from everyday ailments to chronic medical conditions. These include:CBD oil benifits, uses and side effects

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite and body weight
  • Muscle spasms
  • Parkinson’s disease

Limited Research

Although CBD oil is used for many different health-related purposes, there isn’t a great deal of research on the oil’s potential health benefits.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug made with a purified form of CBD oil in June 2018 for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy in patients 2 years of age and older.

Be Cautious When Using CBD Oil

If you’re thinking of using CBD oil to treat a health problem (and it’s legal where you live), make sure to consult your healthcare provider first to discuss whether it’s appropriate for you.

Because CBD oil products are mostly unregulated, there’s no guarantee that any given product contains a safe or effective level of CBD.  A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 found that nearly 70 percent of all CBD products sold online are incorrectly labeled, and could cause serious harm to consumers. Some CBD oils may also contain incorrectly labeled amounts of THC and other compounds.

CBD oil bottlesPotential Side Effects

Some research indicates that the use of CBD oil may trigger a number of side effects, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in mood
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

CBD oils may contain some THC. Cannabis (THC) may impair your ability to drive safely or operate equipment and may have short- and long-term effects on your memory, attention, mood, heart rate, and mental health.

Can You Test Positive for Marijuana Use?

Kimi Hathaway, President/OwnerMost people are under the impression that CBD oil is THC-free. This is not normally the case. Almost all CBD oils contain traces of THC in them. CBD extracted from hemp is not supposed to have any more than .3 percent of THC. Even at these low levels drug screens can detect THC and provide a false positive drug test.

If you are using CBD oil and are concerned about drug testing, please give Blackbird Clinical Services a call at 765-447-8700.  We offer low cost drug tests that can help you assess the impact of using CBD oil.

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The Marijuana Testing Conundrum

Recreational use of marijuana has now been legalized in ten states and for medical use in 33.  Indiana has not legalized marijuana for either use and the current governor is not promoting its legalization.

states where marijuana is legal

So what’s the conundrum?  In some states getting high on the weekend or after work is O.K., but there are no places where working under the influence of marijuana is acceptable.  Indiana law still considers marijuana use to be illegal, and any amount in an employee’s system is grounds for termination.

Determining When Someone is Impaired

But as the legal landscape for marijuana use continues to change, what are the challenges and potential solutions to address marijuana use when an employee is on the job.  Trying to determine if a worker is “impaired” is an important step in defining new marijuana testing procedures.  There are currently no guidelines on what is considered impaired.  Because marijuana remains in a user’s system for weeks, depending on how recent the use, a worker’s ability to do their job safely and effectively may be impacted.

Detecting Recent Marijuana Use 

Windows for drug testingThe need to continue to test for drug use is still extremely important, although the legalization of marijuana raises a number of key questions as to how to do marijuana testing.  Marijuana remains in a user’s system for several weeks which makes it highly likely with today’s primary testing methods, hair and urine, that someone using marijuana will be detected.

As laws change and recreational and medical marijuana use grows, how do employers address the much higher chance that someone at work will test positive for having marijuana in their system?  The graph shows how long each testing method will detect marijuana.

Trying to test for more “recent use” is becoming more common.  Knowing if someone used marijuana in the last 2 – 3 days is more relevant when assessing if someone is impaired on the job.

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Lab-Based Oral Fluid Testing

Lab-based oral fluid testing is a proven and effective testing method that can detect “recent use” and determine if an employee is currently under the influence.  This form of marijuana testing detects parent THC in as little as 15 minutes after use and continues detecting THC for up to two days post-use.  This uncovers individuals who could present a safety risk in the workplace.

Because of the uncertainty of current laws some employers are deciding to forgo testing for marijuana.  This is not a good option.  Not only can it lead to potential safety risks at the workplace, but it can also lead to inevitable lawsuits should an accident occur that otherwise might have been avoided by testing for marijuana.

Kimi HathawayLet’s Talk Oral Fluid Testing

Blackbird Clinical Services would be happy to discuss your marijuana testing options.  Blackbird Clinical offers oral fluid testing that may be an effective way to address concerns.  Oral fluid testing is easy, quick and less expensive than other testing methods.

Just give us a call at 765-447-8700, or send me an email at KHathaway@blackbirdclinicalsvs.com and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.