Why local drug testers say certain CBD products lead to failed drug tests

Cannabidiol is growing in popularity to treat anxiety, PTSD, seizures and pain. But some people who rely on those products could find themselves facing consequences, even though they are legal. (Image: WTVC)

Cannabidiol is growing in popularity to treat anxiety, PTSD, seizures and pain. But some people who rely on those products could find themselves facing consequences, even though they are legal.

Some CBD products still contain small traces of THC. You can usually find that information on the packaging.

Even the smallest amount is causing people to fail drug tests.

“We have cops, nurses, people that work for the government. People that cannot fail drug tests,” said Ashley Banks, who co-owns Your CBD Store in Chattanooga.

Those customers inspired her to only sell products that don't have any THC.

“We don't want to give them the grief of worrying about failing a drug test when they're just really looking for help,” Banks said.

THC is the pyschoactive substance found in marijuana.

The legal limit is 0.3 percent for CBD products, but even the smallest traces can cause you to fail a drug test.

"We've dealt with about six within just the last three or four months,” said Corporate Medical Services president Grady Phillips.

He reviews the results of a failed test with each person.

The consequences can be costly.

“Either lose their job, not be hired,” Phillips said. “If it's a federal drug test, that result stays with you throughout your career and you have to go through a treatment program to be reinstated.”

Ed Coffey is the president of ArcPoint Labs in Chattanooga and says education is crucial.

“A person individually has to research this to make sure that they're making the very best decision for them,” he said.

This is becoming a common concern.

“It is a mystery to know exactly what the outcomes are going to be long term,” Coffey said. “Short term and long term.”

Stores are also helping with education.

One way is many products have a QR code on the packaging.

People can pull these up in an app on their phones and find the lab report.

Medical review officers say for urine testing, THC can stay in your system from any where between five and 30 days, depending on the usage.

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