All cannabinoids and/or cannabinoid metabolites that enter the human body can interact with the human endocannabinoid system which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins, that are present throughout the vertebrate central nervous system, brain, and the peripheral nervous system.
There are more than 114 known cannabinoids and many other cannabinoid metabolites which can have a wide range of effects on a Person’s physiological and cognitive processes including a Person’s appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, attention, motor speed, and other unknown interactions with over the counter medication use, prescribed medication use, and other substances use including alcohol.
For Employers that are not required to comply with US DOT legislation or other Legislation for total prohibition from exposure to all forms of Cannabis / Marijuana, please be aware that many new substances containing varying amounts of the 114+ different cannabinoids are now available for legal purchase in many areas of Canada and the U.S. including lip balms, hard candies, edible products, infused beverages, topical solutions, hair care products, skin care products, food products, oils, smoking and vaping products, and many other products.
These new Cannabis / Marijuana substances may impact the Employer’s ability to adequately enforce the Employer Drug and Alcohol Policy disciplinary components if you must address a situation where a Worker has used a Cannabis/Marijuana substance with no malicious intent to cause cognitive function impairment.
For example, a Worker that uses a THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) infused lip balm or moisturizer may have the presence of THC in the mouth, or the presence of THC-COOH in the urine. If the Worker’s THC levels are above the Employer confirmatory test cut-off concentration for laboratory oral fluid THC drug testing or if the Worker’s THC-COOH levels are above the Employer confirmatory test cut-off concentration for laboratory urine THC-COOH drug testing, this would confirm Worker non-compliance with the Employer prohibition from Cannabis / Marijuana substance use and/or exposure. Employer disciplinary actions in relation to a Worker’s use of a Cannabis / Marijuana infused lip balm or moisturizer that was used without malicious intent by the Worker to cause cognitive function impairment may lead to costly Employer legal actions in arbitration or other legal costs.
Quick Test™ can assist the Employer with an “in the moment” assessment of a Worker’s cognitive function status to support removal from safety sensitive duties decisions when drug testing is being completed or when drug testing is not being completed for other substances, cannabinoids, or cannabinoid metabolites that can alter brain functions and other physiological functions.