Can I Use CBD and Drive?
CBD (cannabidiol)-containing products have risen rapidly in popularity. The benefits and side effects of CBD are still being studied, but many users claim that CBD can be used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, epilepsy, autoimmune diseases, depression, and anxiety. Some even find it effective at reducing cravings for tobacco. The reported benefits are widespread.
So, how is CBD related to THC? Can CBD cause impairment like THC can? And, is it safe to use CBD and drive?
CBD vs. THC
Products containing THC (Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) sold in dispensaries come from the cannabis plant. CBD, on the other hand, comes from hemp.
In Colorado, CBD-only substances can be sold outside of dispensaries, while those that contain THC must be sold from a licensed dispensary. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, “Any CBD product that is made from industrial hemp that doesn’t exceed the federal limit of 0.3% THC can be purchased over the counter with no age restrictions. The federal limit of 0.3% THC ensures that impairment does not occur with CBD consumption.”
Effects of CBD on Driving
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause impairment, and it is safe to drive immediately after consumption. Some users report side effects with CBD, including drowsiness, so it’s safest to first consume it in a controlled environment to see how it affects you before getting behind the wheel. The same goes for any other supplement or medication.
It is always dangerous and illegal to drive under the influence of THC. CBD products sold at dispensaries may also contain more than 0.3% THC, so read product labels carefully. When in doubt, remember: If you FEEL different, you DRIVE different.
No DUI Larimer encourages all of our readers: Educate yourself about how substances affect you and how you can avoid driving impaired – take charge of your future. Make the Right Call.