Hi there, thanks for joining us again for this talk on legalized marijuana in Michigan, and whether or not using CBD oil can cause you to fail a drug test and end up in trouble with the court. As we explained in the previous article (where we left you with something of a cliff-hanger – sorry!) CBD oil doesn’t make you high, but it does have a lot of claimed health benefits. Which is why many people are concerned that using it, even for entirely legitimate medical reasons can result in them losing their jobs, or worse – getting tossed back behind bars. So what’s the verdict?
No, in most cases CBD oil won’t make you fail a drug test.
A recent article in the Lansing State Journal addressed this subject from an employment standpoint. As in – could using CBD oil cause you to fail a work drug test? And in most cases, the answer to that is no. (Take note – “most cases” doesn’t mean there’s any kind of iron clad guarantee on this!) So why would the answer be so wishy-washy?
Because not every drug test looks for CBD.
The truth is that most tests are looking for THC – the component in marijuana that makes you high – and not CBD. Most drug tests focus on a wide array of drugs, like heroin, cocaine, meth, and other illicit substances, and THC, which would be present in your blood and urine if you’d been smoking pot. But CBD isn’t specifically singled out, as it’s only 1 of about 400 compounds in marijuana, most of which have nothing to do with being stoned.So, one reason that CBD would not cause you to fail a drug test is that it’s not often tested for in the most commonly used drug testing, urinalysis or blood draws.
However, CBD isn’t properly regulated.
Here’s the catch – if you’re using CBD to treat a medical condition, like seizures or a skin disorder, you can’t be certain that the place you’re sourcing your oil is giving you clean, THC-free CBD oil. Why? Because CBD is hardly regulated by the FDA (remember – pot is still illegal in federal law.) So you have no way of knowing how much THC is in your CBD oil. Which means you have no way of knowing if it’s going to make you fail your test.
It just might not be worth the risk.
The reality is, the Drug Enforcement Administration considers CBD, like all cannabinoids, to be a Schedule I substance. That’s serious stuff. So if failing a drug test would mean ending up behind bars again, it simply might not be worth it for you. If you’re not sure, and you believe that CBD oil is the only course of treatment for your medical concerns, you may want to discuss it with your parole or probation officer, or your criminal defense attorney. They might have some insight into your options.
Violating probation or parole can have serious consequences!
If you’ve already served some time and now you’re free, you already know exactly what we’re talking about. And you don’t want to go back. (Who would?) So if you have concerns about the terms of your release, or are worried that you may be accused of violating those terms, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245 (866 7No Jail). Our hard working criminal defense attorneys have been helping the people of Michigan for decades with all of their criminal law concerns. We’re available 24/7 to help you too!