Going back to work. Can I still take my CBD? 

Going back to work. Can I still take my CBD? 

It’s International Week of Happiness at Work, September 20-26!

Here's our tips for taking CBD at the office and what to tell your boss if they ask about it.  

After 18 months of working from home, the nation is gradually going back to the office, swapping a chilled breakfast routine for the return of the commute. 

Sadly, the joggers and pyjama bottoms will need to stay at home. But, you don’t need to leave your CBD at home! To mark International Week of Happiness at Work, here are our tips for taking CBD at the office and what to tell your boss if they ask about it. 

In this guide, we’re going to cover: 

  • how and when to use discretion around CBD at work
  • why you should go easy on the terpenes at work
  • what to do if you have to take a mandatory drug test at work 
  • can I get fired for taking CBD oil
  • how to educate your boss on the facts on CBD 

Use discretion

Workplaces vary in levels of understanding and tolerance of employees using office time to do things like making personal calls, texting, using social media and coffee breaks. Some bosses might share your passion for CBD and plant medicine, while others might not understand it fully and assume that it’s the M-word. 

Unfortunately for some, strict workplace rules still exist at some companies. If you work in an office that monitors staff on a tight leash, try to schedule your CBD intake around your official break periods to avoid the dreaded game of question and answer. 

On the flip side, many employers now welcome flexible working hours and encourage things like screen breaks, vitamin D breaks and step breaks. Taking screen breaks is good for eye health, while step breaks boost blood flow, enhancing concentration levels. Getting outside for 10 minutes will boost the body’s vitamin D production, putting you in a better mindset, and the fresh air you’ll breathe in while outside will wake you up against the afternoon slump. If your boss is on this side of the management fence, you’re already winning. Take your CBD whenever you feel you need to. 

Go easy on the terpenes 

Terpenes are responsible for the classic aroma associated with cannabis consumption. Chances are your employment contract or employee handbook lays out a clear zero tolerance drugs policy. If you take CBD oil infused with a terpene profile, you already know the smell that comes with opening the bottle. The last thing you want is to be accused of smoking cannabis on your lunch break! So as not to raise the alarm, avoid using a CBD oil with a noticeable dash of terpenes. 

Terpenes are beneficial on their own and with CBD, so don’t leave them out of your routine entirely. Keep them for the first thing in the morning or for when you get home after a long day. 

What if I have to take a drug test for work?

First of all, it’s important to note that not all employers in the UK enforce mandatory drug testing. However, it’s not unheard of for private sector companies to put a clause in employee contracts that enables the boss to enforce drug testing where there is a risk. Currently, drug testing is most common in industries in which drug use could pose a significant safety risk or result in impaired staff.

Most drug tests screen for THC, not CBD. Some employers, particularly those in professional sporting circles, or the emergency services, require employees to take routine drug tests. If this is mandatory, avoid taking a full spectrum product. It might also be an idea to only take CBD oil, gummies or capsule-form supplements rather than vaping or smoking CBD flower. 

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Can I get fired for taking CBD oil? 

Yes, if you test positive for THC consumption. To make sure this doesn’t happen, avoid using full spectrum CBD products. If you like to take oil drops or other forms of food supplements, you should also consider avoiding products made outside of the UK as the rules on THC content vary in different parts of the world.

Educate your boss on the facts 

So, you have been discreet, you’re careful to take your CBD oil during lunch or if you vape, you only do so outside. You’ve even sacrificed terpenes so as not to create any question marks over potential cannabis use.

And yet somehow, your boss still noticed, and has a few questions. It’s time to roll out the old ‘no, it can’t get you high’ and ‘no, it’s not the same as weed’ speech. One way to teach your manager about CBD is to tell them what it does for you.  Explain your personal experience with CBD. Tell them why you take it, how it helps you get on with your day. To really drive it home, talk about the benefits of cannabinoids on your productivity levels. 

And finally, take your CBD to work 

Having your office bottle of CBD will go a long way in the race to normalise CBD use. You might also introduce a co-worker to the benefits of CBD by being open about how it helps you. 

Don’t forget, CBD is legal, and as long as you’re not vaping CBD oil in a smoke-free indoor space or using a questionable product, you’re not doing anything, legally, wrong. 

In 2020, an estimated 6 million British adults used CBD regularly. That figure is thought to be higher in 2021. So, while there's a chance that you might have to explain the ins and outs of CBD to your boss someday, there’s also a chance that they too are using CBD to get through the day. 

Remember, when it comes to taking CBD regularly, the Food Standards Agency advises against exceeding 70mg of CBD per day. 

4 office-friendly CBD products 

Midday microdose: THC-Free 10mg CBD Capsules, £19.99 by Naturecan

Vegan and made in the UK. 


Quick and on-the-go: Berry flavoured 1200mg CBD Oil Spray, £39.99 by Beliebis 

THC-free, made in the UK. 


It’s just a breath mint! Artisan Peppermint Mints with CBD, £30 by Mr Moxey’s
Nothing to see here… 


Desk duty: 20mg mint oral strips, by Gatsby 

If you’re looking for a CBD product that won’t look out of place on your desk…