A recent study shows that cannabidiol is indeed compatible with driving. Is it really safe to get behind the wheel after consuming CBD? What are the possible side effects ? Here are some answers
CBD and driving: a safe duo according to several researchers
The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics from the University of Sydney, Australia, recently released the results of a study on CBD and driving. Conducted at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, this work was mainly supervised by Dr Thomas Arkell before being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the researcher, “These results indicate for the first time that CBD, when administered without THC, does not affect a subject’s ability to drive”. The faculties of the drivers would be slightly altered up to 40 minutes after the consumption of cannabidiol. A return to normal could be observed four hours after taking legal cannabis. As a reminder, CBD is authorized because it has a very low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, less than 0.2%.
What about road checks?
All CBD products available on the market must therefore contain a maximum of 0.2% THC. Some traces of this cannabinoid sufficient to be positive in a saliva test carried out by the police or the gendarmerie. If this is the case, a license withdrawal, a fine and even a prison sentence could be considered … To avoid a traffic control that gets out of hand, bet on responsibility! We advise you not to consume CBD products if you plan to drive.
Doctor Thomas Arkell remains confident, insisting that “Road safety is a major concern”. He hopes that the results of his study “Should enable the adoption of evidence-based laws and regulations for people receiving medical cannabis”.
Driving under CBD: focus on side effects
The WHO has said it: cannabidiol does not pose any health risk. This molecule therefore does not generate a psychotropic effect, like classic cannabis. However, CBD products are known to bring a feeling of well-being to those who use them. A desire to sleep can thus arise… Be careful if you plan to take the road! As you will have understood, driving under CBD presents various risks that should not be overlooked:
- Possibility of testing positive
- Altered vigilance
- Feeling asleep
Whether you drive a motorcycle, car, or even a motorized vehicle, prefer caution and do not consume cannabidiol before getting in your vehicle. Once you have arrived safely, you can of course vape a CBD e-liquid or take a few drops ofCBD oil sublingually.
What about you, have you ever taken CBD before you got behind the wheel?
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