Can I Use CBD and Drive?

More about the differences between CBD and THC

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Products containing CBD are everywhere. Grocery and beauty store shelves are lined with products boasting the benefits of CBD. As CBD popularity grows, you may find yourself wondering, “If I use this, am I safe to drive?” Short answer, yes. Long answer, not necessarily.


So, what exactly is CBD?  Products containing Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC) sold in Colorado regulated marijuana stores come from the cannabis plant, and CBD comes from low-THC cannabis known as hemp and does not cause impairment. However, CBD may have side effects, like drowsiness or fatigue, that should be evaluated before performing potentially dangerous activities. The benefits and uses of CBD are still being studied, but many users claim it promotes mood regulation, reduces anxiety, provides chronic pain relief and improves sleep. 

In Colorado, CBD-only products are legal and can be sold outside of retail marijuana stores. These products are permitted to contain up to 0.3% THC. Products that contain more than 0.3% THC are considered to be marijuana and must be sold from a licensed marijuana store. Any CBD product that is made from industrial hemp that doesn't exceed the federal limit of 0.3% THC can be purchased over the counter with no age restrictions. While 0.3% THC in smokable products is probably not enough THC to cause impairment, 0.3% THC in edible products, such as tinctures, gummies, or chocolates, can be a very large dose. Some products that are labeled and sold as “hemp” products contain substances like “delta-8 THC,” “THCP,” or “HHC.” These substances can cause impairment similar to or greater than the THC found in marijuana. CBN, a substance that is sometimes found in many CBD products, can cause drowsiness. Additionally, some hemp-derived products may not be produced in compliance with Colorado regulations and may not be accurately labeled.     

CBD and Driving

Since CBD does not cause impairment, it is safe to drive after consuming CBD. However, some CBD or “hemp” products may contain substances that may cause impairment.  As with any supplement or doctor-prescribed medication, on first use, you should consume it in a controlled environment to see how it affects you. 

Colorado impaired-driving laws are clear though. Driving high can result in a DUI. It is always illegal and dangerous to drive under the influence of THC. 

Remember, if you feel different, you’ll drive different. Plan ahead to keep yourself and others safe on Colorado roadways.