Can you take CBD at work?

Can you take CBD at work?

A commonly asked question is whether or not you can take CBD at work? Most companies or businesses discourage or have banned the use of mind-altering substances on the job or off.

This leaves the question, can you take CBD at work? CBD has been known to help calm those with unhealthy mood symptoms that occur when the job gets stressful.

CBD can also assist those prone to manual labor and who experience aches and pains daily. This blog will cover what you need to do to be able to take CBD while on the job.


Is taking CBD at work allowed, or will it get me fired?

Boss talking about CBD at work

This is a common question for many people who want to reap the health benefits of CBD but are worried there might be negative consequences of taking it at the workplace.

Education is vital in this department! So, let us help educate you.


What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is derived from marijuana or hemp. Marijuana and industrial hemp are closely related.

Both contain CBD and THC, but hemp contains much less (the legal limit of >0.3% ) THC than marijuana.

Since 2018, hemp is no longer included in the Controlled Substance Act (4). Hemp is federally legal to farm, manufacture and sell in the United States. However, it is still illegal on a state level in some states.

Contradicting federal and state laws may be why some people find it unclear whether CBD use is ok or not at work.


Is CBD intoxicating?

Women intoxicated at work

Some confusion about CBD stems from the belief that it could be intoxicating and addictive like marijuana.

It is helpful to know CBD alone is non-intoxicating, nor has it been proven to be an addictive substance.

In this 2018 study(1) by National Center for Biotechnology Information, CBD shows no sign of "abuse nor dependence." 

A 2015 study (2) published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that CBD may even help overcome addiction to some substances.

CBD may help users get a good night's rest, improve mood, and support discomfort levels. All things that may improve work performance in the workplace.


Can you get fired for using CBD at work?

Man being fired for failing a drug test

You may be wondering what your employer's stance is on CBD-related products.

You can protect yourself and avoid getting fired from your job by taking precautions before taking CBD at work.

Here are some things you can try to prevent breaking company policy or getting fired for using CBD.

  • Openly communicate with your employer about your CBD usage, especially if it contains THC.
  • Find out if drug testing is required at your job.
  • Obtaining a written and signed recommendation from your doctor to use CBD.
  • Keep your CBD purchase receipts.
  • If you get the ok from your employer to use CBD, make sure you go with a trusted, therapeutic grade, third-party-tested CBD to know that the CBD you are consuming is pure, high quality, and isn't contaminated or contains more THC than claimed by the company.

It is important to ensure you are getting a pure product.

Some CBD products are not third-party tested and may claim to be THC free or contain more THC than they claim when this is false. This could cause an accidentally failed drug test.

Employers can also educate their employees about this to prevent employees from accidentally failing a drug test.


What is your employer's stance on CBD-related products?

Women giving training on CBD usage

If you get high at work, there will likely be negative consequences. It could cause an accident, cause you to lose focus, slow your abilities and distort your perception.

Not to mention you may lose the trust and respect of your colleagues and employer. 

Make sure to look into the effects and signs that CBD is currently affecting you. 

Overall being high at work could be very dangerous. You could hurt yourself, the people around you, or the workplace. This is why taking CBD is questionable for many employers and employees.

Your employer's stance on CBD could be affected by many things, such as:

  • Work environment: If you work from home, your employer may not mind what kind of substance you consume. A desk job in an office may be more flexible with rules concerning CBD and THC.
  • Precision Work: On the other hand, a job driving, working with heavy machinery, or being around children has a greater need for sobriety.
  • Company policies: When it comes to the workplace, things are usually pretty black and white. Your employer may have a zero-tolerance policy for everyone and expect all employees to be drug tested.

You should not expect your employer to bend the rules for you. You should always openly communicate with your employer about anything that could cause a problem at work and do your best to comply with work policies for your protection from being fired. 

State laws: Federally, it is legal to grow, sell and consume CBD from hemp, but states are different. Some states allow only FDA-certified CBD products, while others allow even marijuana for recreational purposes.

For many employers, the biggest issues may not be legal reasons but for safety and professionalism.


