Despite CBD soaring in popularity within the past few years, many people are still unsure of the legalities surrounding it. One question we hear a lot is whether you can drive on CBD oil. In this blog, we’ll discuss whether it is safe and legal for you to drive after taking CBD, and how CBD may affect your ability to drive.
What Is CBD?
CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is one of over 100 natural compounds found within the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, which is another compound within the cannabis plant, CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties. CBD products are legal within the UK, as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC. This small amount of THC is not enough to cause the user to experience the high that taking cannabis provides.
Many people are put off from using CBD due to its association to cannabis and the stigma behind it, however the nutritional and medicinal benefits are clear to see. CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain, whilst THC is often used recreationally.
Is It Legal To Drive After Taking CBD?
Yes, in the UK it is legal to drive after taking CBD.
The confusion often arises due to people believing CBD has similar effects to taking cannabis. In the UK it is illegal to drive when you have taken cannabis due to the psychoactive effects the THC has. THC can result in slower response times and impaired judgement which make driving after taking cannabis very dangerous.
As CBD products in the UK can contain up to 0.2% THC, some people may be worried that this amount of THC could still impair their ability to drive and may show up positive on a drug test. It is extremely unlikely to be enough THC to test positive on a drug test, and you would need to take an extremely large amount of CBD for this to be possible. However, if this concerns you and you do not want to have any THC in your system, then you can choose to use CBD products which contain 0% THC. Our CBD isolate products contain 99% CBD and have no THC within them, and we also sell a range of other products which have 0% THC. Each of our products have a lab report so you can determine the level of CBD within the product to give you peace of mind. We also have a price guarantee, so if you find an item on our website cheaper somewhere else then we will beat the price by 10%.
Whilst it is legal to drive when you have taken CBD, on rare occasions some people may experience headaches and drowsiness which can impair your ability to drive. If you do experience headaches and drowsiness then we would suggest you reduce your dose, and if this doesn’t work we would suggest you avoid taking CBD before you drive.
It is also worth considering that if you are taking prescription drugs and CBD at the same time then this interaction between the two may result in you being unfit to drive. You should consult with your doctor to determine if it is safe to use both CBD and the prescription drug, and whether it is safe to drive.
It is legal to drive after taking CBD, and it is extremely unlikely to show up on a drugs test. However, if you’re concerned it is best to stick to products that contain no THC. We’d recommend buying from brands who have a good reputation and that publish third party lab reports for each product, like we do here at the CBD Planet UK.
Although CBD is non-intoxicating and non-psychoactive, you should always be mindful of how CBD may affect you personally. Everyone reacts to CBD differently, and for some the drowsiness and headaches it could cause may impair your ability to drive. You should first try to lower your dose to prevent the headaches or drowsiness, but as a user of the road, you are responsible for being fit to drive, so always refrain from driving if you feel funny or unusual after taking CBD.