Can Truck Drivers Use CBD Oil? A 2020 Guide
Written By: Armela Escalona
With all the madness surrounding COVID-19, truck drivers have stepped up in a big way for us. These heroic men and women have been driving around-the-clock to help us hold on to some normalcy during these uncertain times.
So in light of their perseverance and dedication, we wanted to take a moment to share our gratitude and answer questions that we’ve been getting from these patriotic road warriors, as well as expand on some additional topics.
To start, the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes is now legal in 11 U.S states . Cannabis-derived products, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oils, are now federally legal.
Surely you’ve seen several advertisements that market the product as add-ins for your favorite drinks (coffee or smoothie) or a great addition to your natural skincare routine.
And despite all its popularity, many people are still unsure about CBD and are concerned about its effects, including our 18-Wheelin’ friends. So, Can truck drivers use CBD oil? Is it safe to drive after using CBD oil? Is CBD legal?
Can Truck Drivers Use CBD Oil?
CBD oil is federally legal in the United States, so yes truck drivers, just like anyone else, can use CBD products. Keep in mind that the laws regarding CBD’s status have varying degrees of restrictions. Some states allow the full use of the product while others restrict it altogether. Not confusing at all, right?
If you are driving through multiple states, it’s a good idea to take a look at the restrictions for each one. Here’s a map to help you safely navigate cannabis law.
There are a few states highlighted in purple which either restrict cannabis products or do not regulate them at all. The three states where it is not legal in any form are South Dakota, Idaho, and Iowa. Avoid these states if possible if you’re using CBD or low THC products.
In teal states like California and Colorado, all cannabis products are both medicinally and recreationally legal, so no issues there.
The states highlighted in yellow, like Florida and Arizona, have legalized medicinal cannabis and allow for over-the-counter CBD and low THC products.
And the states highlighted in orange, like Georgia and Tennessee, only allow CBD and low THC products.
So if you’re driving cross-country with CBD, the only three states you have to worry about are South Dakota, Idaho, and Iowa.
Can I use CBD while driving?
Generally speaking, CBD oil is safe to use throughout the day. Even if you purchase a full-spectrum CBD product that contains trace amounts of THC, it’s not going to have an intoxicating effect on you.
Some customers have reported a drowsy or sleepy side-effect from taking CBD, so if you have a similar experience, we do not recommend you operate a motorized vehicle. It’s always a good idea to speak with a physician to find a dose that works best for you before integrating it into your day-to-day.
What if I get pulled over with CBD?
You got pulled over and you have CBD? Don’t panic, remember, CBD is federally legal. Again, it’s a good idea to keep local and state regulations in mind when purchasing and consuming any product, but if you did your homework beforehand and it’s permissible where you’re driving, then you’re in the clear.
Regardless, any quality CBD brand will make their lab tests accessible on their website, and depending on the state, the product must be properly labeled and include a QR code linked to the lab tests for that specific batch. This is important because those 3rd party lab tests confirm that the product contains the legal amount of 0.3% or less in THC.
So if you’re ever in doubt, simply scan the QR code with your phone and keep the lab tests handy while.
What’s in CBD Oil? — Why is there an ongoing debate about its legality?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a secondary compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. The primary compound—which is also the more famous one— is tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC”. This is the active ingredient that induces the psychoactive or euphoric effect of cannabis.
THC and CBD are just two of the more than 80 organic cannabinoids present in the plant. According to researchers, cannabinoids are the chemicals that protect the plant from UV rays. Cannabinoid levels also change with sun exposure . This is why the flowers from the female plant often have more cannabinoids than the rest of the plant.
THC and CBD only have slight differences when you look at their chemical structure. Despite this, they’re very different when it comes to their effects. While THC’s psychoactive effect helps with ailments like nausea, CBD is shown to aid in relieving inflammation, joint pain and aches, as well as mood and overall mental health. Experts are also studying CBD and its effects on children and teens with drug-resistant epilepsy.
What Are The Benefits of CBD Oil?
With excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, CBD has been shown to offer some health benefits, both physical and mental. The most promising include studies that point to early clinical trial data showing CBD’s efficacy with regard to epilepsy and varying forms of seizures .
Marijuana users often claim they use the drug for its calming effects. This effect is also seen in CBD users and may include relief from neuropathic pain and anxiety, as well as cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia .
CBD oil is also known for its benefits on the skin . Findings show that the fatty acids present in the oil can protect the skin from breakouts and inflammation whilst keeping the skin nourished and moisturized. It can also aid with various skin conditions such as dermatitis, lichen planus, acne rosacea, and eczema.
There are still no clear findings on the mental health benefits of CBD and THC. Early trials show some encouraging data but it’s still too early to tell if CBD and THC are effective in treating psychiatric disorders.
Some studies showed promise in CBD’s ability to aid those who suffer from social anxiety, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. But as always, we recommend you speak with your primary care physician before taking any products.
Is CBD Oil Safe?
CBD oil is generally safe but there are side effects and risks that you should consider. Side effects of cannabidiol can include irritability, fatigue, and nausea. Other rare side effects include gastrointestinal problems, appetite loss, and altered liver enzymes.
The product is advised against women who are trying to conceive, or are pregnant or currently breastfeeding because ingredients in the cannabidiol products may be harmful to infants or fetuses.
CBD is also not recommended for people who are immune-compromised as well as people with liver disease and people with Parkinson’s disease. Studies found that cannabidiol actually worsens tremors and muscle movements in people with this disease.
