By Emily Ledger
We know that CBD’s popularity is still growing, and with more people beginning to use CBD-infused products, more questions are being brought forward. One of these questions is: Can I drive after taking my CBD?
Cannabidiol and Cannabidiol-infused products are now completely legal in the UK. This doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that it is legal to drive after taking it. After all, there are a huge catalogue of legal drugs in the UK which should not be taken before driving. Like most everything else concerning CBD, the guidelines on this subject are still non-descript.
Why It Could Be a Problem to Drive After CBD
CBD users have reported feeling anything from boosted mood and focus, to drowsiness and dizziness following CBD administration. However, the differences in effect are probably down to different doses. For example, relatively low doses of CBD are often reported to make people feel more calm and focused, whereas larger doses are more likely to have a more sedating effect. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the dosage you are taking before driving (or operating machinery, etc).
Everyone will have a different optimum dosage, so it is important to figure yours out in a comfortable environment. To get comfortable with the dosage that is right for you, it is advised to “start low, and go slow”.
Also relevant, is whether taking CBD could cause you to fail a roadside drug test (Many CBD products contain trace amounts of the illegal, psychoactive component, THC). For more information on this, take a look at our article on CBD and Drug Tests.
We’ve scoured the internet looking for a clear authoritative answer on this, and found very little. This isn’t a surprise, considering the delayed approach regulators and lawmakers have taken on the CBD industry so far.
Having said this, what came across to us was that, although CBD may effect everyone differently, it can have a side effect of drowsiness and dizziness and as such should be taken with caution. In a nutshell, if you know that CBD does make you drowsy, it is probably best to treat it in a similar way to existing drugs, which do have clear guidelines.