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Living today, we often seek a variety of alternative medicinal drugs to help relieve stress and disease from the constant stream of work, changing global environments, and even the contaminated food like fast food we intake weekly (and in some cases, daily.) Cannabidiol (CBD) is one such alternative medicinal drugs that is often asked about its legality- to the point that some people are afraid to even be taking a CBD prescription due to the fear of losing their job, job potentials, or even being jailed for driving with it. Let us explore how CBD can be used to relieve those fears and what hiring companies and the government are truly looking for when they ask for a drug test.

CBD is Legal, But Still New

            CBD is a chemical compound that is reaped and isolated away from the industrial hemp plant, which the FDA finds perfectly legal when the ???(THC) levels are under a certain percentage. THC, infamous for its euphoric and hallucinogenic qualities, instills a “high” within the user that makes both the federal government and businesses a little hesitant to allow free reign in the market. Though cultural trends and values are changing, there is still stigmatization over the effects of a “high” or “indentured individual being able to work effectively in society – hence the ban. But CBD is a wholly different chemical compound from THC; though both are anti-inflammatories and effective at combating disease, CBD does not produce any euphoric “high” or altered state of being on its user. Legal industrial hemp has low levels of THC levels but is higher on CBD levels for it. And though there are products that mix both CBD & THC levels together, these products are more likely to be considered “illegal” by the federal government. But CBD products that contain pure CBD and/or CBD oil that is extracted and isolated from legitimized industrial hemp, is perfectly legal on the federal level. But can CBD be registered on a drug test, leading to a series of probing questions that the patient may not wish to answer?

Drug Tests & Their Intended Purposes

            Now drug tests are administered and carried out by individual discretion by either businesses or government agencies. Whether it is screening out potential employees, stopping DUI’s with road checkpoints, or determining the capabilities and integrity of an employee whom suffered an accident at work, drug tests are used for a multitude of reasons – but in essence, they are all a test to see how cognitive and responsible the individual is in a given situation. In a big world filled with a variety of people and accidents, large organizations seek to run as smoothly as possible without costly disturbances caused by a lone individual whom could not perceive reality as the rest of us. CBD is wholly incapable of separating our perception of reality from others- CBD and CBD products can relieve a multitude of symptoms without separating us from our peers. Because of this and the fact that CBD’s compositional structure is different from hallucinates like methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and even THC, drug tests are not designed to pick up CBD. From urine testing to hair sampling, CBD contains no euphoric and hallucinogenic structures that make it stick out on any test. And because CBD is legal on a federal level without the ability to intoxicate the individual, it is seen as a waste of time and money to go searching for CBD inside users. It is easier and far more productive for agencies and businesses to go after other chemical compounds since CBD and CBD products are changing the medical landscape as we speak.

Changing Trends & A Future With CBD

            As America faces an unprecedented opioid crisis and calls for research into alternative sources of medicine, CBD extract is at the forefront of this call for a revaluation of our medicinal habits. The World Anti-Doping Agency, one of the world’s leading athletic and sports regulators, has removed CBD from its list of prohibited substances. Now athletes from all over the world can compete with the pharmaceutical relief that CBD and CBD products can provide – without being penalized for their CBD medication. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized CBD as virtually incapable of being overdosed or abused on; a growing trend concerning the medicinal use of CBD without the intoxicating nature of other prescription medicines. With an increasing call from both civilian and governmental organizations across the world for the approval of CBD medication and CBD products, it is highly unlikely that CBD users will be penalized in any way. With such a disinterest by governmental bodies of criminalizing CBD and for CBD’s inability to impede the user’s own responses, drug tests will not and will continue to not focus on CBD usage for the years to come.