Can truckers use CBD oils?
The use of cannabidiol (CBD) and related products has trended in recent years. It’s common now to see many products labeled with CBD as an ingredient.
However, it’s important to remain aware of FDA regulations concerning CBD, and the DOT stance on the use of CBD for drivers.
Is CBD considered marijuana or not?
The classification of a product as marijuana depends on the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the product. Anything containing more than 0.3% THC is classified as marijuana.
Cannabidiol (CBD) products do contain levels of THC, sometimes above or below the marijuana classification levels.
DOT drug testing: Required for marijuana, not CBD
The DOT requires drivers to test for marijuana, but not for CBD. However, the labeling of CBD products can be misleading. If the product contains a higher than 0.3% cannabidiol concentration, it would fall into the category of marijuana.
Drivers taking a marijuana drug test after using a CBD product with higher levels of THC would end up testing positive for marijuana.
CBD usage and labeling confusions
Because the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn’t certify levels of THC in CBD products, there’s very little way to tell if the labels are accurate. A person could end up unknowingly using a product that falls into the marijuana classification.
The FDA reminds the public that “it is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement.” Many companies have received FDA warning because their products exceed the CBD levels listed on their label.
Therefore, it’s entirely possible that CBD product you’re using COULD in fact, be classified as a marijuana product.
This creates a dangerous situation for people who require drug testing, including safety-sensitive drivers.
DOT, Marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD)
Because the DOT does not allow the use of marijuana for any reason, drivers who use a CBD product could unintentionally run afoul of DOT regulations.
If a driver tests positive for marijuana, but was only using a CBD product, this claim will not be allowable. Laboratory-confirmed marijuana positive results will stand regardless of the drivers claim of CBD product usage.
Avoiding CBD usage is the best precaution
Drivers risk getting a marijuana positive test from the use of CBD products. Since employees subject to the DOT drug testing regulations are forbidden from using marijuana, great care must be taken with CBD products. Exercise caution about using CBD products. Because the labeling is often inaccurate, there are many unknowns about the actual levels of CBD in the products.
Remember positive drug tests remain on your record for three years. A positive test can require additional driver retraining and fines. A driver’s employment and income could be put in danger.
Why run the risk of having a positive drug test on your driving record? Avoiding the use of CBD products keeps your record clean, and keeps you worry-free when taking mandatory drug tests.
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