It goes without saying that cannabis products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can cause intoxication and should never be used before or while driving. But what about cannabidiol (CBD)? The essential oil and dietary supplement may not make you high, but does it have other effects on the road? Here are a few uncommon tips for safe driving during or after CBD product use.
What Is It Used For?
CBD has been touted as a cure for insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, and more. More research is needed to back up some claims, though according to some sources, it’s worked to reduce seizures in sufferers of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), conditions that largely affect children. Another study claims that the topical application of CBD is effective in reducing chronic pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, as well as inflammatory and neuropathic pain, but this remains to be proven.
What Are Its Effects?
As stated, CBD does not cause intoxication the same way cannabis products with THC (whether smoked or eaten) do. Many users report feeling calmer and more relaxed, though this depends on any number of elements and physical and mental attributes. Reported side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness, diarrhea, reduced appetite, and fatigue. Before taking CBD, it’s advised that users check with their doctor, especially if they’re taking blood-thinning medications. All said and done, it seems it should be safe to drive while taking CBD, right?
Once again, it’s the THC that gets you high, and CBD products largely lack that ingredient; though as an unregulated supplement, you can’t always be sure about the quality and content of the CBD oil you’re taking. With that in mind, if you’re ever called upon to take a drug test, the CBD oil won’t be detected, unless it contains THC, which will be detected. But that’s another issue. As for driving, unless you’re adding THC, alcohol, or other substances on top of the oil, you won’t be driving under the “influence” of CBD. Still, consider those rare side effects of drowsiness and fatigue and reconsider driving after taking it.
Are There Any Other Ways To Stay Safe While Driving?
Absolutely. And to accompany the above uncommon tips for safe driving, here are a few common ones. Bring your car in for regular checkups, and make sure they inspect the wheels for damage, check the pressure, and give them a periodic rotation to reduce wear and tear. Make sure all your fluids are clean, clear, and topped off. And, of course—never drive while you’re under the influence of anything but positive thoughts!