Is it legal to drive after taking CBD oil? What happens if I am stopped by the police? Can you take CBD and drive safely?\n \nCBD oil won’t get you high, has a good safety profile and has been tried by nearly 10% of people in the UK. Its explosive rise in popularity has set a new standard for food supplements. Even though you can pop into your local coffee shop and pick up a CBD latte, its association with cannabis means that many people remain, understandably, cautious.In 2015, the law changed making it easier for police to catch and prosecute drug drivers. This has resulted in many people asking the question: Is it safe and legal to drive after taking CBD?\nCBD \u0026amp; driving: fast facts\n\nYou can drive legally after vaping or consuming CBD as long as you are fit to do so.\nIf the CBD you take contains too much THC, this could cause you to fail a drug driving test.\nYou can technically smoke CBD and drive but hemp flower is illegal in the UK.\nThe DVLA makes no mention of CBD within their available information.\nThere are no laws in the UK that prohibit taking CBD and driving.\n\nIs it legal to drive after taking CBD oil?\nCBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid and won't impair your ability to drive. This has been proven in a 2020 study undertaken at Maastricht University and led by the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics.\nDr Thomas Arkell the lead author said: “These findings indicate for the first time that CBD, when given without THC, does not affect a subject’s ability to drive. That’s great news for those using or considering treatment using CBD-based products.”\nWe also spoke with cannabis lawyer Robert Jappie, a partner at London law firm Ince. We asked him if it is legal to drive after consuming CBD, he said:\n"Yes, it is legal. CBD is not a controlled substance and has no psychotropic effect. Therefore, a person’s driving would not be impaired by the consumption of CBD."\nHowever, most CBD oils contain traces of other cannabinoids including CBN and THC. Both are controlled substances and mustn't make up more than 1mg of any container of CBD. The UK drug driving laws are clear that driving under the influence of THC is illegal. THC is the cannabinoid that gives cannabis its intoxicating qualities and trace amounts are found in full-spectrum CBD products. The best CBD producers use legal industrial hemp varieties with less than 0.2% THC. They also invest in specially designed extraction techniques to reduce this further, ensuring the oils for sale comply with UK lawBy checking 3rd party lab results and researching the brand, you can be confident that they contain only traces of THC and CBN, making it both legal and safe to drive after taking CBD. \nWhat happens if I am stopped by the police?\nThis is unlikely to happen, but if an officer believes that you are unfit to drive, they may ask you to do a 'field impairment test' or complete a roadside drug screening kit. The test is a series of quick tasks such as walking in a straight line, which will give an indication if you are intoxicated. This may be followed up with a drug kit which tests for cannabis and cocaine. A Police Constable told us that you will only fail a drug screening check if you have more than 2 micrograms of THC per ml of blood.\n"The blood test results show the micrograms of THC per ml of blood. So if the thing you [take] doesn't contain THC then it won't come back in the blood […]. So [take] all the CBD you like, if it has no THC, you won't go over the limit in theory."\nYou can take some of the steps outlined in our "will CBD cause me to fail a drug test" article to ensure THC doesn’t build up in your system. \nWe also asked Robert Jappie what to do if you were stopped by the Police after consuming CBD, he said:\n"Don’t say anything. CBD is perfectly legal and you don’t need to volunteer any information to the police."\nHe also went on to add that he was not aware of any "occurrence" where someone had failed a drug driving test after consuming CBD. \nCan you take CBD and drive safely?\nWhile CBD is known to be safe, it is always important to pay attention to how any new food supplement affects you personally.Every time you drive, it is necessary to make the personal assessment that you are fit to drive, for any reason. UK law states:"It's illegal to drive if either:\n\nYou're unfit to do so because you're on legal or illegal drugs.\nYou have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they have not affected your driving).\n\n\nLegal drugs are prescription or over-the-counter medicines. If you're taking them and not sure if you should drive, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional."While CBD is classes as a food supplement and not a medicine, if you believe that you are unfit to drive, then don't.\nDuring a chat with us, a member of the East Anglian Police Force encouraged CBD users to stay safe by purchasing from reliable brands. Specifically, companies with a good track record of happy customers and evidence of low THC content.He emphasised that the current lack of regulatory enforcement presented the most significant risk. The potential for misleading or inaccurate labels could result in illegal levels of THC.\n"I don't think that the current market for CBD is well enough regulated and the product can vary in the amount of THC contained by a significant amount to be able to state with certainty that CBD is safe to use while driving."The officer went on the encourage drivers to be aware of their fitness to drive at any time. This applies whether you have taken a food supplement, over the counter medicine, prescription drug or are feeling unwell or tired.\n"Always avoid driving if you are feeling any effects that may impair your ability, while CBD in itself is not illegal, it doesn't take much imagination to see someone having a crash, a prosecutor finding out they use CBD and then a charge of driving while impaired or unfit (or similar) could be brought."\n\nConclusion\nCBD is non-intoxicating, making it safe to drive after consuming, but you must always be aware of how it affects you personally.\nChoose a brand that has low levels of THC to be on the safe side and buy your CBD from retailers with:\n\nGood reputations and a range of positive reviews\nA policy of being honest about their products and processes\nThird-party certificates available for each batch\n\nAs a driver, you are responsible for your fitness to be behind the wheel, so, be aware of how you feel before setting off. Whether you feel strange after drinking a coffee, from an over the counter cold and flu remedy or are drowsy following a bad night, don't drive until the effects have entirely worn off.\nJoin us to get updates and special deals monthly:\n\n \n
Tom Russell writes extensively about CBD oil and other groundbreaking food supplements. He and his wife share their home with two daughters and a lifetime’s collection of books.