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A study conducted in France between 2001 and 2003 concluded that the effects of cannabis (THC) practically doubles the risk of being involved in a fatal vehicle accident.
Driving while intoxicated is nowhere near a good idea; and with that in mind, it’s important for you to always consider whether any supplements or medications you’re taking could cause you to be intoxicated at any point.
Due to CBD’s undeniable connection with the infamous plants that it comes from -- cannabis and hemp, there has been confusion about whether or not it’s safe to take CBD and then drive.
Well, this is what you need to know before taking CBD and driving...
CBD and Psychoactivity: How CBD Affects Driving
Yes, CBD does come from cannabis and hemp plants -- but it does not produce any psychoactive effects. The substance responsible for cannabis’ “high” or psychoactive effects is THC.
THC is completely different from CBD. THC produces effects on the body such as slow response time and reflexes, impaired judgement, and others which directly affect driving. This is one of the main reasons the use of cannabis and other psychoactive drugs are so dangerous to use while driving (and carrying out many other tasks as well).
CBD, on the other hand, does not produce these effects. CBD is actually incapable of creating a high because it is 1) molecularly different from THC, and 2) processed differently by our bodies; and therefore does not have access to the parts of the brain where the “high” would occur.
CBD comes in many different products, but beyond that, there are 3 different types of CBD:
- CBD Isolates: the “purest” form of CBD. It has no THC and no other substances found in hemp and cannabis plants. It is CBD isolated (hence the name).
- Broad-Spectrum CBD: this type of CBD also includes nutrients found in cannabis and hemp plants, but contains no THC.
- Full-Spectrum CBD: this type of CBD is essentially the same thing as Broad-Spectrum, except it also contains traces of THC.
As you can see, Full-Spectrum CBD does contain THC. But can it still make you high? No. By UK law, all CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC -- not nearly enough to produce any psychoactive effects whatsoever.
In fact, the human body, depending on individual metabolism speed and other factors, needs around 10 times the amount found in Full-Spectrum CBD products to feel high. This means that even if you were to take a super high dose of Full-Spectrum CBD by accident, you wouldn’t even have to worry then since there wouldn’t be enough THC to make you high.
Is it Safe to Drive on CBD?
Driving on CBD is completely safe. As long as you’re taking high-quality CBD products that you know are safe, regardless of using isolates, Broad-Spectrum or Full-Spectrum CBD, you should be fine to drive.
Again, it’s important to let you know that you don’t have to worry if your CBD product has a small amount of THC in it since it will not make you high. But it’s just important to make sure your products are safe regardless.
If you are taking a prescription drug and CBD at the same time, though, it is worth looking into CBD’s interaction with said drug to make sure there will be no interaction between the two which could cause you to experience anything other than, well, nothing.
So there is nothing to worry about when you’re taking CBD and driving. It will not cause you to feel high, will not inhibit your senses in any way, and will not affect your judgement whatsoever.