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How to deal with a positive THC test from legal hemp products

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Hemp-derived products, including CBD, are legal in many places, as they contain minimal levels of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. However, cross-contamination and varying product quality can sometimes lead to unexpected positive drug test results.

If you have tested positive for THC on a drug test despite only using legal hemp products, it can be a concerning situation, but there are ways to protect yourself.

Understand the THC content of your hemp product

Your first step is to understand the THC content of the hemp product in question. Check for a Certificate of Analysis from the manufacturer. This document verifies the cannabinoid content and ensures compliance with legal THC limits. If the product exceeds these limits, it may be the source of the unexpected positive result.

Gather documentation for your defense

Collect all relevant documentation related to the hemp product, including purchase receipts, product packaging and the CoA. Having these materials readily available will be important if you need to dispute the positive result. The goal is to provide a clear and comprehensive overview of the product’s legality and THC content.

Contact the testing facility or employer

Initiate contact with the testing facility or employer responsible for the drug test as soon as possible. Explain your situation and present the information about the hemp product and its low THC content. Some employers or testing facilities may have specific protocols for handling such cases. They may be willing to consider retesting or conducting further investigation.

Abstain from hemp products

While working to address the situation, it is important to refrain from using any hemp or CBD products. Even low levels of THC can accumulate in the body over time. This can lead to further positive test results during any retesting process.

Maintain a calm and professional demeanor throughout the process. Present accurate information that demonstrates the positive THC result is a result of legal hemp product use. Taking these steps will help you address the issue systematically and work towards a resolution with your employer or the testing facility.