CBD and Law Enforcement

While I was a traveling sales rep for a high-end aloe cream, regularly I’d hear from those in law enforcement, the military, or in jobs where random drug testing was the norm, that they just didn’t “trust” touching anything with CBD.

Now the product I was selling had been around for over a decade, way before hemp was legalized by this administration. But my product jar carried an image of an aloe plant, which is similar, especially at a quick glance, to the marijuana leaf.

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The picture of an aloe plant on the jar of cream I was selling looking very similar to a marijuana plant, drawing many-a-Babyboomer in for a test sample!

Thus, many (especially baby boomers) who entered our booth, thought they’d were testing a CBD product. On the flip side, others refused to go near the stuff as, they too, thought they’d be testing a product with CBD in it.

Which sent me on a mission!

From Toronto to Toledo, those in law enforcement refuse to go near anything that resembles CBD because of random drug testing. So I embarked on a search for truth: is CBD drug-free?

And what I learned is there are clearly two trains of thought on this topic! One is “nope, no problem”, and the other is “nope, not chancing it.”

In comparison, the marijuana leaf (above). So does CBD carry the hallucinogenic THC?

Far be it from me to tell someone who has a career … and pension … dependent on a zero-drug tolerance policy, to try a product with CBD in it. Yet, if THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis) is removed, is there still a risk of traces of THC?

As I “weed” through articles on the topic, no definitive answer pops up. For example, a feature in Mashable claims: “THC will get you high. CBD probably won’t.”

The same Mashable piece goes on to explain: “Why does THC get you high while CBD doesn’t?” The article does attempt to give a reasonable answer: “This part gets complicated, but what you need to know is that THC tends to interact with the parts of your body that makes you feel “high,” while CBD tends to interact with the parts that reduces inflammation.”

Another article, this one by Weedmaps states: “CBD is often touted as “non-psychoactive,” however this statement is somewhat misleading. Any substance that has a direct effect on the function of the brain is considered to be psychoactive. CBD most certainly does this, as it has very powerful anti-seizure and anti-anxiety properties.”

This same Weedmap article goes on to claim: “CBD is indeed psychoactive; it’s just not intoxicating. The reason for this is that unlike THC, CBD is exceedingly bad at activating the CB1 receptor. In fact, evidence suggests that it actually interferes with the activity of the CB1 receptor, especially in the presence of THC. When THC and CBD work together to affect CB1 receptor activity, users tend to feel a more mellow, nuanced subjective high and have a much lower chance of experiencing paranoia compared to the effects felt when CBD is absent. That’s because THC activates the CB1 receptor, while CBD inhibits it. The presence of both cannabinoids balances the effects.”

My findings?

Although all companies have the option to test employees for drug and alcohol use, there are some industries that require drug testing. Police, military, transportation (pilots, mass transit, railroads, etc.), construction, sports (athletes under the United States Anti-Doping Agency), to name a few.

And although there’s well-informed, well-intentioned arguments on both sides of the debate, as long as the study of cannabis, a complex plant with research on its effects and interactions with the human body is ongoing, and while we’re still in the early phases of learning the many ways cannabis compounds work together to change the way we feel, I will remain on the sidelines of the discussion. I’m simply not without reservation if CBD will somehow, some way, show up in a drug test. After all, poppyseed does!


Renée Stern is a mompreneur, an author, an intuitive business strategist, and an unabashed deplorable, assisting now with C-Vine.com for truth-in-news.

Committed to natural healing, Renée is passionate about her CBD & non-CBD health, skin, nutrition and pet product line. To learn more, check out this awesome quick video by clicking here. Or you can contact Renée at renee@reneestern.com, connect with her on Twitter @reneestern or call her at 619.838.8800.


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