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Cannabis, CBD Oil and Driving In Australia
You should not drive while impaired by cannabis or any other substance. CBD and THC have different impacts on your ability to drive, and it’s illegal to drive with any THC in your system Australia-wide.
- It is illegal to drive with any THC in your system in Australia.
- Medical cannabis patients do not get any sort of exemption from THC roadside drug testing.
- If your cannabis medicine contains CBD only then, it is legal to drive on medical cannabis.
In this video Tom Arkell, research coordinator at the Lambert Initiative For Cannabinoid Therapeutics explains how cannabis and CBD oil impair driving abilities and much more.
Cannabis, CBD oil and driving
As of 2019 there were over 300,000 Aussies using cannabis daily for medicinal or adult-use purposes. It’s safe to assume that a vast majority of those people are drivers. Marijuana is becoming more widely used. And, increasingly people are concerned about whether or not they can drive while using cannabis.
- If you’re asking whether you can simultaneously drive and consume cannabis – no you can’t.
- If you’re asking whether you can take cannabis then walk out the door immediately and get into a car and drive – you can’t.
- If you’re asking whether you can drive after an extended period of time after taking cannabis or CBD oil – this article is for you.
Regardless of legality, the team at honahlee are the first to tell you not to drive while impaired. Driving while impaired could result in an accident which would not only impact your life but the life of others too.
When deciding whether it’s safe to drive after consuming cannabis, it’s important you understand all of the factors that come into play. While we recommend you don’t drive after taking cannabis, there may be cases where you’ll need to get from A to B and won’t have any other option. By the time you finish this article, you’ll have all the information to make the best decision possible.
We’ve broken this topic into two articles. In these two articles, expert Tom Arkell explains:
- Does cannabis affect your driving abilities?
- Does THC affect your ability to drive?
- Does CBD or CBD oil affect your ability to drive?
- Is there a difference between CBD oil and CBD vaporised?
Feel free to jump ahead to any part of the article or skip to the other article. If you find this information useful, we’d ask that you share your new-found knowledge with a friend or family member. Let’s get started.
Is it legal to drive while consuming medical marijuana?
Yes, as long as you do not have any THC in your system. If you are prescribed a CBD only product then you may legally drive. If you take a medication containing THC and test positive for THC in a mouth swab test, you can lose your license.
To learn more about cannabis and drug tests or roadside cannabis testing in Australia, read our article, how long does cannabis stay in your system.
Overseas, Canada has a multifaceted system for testing for cannabis impairment. A 2018 law created standards for cannabis driving impairment which have different fines and penalties based on the amount of THC in your blood. The government has set the levels so low, effectively taking a zero tolerance approach until the science improves.
Can you drive (legally) while taking CBD oil?
There are multiple types of CBD oil which means that there isn’t really a definitive answer to this question. The ability to drive legally depends on the cannabinoids in your oil. Some CBD oil has THC, and others do not.
If you are prescribed a CBD oil via legal pathways in Australia you will know exactly which cannabinoids are present in your medication.
With CBD oil from non-legal channels (e.g. CBD oil from overseas or non-prescribing local suppliers), it’s not always clear what cannabinoids are in your oil. Before purchasing these products, make sure you understand what cannabinoids are in the products and what quality standards or regulations those products meet.
Regardless of where you obtain your CBD oil, if your CBD oil contains THC then you want to avoid driving because driving with any amount of THC in your system is illegal regardless of whether or not you are impaired. You can however drive with CBD oil in your system if the oil only contains CBD and not THC.
What is considered driving under the influence of cannabis?
There are two main laws around cannabis and driving:
- Driving under the influence and
- Driving with detectable cannabis in your system.
The two things are not the same, however the offences are treated the same.
All Australian jurisdictions all have a zero tolerance approach to cannabis, specifically THC. This means that it’s illegal for you to drive if you have any THC in your system (driving with detectable cannabis in your system).
There is no exemption for patients that might be using cannabis for therapeutic purposes. So, driving under the influence of cannabis is really just being found with cannabis in your saliva.
There are two problems with cannabis driving laws. The first is that they don’t take into account the fact that there are people using cannabis as a legal medicine. The second problem is that THC may be found in your system long after impairment has ended.
