driving with cbd oil

Generally, if you are prescribed cannabidiol (CBD) medication, you are able to legally drive as long as you are not impaired. CBD can potentially cause drowsiness, fatigue, and lower blood pressure. It is recommended that you discuss this usage and risk of impairment with your doctor in order to keep yourself and others safe when driving. If your day-to-day activities requires driving, you may want to consider the CBD medication over THC (although please first consult this with your doctor). Click here to learn more about CBD and how you can acquire it.

THC is typically detectable in your oral fluid for 4 to 6 hours after smoking or vaporising it. This however is highly variable across individuals and depends on factors such as frequency of THC use. In blood, THC is commonly detectable for up to seven days, and in extreme cases, for up to 30 days. In urine, THC may be detectable for up to 24 days, depending on the sensitivity of the test.

Driving and CBD Medication

In all the studies, there was no difference between any of the THC groups and placebo on any neurocognitive measure after 4 h of recovery. Variability in the dose-dependent relationship raises the consideration that there are other important factors contributing to the duration of neurocognitive impairment besides the dose of THC ingested.

THC Detection Times

Click here to read more about the penalties and possible consequences of driving under the influence of THC.

Cannabis medicines are pharmaceutical-grade products containing active cannabinoids, which can cause impairment and affect fitness to drive. Whether it is illegal or appropriate for a person to drive after taking a cannabis medicine will depend on the type of medication prescribed.

Patients taking cannabidiol(CBD)-only medicines can lawfully drive if they are not impaired. As CBD can cause drowsiness, fatigue and lowered blood pressure, patients should discuss usage and risk of impairment with their treating doctor.

It is illegal for patients taking cannabis medicines which contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to drive. This is because THC can affect the cognitive and motor skills necessary for safe driving, such as attention, judgment, memory, vision and coordination.

The below factsheet provide further information for patients about driving and cannabis medicines.