Friday 17th May 2019

Is It Safe To Drive After Taking CBD?

Published by Canavape® in Canavape® Blog.

As awareness around CBD has grown, it has become more and more popular with people around the UK and beyond. Research is still ongoing to determine the exact benefits of CBD, but users report experiencing relief from anxiety and depression, nausea, inflammation, and pain.

Although CBD comes from hemp, a type of cannabis plant, many CBD products (including all of Canavape’s) contain no THC content. As THC is the cannabinoid that’s responsible for cannabis’ well-known psychoactive effects, CBD products with no THC are non-psychoactive.

The legal limit of THC in any CBD product is 0.2%, but with Canavape’s products you have complete peace of mind, as they contain 0% THC. This also means that it won't show up on a drug test.

Because of this, driving after ingesting CBD oil or other products is legal and safe, although it is important to understand and pay attention to side-effects – as in some cases, it can make you drowsy.

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?

THC and CBD are both cannabinoids that are found in marijuana plants. Each compound, although made of the same chemicals, has a slightly different structure, and because of this, they have completely different effects on the mind and body. THC is the compound in marijuana that gets you high. It activates the cannabinoid receptors and increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex.

In the making of CBD, the CBD compound is extracted with CO2 from the hemp plant, and any remaining THC is removed through steam extraction, before the CBD is condensed into a liquid state. This means that CBD will not get you high – in fact, CBD dampens psychoactive activity on the brain.

If you drive with THC in your system, you are breaking the law and endangering your life and the lives of others around you – like driving with alcohol in your system. However, most CBD products only contain trace amounts of THC that will not make you feel high. Canavape’s products contain 0% THC.

CBD oil and driving

Although CBD can change mental state, the effects aren’t intoxicating. CBD will not directly impair your function whilst driving, but as with anything, it is important to know your own reactions to CBD before you take to the wheel.

Some people experience side effects that could lower your driving ability, such as drowsiness (at high doses) or headaches. If you regularly experience these side effects, consider modifying your dosage (or not taking CBD at all) before you drive.

Legally speaking, it’s also fine to use CBD before driving as it’s not a classified substance and doesn’t contain the levels of THC needed to make it illegal.

Last updated: Monday 17th June 2019