Drugged Driving: Can I use CBD and drive?

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CBD dropper, text overlay reads "Can I use CBD and Drive?"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.


So, what exactly is CBD?  Products containing Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) sold in Colorado dispensaries come from the cannabis plant, and CBD comes from 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 licensed dispensaries. Those that also contain THC must be sold from a licensed cannabis dispensary. 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. The federal limit of 0.3% THC ensures that impairment does not occur with CBD consumption. 

CBD and Driving

Since CBD does not cause impairment, it is safe to drive after consumption. Although, 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.