What You Need To Know
As of 2020, the general rule of thumb for CBD consumers is this: CBD products are illegal in South Dakota, Iowa, and Idaho, but legal in every other state.
If you’re a truck driver and currently working, it is safe to take CBD products but make sure to avoid the states listed above. Also, don’t drive and take CBD products if they make you drowsy.
Remember, if you get pulled over by a police officer, kindly show him the lab tests for the product and the receipt for the purchase. Again, it’s perfectly legal in most states to have CBD products with you.
And lastly, speak to a physician when deciding what product and dose is best for you and your specific needs. Stay safe out there!
As of 2020, the general rule of thumb for CBD consumers is this: CBD products are illegal in South Dakota, Iowa, and Idaho, but legal in every other state. If you're currently driving through multiple states, make sure to keep your purchase receipt and 3rd party lab tests handy. Continue reading for more details.
Truck Drivers & CBD Oil: Is It Legal To Use CBD Oil and Drive in Interstate Commerce?
Author: Dr. David Thorpe
Marijuana use is becoming quite a hot topic across the nation. It’s discussed both from a medicinal sense as well as relating to recreational use. The use of CBD oil often confuses this topic even more. Is it legal? Can it cause some of the effects of marijuana? Can it be detected in a drug screen? All are common questions that pop up not only within the general public, but also among truck drivers.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
CBD oil stands for cannabidiol, and is a compound found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. In reality there are over 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants with the most commonly discussed being CBD and THC.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound where THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is considered psychoactive. This means that CBD does not make you feel high, anxious, make your eyes red or any of the well-known effects of THC.
In recent years CBD has undergone a significant amount of research and it is being used for a variety of medical conditions and has been shown to help relieve anxiety, arthritis, migraines, sleeplessness, discomfort and pain, seizures, depression and has even been shown to help with those suffering from Parkinson’s.
Research has also demonstrated that it may even promote a healthy heart and relieve some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment.
IS IT LEGAL TO USE CBD OIL?
The simple answer is yes. For it to be legal however, it has to contain less than 0.3% THC. At this level it will not make you feel high or give you any of the physical effects of using or ingesting marijuana. It also can be extracted from different plants, the hemp plant or the marijuana plant. Each of these plants contains THC, but the levels are wildly different! Marijuana plants are bred for their buds and to contain as much THC as possible, whereas hemp plants are gown for their stalks and fibers and cannot legally be grown unless they possess less than 0.3% THC.
Another difference is that marijuana plants contain far more CBD, making CBD oils derived from marijuana plants higher in quality. In order to make CBD oil strong enough to have medicinal effects from hemp plants, far more plants have to be used in the process. Using more plants means it’s less sustainable for the environment and these types of CBD oils will contain higher levels of pesticides and toxins from soil due to the sheer volume of plants required to make it potent enough to be useful.
Whether you are using CBD oil derived from marijuana plants or hemp plants, the amount of THC legally allowable is the same. Every brand differs in the amount of THC actually in their products however, so if you are a driver, be sure you do your research!
CAN CBD OIL BE LEGALLY USED BY TRUCK DRIVERS?
The answer to this is complicated and difficult because it can be either yes or no. While CBD oil itself might be legal in most states, THC is not. On top of this, no matter what form of CBD oil you purchase, you will have trace amounts of THC. There is no current way to 100% separate the two.
In order for CBD oil to be legal, it has to contain 0.3% or less THC, so it can be classified as a hemp product. CBD itself is still considered illegal on a federal level! Therefore, as an interstate truck driver it would therefore be considered illegal and the driver would not be able to utilize CBD in interstate commerce. If the driver is an intrastate driver, the driver may be legally able to use CBD oil and still drive a truck.
Another problem can potentially impact the driver however. That being a random drug test. Even though there are stories about drivers using CBD that have negative drug tests, there are drivers that have tested positive as a result of CBD oil use. The problem is that drug tests cannot differentiate THC that came from CBD oil and THC that came from the marijuana plant.
And regardless of whether a state allows for the legal use of marijuana or not, marijuana use is considered illegal by the Federal government.
WHICH STATES DO NOT ALLOW CBD OIL USE?
There are currently three states where any form of marijuana, hemp or cannabis are totally illegal. You cannot obtain or use cannabis products in any form in these states. They are:
- South Dakota
CBD legality does vary by state, and of course so does medical marijuana.
On the Federal level, as mentioned, all types of marijuana are illegal…..INCLUDING CBD. Despite the fact that CBD is being sold in stores everywhere, it is still classified as a Schedule 1 Drug by DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and therefore not allowed to be used by a truck driver working in interstate commerce.
SO WHAT SHOULD TRUCK DRIVERS DO?
If you are working in interstate commerce you cannot use CBD oil.
If you work in a State where it is legal and only work in intrastate commerce you still may be at risk for a positive test during a random drug test. Even though it is rare it can happen. Furthermore, if you are selected the first thing to do would be to disclose the fact that you use CBD oil immediately. Inform them of the ailments you use CBD for, and, if necessary, educate them on what it is and what it is NOT – that is, NOT psychoactive and cannot make you high like THC. Most people these days are aware of the medicinal benefits of CBD oil, but some are not. It is important to convey the fact you are not doing drugs!
Marijuana use is becoming quite a hot topic across the nation. It’s discussed both from a medicinal sense as well as relating to recreational use. The use of CBD oil often confuses this topic even more. Is it legal? Can it cause some of the effects of marijuana? Can it be detected in a drug…