Driving and CBD, does that go together?
CBD is one of the most popular cannabinoids used in the medical world. Even though it is perfectly legal to get behind the wheel after using CBD, there may still be some things to take into account or at least to know.
The abbreviation CBD stands for “Cannabidiol” and it is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can be obtained from both the sativa and indica plants. CBD can also cause certain negative THC effects such as anxiety and impaired memory to decrease.
However, since CBD is not psychoactive, the effects are not as explicit as those of THC. To understand the impact of cannabinoids, we must investigate how the brain processes them. The endocannabinoid system consists of several receptors that are spread throughout the body, which are also connected to our nervous system and ultimately also to our brains. Not to make it too complex: the chemicals cause different reactions at these receptors scattered throughout your body which can, for example, cause different effects.
Is driving a car safe after using CBD?
The use of CBD often leads to relaxation and reduced irritability, so that we speak of a change in mental state. The effects are not comparable with the effects of THC but ultimately affect your mood and alertness. For example, you may also suffer from nausea, low blood pressure and / or a light feeling in your head which can cause problems in traffic. That is why it is advisable to first see how CBD influences your constitution before you get behind the wheel. However, it may also be that you are taking a too high dosage, in which case it is useful to consult your doctor about the correct dosage for you. It is also strongly advised not to combine CBD with alcohol because alcohol enhances the effect of CBD.
In principle, driving under the influence of CBD is legal in Europe, but there are still some points to watch out for. Many CBD oils contain a low dose of THC, which makes the regulations more complex. In most European countries it is legal to drive with a THC level of 0.2% to 0.6% in your blood. These quantities are so small that you are unlikely to notice them, but you can still be above the 0.6% limit. That is why it is extremely important for CBD to find the right dosage and never to take too much. If you experience a heady feeling, then you have probably taken a too high dose.