You’re actively taking or looking into CBD, & are wondering if it is okay to take before driving. Does it put you at risk of being arrested at a traffic stop? Is it a factor when you’re involved in an accident? Or is it harmless? We’ll explore exactly how CBD should be looked at when driving.
CBD is considered non-intoxicating, & is federally legal. Although full-spectrum products contain trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to be considered “intoxicating.” This means that you can enjoy CBD without worrying about the consequences when driving. These products do not impair you & are not considered “Marijuana.” Which by itself is difficult to prove true “impairment” due to THC being able to stay in your blood for up to 30 days.
CBD is Non-Intoxicating
Derived from the Hemp plant, CBD is not considered intoxicating as it doesn’t present the psychotropic effects that THC does. It will not impair your motor skills, cognition, or ability to operate a motor vehicle in any way.
CBD doesn’t bind to receptors in your brain, unlike THC. Instead, it is received throughout your body. Which results in non-intoxicating relief! So you can enjoy the therapeutic effects, without the high. This is the reason that you can buy these products without the need for a special license.
Traffic Stops & CBD
When it comes to traffic stops, CBD doesn’t even need to be mentioned to the officer. As it is federally legal, these products are under the 0.3% THC limit. So, there’s no requirement for you to let the officer know that you have these products in your vehicle.
If the officer sees it or smells it then he/she may ask about which is then your discretion to answer or not. You may let them know that it is a federally legal, CBD product. They can be skeptical as they may think you’re lying. But, as long as these are lab-tested products that come from a good source, they will not fall under the definition of “Marijuana” but rather as a Hemp product.
So, even if the officer was insistent on testing the product to ensure this fact it would be clear that it is actually a CBD product. You must check local & state laws to ensure that they don’t specifically restrict the use or possession of CBD. But, federally these products have been deemed as legal & safe.
Fender Benders & CBD
When involved in an accident, many are concerned about CBD being a factor in the at-fault decision & whether it counts as driving under the influence. As stated before, these products are considered non-intoxicating. So, there isn’t a reason to worry about CBD & accidents.
Even for Marijuana users who may have consumed before driving, it is very difficult to prove & conclude that the person was ‘impaired’ at the time of the incident. This is because THC can stay in your blood for up to 30 days. Meaning you could’ve not consumed that day but maybe you did a month ago! Which certainly wouldn’t affect you today.
Also, impairment is relative to the person’s tolerance. Some are able to consume much more without truly being impaired, while others can only consume a small amount before feeling impaired. Since there is no roadside test for current THC levels, it is especially hard to come to the conclusion that the accident was actually caused due to the cannabis in the person’s blood.
What About Full Spectrum CBD?
Although full spectrum CBD does contain a trace amount of THC, it is not enough to be considered intoxicating. The amount of THC is 0.3% or less which is much less than what you’d find in Marijuana products. They are not Marijuana products, but rather come from the Hemp plant.
With full-spectrum, you can theoretically ‘feel’ that small amount of THC. Especially when you’re just starting & have zero-tolerance. But, all-in-all it is significantly less than what you would feel with Marijuana. Ideally, you really shouldn’t feel it at all. Especially to a level that would impair you.
Driving after consuming CBD is not a problem. We definitely recommend initially trying your CBD at home so you know how it feels. It shouldn’t impair you in any way & can actually have a positive effect on your mind, clarity, & focus.
Don’t worry about being in trouble if you’re either pulled over or involved in an accident. In either of these cases, you are not considered to be ‘under the influence’ when using CBD. CBD is not THC. So, feel free to consume your CBD anytime!