In short, the answer is YES, you can drive after taking CBD.
Can CBD affect my judgement?
This is a frequently asked question that we hear a lot. With the ever-growing popularity of the plant, more and more people are starting to use CBD and incorporate it into their everyday lives. 4-6 million people consumed CBD within the UK in 2020, so rightly so, this question of whether it is going to be safe or not to drive is expected if people who know nothing about CBD are trying it for the first time. CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a psychoactive compound known for inducing a ‘high’. Both compounds interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, but they have very different effects. Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound meaning no matter how much you consume, it will not induce a high or induce any mind-altering effects. With this being said, this is providing that the CBD being consumed is within the legal bounds of the UK THC limit (0.2% or lower) and for those of you that are reading who are not from the UK, this will differ from country to country so always ask the question of THC content when purchasing CBD.
What happens when someone takes CBD and why is it still okay to drive?
Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is completely non-psychoactive and will not cause a high. When CBD is taken it interacts with something called the ECS (endocannabinoid system) which is a biological system comprised of endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids bind to receptors (CB1 and CB2.) The ECS is responsible for controlling biological functions such as eating, anxiety, learning & memory, reproduction, metabolism, mood, growth and development.
It is thought that CBD interacts with the ECS in the way of indirectly binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors, also inhibiting the absorption of anandamide. Similarly, other research suggests it is through preventing the breakdown of endocannabinoids, which in turn allows them to have an effect on the body. What we do know for certain is that CBD does not react in the same way that THC does. Whilst the exact details of how it reacts with the ECS are under debate, research does suggest that CBD could help with pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with multiple conditions.
What is the best form of CBD to take before driving?
CBD can come in a number of forms and due to the market having an array of options available, there is definitely a method that will suit you, some examples are Oils, capsules, creams, gummies, drinks and CBD infused foods. Due to the different intake methods available, some CBD products take longer to come into effect than others. For example, CBD oil is taken under the tongue via the sublingual glands, why? Because this is the part of the mouth that will absorb the most CBD and will go straight into your bloodstream whereas taking a capsule will take longer to come into effect due to its low bioavailability. This will be taken orally with fluid and will be digested first before going into your system however this will give you a consistent dose of CBD throughout the day and can be in your system and interact with the endocannabinoid system for up to 48 hours.
CBD and Driving
Taking all of the above into consideration, we can confidently say that you are able to drive whilst, during and after taking CBD, it is also fully legal to do so (no matter what intake method you choose) we would always advise that you purchase CBD for a reputable company that can provide Certificates of Authenticity (COA’s) and preferably CBD with a 0% THC content. We have made it our mission to bring products to you that you can buy and use as part of your routine with complete confidence, whilst levelling up your everyday.
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