Will CBD cause me to fail a drug test?

Employee Drug Test

Drug tests for THC may check your urine, blood, saliva, or even hair.

Legally, CBD must contain 0.3% THC or less. This amount is enough for positive health benefits such as more feelings of calm and less stress. But as we all know, high amounts of THC will make you high.

Full-spectrum CBD, which provides the most health benefits, contains the legal limit of 0.3% THC. Not all Full Spectrum CBD products contain the Federal legal limit of THC, and some may contain more.

You are consuming even small amounts of THC, whether from hemp smoothies or taking full-spectrum CBD can build up in your system and cause a failed drug test.

It is usually pretty obvious if a person is intoxicated with alcohol at work, whereas THC use can sometimes be difficult to detect. So logically, it makes sense why some employers may decide on a no CBD or THC policy at the workplace.

You should not expect an employer to be understanding when a failed drug test occurs. CBD products with THC and marijuana products may be impermissible to your employer.

Employee's Smoking on the job

It may be better to take Broad Spectrum CBD or CBD Isolates to avoid failing a drug test. These products contain no THC.

External CBD products will typically not cause a failed drug test. You could try applying the CBD topically to the area affected if you have stiff, painful joints, muscle pain, sore back, or skin problems.

However, transdermal CBD products penetrate through the skin and enter the bloodstream. Make sure to avoid transdermal CBD products containing THC.

You can apply CBD topicals as many times per day as needed without the risk of having THC in your blood.

This 2016 study (3) claims that transdermal CBD applied topically significantly reduces joint swelling. This is great news if you need CBD for joint pain and are wary of using it at work.


What CBD products can you use and not use at work?

CBD products for use

CBD can be a great natural alternative to combat stress and common ailments such as pain, inflammation, poor sleep, or stress without the possible negative health side effects that prescription drugs may cause.

There are many ways and form to take CBD. Here's an overview of some of the most common:

Full-Spectrum CBD: This CBD product contains all the parts of the plant. CBD and the legal limit of THC (>0.3%), terpenes (the aroma), flavonoids, and phytocannabinoids.

This CBD product will provide the most health benefits because all the natural properties work together to create more benefits than they provide individually. This is called the entourage effect.

Broad-spectrum CBD: The THC has been removed, but this CBD still contains many of the other natural terpenes, flavonoids, and phytocannabinoids for therapeutic benefits.

CBD Isolate: This CBD product is pure CBD. It does not have a taste or smell and is completely THC free. Other cannabinoids are typically sold as well.

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Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolates are available in chewable gummies, softgel capsules, oil tinctures, and smokables. CBD is also available in other products such as gum, chocolates, honey, and breath mints.

Given the risks associated with taking CBD products containing THC at work, we recommend broad-spectrum CBD or CBD Isolate.

CBD Topicals or products that don't affect your mental faculties may be a great option for those seeking to take CBD to combat sore or inflamed joints and muscles.

CBD is available in many different forms for topical use, including lotion, patches, salves, creams, and massage oils.


Can you use Smokable CBD products at work?

women vaping cbd at work

Vaping CBD is highly bioavailable and effective but may not be compliant with some company policies, especially if it contains THC, because of the possibility of failing a drug test.


Sum it up!

Can you take CBD at work? The answer is, it depends. After reading you should know some of the possible risk factors of taking CBD at work and how to avoid them.

Hopefully, this blog helped you to make a better-informed decision on how to take CBD at work, and what channels you should go through before proceeding.

If taking CBD could negatively impact your job, talk to your employer before taking CBD at work. You will have the most success by doing your best to comply with company policy.

With the many different CBD options that do not contain THC such as broad-spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate, you can take CBD with peace of mind, knowing it is THC free and will not cause a failed drug test


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(3) Hammell, D. C., Zhang, L. P., Ma, F., Abshire, S. M., McIlwrath, S. L., Stinchcomb, A. L., & Westlund, K. N. (2016, July). Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. European journal of pain (London, England). Retrieved June 17, 2022, from 

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