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Can You Take CBD at Work? Find Out Here

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CBD at Work

Cannabidiol’s legalization has made it a permanent fixture in the lives of tens and thousands of people around the globe, particularly those who suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, and other medical conditions.

With CBD products available in just about every state in the country, it cannot be denied that workplace rules and regulations around the use of these items have come to light. After all, many employers are concerned not only about the performance of these employees in the workplace, but also whether or not it’s appropriate to even take CBD at work in the first place.

A Brief Overview on CBD

CBD at work

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the chemicals found in cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this compound does not cause users to feel intoxicated or to be high as it is a non-psychoactive compound.

Under the Farm Bill of 2018, all hemp-derived products are now considered legal. This means that cannabidiol oil and products from hemp can now be sold and be available on the market. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved one drug that uses CBD to treat epilepsy, namely Epidiolex.

Cannabidiol is highly praised in the cannabis community not only for its non-psychoactive components, but also for its numerous health claims. It is often used for treating chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, and a host of other medical conditions.

CBD at Work and the impairment and intoxication it brings

Despite being legal throughout different states, it is not surprising that CBD still garners a certain stigma to it, especially since there are still unregulated products out there are that are not 100% pure CBD. This means that not only does it exceed the allowed 0.3% THC, which is still not intoxicating, but it can potentially alter employee performance.

Unless a product has been thoroughly tested and verified by a third-party laboratory saying that cannabidiol products from this brand and line do not contain THC, individuals run the risk of employees testing positive for marijuana in case they are subjected to a drug test by their employers.

As a matter of fact, there have been numerous instances in the past where employees have been fired from their work after testing positive for the drug, even though they have only taken CBD-marketed products. This resulted in lawsuits against manufacturers who claimed that their products are made from pure CBD.

Since impure cannabidiol products can have effects on users, there have been agencies such as the Department of Transportation (DOT) that have issued mandates against the use of cannabidiol in the workplace. These include school bus drivers, truck drivers, and even police officers.

However, for those not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, the use of cannabidiol at work remains under the existing employer-employee contracts and under the current rules and regulations. This means that individuals who opt to use CBD in the workplace may not be covered by protections who test positive for the drug, unlike those who are using medical marijuana.

Communication at the Core

For all concerned parties to be given the proper protection they need, education and communication should remain at the center. This entails employees being given the education and implications of using CBD, and by extension, the potential contamination of THC into these products.

At the same time, it is imperative that workers are in the know about the existing drug and alcohol policies in the workplace. While the use of cannabidiol will not put individuals under the influence, there are still accompanying risks to using CBD and there are implications when a positive marijuana test is obtained.

Conclusion

Although there are certain states such as New York that are now taking strides in changing existing labor laws on employee cannabis drug testing, there is still a long way to go when it comes to revising these drug testing policies and how it perceives CBD use. So, be sure to be wary about using cbd at work in the meantime and learn about your workplace drug rules to be on the safe side.

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How CBD Can Aid in Soothing Menstrual Pain

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Menstrual Pain

Many women face problems regarding their menstrual cycle and this is no other than the dreaded menstrual pain.

Menstrual pain can come in many forms, often through cramping, discomfort, pelvic pain, nausea, dizziness, and the like. While there is a good number of people that do not get affected by this, there are also those whose daily lives are interrupted.

To relieve dysmenorrhea, numerous women take pain relievers. Although this can do the job, more people are looking for alternatives that can treat their pain using a more natural approach. This is where cannabidiol (CBD) comes in.

Rather than using NSAIDs and other strong pain relievers, going on a natural route seems more friendly. If you want to know how CBD can relieve menstrual pain, read on.

How CBD Works its Magic on Menstrual Pain

Menstrual Pain and CBD

Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound from the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this does not cause users to experience intoxication or a high by itself.

Although there are still limited studies surrounding the use of CBD, there is some research that shows it is effective in treating pain. This is because cannabidiol has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, especially after it interacts and inhibits the endocannabinoid system of the body.

This means that CBD oil can help reduce, relieve, and even eliminate menstrual pain such as cramping, headaches, and even prevent nausea in the first place.

A study in 2019 showed that women living with endometriosis and who took cannabidiol for pain relief found this the most effective answer compared to physical exercises, including stretching and yoga. This study, however, failed to take into account or rank whether cannabis or CBD oil was more effective than one another.

Apart from the aforementioned benefits, CBD is also found to be effective in addressing anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other similar conditions. This can help individuals suffering from dysmenorrhea take their minds off things and bring them to a state of calmness and relaxation instead.

Current CBD Items on the Market

Besides CBD oils, there are now many other cannabidiol-based products available on the market. One of the hottest and perhaps most novel ideas to grace us are CBD tampons.

These tampons work by allowing the vaginal mucosa to absorb a small percentage of the cannabinoid, before being absorbed by the blood vessels within the pelvic area. This targets pain usually in the uterine area. While this may be a novel idea, there are some instances in which this helped relieve discomfort and remove pain, so maybe it’s worth trying after all.

For those who want other options apart from tampons, you can also turn to topicals and ointments which you can easily apply on your body, particularly on affected parts such as your lower abdomen, your lower back, and the like, most of which are affected when dysmenorrhea attacks.

Conclusion

Using CBD products may not totally eliminate all menstrual-related pain, but it could certainly be an effective approach in addressing period pain. While there is still a long way to go, starting with some trusted cannabidiol products can help you finally rid yourself of that unwanted pain.

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Spiritual & Religious Use | Marijuana [VIDEO]

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Spiritual Religious Use

Marijuana has actually been used in spiritual, religious traditions throughout the ages. It is actually mentioned in numerous sacred texts of world religions. 

Probably the origins of our bans on marijuana are related to the religious holy wars that were fought against peoples who used what they were considered to be demon drugs. So there is a religious component to not only the use of marijuana but to the bans of it as well.

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Cannabis and Stress [VIDEO]

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Cannabis Stress

Cannabis is rapidly becoming one of the most known substances that help individuals cope with mental health issues such as stress and anxiety. How exactly do our stress responses change in the presence of cannabis? Does cannabis actually relieve stress? This video considers the stress relieving effects of cannabis as it interacts with our body’s stress reaction system.

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