Friday, May 24, 2024

5 Things Employers Should Know About CBD

It’s important for employers to understand the compound and the benefits and hindrances it could provide for employees.

The CBD industry is booming and shows signs of not going away anytime soon. While more and more businesses continue to incorporate the compound with differing levels of success, people continue to be as intrigued by CBD as ever, finding it accessible enough to want to incorporate it into their lives, be that for health or fun.

With this environment in mind, it’s important for employers to understand the compound and the benefits and hindrances it could provide for employees. Since CBD has connections with marijuana and the legality of that topic remains complex, it’s best if employers are just as informed as users who consume the compound. Here are 5 things employers should know about CBD:

It doesn’t cause impairment

When CBD is ingested correctly, it shouldn’t provide any kind of negative side effects. The compound is unlike THC in that it doesn’t produce a psychoactive experience despite having an effect on anxiety and depression.

When the compound is consumed incorrectly, say by mixing it with other elements or by taking a dose that is too large, side effects like drowsiness, nausea and diarrhea have been reported.

Most of the time it’s legal

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As long as CBD products contain less than 0.3% of THC, they are legal nationwide. The problem with this is that the math on CBD dosages is still a little off, meaning that some products may contain more or less CBD than the amount they advertise. The legality of the product also depends on the state where you live, and if the CBD was taken from a marijuana plant.

It can cause positive drug tests

If the CBD oil is sourced from a marijuana plant, or if the product is mislabeled and contains more THC than it’s supposed to, it’s possible for them to trigger positive drug tests. These drug tests measure the presence of THC in people’s systems and there’s currently no test out there that measures CBD.

Learn about CBD policies

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Since CBD can be utilized for medicinal purposes and most of the time is harmless, it may be worthwhile to investigate CBD policies and see if it makes sense to implement one in the workplace. Train managers and everyone who’s in charge of coming in contact with employees who might be using CBD for a variety of reasons.

Keep an eye on state laws 

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the fact that CBD laws vary depending on the state. While some are lenient, others are not, and your workplace should be aware of this if they wish to avoid any legal issues with employees and the products they are using.


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