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Is it Safe to Drive While Using CBD?

Posted by Lewis Olden on
Is it Safe to Drive While Using CBD?

The CBD market is rapidly growing around the world as increasing numbers of people begin to realise the benefits of CBD and how it can improve their daily life. There are more questions being asked about the side effects of CBD and many people are curious about the long-term effects of CBD.

One questions many CBD users have is whether it is safe to drive after using CBD. It is crucial that people obtain clarity on this point as many people use CBD throughout the day and they do not want their ability to drive to be impaired.

What Is CBD? 

CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol which is one of more than one hundred compounds that are found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system was only discovered in the last few decades and it is a network of transmitters and receptors that are located in the brain and central nervous system. The endocannabinoid system helps to regulate many bodily functions, such as homeostasis.

CBD is not a common part of the human diet, so CBD acts in a similar manner as taking a vitamin supplement or capsule. Adding CBD to your daily routine allows your body to operate at maximum efficiency. 

Can You Drive After Using CBD Oil?

As CBD is a compound that is contained within the cannabis plant, many people believe that driving after using CBD oil equates to driving under the influence of cannabis. However, this is a common misconception as the psychoactive effects of cannabis is caused by the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) rather than CBD. It is THC that causes the user to get high, CBD has no psychoactive effects. 

Assuming the CBD product you are choosing to use is below the legal limit of THC which is 0.2%, it should be safe for you to drive after using that CBD product. 

Can CBD Oil Impair Your Driving?

Many CBD users are concerned about their ability to drive safely may be impaired after using CBD oil. Driving under the influence of cannabis and THC is illegal. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and therefore doesn’t negatively impact your ability to drive safely. This means that your ability to drive should not be affected by CBD. 

What Are the Side Effects of CBD?

CBD is widely considered to be safe. CBD is well tolerated by most people, but a small minority experience some minor side effects. While experiencing side effects from using CBD is quite rare and very mild if they do happen. It is important for new users of CBD to be mindful when they are first using a CBD product. Starting with a low dose of CBD is important and then gradually building the dose over time to find out what the ideal dosage is for you.

One side effect that some people have when using CBD is drowsiness. This could obviously be an issue if you are driving. It is important to understand how CBD affects you and the first time you use CBD, you probably shouldn’t drive, just so you can comprehend the effect CBD has on your body and mind.

Is CBD Legal?

CBD is legal, but there are certain conditions to its legality such as THC content. The cannabinoid named CBN is also illegal in the UK. This is why it is imperative that you ensure that the CBD product you are using doesn’t contain these illicit cannabinoids that could prospectively get you in trouble or impair your ability to drive.

Conclusion

It is legal to drive after using CBD oil or another CBD product. However, it is important that you get your CBD from a reliable source. Like you would with any other supplement or vitamin or medication that you are taking, you should be mindful or the prospective side effects.

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