Roadside drug tests look for detectable cannabis in your system. So, regardless of whether impaired or not, you can find yourself in legal trouble if you have THC in your system.
So, how long after consuming cannabis is it safe to drive?
In order to answer this question, you need to look at three things:
- Did your cannabis contain THC?
- What is the impairment time of your cannabis?
- Is there still THC in your system?
If your cannabis didn’t contain THC, then driving is okay as CBD only cannabis is non-impairing. If your cannabis did contain THC, then it depends on how you’ve consumed cannabis. Here we’ll cover impairment, but if you want to learn more about cannabis and drug testing, please read the, how long does cannabis stay in your system article.
When is it safe to drive after a cannabis oil or tincture?
Cannabis oils and tinctures have a different pattern of effect than inhaled cannabis. The time that it takes an oil or tincture to take effect depends on a number of factors including body mass, metabolism, sex and eating habits.
Onset typically happens between 30-90 minutes and if the cannabis has THC then the peak impairment tends to be between two and four hours. Some studies have shown impairment lasting even longer.
So, to be very safe, we recommend you wait up to 8 hours after consuming a cannabis oil/tincture product containing THC.
When is it safe to drive after smoking or vaping cannabis?
When cannabis is smoked or vaped it enters your system very quickly. The factors that come into play with an oil/tincture or edible don’t have the same impacts.
When cannabis with THC is inhaled the onset happens within minutes and peak impairment is between 30 minutes to an hour. While the peak impairment is quite short, the duration of effects can last between two and four hours.
When smoking/vaping cannabis it’s best to wait for about 5 hours to drive, well beyond the average impairment period.
One of the important things to realise is these are estimates and based on findings from current clinical research. Cannabis affects everyone differently. So this is something, even with more research, that we’re probably not going to come up with specific answers to.
When is it safe to drive after taking an edible?
Edibles are similar to an oil or tincture. Onset is between 30-90 minutes and peak impairment from THC is often between two and four hours. Some studies show impairment lasting even longer.
Before driving, wait up to 8 hours after consuming a THC infused edible (results may vary).
Driving laws by state
Driving with THC in your system is illegal in each state and territory. However, each state has specific laws that you must abide by. Here is the specific direction from each state on medical cannabis and driving:
- Medical cannabis and driving in Victoria
- Medical cannabis and driving in New South Wales
- Medical cannabis and driving in Queensland
- Medical cannabis and driving in South Australia
- Medical cannabis and driving in Western Australia
- Medical cannabis and driving in Tasmania – documentation doesn’t exist
- Medical cannabis and driving in Australian Capital Territory
- Medical cannabis and driving in Northern Territory
Cannabis and driving don’t mix, even more so than alcohol and driving because there isn’t a standards system in place when it comes to cannabis. The research shows that THC can impact driving. And, that CBD may have physical effects on your system, but it’s unlikely to have an impact on your driving.
In Australia laws between states vary and some are more strict than others. In Australia, driving with any THC in your system is 100% illegal whether you’re taking medicinal cannabis or otherwise. So if you’re getting a drug test at work or are concerned about driving, understand the detection window of cannabis in your system.
The bottom line is that you should not drive under the influence of marijuana.
Safety for yourself and fellow Aussies is of utmost importance. The cannabis community is for all who need cannabis for health and wellness. Cannabis however is a drug and should be used responsibly and only when prescribed. If you’ve used cannabis in the past 24 hours please don’t drive.
Can You Drive After Vaping CBD?
Can you drive after vaping CBD?Yes, you can. CBD oil is made by extracting the active medical component in marijuana; cannabidiol and contains only 0.3% THC. That’s insufficient to impair your judgment while driving. The use of CBD oil has risen with scientists claiming that this product has the ability to boost the immune system of the user among other effects.
Read on to find out more about CBD oil products and the safe way to use them.
Can you drive after vaping CBD? Understanding your body
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The trick is finding the oil product that’s good for you and identify the right brand. Some of these beneficial effects include; reduction of stress and general improvement in your health and moods. You can determine the right CBD oil by observing how your body reacts to the same dosage of different oil products.
