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With the increase in use and popularity, CBD has brought about questions on how the marijuana compound affects drug screenings. Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is a non-inebriating compound in marijuana that is used for a variety of conditions, including general pain, anxiety and insomnia.
CBD can be found in many forms, such as drops, oils, gummies, drinks like coffee or tea, supplements and cosmetics. Although CBD has had such a rise in its popularity, can it affect pre-employment drug screenings?
THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives off the high sensation. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound and does not produce the high associated with THC.
Although CBD does not naturally contain THC, some CBD products do include small traces.
It’s unlikely that a drug screening will test for CBD. Typically, screenings look for traces of cannabis and the presence of THC. But due to the lack of regulation, it may be hard to determine what your CBD products contain, and you could test positive for THC.
Under current Iowa law, CBD products are illegal. Local law enforcement agencies retain the authority and discretion to take criminal enforcement action against consumers and sellers of over-the-counter CBD products.
When the Iowa Hemp Act is fully effective, CBD products containing no more than 0.3% THC will not be considered a controlled substance under Iowa law. While items such as cloth, cordage, fiber, fuel, paint, paper, particle board, and plastic will be able to be legally produced, hemp-derived CBD can only be consumed if it was produced in compliance with the federal hemp law and other applicable federal laws.
The Iowa Attorney General's office wants consumers to be aware that CBD products are not regulated for quality by the FDA or state. Accuracy of a product's ingredients are not guaranteed. Consumers should also be cautions of CBD products claiming to treat or cure serious diseases or illnesses. Consult with your licensed healthcare provider before taking CBD products.