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However, Mr. Pennington had been providing his son with honey infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonintoxicating compound that, like THC, is found in varying amounts in the plant known as cannabis. THC is federally illegal, and until recently so was all cannabis.

It is also difficult to estimate how many people in a year have suffered negative consequences, such as the loss of a job or parental rights, after testing positive for THC, because most drug testing data is private. Even data that is public can be difficult to parse. For instance, in many locales, official statistics around “drugged driving” do not distinguish between drivers who test positive for THC and those who test positive for other drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine.

Elizabeth had been taking the CBD product for a few weeks when she went in for a scheduled drug test. The company that produced the product is based in Colorado and appeared to be legitimate, she said, so she was shocked when she failed the drug test. “They were reputable,” she said. “They had their lab results on their website.”

Mr. Pennington was despondent about possibly losing custody of his child, until he spoke with Frank Conrad, the chief technology officer and lab director at Colorado Green Lab, a scientific consultant to the cannabis industry. Mr . Conrad directed him to a little-known study published in 2012 in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology that showed that a common forensic drug testing method could easily mistake the presence of CBD for THC. In short, the drug testing lab may have erred; it was entirely possible that the CBD Mr. Pennington had given his child had caused the drug test to produce a false positive for THC.

Nonetheless, a drug test that identifies CBD as THC could have serious consequences. Even in states that have legalized marijuana, it remains legal for employers, child protective services, public housing authorities and other entities to test for THC. And in a survey conducted earlier this year by the investment bank Cowen, 7 percent of adults in the U.S. — 17 million people — reported using CBD.

Do certain spirits work better than others? And is there a way to tailor the drink for a desired effect— i.e., more CBD oil and less booze for a mellower buzz?

Cannabis use wasn’t unusual where I grew up in Northern California, and by the time I was an adult, I had experimented a lot with it, incorporating it into culinary techniques and practices. At the time, Jason Eisner (the former beverage director at Gracias Madre) and I often discussed ways of introducing it into the mainstream, so when CBD became more commonplace in the medical cannabis community, then made its way from the dispensaries to high-end health stores, the next step seemed obvious. I presented Eisner with the idea, he consulted with the restaurant’s legal team, and CBD cocktails were on the menu a week later.

“This Spanish style gin and tonic is a combination of California-grown aromatics and a CBD oil float that complements the citrusy botanical notes found in both cannabis and your favorite gin.”

CBD Mint Julep

Do most CBD oils have a strong taste? And if so, do certain ingredients pair better with it than others?

CBD oils have varying intensities of cannabis flavor, from basically no taste to a full-fledged vegetal citrus flavor commonly associated with the plant. From a culinary aspect, I find extracts with a bold flavor more exciting—I just don’t see the fun in mixing with a product that tastes like nothing! The flavor of cannabis is distinct and unique—why not utilize it? It can be used to enhance flavors with similar qualities like hops, basil, mint, and matcha, or just impart a unique flavor to any cocktail that could use some vegetal nuance!

Spirit-wise, it’s mainly to your personal taste, but I would pay attention to ABV, which stands for alcohol by volume and measures the amount of alcohol in a given volume of an alcoholic beverage, just as you would when making any cocktail! The more alcohol in the drink, the more you’ll feel affected by it—and the less you’ll notice the effects of the CBD. Too much CBD, you might get a little out of it and sleepy.

What’s the right dose?