Is it dangerous to drive under CBD?

It is rightly repeated: CBD has nothing to do with THC, the psychoactive and addictive substance of cannabis that is considered a narcotic. If the authorities as well as the sellers have now agreed on the fact that cannabidiol is legal and that it is possible to consume it freely, the question legitimately arises as to the possibility of driving under CBD.

What are the potential risks on our behavior? What does the law say about this? What are the bonnes pratiques to apply when you are a user of CBD and get behind the wheel? So many questions to which we provide answers in this article.

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What are the dangers of driving after consuming CBD?

First things first: is CBD dangerous?

Let's be clear from the start: the CBD molecule is not dangerous as such and it does not cause no known side effects. It is also not addictive and does not cause a high. Consuming CBD, whatever its form, therefore does not risk inducing a similar loss of control or even approaching the effect of a joint.. When driving, there is no risk of the cars around you starting to turn or warp or any such sensation.

However, cannabidiol is renowned for its action on our organism, mainly thanks to its ability to interact with our endocannabinoid system. If these effects are generally virtuous, this does not mean that they have no influence on our behavior.

Side Effects of CBD While Driving: Are They Dangerous?

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Difficult to say you have 100% control of the vehicle while driving under CBD

The side effects of CBD are few, but they do exist. Among the effects sought elsewhere, a deep feeling of relaxation and appeasement is generally particularly appreciated. It is not for nothing that it is particularly recommended for people who want fight against insomnia. Now a feeling drowsy does not mix with driving. If you sleep while driving, you take a significant risk of endangering your health and that of others.

Risks of driving under CBD

The risks of driving after consuming CBD are little known and probably rare. They exist nevertheless and, in case of doubt, it is better to abstain from confronting the effects of CBD attention and reflexes useful for driving in complete safety.

Some of the potential risks include mainly:

  • Feeling of drowsiness,
  • nausea that may interfere with the level of attention paid to the road,
  • Low blood pressure (large doses of CBD) which can cause dizziness and lightheadedness,
  • Dry mouth (a priori without consequence).

Depending on the mode of consumption chosen, there is also a risk of consuming, even unintentionally, THC, which could cause you legal problems. This is the case if you decide to smoke CBD.

Smoking CBD and Driving

CBD may be legal, but smoking it is still prohibited. If you are caught smoking CBD in France, even without driving, you are putting yourself in trouble with law enforcement. This problem is all the more annoying when driving since legal cannabis can contain up to 0,3% THC (limit imposed by the European Union). However, the driving tolerance is… 0,0%. By smoking CBD flowers, resin or pollen, you are therefore consuming THC. The amount is so small that the effects are not noticeable. No planing effects therefore, nor risk of addiction to these homeopathic doses. On the other hand, a screening test may have a very different opinion as to the nature of your cannabidiol consumption before driving. This is where the problems start… Let's see what exactly the law says.

Driving under CBD: what the law says

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In the event of a traffic accident, the search for substances is much more frequent. What about CBD?

As is often the case when it comes to better understanding what can or cannot be done with cannabidiol, the legal framework is only of relative help. Thus, nothing is mentioned about taking CBD while driving. By logical deduction, if driving under CBD is not prohibited, it is therefore ... permitted. However, as we mentioned a little earlier, smoking cannabis, even legal, is clearly prohibited. Smoking CBD flowers or resins before or while driving is therefore dangerous for your driver's license and your wallet. Combustion anyway results in the production of toxins harmful to health. It is therefore in all cases better to turn to other methods of taking, such as CBD oils or hemp infusions.

CBD is not detectable on saliva tests

Or more precisely, it is not looked for by saliva tests. Only the THC and its acid form, THCA are. Therefore, a police control classic shouldn't be a problem for you, even if you get tested. Moreover, if a maximum rate of 0,3% THC is allowed in the plant, the finished product should legally not contain THC. However, this is not the case for all products and simple traces of THC may be enough to make a positive test. If you are not absolutely sure what your THC product is for, then again, it is better to avoid driving after consuming CBD.

Can auto insurance refuse to cover a dispute because of CBD consumption?

Technically, taking cannabidiol alone cannot be enough to get you denied an insurance benefit. However, be careful once again of products that contain traces of THC. In the event of a positive test, even for a minimal amount, and if you are responsible for a claim, your insurance company may well decide to reduce or even cancel all of the compensation provided. In the most serious cases, it can also decide to terminate your car insurance contract and file at Agira (Association for the management of information on insurance risk, which records in particular your claims and your bonus-malus).

Can driving under CBD lead to losing your driver's license?

It is important not to answer this question too literally, and to qualify the risks involved. First of all, let's immediately remove the suspense:

Driving under CBD, and only under CBD, is not a sufficient reason to withdraw a driving license!

Again and again because some cannabidiol products contain traces of THC, however, precautions must be taken. In the event of a routine police check or an accident, if the saliva test, blood test or urine test comes back positive for cannabis (i.e. THC or THC-A), the withdrawal of driving license is conceivable. More specifically, the sanctions provided for driving under the use of narcotics apply:

  • Withdrawal of 6 points on the driving license (out of 12 for a classic licence, out of 6 and therefore direct invalidation of the driving license for young drivers).
  • Amende up to €4.
  • Imprisonment up to 2 years old.
  • Suspension of driver's license up to 3 years old.

Which products should be preferred when driving and consuming CBD?

To avoid any risk of testing positive for THC when you only consume legal products, it is strongly recommended to favor products guaranteed without THC. This is possible by buying your derivatives from a serious reseller, recognized on the legal cannabis market, such as Weedy.Fr. If you are a driver, choose products based on CBD isolate or those with broad spectrum. This is particularly the case for certain CBD oils, concentrates (crumble, pure crystals) and, if you vape, certain e-liquid. Beware of unprocessed or minimally processed products (CBD flowers, hemp infusions, resins and pollens) which, although legal, generally contain traces of THC (<0,3% according to European standards).

How long after smoking CBD can you drive?

Let us remember it once again in order to prevent any unnecessary risk: smoking CBD, even if the product is legal, remains prohibited. So the correct answer to this question is to simply not smoke CBD, even when not driving. Nevertheless, if this should happen, or in the event of consumption of cannabidiol altogether (sublingual route, infusion or vaping), it is recommended tospace out taking CBD and driving as much as possible.

On average, CBD works 2 to 6 hours. The duration of the effects obviously depends on the quantity consumed, but also on the person (consumption habits, genetic capital, corpulence in particular). The mode of taking also contributes greatly to the time it takes before you feel the first effects and the duration during which they are felt.

  • Inhalation (electronic cigarette): end of effects after on average two hours.
  • oral (food CBD): up to 2 to 3 hours.
  • Sublingual route (oil under the tongue): up to 6 hours.
  • Dermal: about an hour of effects. However, these are local effects that should not prevent you from driving, despite the use of cannabidiol.

Precautionary principle: better not to drive under CBD

So, while driving under CBD is technically possible and even legal, risks exist. Some are linked to the molecule itself, others to the legal and administrative consequences that this may entail. the precautionary principle should therefore apply in order to ensure that your own health and that of others is preserved. It is therefore recommended to do not consume CBD while driving and space out the catches. Ideally, let the peak effects of your cannabidiol intake pass before driving. This period of time may differ depending on the individual and the mode of intake, knowing that taking it by inhalation or sublingual route (under the tongue) induces faster and shorter-lasting effects than the oral route (capsules or CBD food particular).

Focus on quality products, from reliable sellers, also allows to know the exact composition of the products consumed. This is the case of those offered on the shop, always accompanied by their certificates of analysis.