Finding the right dosage
Before you can start driving after vaping CBD, it is important that you first observe how your body interacts with CBD oil and find a dosage that works well with your metabolic system. Your doctor can recommend a good list.
Carry out thorough research about the manufacturer of the CBD oil so as to know the different chemicals contained in the product. Some suppliers will produce CBD oils with 0.3% concentration of THC while others have 0%.
Can you legally drive on CBD oil?
Yes, you can legally drive on CBD oil as long as the oil got extracted from hemp and doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC. Prolonged use of this product in an uncontrolled manner may affect your brain capacity to react to sudden changes in your environment, reduce your concentration spun and affect your driving abilities. This is why it is recommended that you try out a new oil product in a safe space and monitor the psychoactive effects that it causes on your body before driving while using it.
It’s legal to drive while using CBD because of the low THC levels that ensure you are not intoxicated. Instead, your mind is a state of relaxation that doesn’t interfere in any way with your driving skills. You should, however, watch out for the state regulation as some states have zero tolerance to any THC traces found in your body while driving, regardless of the THC concentration levels.
Does CBD impair?
It’s still unclear whether CBD usage can cause impairment as there’s numerous research being undertaken by various scientists as they try to understand the impact of cannabis oil extract on our brains. Some of the documented side effects that have been experienced by epilepsy patients who are legally allowed to use CBD oils is diarrhea and drastic weight changes. Therefore, we can agree that the use of CBD doesn’t impair you to a point that you can’t drive or operate machinery.
When compared to alcohol and other drugs that impair judgment, CBD is by far the safest natural drug that has no record of causing death or affecting your ability to drive.
Can you take too much CBD?
There have never been any reports of people dying because of taking too much CBD oil. However, you can get undesirable negative effects from taking too much cannabis. So what happens when you take too much CBD? Some of the most common side effects of taking too much CBD oil include severe headaches and general body fatigue that doesn’t seem to wear off. This is why it is recommended that you start taking CBD oil in small doses until you find the amount that is in harmony with your body.
Research has shown that cannabis content found in CBD oils tends to be bi-phasic. This means that the effects that your body will experience after taking the oil products are determined by the amount of oil that is consumed. When taken in large amounts, CBD oils act as a sedative and make one have extended periods of deep sleep. On the other hand, small and controlled dosage of the same oil will act as a stimulant and increase the functioning of the central nervous system, enabling the user to remain alert for a long time.
Is CBD legal in all 50 states?
The legality or illegality of CBD in all 50 states is dependent on the source of the oil. CBD oils can be extracted from plants like hemp and parsley that have natural-occurring THC or from marijuana. Use of hemp-derived CBD oils which are mainly found in food supplements is legal in all 50 states while marijuana CBD oils are illegal. You should, therefore, confirm the source of your CBD oils to avoid violating state laws.
CBD oils can also be legally used as a prescription drug for epilepsy as they help the patient to get sufficient rest and reduce the pain they might be going through. This is the only way that CBD oil extracted from marijuana can be used legally in all the 50 states
Can you get a DUI for vaping CBD?
While it might be legal to use CBD oil products, the interaction of this policy with traffic rules is different and you might get a DUI for CBD in some states. This confusion is brought about by the fact that the DUI laws were written when no form of cannabis usage was allowed by the government. It’s, therefore, very important that you research on the laws of a particular state regarding CBD or consult with your attorney if you get a DUI for CBD.
You can get a DUI for CBD if you were driving in a reckless manner. The police judge your driving ability while under the influence by how you pull over when you are flagged down by an officer and how you interact with them. If your behavior shows signs of intoxication from CBD use then they might charge you for DUI.
To be convicted for driving while on CBD, a blood test will have to be carried out at the police station to determine the THC levels in your body. If the results show that your THC levels are higher than the legal limit in that state, you get convicted with DUI. To protect yourself from such an incident, you should get your CBD from a trusted dealer and use it in a responsible manner.
Driving while under the influence of CBD is considered to be legal as the product doesn’t cause any intoxication or affect one’s ability to drive or operate machinery. Although the effect of the use of these oil products varies according to the volume consumed and individual body reaction, CBD oils are safe to use before going for a drive.
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