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Koi CBD Faces Lawsuit After Pennsylvania Woman Fails Drug Test

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Written by Alexandra Hicks

A woman from Pennsylvania is suing Koi CBD for failing a drug test after using their products.

The lawsuit was filed by Bianca Thurston in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, where Koi CBD is based out of. According to Thurston, she was fired from her job of 1 year after testing positive for cannabinoids.

Now let’s take a look at the short timeline of events. Thurston purchased three bottles of Koi CBD Vape Juice for $79.50 each from a Pennsylvania mall between April 2018 and June 2018. She was using them to treat her knee pain. In June 2018 , Thurston was fired from her job at Diversified Well Logging LLC after she tested positive for “cannabinoids”.

What does each side have to say?

Koi’s THC-free claims, without qualification that using the products can result in a failed drug test, are deceptive because it communicates to a reasonable consumer that the guaranteed absence of THC means a person will not fail a drug test, the lawsuit states. On Koi’s website, you can find third party lab results for each of their products sold.

Co-plaintiff in the case is Coni Hass, a California resident who purchased various Koi CBD products between March 2017 and March 2018. She claims to have been looking for products that would help alleviate her arthritis, inflammation, and other pains. Koi’s products did not work for her, although allegedly, they claim their products work for such ailments.

We reached out to Koi for a statement and they were advised against giving one while the case is still open but they did send us a copy of Thurston’s drug test results and mentioned that “cannabinoids could indicate multiple cannabinoids were tested for, not just tetrahydrocannabinol”.

It’s possible, but however, the common assumption is that she tested positive for THC. On most drug tests, even if it’s listed as cannabinoids, they are only testing for 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC. But honestly, there is no way to know for sure what went wrong until the lawsuit is resolved, at which point, more information will be revealed by both Koi CBD and Thurston.

What do you think, did she failed for THC or for other Cannabinoids?

Do you believe it was THC or other cannabinoids? Have you heard of any cases similar to this? What was the outcome?

What do you think happened in this particular case, where a well-known company that tests their products allegedly caused someone to fail a drug test?

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About the author

Alexandra Hicks

Managing editor at Cannadelics and U.S based journalist, helping spread the word about the many benefits of using cannabis and psychedelics.